Hi, my name is Donna and at the end of August, 2021, I will be travelling to Papua New Guinea, to join the MV YWAM PNG Medical Ship and the new YWAM ‘Jetty’ base in Port Moresby. There I will serve alongside the teams already working within communities providing training and medical care. There are many opportunities to help in different ways and my heart is open for whatever challenges are ahead. I am so excited to take this step and see how it all unfolds.
What is YWAM
YWAM stands for Youth With A Mission and is an international missions organisation. YWAM began in the 1960s, and now has ~1500 bases in 180+ countries, each with different expressions of the central trifold ministries of training, evangelism and mercy ministries. The base I will be connected with is YWAM MS Townsville. Their focus is North Queensland and Papua New Guinea (PNG), engaging as a registered training organisation, and with a medical ship in the waters of PNG. All the work undertaken is in partnership with, and on the invitation of, the PNG government as part of the National Healthcare Plan and in collaboration with local health care authorities and health workers.
The MV YWAM PNG Medical Ship
How I ended up on this path
After three years of teaching, at both secondary and college level, I still wasn’t content and was looking for more. Then, after spending nine months in Australia completing a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM MS Townsville, I found a way where I could use my teaching skills to improve and enhance peoples’ lives. As part of the holistic healthcare Community Engagement Programme that the medical ship runs on outreach in PNG I went into villages teaching young children how to take care of their own health and welfare. I was also able to be part of the Community Action Programme which, through a series of interactive lectures based on areas the elders had highlighted, helped the people of the villages to improve aspects of village life to the benefit of the district.
The model YWAM was founded on means that everyone involved works on a voluntary basis. This means there is no form of salary for what we do and we pay our own way (rent, food etc). This ethos has served the ministry in many ways – helping it rapidly expand and ensuring all money raised goes directly towards the mission rather than overheads. This means that each individual YWAMer volunteer is responsible for raising the ongoing funds to do the work they do. Each full-time volunteer is supported by people that partner with them and as such I would like to invite you to consider partnering with me on this mission.
All money raised will go towards flights, quarantine hotel and preparation for this trip. Anything raised above this amount will go towards the monthly costs of being in Papua New Guinea. Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time to read about what I am undertaking. I will be sending out regular newsletters to keep everyone informed about the work I will be doing, so contact me if you would like to be added to my mailing list.
All the best,
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