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YWAM Ships Mazatlan

YWAM Ships Mazatlan


Our Ships ministry exists to transform and bring hope to communities and people groups only accessible by water. Our campus is one of several launching places, with vessels that are sent to serve different communities all over the world. God has given us the heart to minister to the isolated and unreached people groups of Mexico and the Pacific Rim. Through bringing specialized medical care, education, and the Gospel, God is starting a revival with ships.

We exist as a mobile expression of our YWAM Campus. 

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By reaching and fulfilling physical needs that a community might have, you allow the presence of God to be reflected through the need that is met.

As we do this, doors open to also meet emotional and spiritual needs, and the gospel takes root as we serve and introduce them to who God is.


As YWAM Ships Mazatlan, our mission is to be a catalyst for transformation in these communities. We address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of these communities. Our desire is to construct homes and shelters for the needy, run medical clinics, distribute bibles, and do community development projects.

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Many communities in Mexico and the Caribbean can only be physically reached by ships and boats. We focus on isolated islands and coastlines of Mexico and the Pacific Rim.


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Our Ship 

The M/V Amazing Grace! A family from San Francisco, the Ebio Family, lived on this ship for 17 years before coming here. The whole time, they had been holding onto a promise that God was going to use the Amazing Grace for missions. At the same time that God called us to start a ships ministry, we met the Ebio's, and it completed exactly what God had spoken to them! In February 2017, they sailed it down to Mazatlan to begin its preparation for ministry!


The m/v (motor vessel) Amazing Grace is the flagship of YWAM Ships Mazatlan. Originally built in England in 1939, this 101 foot long (33m), 145 Gross ton ship has sailed all around the world including the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean.

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After serving as a pleasure yacht for the beginning of its life, the Amazing Grace was purchased by the Ebio family in 2000 to serve as a medical transport ship to bring medicine to Syria and the mediterranean. Despite many setbacks and delays, the Lord connected the Ebios with YWAM Mazatlan at a conference in Tijuana and the rest is history. After 17 years of waiting, God delivered the Amazing Grace to Mazatlan, Mexico to fulfill its purpose as a medical missions vessel.

The Amazing Grace sleeps 26 with 5 toilets and 5 showers. The main deck is composed of the medical consultation room, galley (kitchen), and salon. The salon serves as our meeting room, dining room, hangout space, worship area, and general community gatherings. Below the main deck is our sleeping quarters which are divided into many flexible sleeping areas for all of our sailing crew, medical professionals, and general volunteers.

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Medical Brigades

Started in March of 2015 by a small group of YWAM staff, the brigades are a response to a vulnerable community’s request for better and more accessible healthcare. The aim of the brigades is to provide access to basic primary health care as well as preventative services to the most marginalized communities in Mazatlan. They work together with volunteer medical professionals and the city’s health care institutions to provide a day of wholistic and free medical care.

Since their inception, there have been five brigades in two different communities, serving more than 620 people. The volunteer team offers two brigades per year to every community they serve, with the goal of connecting those who need more regular care with other resources and services in the city.


We are looking for volunteers - be part of our next one!

Healthcare Professionals: Counselors, dentists, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, veterinarians, and so on. 

General: People who can help us distribute clothes, help the doctors, play with the kids, and just in general with whatever is required that day.

Your church or youth group can help us! This is a great opportunity for the participants to model their compassionate hearts, and be transformed as you experience healthcare and culture in a new form.

Service opportunities are the best way to discover vocation and calling, and one's own place to help people.


Financial Support

Your financial support, even if it seems little, enables us to continue serving. You can also help us by promoting this opportunity in your network so others may give as well. We value your generosity and we will manage any donation with integrity on behalf of the needy. If your company is interested in sending a donation, we are enabled to extend tax-deductible receipts. Contact us in order to learn more. 

DONOR: You can collect medical equipment, medical supplies, etc.

