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 …

Jul 19, 2017

One Of Our PartnerShips Serving In The Marshall Islands:

Jaime Gomez Global

We had a very successful sail to the outer atoll of Namu and went to the islands of Mae and Loen. While there we did health clinics, diabetes prevention education, gave out reading glasses, performed children’s programs, engaged in men’s and women’s Bible studies and gave out a Bible to every household on both islands. 32 Bibles on Mae and 48 Bibles on Loen. We’ve continued to build relationships with the people we meet. Just recently we created new relationships with Torlick Anien, Alap of …

Mar 20, 2017 l'Astrolabe


brettcurtis Global, News

Thank you for giving! YWAM has a new ship and her name is… It is 8am and we are standing on the dock alongside YWAM’s newest vessel. She joined the YWAM fleet last night as papers and funds exchanged hands.   We have been either dockside or onboard ship for hundreds of arrivals and departures like this in our decades with ships. It is always a magnificent moment as a ship pulls away or comes alongside. No matter the size or style of ship, there …

Mar 15, 2017

L’Astrolabe Is Set To Join YWAM Ships Fleet

Jaime Gomez Fleet Support, Global, Medical, Needs, News, Uncategorized

The future got significantly brighter today because of the acquisition of another ship, L’Astrolabe, and the fact that YWAM Norway has elected to join us collaboratively in our work. YWAM Norway will join YWAM Ships Kona with the vessel the m/v L’Astrolabe (read more about her new name here). This will be a tremendous boost to our ability to reach the 293 populated islands of Papua New Guinea with God’s love, and mark the beginning of a new season as we build strength together along …

Mar 09, 2017 l'Astrolabe

Partner With Us

Admin Ships Fleet Support, Global, Medical, Needs, News, Uncategorized

Here at YWAM Ships Kona we have some incredibly exciting news! We can hardly believe what has been unfolding over the last few weeks. We are all pleased to announce that we have been gifted an amazing vessel to join our fleet of medical ships! P&O Maritime reached out to our partner base YWAM Medical Ships Townsville and alerted them to the fact that the L’Astrolabe, a scientific research and supply vessel, was being retired. The Townsville team met and secured the vessel, and in a beautiful act …

Feb 07, 2017 M/V Pacific Link

YWAM Ships Kona Lauds Union With Samaritan Aviation

Raymond Billy Global, Uncategorized

EAST SEPIK PROVINCE, Papua New Guinea — The work of YWAM medical ships worldwide has attracted dozens of sponsors and partners. One of those is Samaritan Aviation. The nonprofit organization — which uses float planes to deliver humanitarian aid — has carried more than 125,000 pounds of medicine since 2010 to the most isolated parts of Papua New Guinea. It has teamed up there with YWAM Ships Kona to help meet the health care needs of those living in East Sepik Province. Samaritan Aviation president …

Sep 27, 2016

PACIFIC LINK Arrives In East Sepik, Papua New Guinea

Nick Cizej Global, News

EAST SEPIK PROVINCE, Papua New Guinea — YWAM Ships Kona’s training and medical ship, the m/v PACIFIC LINK and its team of volunteers were enthusiastically escorted into Wewak for the first time last week by Tarawa canoes, seaplanes and traditional singing and dancing. The guest of honor for the function was Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, who officially invited YWAM to expand its health care and training services to East Sepik Province earlier this year. “In our system of government, health and education are prime priorities. YWAM’s assistance is helping us a lot, particularly …

Sep 14, 2016

Features: Port YWAM Students Aid Medical Outreaches

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, News

A group of international students brought medical aid to Marshall Islands citizens during two months of field work which concluded in August. The students were there to fulfill a public-service requirement from the spring Discipleship Training School at Port YWAM. They worked with Scott and Katie Suderno — long-term missionaries who collaborate with YWAM Ships Kona under its partnerSHIP program — along with their children Nick and Sidney. Most of the health care work took place during the two weeks they spent on Carlos and …

