Just who are you guys anyway?
So glad you asked! All of the folks that serve with Harbor 58 are missionaries with YWAM. Crew bios are coming soon and we are excited for you to learn more about the amazing folks that make up Harbor 58. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please connect with the directors at belllog.org.
What is YWAM?
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), they unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known. Back when they began in 1960, YWAM’s main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, they still focus on youth, and also involve people aged 9 to 90. They currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.
Click here to visit their site.
You mentioned Surf and Sail DTS…. what is a DTS?
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives you an opportunity to discover your passions and your part in God’s purposes for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus in new ways with a different perspective.
The course is a full-time program and lasts 5 months to 1 year. It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. In the lecture phase, you will learn more about God and His world. You’ll learn not only from lectures but also from community living and practical training. The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned in the classroom through an intense, cross-cultural experience.
DTS is the prerequisite for not only becoming YWAM staff, but also for YWAM’s second-level training and is registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations.
Why a ship? Isn't that expensive?
In short, yes ships can be expensive. However, the people groups that we serve literally can only be reached by boat or ship. Our primary aim is to reach the most isolated geographically with mercy ministry and the message of Jesus Christ. In the parable about the lost sheep (Matt 18 & Luke 15) Jesus describes the measures that the shepherd is willing to undergo to save one lost sheep while leaving the other ninety-nine. When the one lost sheep is found and saved, there is much celebration.
The islanders of Oceania are so precious to the Lord, and while they make up a small fraction of the global population, Jesus is very clear that we are to reach them at all costs.
What type of ship do you operate?
Well, we are currently in the market! Our ideal ship will be a sailing vessel ranging from 150ft - 200ft, or a few smaller vessels in the 70ft - 100ft range. We would like a larger vessel to sleep up to 50 people (to include families with children) and also have the capacity for a small OR/exam room for minor surgeries, eye care and dental work. If we are able to obtain a few smaller vessels we could spread those people and services among the flotilla.
Why is the ministry called Harbor 58 if you work with YWAM?
Essentially most every vessel with YWAM Ships is it’s own non-profit. This helps in expanding the mission and more easily stewarding finances well. Harbor 58 is the ministry’s legal name, but all of our crew and staff are considered full time missionaries with YWAM. As a ministry we also hold to the core purpose, beliefs and 18 core values that every YWAMer and YWAM base lives out. You can read these values here.
What type of funding is needed?
Exact future operating costs are still somewhat unknown and we are working to estimate what those will be based on the vessel size. Wind is free and one of the main factors in our decision to choose a sailboat. Our initial startup cost will range from from $1 - 4 million. There is always an ebb and flow of larger sailing vessels available worldwide. It is our hope to find something on the lower end of the spectrum that might not be the most aesthetically appealing but has a solid core. We will then be able to channel our resources into outfitting the ship or ships to accommodate the necessary personnel and volunteers.
How can I partner?
Please visit our Partnership page to learn how to sow towards the ministry and join us in praying for specific requests.
All of this sounds so rad…can I volunteer or apply to join the crew?
Yes you can! Please email us to get that process started. Include in the email a brief intro, history with YWAM and why you are passionate about serving with Harbor 58.