MAST Global

Crazy Idea or
Creative Strategy?

Customized Maritime & Safety Training

YWAM Ships Mazatlan, Mexico
On Board MV Amazing Grace
"Why didn't I know about you 2 years ago!"

. . . said John, as he and Matthew returned to the vessel operation's office following the day's training on board ship. Matthew was in Mexico to instruct a two-week training at the invitation of YWAM Ships Mazatlan whose vessel, the MV Amazing Grace, is located at a natural harbor in the Sea of Cortez just off the Baha peninsula.

John, as the ship's superintendent, is managing the refit to ensure the vessel is seaworthy and ready for service. With a background in sports fishing and captaining his own boat, followed by twelve years as a medical professional, bringing the ship up to an operational standard since the vessel was gifted to the ministry has been a steep learning curve.

As the staff have been working diligently to see this ship launched for active service, we recognize that our experience has potential to assist and equip ministry leaders operating vessels, and we are beginning to meet a wider need for consulting.

Customized Training

The student group for this Maritime Safety and Seamanship training included nine trainees from New Zealand, the United States, Mexico, Columbia and Switzerland and for some it was their first introduction to maritime training for missions.

What is usually a four-week core curriculum teaching the fundamentals of on board safety, as well as building basic seamanship skills, was condensed into an entry level two-week course. As a prototype format, we customized it in light of the ministry's needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, and students can select additional training modules to build on this foundation.

Snap Back!
Safety instruction on the bow. Teaching students safe positioning to avoid potential injury when handling lines.
Creative Strategy

When MAST Global launched five years ago, our focus addressed the shortage of technically trained crew aboard ministry vessels. That continues to be our passion but we also recognize the importance of supporting and equipping ministry leaders in the pioneering stages of ministry vessel operations, and customizing the format of training is critical to helping them meet their long-range goals for a maritime ministry.

At first this seemed an outside the box, crazy idea but we recognize it to be a creative strategy that will better meet the technical crewing needs of the ministry's we partner with.

Would you consider making a financial gift towards our maritime training program, so more communities in need can be impacted?
YWAM Ships Mazatlan
Equipping missionaries with the tools to effectively help people in impoverished situations and communicate the gospel cross-culturally.
"We have been so blessed by you and the vast experience, knowledge and wisdom you so willingly impacted to us" - YWAM Ships Mazatlan
Mazatlan, Mexico