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Our Vision

To raise up, train, disciple, and release the next wave of missionaries.

Raise Up

Call out, or make known, an individual’s life calling.

Train

Encourage an environment to develop the skills needed to achieve their dreams.

Disciple

Provide support, encouragement, and transformation, as well as how to disciple others into developing a Biblical worldview.

Release

Send out equipped, trained, and supported individuals into their life's calling.

What is YWAM?

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations all united in the common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
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Our Story

In November 2004, YWAM’s Marine Reach, led by Captain Brian Sloan, chartered the 42m Swedish sailing vessel (then called Elida) to take outreach teams from Wales, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands to ports along the Morocco coast. This was a great success and the vessel’s owners invited YWAM to purchase the vessel. These were days of seeking God for fresh vision and YWAM England embarked on 40 weeks of prayer and fasting. Towards the end of this time, Captain Brian Sloan and his wife Anne, felt lead to offer their services to pioneer the ministry of this sail training vessel within YWAM.

YWAM England followed God’s voice to purchase the Elida which was then christened Next Wave. Its vision was to “unleash the next wave” of ships ministry. In September of 2007 it ran its first DTS starting in Liverpool, sailing all the way to Turkey. Since then, the Next Wave has voyaged from as far north as Norway; west as Ireland; east as Ukraine, in the Black sea and south as Israel. She has run a DTS every autumn, a School of Evangelism, a Discipleship Bible School/Voyage through the Bible, hosted dozens of outreach teams and medical outreaches to Albania, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

The vessel is ideal for deep discipleship and a great tool for evangelism, as well as providing a mobile YWAM base, often going to the places where there is no YWAM presence.

Amidst the refugee crisis in 2015, the Next Wave demonstrated its valued ability of being its own mobile base that sails to where the Lord directs. The Next Wave sailed to the island of Lesvos, Greece where it has been in port since February 2016: partnering with YWAM Biarritz, helping pioneer YWAM Lesvos, running a School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS), and hosting outreach teams to work in the refugee camps.

One thing is certain, the Captain and crew always look to God for their compass bearings. Where will we sail next? Come aboard to find out!

To know god and make him known

Our Team

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Brian S.
Founder / Captain

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Jeremy M.
Sr. Captain

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Dane S.
First Mate

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Matthew B.
Sr. Bo'sun

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Fred D.
Bo'sun

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Benjamin A.
Engineer

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Joshua T.
Crew / PADI Leader

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Domanic J.
Maritime Training Leader

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Cynthia S.
DTS Leader

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Melinda N.
Communications

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If you would like to support one of our crew or staff and they do not have a support option, please use the DONATION page.  Once donation is sent, please EMAIL us with the name of whom you wish to support to ensure transaction was received.  Please note: we do not process payments for individuals, but apply the donations to the individuals staff/crew fees.

Be a part of the story

The Next Wave is a vessel dedicated to training and releasing the Next Wave of missionaries, which includes you! Prayerfully consider joining our crew and be a part of the multiplication of missionaries in YWAM ships ministries, or by partnering with us financially to keep the ministry afloat. You will be amazed at where God can take you, and we’d love to help you get there and welcome you to the team!