May 15, 2019

It’s All About the Timing

Jaime Gomez Global, News, Stories

God has a way of having the best timing for everything.   Sometimes it can feels as if He’s saying, “Go Here” while other times it’s, “Just Wait.” Changing Focus Ministries, in partnerShip with YWAM Ships Kona, had this very thing happen to them when they prayed about going to an outer island for Christmas.  “We were praying about where to go for our next trip and felt God leading us to Lae Atoll. It’s a smaller Atoll in the Marshall Islands; with only 20 …

Apr 04, 2019

A New Ship

Nick Cizej featured, Fleet Support, Global, News

On March 11, 2019, an amazing vessel was giftedby the owners and operators of Stoney Creek Shipping in Tauranga, New Zealand. This vessel is perfectly suited to serve the isolated islands of the Pacific and was in operation until December 2018 serving Pitcairn Island and surrounding locations under contract to the British Government. Stoney Creek Shipping Ltd has been most generous with the donation of the ship, including fuel in her tanks at the time of transition. This vessel opens a new season for New …

Mar 14, 2019

Radical Living

Jaime Gomez Stories

Does God have your full yes?  God is more concerned with our sanctification in this life than we are. He is willing to lead us to uncomfortable situations, without telling us why, most of the time.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his …

Feb 28, 2019

When Running Away is Good

Jaime Gomez Stories

When I decided to do my Discipleship Training School (DTS) two years ago, it was a rash last minute decision. I was in an incredibly unhealthy relationship and felt like I needed to flee to the other side of the world.  Since I was living in Florida, the other side of the world ended up being Australia, where I did my DTS. Though my relationship with God had been rocky for the months leading up to my DTS, I still knew there was more to …

Feb 14, 2019

I am not Judge and Jury.

Jaime Gomez Stories

“How am I in this position again?” I thought I had grown from my last experience.  No matter how many things I go through in life, I’m still needing to relearn lessons.  Years ago, I was mad at my gal pal. She had sinned and I immediately judged her for it. I was angry and upset and felt as if her sin affected me directly. I was disappointed in her for messing up and for not seeing the error of her ways. While sitting on …

Jan 22, 2019

Vision Trip to Bougainville Proves Beneficial

Jaime Gomez News

Brett Curtis, President and CEO of YWAM Ships Kona, and Karen Curtis recently took a group of supporters to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to showcase our activities to those who would want to invest in our mission and to inspire and cast vision for those who would want to be involved in future plans.  “It is beyond beautiful here, so remote and untouched, but so is the healthcare system. The plight of these amazing resilient people is very confronting. They never recovered and develop …

Dec 23, 2018

A Brand New Life

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

The YWAM Ships volunteers had just finished a regular day of providing health services at a small village in Bougainville. The vehicles were packed with people and medical supplies. Everyone was ready to go back to the m/v YWAM Liberty for the night.  Then, out of nowhere, Swickley Tova, our ship engineer, ran up to the trucks with urgent news. A woman down the road was going into labor and needed medical supervision and transportation to the nearby health center immediately!  Our team quickly changed …

Dec 11, 2018

The Boy Without Speech

Jaime Gomez News

We just had our last day of medical clinics for the year this past Wednesday. We visited a small island off the coast of the Southern part of Bougainville island called Rantan. God could not have prepared a more lovely day for our clinics to end on. The island was small, lovely and peaceful with a total population of 80 people. As medical coordinator, I don’t always get time to just sit and engage with the children. Although, this particular day was running so smoothly …

Nov 26, 2018

Bursting Up Out of the Ground

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

One of the best parts about living mission-minded is watching God “grow His garden”. He’s the one who has been cultivating the hidden, below ground work from the beginning and the best part is, He allows us to participate in the process.  Sometimes we are the sower; planting seeds and praying for them to sprout. Other times we are providing the support, the daily watering, and the right amount of sunshine and nutrients for growth. It’s a laborious process and often, we don’t see immediate …

Nov 11, 2018

The Worth of a Man’s Foot

Jaime Gomez Needs, Stories

“The on-shore clinic was set up at a memorable location on the coast near Torokina, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Our local hosts had taken a tiny post, beam and palm-thatched hut owned by the Wesleyan Church and transformed it into a dental clinic for our medical team’s use.  We felt the otherworldly Spirit that had camped there for centuries as we were told that this “church” memorializes the location as the landing spot of the first missionaries to Bougainville. The story passed down through …

