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Youth With A Mission are on the move! YWAM, a community based organisation, are preparing to move to new premises in the CBD and will be disposing of their current holdings in West End.
Accumulated over the last 20 years, the portfolio includes seven adjoining residential and commercial West End properties with a land area of totalling 6,780 m2.
YWAM have acquired the properties over this period of time in order to facilitate their education and youth services in the Townsville community.
Importantly, all proceeds from the sale of the properties will be directed back into the local community by funding the development of YWAM’s proposed new ‘Institute for the Nations’ campus at the former TAFE site in the CBD.
Managing Director of YWAM, Ken Mulligan said he remembered when YWAM first came to Townsville in 1992.
“We would walk the streets of West End, dreaming of what could be,” he said.
“We came with absolutely nothing except for a heart to serve and that’s what we’ve done.”
“We’ve loved our home and our neighbours in West End. It will be bittersweet to move away, but we’ve well and truly outgrown the facility.”
“We are so grateful that the Council has helped find us a new home where we can grow, help more people in the community, and play a vital role in the City’s CBD vision.” Mr Mulligan said.
Colliers International and Keyes and Co Property have been appointed to sell the portfolio.
Colliers Townsville Director Steven McDonald said that there was huge diversity within the portfolio
“On offer is seven commercial and residential buildings over multiple titles. The portfolio includes 8 Strata titled residential units, two houses, a block of flats, a and a stand alone commercial office building with the centrepiece being YWAM’s current headquarters” he said.
“The main building is simply spectacular. It is a 1,313m2 multipurpose facility consisting of a range of high quality offices and training areas, along with an air-conditioned auditorium and events area, plus commercial kitchen, recording studio, and a large covered deck area.”
“You’ve got to see it to understand the full capability of the facility,” he said.
Mr McDonald said that the entire portfolio was on offer and the properties could be purchased in one line, in combinations, or individually.
The commercial properties will be offered to the market in an expressions of interest campaign with the entire program culminating in a massive auction and community day at the facility where Keyes and Co Managing Director Damien Keyes will auction the residential properties under the hammer.
We expect it to be quite a spectacle and encourage both prospective purchasers and the general public to attend and maybe take away a little better understanding of just how much great work YWAM does in the community.
The Auction and Community Day is schedule for Saturday 7th December.7th December, auction, colliers, ken mulligan, Keyes and Co, west end, YWAM Townsville
The family at YWAM Townsville has become a little larger. With dancing, singing, traditional protocols from several nations, great celebration, and feasting (including a pig on a spit), we are thrilled to welcome 22 of our friends who have moved from Island Breeze in Brisbane to YWAM Townsville!
This talented group of people bring a unique flair to our centre and spur us on in our vision to Australia, Papua New Guinea and beyond. Joining with our family from the Pacific, we are both able to extend our hand to people in new ways, and exponentially expand our reach.
We are excited to see our family grow, and we are eager to discover what we can do together!
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Art is a major part of Jessica Wolfe’s life, but her focus has not always been on drawing. Jessica attended a local university in Oregon, where she was granted a full athletic scholarship for running. However, after a short while, an unfortunate hip injury prevented her from being able to run. Sadly, Jessica lost her scholarship and could not longer afford to attend university. But things began to look up for Jessica when she heard about YWAM Townsville! Just after her nineteenth birthday, Jessica made a brave decision and left her home in the United States to volunteer in Townsville.
Jessica worked on renovating the staff housing on the YWAM base. Jessica enjoys the live-learn environment that YWAM Townsville provides, and is glad to incorporate her love of art into daily life.
As she prepared to return to her home in America, a pressing question still remained. “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” Jessica optimistically faces this question. “When I had to quit school, I realized that my future was not going to be debt and bondage, but rather freedom… I know who I am now.” Jessica wants to use her gifts to the best of her ability and is excited for all that the future holds!
Sometimes you are put in situations and find yourself using your skills when you least expect it. For the four nurses on our DTS outreach team, this experience was one of those occasions.
A few weeks ago before our team arrived, the police were searching for a criminal in a settlement of Port Moresby. After an unsuccessful raid, the police directed their frustration on to innocent residents of the settlement. When the dust settled, 74 people were left injured. Severed tendons, severe bruising and broken bones were among the recorded afflictions.
When Tabernacle of Prayers, the local church that was kind enough to house us, received word of this, they were determined to help. They contacted local government officials, raised awareness, and gathered enough medical supplies to help all of the victims.
The nurses on our team were able to join forces with a local nurse and provide health care for the victims. It was amazing to see how the skills they acquired from their home countries were crucial halfway across the world! Despite being in an unfamiliar environment and working with minimal supplies and equipment, they fervently provided compassionate care to the men and their families. At the end of the day, all who had been injured were treated, fed, and driven safely back to their homes.
“It is not just a coincidence that your team was here at this moment,” one local said. “Your presence and willingness brings hope to the people.”
What began as an act of injustice, ended as a day of mending wounds and strengthening friendships.papua new guinea, png, Raid, ywam, YWAM Medical Ships, YWAM Townsville
Wind hits your face, temporarily freezing the blood capillaries that lie fresh under your cheeks. It continues past your ears, filling them with the loud roar of the motor engine that fills the atmosphere. Rain falls from the heavens, running over the bright yellow vest that you wear, before draining into the swollen rivers that adventure throughout the land of the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. Around you are the people that have become your family; the volunteers, the locals, and health care workers that have travelled many miles for this single opportunity… the chance to see the lives of many changed for the better. To see hope brought and life being fulfilled each new day.
The Flight of the Zodiacs. The chariots that gently glide across the visible calm rivers bringing songs of celebration to untouched villages. The protectors of self, the delivers of heroes, the birds of hope.
It is pouring now. The Zodiac flies quickly along the river surface towards the village where we will deliver doctors, nurses, aid workers, and educators. Physically, every inch of my body is soaked in the tropical rain that leaves poor visibility. Yet my emotions tell me that this is the best day in Papua New Guinea. And though tears of rain stream down my cheeks, the locals bring rainbows of sunshine every time they smile, because no matter how limited the sun’s shine will be, nothing can dampen the brightness of the hope that we bring. We stand for life, and bringing life to the full.
Our Zodiac rocks gently up to the banks that line the rivers edge. Up a rocky lean-to ladder made out of sticks, locals wait, dressed with welcoming smiles and clothes scarred with evidence of a hard working life. One step ashore and you can feel the mud squelch between your toes – a strange sensation bringing reactions to your face. Beady eyes peek out from the cracks in the rotting wood, held together to make a home. This life is simple, and I can learn from that.
As clinics begin for the day and education sessions commence, lives are transformed and hearts are open to hope, new life, and freedom. What we have been given so freely in the western world is a matter of life or death for these people. Where we see a bandage, they see healing. Where we see immunisations, they see release from disease. See, what we call free, they call freedom.
Parallel to the goodness that comes throughout the day, opportunities arise with individuals that plant seeds of restoration, new life, and release. Testimonies and stories reach the surface that inspires locals, communities, and supporters on an international level. One such conversation witnessed the innocence and hope that we brought to the people of this land.
Diane, a local woman, showing lines of an estimated 58 year old, shared with fellow volunteer, and dear friend of mine, Mckenzie, the great gift of God that we brought to her nation. In her simple broken English, she confessed, “It means so much that you come and teach us, because it gives my people hope.” Mckenzie continued sharing the importance of not keeping this hope to ourselves, but sharing it with others. Because it is through blessing others, that we find ourselves blessed. It is in sharing life with others, that we find ourselves really living.
Hope is being restored in this nation.
And I will witness to that.