Saturday, October 11, 2014

Outreach Statistics

Hi guys

I am blessed to send this. Just an encouragement of why we do statistics. Thanks for all you did to make this communication possible. 

Brett Curtis
Sent from my iPhone

Dear M  
Over the last 250 days in Micronesia lives have been touched in part because you followed us, prayed for our crew, donated when we needed it, and volunteered. 

On one island, named Lib, help like this had not come for over 10 years. Here are the outcomes. 
2,690 lives touched 
Volunteer Hours - 32,616
Anchored 24 times
Village Visits - 70
Church Visits - 44
Vaccinations - 336 
OBGYN Patients - 97
Locals Trained - 1,434
Up-skilling - 55 
Primary Health Care Patients-461 
Service Projects - 30
Audiology - 1 
Optometry Services - 307 
Help us do even more next time we head out!
If any of these categories are of interest to you let us know. Come with us!
In order to get ready to head back to Micronesia and Panama for the 2015 season we have some technical work to accomplish.  For the El Encuentro (Panama) this is $40,000 and for the Hawai'i Aloha (Micronesia) this is $80,000.  We would love some help so we can reach more people next time we deploy.
There are a couple of ways to donate.  Go to our web site or mail in a check payable to YWAM Ships Kona to 75-5687 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona, HI, USA.

Thank you!

If you are interested consider joining us.


Relief Skippers
Marine Electrician
Marine Engineer
Diesel Mechanic 

Com. Health-Educators
(If you are medical in any way we would love your help)

Pioneering location
Jungle environment
Remote island
Spanish Translators
Community Health-Education Team

Medical Department
Advance Team
Fleet Support Team
Human Resource
Administrative Mechanic
Advance Teams
Social Media
Cafe staff
DTS Staff

Discipleship Training
Bible Core Course
Navigation School
Primary Health Care
Leadership Training


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pictures from Oregon

My daughter Sabeth and Granddaughters Zoe and Sophia with Uncle Glen in Waldport Oregon
A sad Goodbye at the airport.

Captain Ann's update from Kona

Hi Everyone,
I am sorry I took so long to send this update, but my homecoming wasn't complete until I  spent time with my granddaughters.  I was also able to visit my brother in law in Waldport, OR which was an important part of grieving the loss of my sister Lee one year ago. I am returning from Eugene, OR to Kona today.

Thank you so much for your prayers.  Our trip from Tarawa to Christmas Island was calm and uneventful until the last three days when we had headwinds and current against us and the fuel had to be pumped/siphoned by hand to the day tank.  God is teaching me to trust Him no matter what.  We anchored at Christmas Island with only 20 gallons of diesel to spare.  I can't say that I did not worry at all, but I did pray a lot, standing on my new favorite verse : Psalm 112:7  She is not afraid of bad news. Her heart is firm, trusting in The Lord.

Once again God provided the right people at the right time. The Manager of KOIL ( the oil Company and the manager of CPPL (all things ship related) worked together to get 4,000 liters (21 barrels) of diesel delivered to the boat by local boat.  The crew still had to work long and hard to get the diesel into our tanks and fuel bladder, but it was better than previous stops at 
Christmas Island.  

The hi-light of our 8 days in Christmas Island was meeting Matiubwebwe the nurse from Fanning Island after church in Tabuekea.  She asked when we were coming back to Fanning.  I told her we would be back next year in January.  She said what they really need is a dentist who can pull teeth.  In fact this is what we heard on every remote island we went to this year. So we are working on our schedule for next year. Please spread the word to any dentists you know who might be interested in a two week sailing adventure to serve in the most isolated islands of Micronesia. 

I had said all along, "if God wants the Hawaii Aloha back in Kona by September,  He will make it happen."  We passed the first challenge getting to Christmas Island  without running out of fuel. Now we had to go North to Hawaii during hurricane season, and with El NiƱo affecting the area, there was much more storm activity than most years.  I am so thankful we had so many people praying and the wisdom of Rick Shema guiding us. We crossed the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) with no squalls or thunderstorms, and then a big storm off the Mexican coast pulled all the other storms further east away from us so we had smooth Tradewind sailing all the way to Kona. 

We actually cleared in at Kawaihae, with a very kind team from Homeland Security followed by a warm welcome with Leis and fresh Pizza from the YWAM ships team. 

I totaled all the miles the Hawaii Aloha traveled since leaving Los Angeles a year ago.  Zachary Smith was on board for every single one of the 11,000 nautical miles. 

See for the statistics on the services provided during our nine months in Micronesia.  You may also make tax deductible donations at that site.  We have a lot do work to do to prepare the Hawaii Aloha for her next voyage to Micronesia. Please contact me if you would like more information on how you can help by donating cash, products or labor.

YWAM is an all volunteer organization. Every one of us raise our own support.  If you would like to be a part of changing lives in Micronesia by supporting me personally go to

I am looking forward to this next season Leading the School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) in Kona.  We have a clear goal of training the students to be effective crew on any of the YWAM Ships, but especially for our  2015 voyage through Micronesia ending in September in Townsville, Australia.

I will keep you posted on the progress of repairs and the 2015 Schedule.
Captain Ann

Crew from Tarawa to Christmas Island.
Crew from Christmas Island to Kona
Matiubwebwe saying please bring a Dentist to Fanning Island.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A tribute to my mom Barbara H. Ford

This is what I shared at my mom's Memorial service. 
I want to thank you all for coming to share in this celebration of mom's life.  She really did have a very full long life. She had her priorities right. She loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to enjoy the waters, forests and gardens around her.  She shared that love with our family and the community through our annual cruise in the San Juan Islands, hosting sailing lessons in the back yard, and her work with the arboretum and botanical gardens. 

I also want to thank my brother Bruce for carrying the load this last year. Mom passed her adventurous spirit on to me and she always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I could not have done that without the support of all of my family.  I am thankful that I was able to FaceTime regularly with mom and was able to see her and talk to her (with Bruce's help) just two days before she went to be with The Lord, even though I was 5,000 miles away in the Marshall Islands, serving as the Captain of the Hawaii Aloha, a 74 foot Ketch for Youth With a Mission.

Three days before that I received a message on the Satellite Phone that mom  was not doing well. That morning we were drifting off Lib Island waiting for a local boat to take our medical team to shore.  There was a beautiful rainbow arching over the ocean. That sign from God gave me peace that mom was ready to go.

This last year has really stretched my faith. Everyday I face situations that I can't handle with my own strength or experience. It keeps me on my knees in prayer and through every circumstance God has proved himself faithful.  He is absolutely trustworthy.

I want to encourage you today, whatever circumstance you are facing take it to God, he is faithful.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sending the team to shore at Lib Island

Thanks to James Fazio for these photographs.
Dr. Sneeha holding a Clinic on Lib.