I was slowly falling asleep to the soothing sound of the TV when the phone vibrated loudly and made me wide awake again. I looked at the clock – 10.22 pm – it was probably someone from Denmark, I thought to myself.
I looked at my phone and saw that it was one of the leaders from Campus asking me to send out the latest news from YWAM Ships. I then quickly went to the website to read it before I sent it out to everyone – my heart sunk.
Aaron Bremner, a young man on our staff at the YWAM Ships base, had gone missing after Friday nights storm. He had been on a small crew trying to sail the ship, Hawai’i Aloha, out in deeper water where the ships would be safe from the storm. Unfortunately the ship had been hit by some enormous waves which capsized the vessel. Four out of the five on the crew had made it back safely, but Aaron didn’t make it.
The search for him then started Saturday morning and continued the next couple of days. Tuesday the family sent out lei, Hawaiian flower necklaces, on the ocean as they said their goodbyes.
Our entire community is hurting right now. This is the second time in less than 7 weeks that we have lost someone – in November last year, we lost a DTS student at Waipio Valley.
On behalf of YWAM Kona and our community, we appreciate all the support and prayers. Our environment is a large part of our ministry so we press on in our ministry to disciple the nations, but we are thankful for all the prayers for safety that are being prayed over us.
Thank you for contributing to those with your involvement in my life.