Nov 08, 2018

Static and the Choices You Make

Jaime Gomez Stories

Thoughts and Questions before… “This season I’m in is chaotic. My human eyes turn to day and see nothing but static.  What if my Creator intentionally placed this static in my day. Could it be that the static is not hindering my vision, but in fact enhancing it? Naturally, we can get frustrated when things are unclear, but if everything was crystal clear, wouldn’t it become overwhelming?  Maybe my Heavenly Father is only revealing certain things; so that I have nowhere to turn but to Him, and nowhere …

Oct 30, 2018

Stepping Into God’s Plan

Jaime Gomez News

YWAM Ships Kona’s sister ministry, the UofN Poipet is always up for a challenge. However, at the beginning of the year, the staff had a time of prayer and felt they should pioneer a Bible Core Course (BCC) immediately after pioneering a Discipleship Training School.  Even though this was a bit intimidating, they moved forward in an attempt to find an experienced BCC leader and Cambodian staff. After a few months, they came up with a grand total of ZERO experienced leaders or staff, at …

Oct 27, 2018

Brian’s Next Steps: From Revelation to a Life Motivated

Jaime Gomez Stories

“I didn’t have a relationship with God before DTS. It has changed so much since DTS. It’s deepened, become more natural. It has become part of my lifestyle more than anything.” Brian values a relationship with God so much more than he did before. He feels he understands God’s love and how much God loves him. What many students face upon completing their DTS is what they will be doing next. For Brian, during the lecture phase of his DTS, he was able to help …

Oct 19, 2018

Brian’s Outreach: From Transformation to Revelation

Jaime Gomez Stories

“It’s a culture that I wasn’t really influenced in or knew before going because I’m from Canada and Korea and the South American culture isn’t something I’ve been exposed to, so it was cool seeing that.” For the outreach portion of DTS, each student is asked to pray about where they feel they’re supposed to go and write it down. After each student prays, the staff will look over what they wrote down and make the final decision. Brian was placed on the Panama/Chile team. …

Oct 12, 2018

Brian’s DTS: From Understanding to Transformation

Jaime Gomez Stories

He said, ‘You need a change in your life; you need to go serve other people, experience different things.’ I said no for 2 years… Brian Park, Korean born but raised in Canada, heard about DTS from his dad who had heard about it from a family friend whose son had completed a DTS and had come back completely changed. Even though Brian’s father kept recommending DTS to him, Brian kept turning him down. When he heard about DTS, he was going to University, getting …

Oct 06, 2018

God Goes Before Us

Jaime Gomez Stories

Every day of outreach is filled with a new expectancy for what the Lord is going to do, which includes many unknowns. My team and I were in our third week of outreach in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Most of our time had been spent connecting with locals and playing with children, as well as preaching in the local churches.  It was amazing to see how hungry the believers were and it was a privilege to encourage them with the …

Sep 20, 2018

Overcoming What Lies Ahead

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

The greatest revelation I walked away with after my Discipleship Training School (DTS) was that I was created to be an overcomer. We all know that life always has challenges, but the joy of following Jesus is that we are empowered to overcome whatever lies before us. I was deeply impacted by this thought in the lecture phase of my DTS and during my outreach phase, I experienced this truth at work in my life. My team and I were on board the m/v Pacific …

Sep 18, 2018

The Tale of the Tuna

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

Waking up early to watch the sunrise, I went to the outside deck. As I looked out upon the dark ocean that surrounded us, I could make out what looked to be an island not far off. As the sun began to rise, it became clear that we had arrived at Nissan Atoll in PNG. Now Nissan is kind of circular in shape with a lagoon in the middle with only two or three ways into it. Our goal was to make it into the …

Sep 15, 2018

Equipping those He calls . . .

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this”? Romans 9:20 Before we felt God calling us to go into missions, I always felt like I didn’t have many skills to offer. I felt extremely inadequate and I would look at many of the ladies at church that led different programs and wished I had what they possessed.  I always heard the line “God doesn’t call the equipped, He …

Sep 11, 2018

Springtime in PNG brings healings, loads of ministries and medical clinics

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

The April DTS team of 6 students and 2 leaders were on board the m/v YWAM Liberty for their entire outreach. Their journey was focused around the city of Lae and the Autonomous Region of  Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG). During this time, they participated in 2 full medical outreaches; one to the atoll of Nissan and one around various villages in Buka. Outside of the weeks dedicated to clinics, the team engaged in a variety of different ministry opportunities both on board the ship …

Sep 08, 2018

Can You Trust Him?