Sep 14, 2016

Features: Vessel Takes YWAM To Isolated Panamanians

Nick Cizej Global, News

BOCAS DEL TORO PROVINCE, Panama — Outpost Panama staff are pleased with the outcome of their outreach aboard the motor vessel MAKING WAVES this summer. The group sailed to Isla Tigre (Tiger Island) last month to serve the indigenous Ngöbe people with medical care and spiritual encouragement while also researching other practical needs the villagers there might have. They sailed three hours south from the YWAM Ships Kona outpost before arriving to the isolated location. Danielle Pruzaniec, who participated in the ministry trip, said she …

Sep 02, 2016

Features: Port YWAM Couple Directs Haiti Efforts

Nick Cizej Global, News

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Philipson and Kelsea Georges are using a short-term strategy to support their long-term vision. The Haitian-born Philipson, 30, and his American wife are helping bring social transformation to his Caribbean homeland by sending teams from Port YWAM to serve the nation both spiritually and through humanitarian aid. All of this is in preparation for their dream of starting a full-time ministry in Haiti. Kelsea Georges, 27, said the primary thrust of the couple’s efforts is to nurture healthy families. “Family dysfunction is …

Sep 02, 2016

Features: Port YWAM Kona Team Flourishes In Cambodia

Nick Cizej Global, News

POIPET, Cambodia — A team of YWAM Ships Kona-trained missionaries has established a field station here for the purpose of staging community development initiatives. Under the banner of The Poipet Project, the initiatives cover a broad range of areas, including vocational training, English teaching and Bible basics. The group is comprised of participants in Discipleship Training Schools held in 2015 and this year at Port YWAM Kona in Hawaii. Uriah Lyford, who also spent four months in Cambodia last year, said he is awestruck by how seamlessly …

Jul 29, 2016

News: Missionaries Strategize At Ships Conference

Nick Cizej Global

TOWNSVILLE, Australia — Nearly 100 participants from Youth With A Mission and other ministries convened here in July for the Ship Equipped Ministry gathering. Those in attendance listened to and shared outreach stories, strategies and ideas in an effort to collate best practices, listen to one another and to God. The meeting served as a celebration of the growing fleet operated by YWAM staff worldwide. The mission now has two-dozen vessels on five continents and elders within the mission hope to expand that number to 40 across …

May 03, 2016 YWAM Ship Ruach

YWAM Ships Receives Third Vessel for PNG – s/y RUACH

Nick Cizej Global, News

Today there has been yet another extraordinary act of generosity gifted to YWAM Ships Kona, this time from a Swiss organization. An incredible yacht having recently benefited from a refit valued at 4.5m Euros, has been given to work among the isolated islands of the Pacific. We are humbled by this trust and so pleased to make this announcement today. Here is a press release just sent out moments ago. Celebrate with us! Mr. Birenstihl we thank you, your family and board for this incredible gift to YWAM.   …

Apr 16, 2016

YWAM Ships and the University of the Nations – TWINS!

brettcurtis Fleet Support, Global

YWAM Ships and the University of the Nations – TWINS! YWAM has 22 vessels reaching the some of the most remote and isolated places on earth. In collaboration with the University of the Nations (UofN) field assignment teams they work together to bring the love of God and improve the quality of life for those they reach. The fleet ranges from small cruise ships, river to boats and deep-sea yachts all working in a cyclical pattern within their region. Some go out for two weeks at a time, …

Feb 06, 2016

First 2-Week Cycle in PNG

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, News

To all those who made it possible, THANK YOU! Going the Extra Mile for Nancy You can see the condition of never seeing a dentist in these before and after shots. YWAM Ships dentist Joan Fox decided to go the extra mile with some wonderful reconstruction. Outputs For Cycle-One We are so pleased to report results from our first two-week cycle in Madang Papua New Guinea. Over 3,000 heard the story of Jesus including DENTAL: Patients seen at screening – 652 Patients seen in clinic …

