YWAM ‘Next Wave’

This letter is written to those offering prayer support 8 February 2014

My YWAM Drakenberg Discipleship Training School team went to Nigeria (where I could not go due to my medication) and then for a short time in South Africa before going on to Zimpeto outside Maputo, Mozambique with Iris Ministries founded by the amazing Heidi Baker.

I was able to go to skipper YWAM Next Wave not only to complete my outreach phase but to enable Brian Sloan, International Director, to concentrate on complying with the new Marine Labour Convention rules that come into effect in July. This will affect both Next Wave and Soteria. I sailed from Malta to Piraeus and will shortly sail through the Greek islands to Turkey and then Cyprus.

From Next Wave visits have been made to a safe house for prostitutes in Athens and to forge links with local churches both there and Piraeus where the vessel is berthed.

Since the austerity measures in Greece in the last 6 years prices have arisen dramatically. A number of new unexpected charges have arisen. When we wanted to anchor on the coast to save marina berthing fees, we discovered we were to be charged €100 per night just for that!

We helped to distribute food, hot drinks and clothes outside a nearby church which has been operating this outreach for nearly a year.

Please pray: –

  • That Soteria’s winter renovation will be complete for the coming season when I return
  • That my current shortfall in personal funding of £500 will be made up
  • That I may secure regular funding to enable my ministry to continue

If you wish to donate please credit the following account:

Account Name C J Wren
Account Number 61342363
Account Sorting Code 40-47-75

Thank God for the encouraging feedback from those on board: –

Thanks for being a great captain, and I appreciate the advice you’ve given us.

Thanks: your calm and precise directions during the sail were exactly what was needed. Thank you for your patience and willingness to teach.

Thank you for your calming spirit and gentleness. It was so needed and appreciated. I got the word ‘wise’ when I was praying for you. You have so much wisdom to give and share and it is needed and valued.

Chris I’ve had fun chatting with you every once in a while. You are full of knowledge and insight into many things. Your ability to keep calm during stressful parts of the sail is what kept me from losing my sanity. You are a great captain.

You are a joy and a blessing. I learnt many things from you being captain.
Thank you for always being so helpful and calm. You always knew how to lighten the mood with a funny story; those were much appreciated on the sail. Thank you for being such an amazing captain!

Thank you for bring such a calm spirit and attitude during the sail and life on the boat. I appreciated your kindness to me and to the whole team.

Chris thanks so much for all your experience and patience with us in the sail. You’re a legend!

Chris! You’re probably the greatest captain there is. Thanks for your humour and putting me at ease during the storm.


Schooner Soteria