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Olivia VanGels

Olivia VanGels


Aloha! My name is Olivia VanGels!

I’m a missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Ships in Kona Hawaii! Ever since I was little, I have had a love for missions. I went on my first missions trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with my mom when I was 7, then again a year later and I’ve been on three short term missions trips with my youth group through middle school up until high school. Creating relationship and showing rather than telling of God’s love has been one of my favorite things in the world to do. I believe evangelism is incredibly important, and that we are to go to the ends of the Earth until every tribe, nation, and tongue has heard the Gospel, but my favorite part is sharing the Gospel through pouring out and living the love of Jesus.

Like I mentioned, YWAM is all about fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19 that says “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (ESV). YWAM has been around since 1960 because a man named Loren Cunningham was given a vision of young people going to every tribe, nation, and tongue to fulfill this call. His yes to partner with the Lord has impacted over 5 million people and I feel so incredibly blessed to also get to partner with God’s plan for my life through YWAM.

I am currently headed to Papua New Guinea for 8 months to finish my DTS (Discipleship Training School) and volunteer as well. A typical DTS outreach  is 3 months, but I get the incredible opportunity to be a part of the extended outreach to PNG. YWAM Ships is dedicated to reaching the isolated islands of the Pacific Ocean. PNG is one of the most diverse linguistic countries in the world, and with that comes a lack of Bibles in people’s mother tongue. Along with serving communities, I will be working with the OBT (Oral Bible Translation) and OMT (Oral Mother Tongue) programs in PNG to bring recorded versions of the Bible to people who have never even heard a verse of Scripture in their own language. Imagine not having the Bible in your mother tongue—definitely something I have taken for granted before coming to Ships.

I am looking for one-time and monthly supporters who will partner with me in my efforts to fulfill the Great Commission! I am believing to raise $3,500 for the first two and a half months of PNG outreach (this includes flights, sleeping arrangements, food, and personal necessities) and $550 a month for 5 months of volunteering from April to August (covering food, base lodging fees, and personal upkeep). When I say every penny counts, I seriously mean it! I have no doubt that the Lord will provide because He is the ultimate banker who decides where all His money goes, but there is truly something to a community of believers who supports His mission and His people.

On top of fundraising, I just as equally—if not more— need prayer! Whether you are not in a position to financially support or you already have and you want to do more, prayer is going to be huge for my outreach team! Please pray for an abundance of faith, support, fundraising, peace, protection, unity, and blessing over my team! Pray for each of us by name if you want (Olivia—me!— Kira and Juda—our staff— Emma, Ashley, Alex, Grace, Lilly, Katie, Eden, Rosie, Destiny, Lauryn—my teammates— and Jeremy and his family—our base leader with his wife and three boys) and for the Nation of Papua New Guinea. God has already been there and I believe He will continue to move in miraculous ways.

Thank you in advance and already for your faithful support! I know that PNG is where I am supposed to be and I have so much peace and faith in my decision to parter with the Lord for the beginning of my missions adventure with Him!

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