May 06, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: Days as a Nurse in PNG

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

“My experience was amazing and would highly recommend getting involved.”   Lisa Maurette is a registered nurse from Brooks, Alberta, Canada. When asked by a friend about volunteering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), she didn’t give it a second thought. The thing that drew her to helping with YWAM was the timing. “We only had a small window [of time]. We’re both moms, have jobs to negotiate and we were only able to go on a short term mission [trip] and it was preferable in …

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 …

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 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 …

Nov 06, 2017

The Journey of Josh

Jaime Gomez Stories

“I think I was in search of identity; just trying to figure out what made me happy.” Josh Risch, volunteer staff for the Bible Core Course (BCC) at YWAM Ships Kona, reflects on what drew him to YWAM. “I would say back then, I was more concerned with the opinions of others whereas now I am a little bit concerned with the opinions of others but my focus is more on God. I now have a better understanding of God as a Father figure and …

Sep 15, 2017

The Journey of Following God

Jaime Gomez Stories

Sitting down to join my fellow ladies at the local coffee shop, the thought hit me, “I don’t want to work here.” OH NO.  I had just turned in an application to work at that local coffee shop and, shortly after, realized I actually don’t want to be employed there. Before applying, I felt God had opened the doors for me to work part time. Since I had just joined YWAM Ships Kona as a full-time volunteer staff months prior, I was pumped when the …

Sep 08, 2017

We are a Team, a Crew.

Jaime Gomez Stories

Breakfast starts at 7 am with the crew. Conversations around the breakfast table consist of topics ranging from funny and interesting to sometimes gross and debatable. The common thread with all of these: everyone is welcome to participate. Laughter can be heard throughout the campus when punchlines are given and people find a common bond. It’s the comfort of knowing that regardless of nationality, tribe, culture and family, everyone has a place at Ships. For the long term volunteer staff, living in a mostly transient …

Aug 05, 2017

7 Reasons to do your DTS at YWAM Ships Kona

Jaime Gomez Stories

The road to doing a DTS can be tricky. With so many locations to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some tips on what YWAM Ships Kona has to offer to help you decide if you want to come and join our community. 1. Location: Kona, Hawaii. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s a beautiful place loaded with beaches, palm trees, hikes, water falls, volcanoes, and many other gems. The island also features a lot of rich …

Jul 11, 2017

A DTS Story – Part Two: Restoration For The Heart and Soul

Jaime Gomez Stories

As the time for my Medical DTS  got closer, I assumed that I would be arriving in Kona and jumping straight into medical seminars and trainings about how to be a medical missionary. I was SO wrong. DTS was so full of love, joy, and excitement about life when you walk with God. It taught me how to heal my heart and how to see the world from a Christian Biblical worldview, something I didn’t even know existed before. I am so grateful that my …

Jun 26, 2017

In The Land Of Youth

Jaime Gomez Stories

Like a giant among men, here I stand Monday morning in worship amongst a sea of young people. I don’t feel out of place as one of God’s children but there are times when I can see and feel the difference of when I did my DTS all those years ago compared to this YWAM community filled with staff and students of whom the majority are half my age. How does one connect with youth when there’s a vast array of differences between us? How …

May 01, 2017

I Wanted To Leave My DTS

Jaime Gomez Stories

I’ve been involved in missions since I was an early teenager. I was familiar with the way things worked, and even if I was by myself or doing something incredibly new, I never had any fear in my heart. I would feel excitement over new adventures, or some adrenaline when I stepped off the plane, and this was all normal to me. I arrived for my Discipleship Training School (DTS) last July. I had flown from my hometown in Texas to Kona, Hawaii for the …

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 02, 2017

I Was Searching For Joy

Admin Ships Stories, Training

Colby Bouma comes from a small Dutch town in Lynden, Washington. Growing up as a Christian was pretty easy for him. However, when he saw how his fellow Christians negatively treated him and others, he decided to walk away from his faith.    He signed up to be a volunteer with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Ships in Kona, Hawaii and needed a pastoral reference for one of the forms. One of his teachers at the Christian school he had attended, also happened to be a pastor. “He was …

Mar 07, 2017 walking with God

What Stands Between You And A DTS?

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

Considering to pursue a Discipleship Training School (DTS) can cause you to fall into a pit of “what ifs” and fears about this new adventure. There’s insecurities and worries that will rear their head and make you have pause about following what you feel in your heart you’re called to. Obstacles can leap in your way and seem like giant mountains that are impossible to climb, but rest assured that you’re not alone in this journey. Here are a few things that might have run …

Jan 25, 2017 Who am I

I Took A Chance and Spoke. I Was So Afraid.

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

Who are you? What do you believe? Why you believe the way you do? Life is busy. It might not be easy to take the time to reflect on your own reasons for living life the way you do. There’s family, school, friendships, church, activities and the like. People are coming and going. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.  There are many stories like yours – a young adult searching for meaning in life with questions and wanting answers. Someone who wants to …

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 …

Dec 15, 2016

I Transformed Into A Little Girl In Awe Of A Massive, Gracious Father

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

This Christmas season marks three years of making a decision that changed my life. If someone would have told me then where I would be now, a disbelieving laugh would have quickly followed. A calculated plan was in place, a University acceptance letter in my drawer and a graduation ceremony right around the corner. After many months of planning my life out, a conversation on Christmas break with my sister in law changed my mind. Over the past few years I have learned that God …