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 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 …

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 17, 2018

Our Ships in Papua New Guinea

Jaime Gomez News

Last week in Lae, Papua New Guinea, history was made. We retired the m/v PACIFIC LINK after an amazing 25 year run in YWAM. She started in Tauranga, New Zealand, then Townsville, Australia and finally Kona, Hawaii. What a strong steel lady she was. She has many great and beautiful stories to tell. It was a bittersweet moment for the YWAM community as our beloved vessel was decommissioned. She will be missed. We also commissioned the m/v YWAM LIBERTY! A passing of the baton to …

Jul 08, 2018

Jenny is a Fighter

Jaime Gomez News

Jenny, an eight-month-old baby girl, struggled to breath. Her mother had brought her to the clinic and her raspy cry was heart-breakingto hear. Jenny had severe pneumonia; the same condition that took baby Isaiah’s life just four months prior. Isaiah had come to one of our clinics a little worse than Jenny. Sadly, he had succumbed to this common disease. The Papua New Guinea team pediatrician moved quickly to rehydrate Jenny and start her on antibiotics. The health center, however, didn’t have any oxygen. With …

Jun 11, 2018

Freedom, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness

Jaime Gomez Stories

The University of the Nations Poipet is one of YWAM Ships Kona’s sister ministries. Their first Discipleship Training School (DTS) is reaching the end of their outreach. Here’s a snippet of what the team has been a part of: We are nearing the end of our first ever DTS! Our team is currently on outreach in Indonesia; moving from village to village preaching the gospel as they go. On Monday night, they were in a tiny one-lane village, sharing at an event put on by …

Jun 09, 2018

Amanda in Papua New Guinea

Jaime Gomez Stories

I sat in the classroom, listening to the Discipleship Training School (DTS) students share stories from the outreaches they had just returned from. I was about to travel with my team to Papua New Guinea myself, so I listened carefully to the team that had just returned from there. One girl shared the story about her team visiting the local hospital and her personal trip to the maternity ward, where she had been asked to name a newborn baby.  I was really inspired by this …

May 27, 2018

Every Prayer is Heard

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

One of our Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach teams recently helped out one of our sister ministries, YWAM Cap-Haiti. Here’s a snapshot from their time there: One of the team’s highlights was to distribute water filters. They went to different houses, talked to people, and found out who did not have access to clean water. Many people have to buy water or walk far to get it from a well or the river. Their first mission was pretty good and the people were very happy …

May 19, 2018

The Open Door

Jaime Gomez Stories

Just yesterday I interviewed a Discipleship Training School student who had just returned from a 3 month outreach in Cambodia. He told me about a day they were walking in the slums, and a man came running at them fast and intense. They froze, took guard, thinking he was about to attack. To their surprise, the man called to them as he came closer, “Do you have a Bible? Do you have a Bible?” They expected antagonism, but instead found an intense hunger. The doors …

May 15, 2018

Ending Bible Poverty in the Marshall Islands

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

There are some who passionately pursue the Lord’s will in all things. The ones who take their relationship with Christ seriously and will do anything that God asks them to do, even if that means leaving family and friends to be missionaries in another country.  Well, that’s us, a family of four who God asked to literally step out on the water (on a sailboat) and move to the Marshall Islands to share the love of God.  In April of 2013, we did a Family …

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 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 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 …

Jan 07, 2018

The Blind See and the Deaf Hear

Jaime Gomez Stories

When our outreach team left YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link for another day of ministry, it was already hot. That’s pretty normal for October in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Even the local people sometimes complained about the temperatures. At first, our plans for the day had been tentative but we eventually decided that we’d visit the waiting room of the local hospital, a place we’d been a number of times before in the past four weeks. It was one of the nicer …

Dec 26, 2017

A Lesson in Health Care Evangelism

Jaime Gomez Stories

For years, I was leery of mixing humanitarianism with Gospel ministry. The task of joining the two successfully has — historically — proved difficult. Anyone who has studied Christian missions knows that many organizations that started as Gospel-centered ended up scaling back their evangelism in an effort to focus on meeting people’s “practical” needs such as health care and education. But on a trip to Papua New Guinea in 2016, I witnessed a healthy marriage of “good works” and the “good news.” I saw that …

Dec 04, 2017

Medicine for Nason

Jaime Gomez Stories

From our home base on YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel the m/v Pacific Link, our team, consisting of four medical professionals, 13 DTS students, and a media team, had set up our mobile clinic for our first day of outreach. Our goal was to serve the needy of Kimbe, the largest of the many islands belonging to Papua New Guinea (PNG). People living in the impoverished or more remote areas on this island rarely, if ever, have medical care readily available to them. The location of …

Nov 20, 2017

Healing, Preaching… and Teaching

Jaime Gomez Stories

Thousands of lives in Papua New Guinea have been changed by the medical care and the love of Jesus they find from teams ministering out of YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link. John Mark Wheeler and his wife Caitlyn, interim managers of the Pacific Link (PL), are no strangers to the physical and spiritual needs in PNG. After completing his DTS in San Pedro, Belize in 2013, God used John Mark’s passion for and training in the medical field during his time as …

Nov 14, 2017

Prayer and Evangelism in Chile – July DTS Outreach Update

Jaime Gomez Stories

Greetings from YWAM Pichilemu in Chile! We wanted to write a little update from the past couple of weeks here. We have been keeping busy here doing different types of ministry with the base. One is a market evangelism. We go to a morning market YWAM Pichilemu has in the streets every Wednesday and Saturday. We set up a table with flyers and little booklets about Pura Vida, which is a pool and gym that YWAM Pichilemu operates for the community, and ask people if …

Apr 22, 2017

Water Tank Brings Clean Water to Villagers

Jaime Gomez Stories

An update from one of our DTS teams currently serving in Vanuatu: In Vanuatu, things are going well. They have been through a Cyclone and have been doing lots of work, building water tanks in the community and helping in the medical clinics together with Marine Reach. They’ve also been working on the base there and serving the long term missionaries. Here’s a story about the team building a water tank in a school. “It’s been a crazy 15 days here in Vanuatu! In fact, …

Feb 19, 2017

We Pay To Volunteer

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

The concept of God’s provision is somewhat foreign in the world today. The standard most live by is to go to school, get a degree, work hard, pay bills, go on vacation, etc. All of which are good and necessary realities of life. The world continues to go around on its axis and day after day people go on with their lives. So what happens when the Lord calls a man to start a nonprofit, volunteer based mission organization fully dependent on Jesus providing all …

Jan 13, 2017 DTS Evaluation

Students Speak Out

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

12 weeks at Port YWAM Kona. 12 weeks of listening and learning. Students from many nations came to learn about God. People started hearing truth and they started stepping into who God created them to be. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar or even have read the Bible to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS). It’s for anyone who wants to grow in their understanding of who God is. The responses from students are just a snapshot of what many experience when they …