Apr 30, 2018

Hitting the Streets with God’s Love

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

In the last few months, YWAM Cap-Haiti had received two outreach teams. One from YWAM Ships Kona and another from YWAM Azua, located in the Dominican Republic. Both teams were actively involved in different ministries inside the campus, out in the community, and in the city of Cap-Haïtien. One of their jobs was to help install solar panels and connect all the wires so the base could get electricity 24/7 in the coming weeks. The teams were a great blessing in that process. The YWAM …

Apr 24, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: 2 Islands, Same Purpose

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

Shortly after retiring from practice in Internal Medicine in Minnesota, John Raines volunteered with YWAM Ships Kona in Papua New Guinea (PNG). “I found YWAM Kona because I was looking for a medical volunteer position in PNG. Using Google, I first found the Australian YWAM ship, the m/v YWAM PNG, [but] they did not have an opening at the time I wanted to go.” For John, it was a chance to see another part of the world that he wanted to see and what better …

Apr 15, 2018

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

KIMBE, Papua New Guinea — The truck turned off the paved road leading from town onto the dirt track that would take us up into the village hidden in the jungle, otherwise known as Sector 21. Crowded into the open truck bed, my teammates and I waited eagerly until the vehicle stopped in a clearing where dozens of people waited. Adults eyed us with shy curiosity. Children giggled with excitement over this visit from pale-skinned foreigners. Hungry looking dogs mingled with the humans. Our first day …

Apr 09, 2018

Bibles and Reading Glasses for Marshallese

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

One great thing about using ships in ministry is the opportunity it provides to reach very isolated areas. Recently I led a team to the Marshall Islands where we were able to partner with the Suderno family and sail to some of the most unreached people in the Ailinglaplap Atoll. I talked to one man who said he had never seen a missionary on the island in his entire life. One of our main goals while there was to deliver a bible in the Marshallese …

Apr 03, 2018

Outpost Panama – Homes of Hope Lends a Helping Hand

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

The fire stopped at Elizabeth’s property line, yet smoke filled her home permeating all of her belongs. The smell clinging to her clothes. Up to that point, her American employees only knew that she was a faithful worker. As they went to offer help, they soon realized that Elizabeth lived in the poorest community in Bocas del Toro, Panama where small wooden structures on stilts and raised wooden walkways to each home keep this community of houses sitting above raw sewage. When Outpost Panama staff …

Mar 25, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: Short Time in PNG Touches the Heart

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

“Immediately my heart was stirred and I began to look into opportunities to serve.” Originally from Southern Alberta, Canada, Melanie Snider, Nurse Practioner, recently volunteered with one of our teams on board the m/v Pacific Link in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Having known about YWAM before from family and friends, it wasn’t until YWAM’s founder Loren Cunningham spoke about the medical ships ministry within the organization that Melanie’s heart began to stir. “I have always had a heart for medical missions but drew back mostly …

Mar 19, 2018

Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

I had been in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, for only a week, having joined two Discipleship Training School teams already ministering out of the m/v PACIFIC LINK — a YWAM medical and training ship. Now I found myself in the pediatric unit of the local hospital, feeling unprepared to minister. The staff had done their best to make the ward as cheerful a place as possible. Photos of animals hung on the off-white walls and they had painted the ceiling beams a bright yellow. I, however, didn’t …

Mar 13, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: God’s Surprises for Us

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

“We were hungry. We were exhausted. It was 4 hours of driving mountainous terrain and an hour and 1/2 of walking through the mud with boxes. We waited on the beach. Michael started a fire so the smoke would keep the mosquitos away while some of our team threw some pitpit (cane grass) on the fire. I was ready to eat anything at that moment. We could hear the banana boats before they arrived. Little by little, I could see the shapes emerging from the blackness. There …

Mar 04, 2018

Ministering to Jesus

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

HAELLA PLANTATION, Papua New Guinea  — Rhonda Hamilton was having a rough day. So many people waited for treatment at the mobile clinic set up by YWAM volunteers that she chose to skip lunch in order to continue administering healthcare. She had also not slept well the night before and now exhaustion threatened. Yet Rhonda knew that whatever we do for “the least of these,” we do it for our Savior. A poignant reminder of this truth came in the afternoon when one of the volunteers manning …

