What We Do
Purpose Bound is
Purpose Bound is a non-profit Christian ministry organization that offers unique Caribbean travel experiences designed to accelerate the spiritual growth of its participants. Our core experiences are one and two week sailing excursions that combine the elements of a retreat, a mission trip, and a Caribbean adventure living on a sailboat and exploring the islands. Participants engage in discussion-based studies, and enjoy prayer, worship and personal reflection time in this beautiful tropical setting. We venture into the heart of island poverty, where participants serve and engage in hands-on mission work. Participants also experience island life and culture, and have the opportunity to see God’s creation up close through hiking, snorkeling, sailing and more. Our advanced experiences include land-based missions work, Christian camp adventures, and multi-week leadership development and other focused training sessions. Individuals and smaller groups can select from our scheduled one or two week trips for 8-10 participants, and groups of any size can have a custom-designed trip created just for them.
The Caribbean was specifically chosen as the perfect locale for our program for several reasons. Leaving routine, familiarity and distractions far behind, participants step into an environment highly conducive to their growth as Christians. The natural beauty of the tropical islands provides the perfect setting for the uninterrupted time of introspection, inspiration, rejuvenation and transformation needed for deep spiritual growth. At the same time, the islands allow participants to experience a wide variety of cultural diversity, paralleling that found in poverty stricken nations around the world. This special place where land, sky and ocean meet provides many other unique experiential learning options. The Caribbean is also conveniently accessed from the U.S., and in terms of international travel, the islands we visit are considered very safe.
Overall, each Purpose Bound trip is designed to be a life-changing experience resulting in significant personal growth and development as a Christian. By impacting participants, we hope they will be better prepared to impact others. At its core, our goals are to help each participant discover or re-discover their life purpose, mobilize them to action within the Christian service community, and create lasting connections with fellow believers. Ultimately, it is our prayer that each participant undergo deep transformation and lasting change. Our mission will be accomplished if each participant returns home completely committed to leading a life of purpose, and prepared to immediately put to use their unique gifts and talents for God’s kingdom work.
Purpose Bound is a non-profit Christian organization that offers unique Caribbean travel experiences designed to accelerate the spiritual growth of its participants. Our core experiences are one and two week sailing excursions that combine the elements of a retreat, a mission trip, and a Caribbean adventure living on a sailboat and exploring the islands. Participants engage in discussion-based studies, serve in underdeveloped countries, and enjoy prayer and personal reflection time in this beautiful tropical setting. Participants also experience island life and culture, and have th eopportunity to see God’s creation up close through hiking, snorkeling, sailing and more. And Our advanced experiences include leadership development training voyages, land-based missions work and Christian camp adventures. Individuals can select from our scheduled one or two week trips, and groups can have a custom-designed trip created just for them.
We combine elements of retreat, mission trip, island exploration and water activities into week-long and multi-week adventures within these tropical islands. Leaving familiarity far behind, participants step into an environment highly conducive to accelerated and deep spirtual growth as well as unique experiential learning options. Every trip includes various opportunities for hands-on service benefitting the impoverished local island inhabitants. At its core, our goals are to help each participant discover or re-discover their life purpose, mobilize them to action within the Christian service community, and create lasting connections with fellow believers. growth as a Christian.
What makes Purpose Bound both unique and more effective is our one-of-a-kind core experience where participants actually live on a sailboat during the course of the program. Our multi-faceted journey offers not only a a spiritual retreat and discussion-based study aspect, but many real world activities and experiences. From exploring the beauty, history, and culture of the varying islands we visit, to learning to sail and participating in a variety of water sports, to engaging in actual missions work, we offer participants an experience of a lifetime. Immersing participants in a real world environment helps reveal and then utilize their unique God-given gifts and talents. By impacting participants, we hope they will be better prepared to impact others.
The Caribbean was specifically chosen as the perfect locale for our program for several reasons. The natural beauty of the islands provides the perfect setting for experiencing up close God’s wonderful creation, and offers a relaxing and contemplative environment conducive to deep spiritual growth. At the same time, the islands allow participants to experience a wide variety of cultural diversity, paralleling that found in poverty stricken nations around the world. The Caribbean is also conveniently accessed from the U.S., and in terms of international travel, the islands we visit are considered very safe.
Overall, the Purpose Bound experience is designed to provide the optimum mix of elements leading to overall personal growth and development as a Christian. Our comprehensive and balanced approach addresses the spiritual, the emotional, the physical, and the relational, as participants learn, serve, experience and grow. Ultimately, it is our prayer that each participant undergo deep transformation and change. And that each participant returns home completely commited to leading a life of purpose, and prepared to immediately put to use their unique gifts and talents for God’s kingdom work.
