What a journey God has taken me on! Some of you have been following the Journey on Facebook or on my blogwww.sailorann.blogspot.com. I will fill you in on the highlights.
June and July I had great visits with friends and family. In August, I flew to LA to prepare the Caribbean Reach for a Pacific crossing. We had an awesome crew and departed LA on August 27th. We had the calmest crossing I have ever experienced. Thanks to our rebuilt 671 Detroit Diesel we arrived in Hilo just 16 days later.
Sadly my sister Lee lost her battle with cancer and passed away on Sept. 13, just two days after our arrival in Hilo. My mom and had had a wonderful visit with her in July, and I was able to fly home to be with the family as we celebrated her life around the campfire.
On September 26th I started the YWAM Ships Discipleship Training School (DTS). Now the lecture phase of our program is almost complete. We are preparing for our outreach and we are passionate about making a difference in the Pacific. Ouroutreach team consists of 9 students and one staff, from six different nations. After completing the lecture phase in December most of the team will be flying to Christmas Island. I will be sailing the boat down to Christmas Island then joining the outreach team there. Our mission is to bring the Gospel ofJesus to the isolated Line Islands of Kiribati in a tangible, realistic and honest way that the people there can accept andbelieve. We will also be applying some of our specific training we’ve received during our DTS, concerning inductive Bible study and a Biblical World View and bringing medical supplies and journals to assist the local clinics.. We will do outreach on Christmas Island, then we will sail on board YWAM Ship’s 74 foot ketch on the very first outreach to Fanning and Washington Islands. On this 500 mile circuit we will spend about a week on each of these remote islands that is only served by one cargo vessel only 2 or 3 times a year.
On January 22 we will fly to Fiji and continue our outreachworking with the YWAM base in Lautoka for another 4 weeks,returning to Kona on February 16.
We are excited to be the first team in YWAM history to reach these remote islands. If you would like to support us in our journey donations can be made through our
website at www.ywamships.net/give.