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Mark Phillips
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Hey Y’all, my name is Mark Phillips and I am a missionary with YWAM Ships Kona. Our aim at YWAM Ships is to serve the most remote and difficult-to-reach locations in the South Pacific. I am currently serving onboard the YWAM Liberty, our Medical vessel in Papua New Guinea, as the Community Engagement Leader. Our medical outreaches involve visiting various villages and providing health teachings, distributing medicines, conducting Bible teachings, providing children’s ministry, oral Bible translation, and more. While our medical professionals focus on physical needs, we get to do the fun stuff with the communities.

I love serving in Papua New Guinea, but I feel a strong calling to serve in every isolated island nation in the Pacific for the rest of my life. I invite you to join me in this mission that the Lord has given me, not only to reach the hardest-to-reach places but also to submit to the Lord every day. Together, let’s impact the kingdom!

Mark Phillips

Hey everyone,

It’s been a challenging week. Ever since I sent out my last newsletter for the month discussing healing and the goodness of God, I have been facing intense spiritual struggles. I sent the email about complete health last week and the very same day, I fell ill again. This time, I was struck by an unexplained illness that seemed to worsen until Saturday the 22nd. On that day, I felt completely healthy and well, and managed to accomplish a lot in preparation for my rest day on Sunday. However, that’s when things took a turn for the worse. I suffered two seizures and was unconscious throughout the entirity of Sunday, with no memory of what happened. I was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with cerebral malaria and cerebral meningitis, and put on anti-seizure medication. I woke up in the ICU on Monday at 4 AM after being monitored closely. Fortunately, I’m on the road to recovery with the help of strong medication and constant medical care of the Nurses on my YWAM Medical team with me. I was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday morning and am continuing to take massive amounts of IV and Oral antibiotics and medications.

To add to everything, my phone suddenly stopped working. It has a green screen and isn’t responsive to anything, so I might need to get a new one. However, I refuse to let this steal my joy. While I acknowledge the importance of being honest with our emotions, I find myself untroubled by this situation. I refuse to let fear control my happiness. My life, joy, and thoughts belong to Jesus, and I won’t let financial or health crises rule over me. Please join me in prayer to push through this difficult time and continue worshipping Jesus above all else, reminding ourselves of God’s goodness and mercy.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion – to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness; that they may be called oaks of righteousness,” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

Blessings,
Mark Phillips