Do Justice Kona serves as headquarters for the ministry and works to network in the University of the Nations, coordinate projects, hold annual training schools (April Quarter), host training seminars and workshops, and coordinate regional office projects.
Sara comes to the project with passion and 15 years of experience in international trainings and non-profit consulting and advocacy work. She completed her DTS in 1995 at Makapala, Hawaii and then spent six months at the YWAM-Porto Velho base working with the indigenous ministries. It was there that she realized a need for more understanding of the systemic injustices perpetrated by governments on the people they were supposed to be protecting.
This led to pursuing a degree in International Affairs from Gordon College and then a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University where she focused her studies on legislative drafting for democratic social change and civil society advocacy, as well as an extensive research project on land rights of the indigenous tribes of Brazil.
Sara spent 6 months in Iraq, working with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs as a program manager to support the drafting of the Iraqi constitution in 2005. She has worked on trainings in Vietnam and Indonesia teaching legislative drafting skills to government officials, participated in online courses teaching legislative drafting, and has taught workshops in Brazil and Hawaii (working with YWAM) teaching legislative advocacy to civil society groups. She ran her own non-profit consulting business for 8 years assisting US nonprofits in fundraising, strategic planning, and program development.
In 2007-2008, along with other YWAMers from Brazil and Kona, she collaborated on the Muwaji’s Law Project which sought to outlaw the practice of indigenous infanticide in Brazil.
After glimpsing the world of diplomatic relations in her time in Baghdad, Sara is passionate about bringing young Christians into the world of international affairs and political discourse.
She and her husband, Steve, and their four children moved to Hawaii in the fall of 2015 to work full time with YWAM and the UofN to launch this ministry and a series of schools to support training in government work and advocacy.
Our 2017 school class of amazing women from the world...
So proud of them!
Much coffee was consumed during this school!