Pope Francis and YWAM, M/Y Pacific Hope Leaves for the Philippines and Reaching Out to Persecuted Christians in Pakistan

YWAM Podcast show

Summary: Find out about YWAM's experience and relationship with the new Pope Francis, we talk about two of the YWAM Ships that are currently on the move, and we find out about some of the persecution that Christians are experiencing in Pakistan and look at ways that you can help ... Stories: YWAM Responds to the New Pope Francis Alejandro Rodriguez, the director of Youth With A Mission Argentina, shares about his experiences meeting and praying with then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. (http://ywampodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/MY-Pacific-Hope-in-Dry-Dock-150x150.jpg)M/Y Pacific Hope in Dry Drock Preparing for Sailing to the Philippines After Marine Reach New Zealand purchased the Rosa Rugosa they dry docked the vessel for painting and other maintenance in preparation for the maiden voyage to the Philippines. Tuesday mid-day (NZ Time) the M/Y Pacific Hope will come out of dry-dock and into the water. Wednesday, all going well, the crew will sail her out of Japanese water headed to the first port of Call....Manila Philippines. Please be praying for the crew as they launch...Christen...and sail the ship. Before and After photos of the ship. (http://ywampodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/MY-Pacific-Hope-Before-and-After-300x99.jpg) You can follow full ship project on the Project Kilo Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/marinereachprojectkilo). Caribbean Reach passed through the Panama Canal Saturday March 16 the MV Caribbean Reach passed through the first set of locks on it's way through the Panama Canal. The ship is on it's way to Hawaii where it will meet up with a team and be deployed to Micronesia. Micronesia is the most isolated area of Oceania and is consequently the most impoverished. The strategy is to forward position both vessels, & deploy University of the Nation’s teams on board for a month at a time throughout the year, targeting the most isolated. The teams will be  comprised of YWAM DTS field assignments along with specific skilled volunteers embedded among them.  The skilled volunteer crew range from doctors, dentists, opticians, news reporters, mid wives, water specialists, sports ministry personalities, spiritual leadership teachers and bible trainers (http://ywampodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/YWAM-Ship-Caribbean-Reach-Exiting-Panama-Canal-Lock-300x224.jpg) You can read more about the plan for this ship on their web-site (http://ywamships.net/2013/03/micronesia/). Reaching Out to Persecuted Christians in Pakistan (http://ywampodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Reaching-out-to-Christians-in-Pakistan_medium.jpg)The now nearly empty neighbourhood of Joseph Colony was looted and the homes of 250 families and at least two churches were torched. It is reported that hundreds of Bibles were also burned. The hostile emotions leading to this destruction were stirred up after a young Muslim man alleged that his long-time Christian friend had committed blasphemy ... Around three hundred families have been affected by the destruction of property; people are destitute and going hungry. The government has promised that funds to repair homes will be allocated and that they will compensate each family up to $5,000. In the meantime, families are growing more desperate, wandering aimlessly around the shells of their burned out and looted homes. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, people took shelter with other families at night, themselves living below the breadline; now they have been moved into a tent city. YWAM Pakistan Relief and Development (http://www.ywamrelief.org.uk/) has had experience in responding to the needs of disaster victims. They were part of the response to the 2005 earthquake, and the 2010/11 floods. At various times, they have offered assistance to persecuted Christians in scattered villages and colonies in Punjab and Sindh, the two largest provinces of the nation. As a result of this experience,