Feb 20, 2018

Songs for Manuelyne

Jaime Gomez News

We had just finished our lunch break, reluctant to leave the shade of the plumeria and palm trees sheltering the plank huts that made up the neighborhood know as Sector 21 in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Our team of medical professionals, DTS students and media team were halfway through our second day in this impoverished neighborhood. Margaret, our photographer, another team member and myself comprised the media team. I was looking for stories; someone with a debilitating ailment that only we could help or someone …

Jan 26, 2018

YWAM Ships Kona Wraps First Outreach of ’18

Jaime Gomez News

DUKE OF YORK ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — The m/v PACIFIC LINK completed its first outreach voyage of 2018 here last week. The medical and training vessel carried to this remote location dozens of volunteers who provided thousands of eye-care, dental and pastoral services. Rhonda Hamilton, a family nurse practitioner who co-manages the PACIFIC LINK with her husband, Rick, said the medical volunteers treated hundreds of people with high-risk diseases that included tuberculosis. “My last patient” of the outreach “was a very thin woman who …

Jan 21, 2018

National Pride in their Games

Jaime Gomez News

The 7th PNG Games were held in Kimbe, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea recently. Ellie and Ashley, nurses from England and Canada, respectively, were on hand as part of medical team from the local hospital to provide medical attention to all the athletes who had traveled from across PNG to attend the biggest sporting event in the country. With medics in attendance at all the events, Ellie and Ashley were primarily stationed at track and field. Other categories of competition included boxing, rugby, soccer, …

Nov 11, 2017

The Journey Continues

Jaime Gomez News

“I was reaching out to YWAM and I wanted to staff a DTS.” Josh Risch, volunteer staff for the Bible Core Course (BCC), had been going on YWAM Kona’s website when he was told by 2 of his friends about another campus located in Kona, Hawaii called YWAM Ships Kona. His friend Jason had tagged him in one of Philipson Georges’s facebook posts. Philipson, a leader for the January Justice Discipleship Training School (DTS) at YWAM Ships Kona, had never met Josh before. He contacted …

Sep 07, 2017

Think Inside the Box!

Jaime Gomez News

THINK INSIDE THE BOX! For the first time in Youth With A Mission history, YWAM Ships now has a ship that can be used to transport shipping containers to isolated islands! Having such an amazing gift end up in the hands of YWAM can only be a work of God. The m/v YWAM Liberty has a massive cargo hold, a dental clinic onboard, the ability to carry landing crafts, and has a helicopter flight deck. These features now mean that with relative ease, our mission …

Sep 03, 2017

Three Islands in Three Days: Outpost Panama

Jaime Gomez Medical, News

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 value to communities who do not have access to those items. The first clinic was held in Bahia Honda, a small family community in OP’s …

Aug 30, 2017

Reaching Those Who Can’t Be Reached

Jaime Gomez Medical, News

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 locations in the area. Dr. Theresa Lei, the clinical outreach coordinator for the West New Britain province, had few words to say except thank you …

Jun 03, 2017

Maiden Voyage Underway

brettcurtis News

I just received a phone call from the bridge of the m/v YWAM LIBERTY – an excited Ann Ford, our Ship Manager, told me “we are good to go”. They have received clearance from Ports North, and Border Force, to head to sea on their maiden voyage to Papua New Guinea. Moments later around noon local time they pulled away and headed for the channel of the Great Barrier Reef. The crew are bound for Kimbe, West New Britain with a brief stop into Alotau where they …

May 15, 2017

News: YWAM Workers Deliver Baby In Breech Position

Raymond Billy News

KANDRIAN VILLAGE, Papua New Guinea — Volunteers serving aboard the m/v PACIFIC LINK — a YWAM medical ship — assisted in saving the life of a newborn and his mother recently in this remote part of the nation. It happened earlier this month when weather conditions unfavorable for anchorage forced the ship to sail there for sheltered harbor. The team of medical volunteers — which included a pediatric doctor and a midwife — were off duty on land when a young pregnant woman with a …

