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 …

Jun 26, 2018

Emergency Eye Surgery for Young Girl

Jaime Gomez News

Ulamona, Papua New Guinea – The Pacific Link was in the West New Britain Province recently doing medical outreaches.  While on outreach with YWAM Ships, the Ophthalmologist on board, Dr. Wahamu, met a three-year-old girl with a traumatic eye injury from an accident. She was brought to the clinic by her mother.  Upon seeing her, he was very concerned. Usually, there’s no eye surgeon on the whole island and she would have had no hope of being helped. We, however, currently have an eye surgeon, Dr. …

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 …

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 …

Feb 26, 2018

Not Just Another Team Member

Jaime Gomez Stories

Most of us have probably heard the story of the man who was walking along the beach after a storm had washed up thousands of starfish. Left in the sun, the starfish were doomed. A bit further down the beach, the man spotted a young boy throwing the starfish back into the ocean one by one. The man approached the boy and remarked, “There’s so many here. You’re not going to make a difference.” The boy bent over, picked up another starfish, and turned to …

Aug 13, 2017

Sight for Agnes

Jaime Gomez Stories

Sometimes serendipitous moments occur. Although the m/v PACIFIC LINK was scheduled to call into the Island of Bali, in the Province of West New Britain, rough seas diverted the ship to the coastal village of Sassavoru instead. This change in direction would prove to alter the life of one woman forever. Agnes had traveled from a smaller village to Sassavoru when she heard one of the YWAM Medical Ships was in the area. Screened by the ship’s eye surgeon on shore, the next Monday morning …

Jul 22, 2017

DTS Outreach Update: VITU OUTREACH IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Jaime Gomez Stories

The outreach in Vitu was amazing. As we brought care to the people of Vitu, they blessed us in ways that we will never forget. More beautiful than riches were the smiles and love that they poured out onto us. As the week went on, we were able to bring water filters to many of the homes and community areas of many of the villages around the island. Most people drink only coconut water due to the lack of access to clean drinking water. We …

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 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 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 …

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 …

Aug 01, 2016

Features: Papua New Guinean Walks Hours For Surgery Aboard YWAM Ship

Nick Cizej Uncategorized

KAR KAR ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — Alfred Taranga walked three hours for the opportunity to end three years of hardship. The 55-year-old from Mom Village suffered from pterygium (pronounced terr – idge – ee – uhm) a tissue growth on the eye that also alternately causes dry, itchy eyes and watering. The condition had cast a literal and figurative shadow over his life. Because of the pterygium, Taranga’s eyes were so severely irritated by light that he stayed out of the sun as much as possible. And …

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 …