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 27, 2016

Michael Returns To School

brettcurtis Medical, News

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 USD. That is enough to sustain him because he lives alone, but as he enters his 60s he longs for less physically demanding work. Last …

Jul 14, 2016

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

brettcurtis Medical, News

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 be driven to the bay where the m/v PACIFIC LINK  was anchored. On board, Dr. Sunu Dulal was scheduled to perform the first eye surgeries …

Jul 07, 2016

News: First Orthopedic Surgeries Underway in PNG with YWAM Ships Kona

brettcurtis Medical, News

  First Orthopedic Surgeries Underway in PNG with YWAM Ships Kona   YWAM Ships Kona orthopedic surgeon volunteer Dr. Oystein Berg from Norway working hard for 8-weeks with the m/v PACIFIC LINK alongside local surgeons in Madang, PNG. Dr. Oystein is helping to relieve the back log of cases and teach various procedures. As a department head in a hospital in Norway he is a long way from home with his wife and son on board finishing up their DTS outreach. Even with compound fractures …

Jul 06, 2016

News: YWAM Strengthens Partnership With PNG Government

brettcurtis Medical, News

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 in rural areas. He said the nation faces significant health care challenges.   “We learned that among 7-plus million Papua New Guineans, there are only …

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 22, 2016

Grandma Bis Can Cook Again

brettcurtis Medical, News

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 vision. Whenever she tried to cook, the smoke from the flames caused severe irritation. After her condition became overwhelming, her husband lovingly took on the burden …

Feb 09, 2016

Steps of Justice Fights Super Bowl Trafficking

Nick Cizej News

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Steps of Justice, an organization that raises awareness of humanitarian causes, hit the streets here to inform residents about the danger that missing children will be trafficked. The nonprofit organization has been a YWAM Ships partner since 2011. Its initiative took place this past weekend in anticipation of Super Bowl 50, which was being held Sunday in the nearby city of Santa Clara. The sporting event is believed to be a prime business day for those involved in commercial sex trafficking. …

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 …

Jan 26, 2016

Thousands Of Eyeglasses Donated To YWAM Ships

Nick Cizej Medical, News

Thousands of eyeglasses are on their way to Papua New Guinea thanks to Restoring Vision. The California-based nonprofit organization is shipping 10,000 pairs to the Pacific-island nation to assist YWAM Ships with its healthcare outreaches in Madang Province. The glasses were sponsored by the eye-care organization America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses.  “Thank you to our wonderful partners for giving the Gift of Sight,” Restoring Vision officials said in a prepared statement. A report by New Zealand researches Julianna Lees, Judith McCool and Alistair Woodward, who have …

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 …

Jan 19, 2016

Port YWAM Kona To Offer Bible Seminar

Nick Cizej News, Training

YWAM Ships Kona is offering a three-week seminar in January that is modeled after its Bible Core Course, or BCC. During the seminar, students will gain in-depth insight into the books of Acts, Philemon and Gospel of John and learn how to study Scripture on their own. The seminar begins Jan. 18 at Port YWAM Kona. The seminar — like its 12-week counterpart — is intended to familiarize students with the inductive Bible study method, which helps readers approach the text from the perspective of …

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 …

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 …

Jun 15, 2015

Hands of Hope Medical Partnership

Nick Cizej Needs, News

By: Raymond Billy YWAM Ships Kona has entered into a medical partnership with Hands of Hope NorthWest, a non-profit mercy ministry in Nampa, Idaho. Hands of Hope’s mission is to “facilitate the movement of donated medical supplies and equipment to those in need,” according to the organization’s website. It will help YWAM Ships procure medical supplies for health-care outreaches to Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands and Panama. Only about 40 percent of PNG health-care centers have electricity or adequate medical supplies, according to the …

Jun 12, 2015

Kona Team Makes Inroads To Ngobes

Nick Cizej News, Uncategorized

How should a Discipleship Training School outreach team seek to reach the Ngobe Indians of Panama? Try being a good neighbor. That’s what members of the Panama outreach team from Port YWAM Kona discovered. The team — sent out by the winter Justice DTS — found that the Ngobe people respond to basic friendliness just like everyone else. Greg Murphy, of Washington state, said the Ngobe people expressed deep appreciate for his team’s ministry to them. “One of the personal highlights for me is when …