May 05, 2017

A Brand New Life For Darrel

Jaime Gomez News

Within the first ten days after the m/v Pacific Link had left Alotau, they’d completed more than 62 eye surgeries on board. One touching story that unfolded during that time involves a loving grandfather and a little boy named Darrel. Darrel, a 3-year-old who loves his grandpa more than anyone else in the world according to his nurse, had been born with very dense cataracts. He had only been able to distinguish between light and darkness his whole life. His grandpa said that he would …

Apr 20, 2017

YWAM Ships Kona Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

Jaime Gomez News

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of YWAM Ships Kona of Kailua Kona, HI. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship TM, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. YWAM Ships Kona joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 27 million donors that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal. When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow …

Apr 19, 2017

YWAM Ships Kona to provide service to West New Britain

Jaime Gomez News

It’s exciting to read about how our partnerships are growing in Papua New Guinea. To read more about what Governor Muthuval had to say about YWAM Ships working in Papua New Guinea, click the link below for details: ywamships.net/ywam-ships-thanks-governor-muthuvel-support/ Here’s an amazing story about Abraham, a man with vision problems since 1999, getting his sight restored. Check out his story here: ywamships.net/colors/ Have you read the story about 3 family members lives changed because there was a ship that brought medical care to them? Read their …

Apr 18, 2017

Introduction to Safety and Seamanship comes to Alotau

Jaime Gomez News

YWAM Ships Kona and YWAM Kona UofN partnered together recently to bring Introduction to Safety and Seamanship to YWAM Alotau, Papua New Guinea. Captain Ann Ford was able to facilitate a week of training to students who mostly have a limited boating experience beyond canoes. The seminar is designed to provide training for students to be competent crew members on small sailing vessels. They received a basic understanding of safety and seamanship as well as a biblical foundation for the ship ministry. Reading a chart, …

Apr 04, 2017

YWAM Ships Thanks Governor Muthuvel for His Support

Jaime Gomez Fleet Support, News

West New Britain Governor, Honourable Sasindran Muthuvel, presented a cheque for 500,000 PGK to YWAM Medical Ships today on behalf of the West New Britain Provincial Government. The cheque is a fulfillment of a pledge toward operational expenses for YWAM’s training and medical ship, the MV Pacific Link. The MV Pacific Link will sail to West New Britain for the first time early next month. The vessel will spend five months in the province, delivering healthcare and training to remote communities in collaboration with provincial …

Mar 20, 2017 l'Astrolabe

M/V YWAM LIBERTY!

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 …

Nov 18, 2016

News: Good Samaritan Delivers Medical Device To Sepik

Raymond Billy News, Uncategorized

Good Samaritan Aviation has delivered an oxygen concentrator for the m/v PACIFIC LINK in Papua New Guinea. This medical device was donated by Spacim Pikinini-PNG inc. (a health care organization) and Australia Rotary International. “We are grateful to our partners from other parts of PNG and Australia to provide much needed medical equipment and supplies where needed,” officials from Good Samaritan said in a prepared statement. Good Samaritan Aviation has been working with YWAM Ships Kona since September. The organization escorted the PACIFIC LINK to …

Nov 15, 2016

A Glimmer Of Hope

Nick Cizej Medical, News

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 this former sailor so hesitant to climb aboard the YWAM ship? For years “Papa Sam” worked as a deck hand on ships all around Papua …

Nov 09, 2016

I Can See Colors, All The Colors!

Nick Cizej Medical, News

TARAWAI ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — As the sun dawned here in this isolated place, there was a palpable sense of anticipation. Something unheard of was about to happen to this little community — sight was returning to blind eyes. Eleven people, men and women, young and old, perched on a wooden bench. Some were dressed in their Sunday best, some in casual clothing. Families gathered around a few while friends chattered with others. While they were dissimilar in many ways, these 11 had something …

Oct 26, 2016

Sight Restored To Three Members In The Same Family

brettcurtis Medical, News

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 forgotten slip of green found only by those brave enough to sail nine hours east of Madang town on the mainland of Papua New Guinea. …