YWAM Newcastle

Ministry Name: 

YWAM Newcastle

Base Location:

Newcastle, Australia

Vessels Operated:

Ruach, Rakiura

Types of Ministries:

  • Discipleship
  • Medical Care
  • Missions / Outreach
  • Areas of Operation:

  • Pacific Ocean
  • Key People:
    David Stephenson

    Ministry overview

    In February of 2016, YWAM Ships was generously gifted the s/y Ruach by Mr. Hans-Ulrich Birenstihl of Jurgendheim Sternen AG.  You can read more of that story, here.  The 37-metre schooner will be operated out of Newcastle and deployed to Papua New Guinea in 2017.

    Our new medical vessel will assist in delivering a range of services to the rural and isolated regions in Papua New Guinea, including optometry, dentistry, midwifery, immunisations, and primary healthcare.

    The s/y Ruach has 26 berths on board and will host medical and general volunteers to work with local and national PNG officials to serve the needs of rural communities.  YWAM Ships currently has two other vessels partnering with the government of PNG to create long-term, lasting impact for its people and culture.  The s/y Ruach is the forth vessel to join the current fleet of YWAM Medical Ships operating in Papua New Guinea.

    After just announcing that YWAM Ships Newcastle will be taking on operations of the s/y RUACH, we are excited to share about yet another vessel! We are proud to introduce the s/v Rakiura! This latest vessel was made possible by the generosity of Bevan & Julie Thomas.

    “This amazing gift was owned and operated by the Thomas,’ of Christchurch New Zealand. They and their whole family, lived aboard the vessel for many years while simultaneously running her as a charter vessel in Cairns Queensland. After doing a DTS with YWAM around thirty years ago they continued to observe YWAM’s activities with interest, deciding to gift us the Lidgard 51 footer in March this year. I have met the Thomas’s and salute my friends, who have shown love and generosity in this selfless action.” -David Stephenson, YWAM Ships Newcastle Managing Director

    Practical Needs

    (Updated: 07 Feb 2020)

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