We are simply a family of four. Scott, Katie, Nick (15), and Sydney (13) who are seeing the miracles of saying “yes” to God. Our “yes” has been to step literally onto the water (in a sailboat) and move to the Marshall Islands to share the good news of Jesus Christ to the islands small and large across the Pacific.
In April of 2013 our family did the Family DTS in Kona, Hawaii at the University of the Nations. We knew God wanted us to be prepared to do ministry full-time so we kept praying about where God wanted us. We joined YWAM Ships in August of 2013 and have been with them ever since.
In our first year of joining YWAM Ships we were part of a three-month outreach on a sailboat called the “Hawaii Aloha.” During this time with our family serving together, we knew God was calling us to pursue this as a ministry. Even our kids loved it! Our daughter Sydney told Brett Curtis, the Director of YWAM Ships, “I was born to sail!” We knew then that God had a plan for us to do ministry together and it would involve a sailboat. What we did not know is how this would come to pass, but our God is a big God and He had the plans already figured out.
Over the next year God provided the sailboat and we left Kona in April 2015 sailing for the Marshall Islands.
We have been in the Marshall Islands for over a year now and it has been an amazing adventure of experiencing what God can do when a family of four says “yes” to Him. We live on a 57’ sailboat called Cloud Nine and have partnered with YWAM Ships. One of the main ministries we do is reach out to the isolated in the outer islands by bringing them bibles, medical and dental supplies, food, clothing, and even perform free medical clinics. Common to the islands are diabetes and when we have nurses who specialize in that area, we take them to the outer islands where they can help educate and help treat this disease. Helping to see an end to diabetes in the islands.
Recently we went to the islands of Wotho and Ujae in the Marshall islands. Wotho has a population of 86 people in 16 households while Ujae has a population of 397 people in 74 households. During our time here we set up health clinics, provided health education and distributed goods – including a Bible to every household. We are happy to say that we have ended Bible poverty on Wotho Atoll and Ujae Atoll! One of the elders on Wotho said, “By bringing us Bibles you have filled a hole in our lives. Now we can grow closer to Christ by reading His word.” Now we just have 26 atolls consisting of over 1,000 more islands to go of bringing health education and ending Bible poverty.
We feel blessed as a family to be doing God’s work in the Marshall Islands and will continue to do his work as long as He allows us. We are so blessed to be able to do this through the generosity of others who have donated finances and supplies to help end Bible poverty. Through this, the good news of Jesus Christ is transforming families across the thousands of islands big and small in the Marshall Islands.