Jaime Gomez Stories

A year ago, I would have called you crazy if you told me I would move to Hawaii, one of the most expensive places to live and become a full-time missionary. I would have thought you were even more insane if you were to tell me I would then move to Canada to start a new YWAM base.  I simply didn’t think my life would go in that direction.  So then, why am I here in Canada? How did I decide to make these huge …

Sep 05, 2018

Marshall Islands: Partnering with the Ministry of Education

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

Our organization, “Changing Focus Ministries”, that partners with YWAM Ships Kona is doing some great things in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to promote education.  For the month of July, on the island of Gugeegu, a neighboring island to Ebeye that is connected by a man-made causeway, we have been a part of a month-long summer camp called, “Spartan Summer Camp”.   It’s a collective effort of the Ebeye Ministry of Education, PREL (Pacific Resources for Education and Learning) and the University of …

Aug 25, 2018

Journey to Pinipel: The Open Ocean & Storm

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

Our most recent medical outreach on the m/v YWAM Liberty was to Nissan atoll. Nissan is a small isolated atoll (shaped much like Maui’s hook) right above Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Often on our outreaches to these isolated locations, we will run mobile clinics to bring immunizations to the more isolated villages around the island, while the main clinic still carries on in the central location.  On this particular day, Emily, I, and our mobile clinic journeyed to the small atoll of Pinipel. The journey …

Aug 13, 2018

UofN Poipet – God’s Reminder

Jaime Gomez Stories

Ngan, a 91-year-old grandmother, accepted Jesus the first time our team met her. They had been evangelizing in a village and ended up at her family’s house. After sharing the Gospel and stories about Jesus, Ngan told them she believed in Jesus.  A month later, our team visited Ngan. She told them she was thinking about Jesus but confessed that she didn’t understand how to worship God outside of normal Buddhists traditions and had gone back to her formal Buddhist background. She thought she had …

Aug 11, 2018

Is Fundraising Really Necessary?

Jaime Gomez Stories

Fundraising? No. I’m not gonna do it. I’ll just hope and pray that people will catch on to what I’m doing. I mean I’ll update facebook, send out blogs, maybe write a newsletter, and then see what happens.  I know people are interested in what I’m doing so they’ll make a move. They’ll contact me. Why do I need to contact them directly? If they want to be a part of this, they’ll make an effort and say something, do something. I’ll just wait for …

Aug 04, 2018

OUR GOD HEALS!

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

We were in Lae, Papua New Guinea when God showed up in miraculous ways. Everywhere we went, we witnessed the Holy Spirit bringing a mass of healings! We had opportunities to preach and pray in prisons, open airs, the masses in the marketplace, and patients in the hospital. In the prison, Jeff and Trice, our volunteer staff and student, began praying for healing after preaching in their section of the prison. Men came forward with back pains, headaches, and more. Each man who received prayer was …

Jul 30, 2018

Bougainville President Tours YWAM Ships

Jaime Gomez News

The Hon. Chief Dr. John L. Momis, president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), visited the YWAM LIBERTY on July 30 accompanied by his wife, Lady Elizabeth. As they walked up the gangway, the courtesy flag of the AROB was already flying high on the mast. This flag was presented to the ship a few days earlier when the vice president and cabinet ministers visited the ship as part of the official launching of the YWAM LIBERTY to the AROB. The protocol of welcoming the YWAM team featured …

Jul 29, 2018

Dignity Restored

Jaime Gomez News

With a scarf covering one side of her face, and her eyes cast down, Hannah hesitantly approached Rhonda, a nurse practitioner. After sitting down, Hannah pulled back the scarf to reveal a massive keloid scar on her earlobe. The scar tissue had built up after she had injured her ear over a year prior. Hannah recounted to the translator, Susie, that she was constantly stared at wherever she went and laughed at by children, Hannah’s embarrassment had forced her to cover her face. With the nearest …

Jul 26, 2018

Flowers for Prostitutes

Jaime Gomez Stories

Door to door ministry. Handing out roses to women on the streets. Conversations and amazing prayer times. People’s lives being transformed. Some came to know the Lord; others were prayed for and encouraged. One of our January DTS teams recently finished up their 3-month outreach. They ministered to people in Florida and Costa Rica. Their ministry time was full of showing God’s love in the simplest of ways.  Prayer was a huge part of this outreach. Everywhere they went, the team prayed. They were always …