As the new year has dawned, so have our dreams and aspirations; we are in the final push.
While we’ve been docked over the many months, we have continued to bring improvements to the ship. Now I’m excited to say, we are in the initial stages of forming a plan to move forward with the mission of empowering a healthy future for the Pacific.
In March, the YWAM KOHA will go into dry dock for a full go-over. This legally mandated survey work will include a complete inspection of the hull and mechanical aspects of the vessel.
After drydock, the ship and crew plan to call on several ports around New Zealand. Cities on this promotional tour include Christchurch, Nelson, Whanganui and Wellington. Many of you were introduced to the KOHA on a tour like this. We hope you will come and greet the crew and invite your friends and neighbors to tour the ship and learn about this unique vessel’s purpose.
After the tour of New Zealand ports, we are working towards a possible maiden deployment into the Pacific. We will share more about this in the near future. We ask for your prayers as we continue to prepare and plan.
So for now, it’s all hands on deck. Our crew along with many local volunteers continue to plan, scrap rust, paint, weld and clean. We are eager for what lies ahead and look forward to possibilities of what these next months hold.
We ask you to stand with us in prayer for a couple of areas:
- For technical crew to be released and available for this year
- For the details to come together for the potential deployment this year to PNG.
- And finally, we need to raise approximately $300,000 to get through this drydock. Would you stand with us for every cent to be released?
Ports of call*
March – April Nelson
April – May Wellington
July – November Potential Deployment
*Watch this site for the most up-to-date port information.