As part of the Ships elective, you’ll join the Mercy Theme. The Mercy Theme in October joins the Compassion, City Transformation and Ships electives in one DTS lecture phase. Each DTS will have a coordinator gathering students around that elective. This may come in forms such as small group activities, excursions, events, or guest speakers.
While you’ll have specific times for your DTS elective, this will not occur every week. It is important to see electives as a way of gathering similar individuals without taking priority over the core purpose of the DTS. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that each DTS elective will have a major representation on the outreach phase. Our hope is to look for how we can incorporate the elective on outreach but factors outside our control such as culture, event coordination, and ministry contact preferences may affect what is possible.
An elective is defined by:
- Gathering similar individuals.
- A leader with an affinity or passion for that elective (but not required).
- Low level, structured inclusion during lecture phase.
- Outreach inclusion of the elective where culturally possible and appropriate.
Our Ships DTS will send teams to Papua New Guinea to serve from our vessel, the s/y Ruach, and partner with the existing ministry of YWAM Ships. You will have the opportunity to work alongside locals and medical volunteers; in the past this has looked like distributing eyeglasses, assisting patients and running basic hygiene seminars.
The outreach phase is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, bringing the hope of Christ to Papua New Guinea. The Great Commission to “go into all the world & make disciples” will be pumping through your veins as you jump into this cross-cultural journey to make God known!
Join us as we pioneer this new mercy ministry and carry the Spirit of God to the remote islands of Papua New Guinea.