We are Gabe and Dani Kirkwood, and we hail from the majestic green mountains of Washington State! But, in our response of “Yes” to follow the Lord’s leading to serve him in missions, we now live in another green jewel of the earth – the beautiful North Island of New Zealand.
We are currently serving the Lord with Marine Reach – a ministry located in Tauranga, New Zealand, that mobilizes and equips young adults for missional living. Born out of the YWAM movement, Marine Reach operates three Discipleship Training Schools each year which disciple participants in their relationship with God and their commitment to sharing the good news of the Gospel with others, as well as a School of Primary Healthcare and a Discipleship Bible School program for those who wish to gain further training in how to specifically serve the nations through missions work.
Within our roles here at Marine Reach, our primary focus is to disciple and mentor the staff (40+ young adults) as they say “yes” to serving God with Marine Reach for this season of their lives. We help facilitate staff development, assist with teaching a leadership course for interested staff members, provide pastoral care for staff, and sit on a leadership team that oversees the flow of communication and relationship within the ministry. Additionally, Gabe supervises the maintenance department for the ministry, and Dani supports staff with some legal issues as well as co-hosts a Mum’s Group at the base. Our daughters, Samara and Jemima, are two of the key components of the “cuteness” department on base.
We would love to answer questions or communicate with you via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for standing with us and joining our ministry through your sacrificial giving. We could not do what we’re doing without the faithful support of our financial partners!
Gabe and Dani