Who We Are
Purpose Bound is led by a small group of strong believers who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and who feel called to help others fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. This group possesses a synergistic mix of education, experience and Christian ministry involvement that includes titles like director of global orphan care, high school ministry leader, Christian elementary school teacher and Christian music producer. Formally, we operate as Purpose Bound, Inc., an Arizona-based non-profit organization (501(c)(3) status pending) governed by a slate of three directors who also serve as the organization’s officers: Sam Ciatu, Alan Zeigler, and Ashley Ciatu.
Statement of Faith
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is born with an inherent attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Join Our Team
Purpose Bound is always interested in talking with solid Christian leaders who would like to become a part of the team. Two primary roles are filled for each and every sailing experience: the Trip Leader, an internship position, and the Vessel Skipper, a paid position. Both of these positions are described below. Administrative positions may also be posted on this site from time to time.
Trip Leader Internship
The internship position we offer to serve as Trip Leader is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will live and work on a sailing vessel in the beautiful Caribbean, serving as trip leader and trainer as well as facilitator of all missions work, shore excursions and water sports. You will also serve as the Vessel Skipper’s sailing “mate”, sharing cooking and other simple tasks benefitting program participants. While this position is non-paying, we cover the costs of your travel to and from the departure port, as well as room and board before, after and during the voyage. The chosen candidate(s) for this position will have exceptional leadership skills and significant experience speaking in front of groups of fellow believers. This position is ideal for a recent seminary/bible school graduate; a youth, college or young adult pastor; or an experienced lay leader. The internship is designed to last for multiple voyages, so a flexible schedule is required.
Our Vessel Skipper is a paid position with compensation based on a per-voyage basis. The cost of your travel to and from our departure port is also provided, as is room & board for the duration of the journey. This position is for an experienced professional sailor only, and one who understands that the safety and security of those on board is their first priority. The minimum requirements for this position are either a United States Coast Guard Captain’s License or an International Yachmasters Certification, along with a significant and demonstrable track record of skippering charters or full-time sailing vessels. In addition, our Vessel Skipper must have an active CPR certification from the U.S. Red Cross, as well as a first aid certificate. The Vessel Skipper must be capable of basic vessel maintenance, including engines and electronics. You will work hand-in-hand with the Trip Leader in readying the vessel for the journey, purchasing food and other supplies, assisting with program participant transfers, performing cooking, cleaning the vessel, and willingly handling all other tasks on- or off-vessel necessary to provide program participants the utmost voyage experience. Tourism and hospitality industry experience would be a plus. When not piloting the vessel, the Vessel Skipper is also expected to participate or assist in program training, mission service and other voyage activities. The Vessel Skipper must be a U.S. citizen.
Core Values of All Team Members
At Purpose Bound, we recognize that certain core values need to be present to stay true to our vision and mission. While there are many words that describe who we are and what we do, the following core values are shared by every member of the team:
Service Everything we do at Purpose Bound has a purpose and a reason. We are here to serve. We serve each other and we serve those we come in contact with. We want to be known as people of love and one of the ways we can clearly show love is by serving everyone we meet with the same kind of love God has shown all of us.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10
Authenticity We believe that Christians should manifest authenticity with God, within themselves, and with others. An authentic life is characterized by personal integrity, honesty, wholeness, and genuine friendships. We seek to mold, shape and develop this idea of authenticity in and through Purpose Bound.
“Our lives in this world, and especially our relations with you, have been ruled by God-given frankness and sincerity.” 2 Corinthians 1:12
Excellence We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people from all walks of life. We aggressively seek excellence in all we do. From day one we will expect nothing but the very best God has given you. Whether it is leading participants or tending to the ordinary, we value bringing God our “A” game in all that we do.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” Colossians 3:23,24
Teamwork At Purpose Bound we believe in the power of teams. This is why everything we do as a staff and crew is done in a team–focused environment. We believe there is stronger potential for learning and ultimately a higher impact in teams.
“In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5
Support Our Ministry
We must support believers who go on trips like this so that we can work together with them in spreading the truth.” 3 John 1:8 (GW)
We are currently seeking an individual or team of ministry partners to assist with the following needs:
(1) Monthly tithe to support ministry leaders and cover certain other on-going administrative costs.
(2) Several one-time gift amounts to cover specific start-up costs.
(3) Mini-loans to cover the cost of boat charter deposits pending the receipt of participant trip fees.
(4) Donating the use of a home, condo, office or sailboat docked in or near the Virgin Islands or St. Martin.
If you share our heart for the concept of this ministry and feel led to consider some form of financial support, simply contact us and we will provide you further details about our needs.
For the convenience of those with whom we’ve already spoken, you can make an online donation here. (We appreciate checks for larger donations so as to avoid credit card fees.)
*Legal Notice: This is simply a notification of ministry needs to a limited audience of fellow Christians who are inclined to seek out and support ministries like this, and is not a general or specific solicitation for donations from the general public.