Three Islands in Three Days: Outpost Panama

YWAM Ships’ operating location, Outpost Panama (OP), recently held three different medical clinics in three days on three different islands. The islands that were visited have no electricity grid, no public water system, sanitation/sewer systems, roads or doctors in their communities. Outpost Panama offers routine doctors visits and consultations, different medications, and reading glasses; all of which are of great …

Reaching Those Who Can’t Be Reached

The latest cycle of medical clinics run by YWAM Ships has come to a close. This was a historical time for our organization as for the first time, our newest ship, the m/v YWAM Liberty, worked alongside the m/v Pacific Link. The Papua New Guinean province of West New Britain received over 14,000 services to some of the most remote …

Medical Team Saves Mother And Child

VITU, Papua New Guinea — We had just arrived in the bay off the island of Vitu, PNG, where we were going to be based for the following week. On board with us were several people from the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority. We had been working closely together during these outreaches in West New Britain. Just after midnight, …

L’Astrolabe Is Set To Join YWAM Ships Fleet

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 …

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Partner With Us

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 …

A Glimmer Of Hope

For ‘Papa Sam,’ stepping aboard the Pacific Link was more than just an operation of the eye, it was an operation of the heart.   LONG ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — There was something about his eyes that extended far beyond the cataract blue. The sense of hopelessness was so visible on his face it was nearly tangible. Why was …

Sight Restored To Three Members In The Same Family

It wasn’t until an unfamiliar boat appeared on shores of Long Island that the flicker of hope still burning behind Malta’s smile fanned into flame…… It’s not every day you get to witness an entire family transformed through the miracle of medical care. Malta, Malaki and Pilak are such a family. Their native home of Long Island is a small …

The Promise Of A Better Life

LONG ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — It was more than her ability to converse in English that caused Janet to stand out from the group. On the crowded deck of YWAM’s medical ship, the m/v PACIFIC LINK, Janet’s face at 38 years old showed considerably fewer marks of aging than her fellow Papua New Guineans awaiting similar surgical eye procedures. …

Michael Returns To School

60-Year Old Michael Returns To Community College Michael An has lived on Kar Kar Island, Papua New Guinea, for 16 years working as a coconut farmer. He earns money by making copra (dried coconut meat used to extract oil) at a local plantation. He is able to make 10 bags of copra per week, enough to earn 50 Kina, or $16 …

Features: ‘I Honestly Did Not Believe There Was Any Hope’

Mom With Eye Growth Gets Help KAR KAR ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — Before traveling to Wadau Bay for a potentially life-altering surgery, Luweng Maor tended to business that was even more important to her. She walked hand-in-hand with two of her grandchildren, dropping them off at school before heading over to the public transportation station. From there, she would …

News: YWAM Strengthens Partnership With PNG Government

35,000+ Services Delivered Since January 3rd   Brett Curtis believes his recent meetings with Papua New Guinea officials herald a new era of increased partnership between the government there and YWAM. Curtis, the director of YWAM Ships Kona, has spent most of the last three months collaborating with PNG leaders regarding the delivery of healthcare services to impoverished citizens, particular …

The Man With A Lacerated Hand

The Man With A Lacerated Hand

BAGABAG ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — The man with the lacerated hand Yau was in the middle of a routine March morning of pruning in his garden when he accidentally made a large slice on his hand with a machete. The laceration went deep into his tissue, cutting a muscle and nearly reaching a tendon. Without proper treatment, he risked …

Grandma Bis Can Cook Again

Grandma Bis Can Cook Again! KARKAR ISLAND, Papua New Guinea – Mrs. Bis Taur, Bubu Meri (pidgin for Grandma), was struggling to carry out routine daily tasks. Aged 66, she was overcome by a chronic eye problem that had vexed her for four years. The problem, cataracts in both eyes, caused constant itching, wateriness and – most frustratingly – blurred …

YWAM Medical Team Battles PNG Terrain

BAGABAG ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — The temperature sometimes neared 32 degrees Celsius as the medical volunteers hiked to their village destinations here. They walked for almost an hour on several days, traveling across mud paths and log bridges — once through soaking rain — to see their patients. The 27-person group hauled medical supplies, dental chairs, a canopy under which …

I’ve never seen a dentist before

Dentists, Dental Assistants, and Dental Nurses needed on board our YWAM Ships in Papua New Guinea. Interest?  Call +1 808-757-9150. If you are interested in helping us procure supplies, volunteer your time on board, or donate if you can’t go, click below.

President Loeak Welcomes YWAM Ships to the Marshall Islands

April 4th, 2014 Majuro, Marshall Islands – President Chris Loeak along with his Finance, Health and Interior Ministers arrived on board Hawaii Aloha 6pm Saturday April 4th to welcome YWAM Ships Kona to his nation for the first time. Earlier in March he signed an official Invitation Protocol that cleared the way for YWAM to work here over the next …

Current Medical Needs List

Our Medical Needs List The details below are our current medical needs list.  Please let us know if you can either send gifts in kind or make a donation for us to purchase them. If you can donate click here. If you can arrange gifts in kind and ship the items to us please contact medical@ywamships.net.   Boxes Individual Further description …

Why Kona and Orange County?

It is our goal to initially establish two operating locations for our ship equipped ministry. Strategically Kona first then OC. We are now operating Port YWAM – Kona a 78 room hotel facility since July 1, 2013. This location serves as home port for our vessels.  It is ideal given it’s close proximity to Micronesia (our target for outreaches) only 7 days sail southbound to …

New Eyes on Extreme Isolation

By Julie McLaughlin I remember at one point, saying to myself, “What on Earth am I doing?”  Jumping on a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean to get to some of the World’s most isolated Islands may not be such a good idea.  Literally, if things were to go wrong, I could be stranded for 3 or maybe even 6 …

The Effects of Extreme Isolation

By Julie McLaughlin Report from Christmas Island. (7 days sail south from Kona, HI) One thing that hit me like a brick after talking to nurses here today, in addition to all the others experiencing problems with transportation, is the direct effect on access to medical care.  Not having ships is the single largest limitation for people receiving available treatment.  Every conversation …