Todd and Ellen Mandeville graciously donated the use of their sailing yacht Mandolin to YWAM New Zealand in 2015. The Mandolin has resided in Tauranga, NZ since 2001.
From the moment the Mandolin was offered to the base in NZ, Hinrich Kraenzlin, the base director there, felt that it was God's will to use this vessel in Fiji.
For years YWAM has been serving and reaching the isolated people of the fijian islands, and with the help of the Mandolin, this ministry will go from a flame to a fire.
It was simply a matter of how and when to get the boat from NZ to Fiji
At 3 in the afternoon, on the 7th of October 2015, the Mandolin cast of from her mooring in Tuaranga, NZ to make way to Suva Harbor in Fiji.
After Arriving in Suva Harbor safely, the crew of the Mandolin settled in for the coming months of repairs on the boat and negotiations with the government.
Then, before the boat was ready for an outreach, a massive cyclone, cyclone Winston, hit Fiji, affecting over 350,000 people in Fiji. This meant that the need for ship ministry had dramatically increased.
Nearing the end of July 2016, the Mandolin was finally ready to take her first outreach team to the island of Kavewa, a small island off the North Eastern shore of Viti Lautoka.
A team of seven YWAMers set sail for the first time in late July, nearly nine months after the Mandolin had first arrived in Fijian waters.
The aim of this voyage was to make contact with a small village on the the island of Beqa, on the way to Kavewa. Then, once in Kavewa, the team made contact with a village of 120 people. They brought with them water filters and the components to help the village build a biogas system.
The team also had the opportunity to instruct the teachers in ways to better educate children with learning disabilities.
The Mandolin is now moored safely back in Suva, awaiting its next ministry opportunity.