Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Info about Honduras

Hi Everyone! Destination Paradise just posted this update on their website about the location-change to Honduras. Check it out:

November 2009


YWAM DP is excited to announce that the next SAILING DTS, starting in January 2010,will be held just to the south of Belize, in the Central American -Caribbean nation of Honduras. The beautiful beaches, outstanding sailing, and crystal clear waters of the Bay Islands of Honduras await the fortunate students on this upcoming Discipleship Training School.

One of the things that make YWAM Destination Paradise unique is that students are very effectively mentored in and exposed to Godly leadership principles in amazing environments; places where people want to be, doing adventurous and exciting things that people want to do, namely sailing or scuba diving. By sending the SAILING DTS to Roatan and the Bay Islands, YWAM DP is certainly going to deliver on an amazing place to be!

The event that actually forced the decision to take the Sailing DTS out of Belize was a recent boarding of our boats by Belizean customs officials. They asked for paperwork that we did not have, nor did we need according to other government officials. The paperwork we have for the boats is the same as every other sailing charter boat in the country of Belize. Making a long story short, the Belizean Customs department required us to either pay full customs duty on the boats (32.4% of the value of the boats) or take the boats out of the country. We recently sailed both boats down to Utila, in the Bay Islands where they are now. There are efforts underway now to see Belizean laws either clarified or changed that will hopefully allow us to return to Belize with our two sailing cats. But for now, we are very excited about being in the Bay Islands of Honduras and plying these waters for the time being.

Please pray for the students of the January Sailing DTS and the exciting and amazing experience that awaits them coming up soon! By the way, there is still some space in that school, so if you or someone you know is interested in a bunk aboard the boats, now is the time to get that application in!

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