eyes-1024x531Karen and I were married in 1982 and it was one year later in 1983 that we saw the Anastasis, YWAM's first ship, come into Tauranga. We took a tour, heard stories of spreading the gospel around the world, receiving training and extending acts of compassion and mercy to those hurting and we got hooked.

Our plan was to leave for just six months, combine some overseas adventure along with receiving Bible training. Well, be careful what you commit to short term! That is how you end up as long term missionaries. It all starts out by dipping your toe in the water to try it out! The result – we LOVED it. What an amazing calling we are privileged to have.

We have served now in over 70 countries, seen countless people come to Christ, have helped thousands of others receive the same Discipleship Training as we did, have raised five children and since 2011 founded YWAM Ships Kona where we operate four vessels, located in Papua New Guinea, Panama, Marshall Islands and one in Kona, Hawaii.

Read more: IT IS FREE AND IT WILL GIVE YOU A NEW LIFE!

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Worship and mission reinforce and reflect each other. Worship flows out to witness, and witness to others leads to thanksgiving and praise for God's new order – His Kingdom and people (Rev 7:9-10).

At the centre of this story is the cross and our participation in this through the Lord's Supper. Christian mission must point to the cross and seek to celebrate this mercy and grace in acting out the wonder of the story through the Lord's Supper. Out of this flows the mission of God entrusted to us to pass on to others. The 'wow' of the cross ought to lead from confession to 'worship' and then to 'witness'.

This movement in our week counters all other movements that seek to mess with us in terms of our allegiances and our purpose – the worldly liturgies that centre on the self, on instant gratification, on living in the 'now'. How are we to be shaped or reshaped – to be fit for service? Through worship that leads to mission and mission that leads to worship.

Read more: WORSHIP AS MISSION AND MISSION AS WORSHIP

possibleWe have produced some new and updated resources. You can download these via the links below:

Commendation Process (4.4 MB)

Returning On A Home Visit (1.14 MB)

Returning Permanently (1.54 MB)

If you have any questions about these publications contact the GC3 Office.

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  • Ashley & Gillian, Travelling Overseas (Day 22)

    BotswanaPray for the Brethren Women's Fellowship this weekend at Coral Coast Christian Camp that all who attend will enjoy good teaching and fellowship together, encouraging each one when they return back to their local communities. Give praise for needs being met with building projects in Fiji and for more people being reached and attending programmes and assembly activities. Pray for us as we prepare to return to Fiji in May for six months. We ask for wisdom and guidance as we facilitate a number of projects to assist the assemblies and churches and contacts in the villages and Indian compounds. Give thanks for the number of New Zealand visitors expected to come and assist with teaching, evangelism and visitation working alongside the Sigatoka Assembly.

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