Feb 03, 2016

Medical Outreaches Begin In Madang

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, Stories

MADANG PROVINCE, Papua New Guinea — On an overcast day in Dimer Village, community-health officials gathered to hear from Michael Lefebvre, who is in the country with a group of eight (plus his wife and two children). He traveled with the group from YWAM Ships Kona in Hawaii, where he and his travelling companions trained in Primary Health Care for three months prior to their journey. Having arrived in Papua New Guinea at the dawn of 2016, the group was ready to participate in some …

Jan 22, 2016

PACIFIC LINK Reaches Madang Province

Nick Cizej Global, News

MADANG, Papua New Guinea — The m/v PACIFIC LINK arrived here Monday after a three-day sail from Port Moresby. The 50-bed medical vessel is embarking on a series of two-week outreaches that are to continue until taking a break in July. Ship manager Julie McLaughlin said the trip to Madang was a pleasant one after having completed dry dock and sea trials earlier in the week. Meanwhile McLaughlin and her team have been in discussions with local medical officials to arrange primary health care outreaches …

Dec 04, 2015

Life Aboard The PACIFIC LINK

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, News

Going Mobile When Hannah Lau signed up for a Youth With A Mission discipleship school in Townsville, Australia, she didn’t expect that her classroom would be mobile. When she participated in a pre-arrival conference call with the school’s staff and students, she received a major surprise. “I logged onto the Skype and they told us ‘You guys are going to be living on the PACIFIC LINK.’ I was terrified,” said Lau, 21, of Minnesota. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve never lived on a ship …

Dec 02, 2015

YWAM Ships Receives Medical Grant

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, News

  YWAM Ships Kona has been awarded two medical grants by the Blessings International — an Oklahoma-based organization dedicated to helping humanitarian agencies acquire supplies, medicine and equipment to do relief work. The grants covered almost $40,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies..The first of the shipments arrived in Port YWAM Kona, Hawaii, in December. The supplies will be used by health-care volunteers aboard the m/v PACIFIC LINK. The ship is currently on deployment in Madang, Papua New Guinea..Kevin Smith, who helps oversee corporate affairs …

Nov 11, 2015 Medical Missions Woman

Medical Missions Help Transform Villages

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, Stories

Robbert van Schuylenburg said he was discouraged when he saw the state of rural health care in Papua New Guinea in June 2014. He and dozens of other volunteers had sailed to the nation from Townsville, Australia, aboard the m/v PACIFIC LINK, and visited several villages that seldom receive medical assistance. The team included students from the Introduction to Primary Health Care (IPHC)  and Discipleship Training schools at Youth With A Mission Townsville as well as medical and dental professionals. Van Schuylenburg — who is now with …

Oct 23, 2015

Mellow Moon Brings Team to Bahamas

Nick Cizej Global, Stories

The s/y Mellow Moon sailed to the Bahamas this past summer, bringing a team of volunteer mentors to assist with a two-week camp for adolescence. The vessel – owned by Eric and Annie Namowicz – is part of the partnerSHIP program out of Port YWAM in which people are supported in using their boats for missions. It took almost four days of sailing for the couple to reach their destination of Marsh Harbor on the Abaco Islands. Annie Namowicz said many of the 10-12 year-olds …

Oct 22, 2015

Volunteer and Staff Experiences

Nick Cizej Global, Medical, News

YWAM Ships Kona is seeking capable and enthusiastic long term staff as well as short term volunteers to support medical-, dental- and spiritual-aid missions to isolated people in the Pacific. This ministry is playing host to a growing number of islands, which actively includes those in Papua New Guinea, Panama, Marshall Islands and at Port YWAM Kona in Hawaii. The following is a list of personnel needs for various YWAM Ships ministries and locations. Port YWAM – Kona Hawaii Maintenance: Port YWAM Kona is in …