May 24, 2015

Outpost Panama Gets New Panga Boat

brettcurtis Fleet Support, News

New Panga Boat Delivered A brand new boat has just been gifted by students and a group of their friends connected with our 2015 Justice DTS. The Panga boat will be used for ministering in and around the Ngobe Indian tribes close to our jungle base, Outpost Panama. The students and friends all pitched in to make this happen and had it built locally. This will help our YWAMers just like a new van would bless any YWAM Center. The only way to access Outpost Panama is by water so …

Mar 14, 2015

Team Needed Now On Pacific Link In Townsville

brettcurtis Fleet Support, Needs, News

Between now and September we will be getting the m/v PACIFIC LINK ready for deployment from Townsville, Australia.  She will be commissioned at the YWAM Global Gathering September 14-16, 2015. We would like to get a team of 6-8 on board now. If you are available to volunteer, anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, please let us know by clicking the volunteer button below. Interested in knowing more? Contact us. We’d love to chat!

Mar 11, 2015

YWAM Ships Panama Receives Grand Banks Boat From Canada

brettcurtis Fleet Support, News

One year after the gift of an 8-acre property in the jungle, YWAM Ships Panama has been gifted a vessel for its work among the tribes.  A family from Vancouver has graciously donated a Grand Banks motor yacht for use among the Ngobe Indians of Panama. This is such an encouragement after having to make a safety call to remove the former ship, the s/y EL ENCUENTRO, from service. We have decided to continue the name and will call this new vessel m/v EL ENCUENTRO, …

Mar 05, 2015

Good News for the Marshall Islands

brettcurtis Fleet Support, News

Good news for the Marshall Islands!  YWAM Ships in Kona will be sending a 57-foot ketch named s/y CLOUD NINE, the first vessel to join the partnerSHIPS fleet©, to the Marshall Islands on April 10, 2015. This is welcome news since the mission’s vessel s/y HAWAII ALOHA grounded off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii on January 3rd of this year. She was one of six vessels that grounded during that winter storm and resulting in a total loss for the mission. At …

Feb 04, 2015

One Month Update

brettcurtis News

  It was one month ago today that Hawaii Aloha, along with five other vessels throughout the state grounded during a winter storm. Crewman Aaron Bremner, was lost at sea after a series of large waves rolled the 86 ton yacht washing her ashore next to the Four Seasons Hotel north of Kailua Kona. The update as of today is that the vessel has been removed from the shoreline, which we are very grateful to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for their rapid …

Feb 02, 2015

One Month

brettcurtis News, Uncategorized

Listen to an update from YWAM Ships Kona 30 days after the tragedy of losing Aaron Bremner and the vessel s/y Hawaii Aloha off the coast of North Kona, Hawaii January 3rd, 2015 The following update was read by Brett Curtis, Director of YWAM Ships Kona. It was one month ago today that Hawaii Aloha, along with five other vessels throughout the state grounded during a winter storm. Crewman Aaron Bremner, was lost at sea after a series of large waves rolled the 86 ton …

Jan 10, 2015

Hawaii Aloha Off The Beach

brettcurtis Needs, News, Uncategorized

Hawaii Aloha came ashore right here in the early hours of January 3rd 2015 after being rolled in large seas.  All but one crew made it safely ashore.  She was searched thoroughly for seaman Aaron Bremner to no avail, with coast guard and Fire and Rescue searching diligently along the Kona coast for 4 days before calling off the search.  Now just seven days after the tragic event, Hawaii Aloha is no more.  She has been completely removed from the beach and now lies in a …

Jan 10, 2015

Clean Up

brettcurtis Needs, News

  How can I help?   On the Big Island of Hawaii just north of Kona is an amazing pristine coastline.  These are the shores that Hawaii Aloha came to her final resting place.  Our main concern during the initial days was to locate Aaron, however after we were unsuccessful our attention shifted to salvaging Hawaii Aloha. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) took over the salvage operations and are removing Hawaii Aloha from the beach. Batteries and fuel were removed first, then began the work of dismantling the …

Jan 07, 2015

President Honors Aaron Bremner and His Crewmates

brettcurtis News

President Loeak and Aaron Bremner April 2nd with s/y HAWAII ALOHA President Christopher Loeak of the Marshall Islands sent his condolences to YWAM Ships Kona concerning crewmen Aaron Bremner. Last year President Loeak extended a 10 year invitation to YWAM Ships Kona requesting healthcare and educational initiatives for his outer islands and recalls Bremner from his last deployment.   Aaron Bremner’s Family Update This evening we received a letter from Charlene, Aaron’s mother on behalf of her family. ——————— January 7th, 2015 Hi Brett, We have been so …