Sending Donations:

You can send your donation through PayPal:
(Please note in the Subject Field that it is for Medical Brigades and e-mail us to be aware of it). Our PayPal account is: accounting@ywammazatlan.com

You can also send your donation through our safe website; please visit to learn about options for sending donations: https://www.ywammazatlan.com/donations

Opportunities and Needs: 

  • Medical equipment 
  • First aid kits
  • Medicine stocks
  • Office equipment (tables, desks, chairs, storage, laptops) 
  • New clothes and shoes to be donated
  • Sponsors to help purchase prescription glasses
  • Sponsors to help cover expenses of surgeries
  • Sponsors to help buy wheelchairs, crutches, prosthetics

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There's Space for Everyone!

YWAM Ships Mazatlan serves to equip missionaries, both young and old, with the tools to effectively help people in impoverished situations as well as how to communicate the gospel cross-culturally. There are many ways to jump aboard and partner with us—come and be a part of our pioneering team, do one of our Ships DTS's, or help support us both financially and prayerfully.

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Where Can You Serve?


Engage with YWAM Ships Mazatlan and come aboard the M/V AMAZING GRACE as we help bring hope to communities along Mexico's Riviera Nayarit and the Sea of Cortez. Our model is to partner with skilled medical volunteers to help do everything from basic education to primary health care and minor procedures. We accept medical volunteers of all skill levels and backgrounds that seek to make a difference in the lives of the people of Mexico.

→ Doctors, Advanced Practiced Providers & Nurses

→ Dentists & Dental Assistants

→ Technicians

→ Midwives

→ Opticians

→ Physical Therapists

→ Pharmacists

→ Community Health Educators

→ Translators

→ Medical Database Managers

→ Medical Registrar

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Primary Health Care Clinics (PHC)

Mobile teams leave the vessel each morning on inflatable zodiacs and conduct clinic activity ashore returning to the vessel for dinner and overnight accommodations. Depending on the location the clinics may be running medical, optical, dental, community health education (CHE) and midwife clinics.

  • Midwives
  • Nurses & Doctors
  • Pharmacists


Dental work is done on the AMAZING GRACE as well as mobile dental units we take ashore. The most common procedure is pulling teeth and relieving people of immediate discomfort and infection. We also work with local dentists here in Mazatlan to provide long-term preventative training once the immediate needs have been met.

  • Dentists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Sterilization Technician
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Optical clinics are held ashore as well. Glasses collected throughout the year are dispensed at the optical clinic. This could change a child's life, enabling children to read the black board at school and continue to receive. Simple glasses that were previously sitting in drawers or discarded become an amazing gift for many.

  • Optometrists
  • Visual Acuity Testers
  • Reading station
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Community Health Education

Education of just a few mothers and grandmothers in the area of basic health means they become trainers themselves when they return home. This is one of our most multipliable ministries – training trainers! The impact is not just one family but often entire villages meaning massive change for their future.

  • Community Health Educators
  • Physical Therapists

Marine Volunteer Opportunities

Each of our crew on board a YWAM Ships Mazatlan vessel are volunteers who come from all over the world. What brings us together is a unified belief in the vision of YWAM Ships. With that in mind, all YWAM Ships Mazatlan volunteers willingly pay their own way to the vessel and cover their living and personal costs while serving with us on board.

It is this heart of our volunteers that enables YWAM Ships Mazatlan to make a difference in Mexico and fuels the vision of bringing hope to the most isolated and least reached. We invite you to consider putting your maritime skills to work on board one of our vessels and enable the other specialty crew who join you to make a lasting difference as they deliver medical, educational and water projects to those in need.

In order to operate such a specialized ministry, we require a number of qualified mariners to operate our ships. This includes both qualified officers and cadets in deck, engineering and stewards.

→ Captain 

→ Deck Officer

→ Deck Cadet

→ Engineer


With YWAM Ships Mazatlan you can use your skills to reach the most isolated and disadvantaged communities on the coastlines of Mexico and beyond.

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