May 06, 2018
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Snapshots from Abroad: Days as a Nurse in PNG

“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]. …

Apr 15, 2018
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The Hands and Feet of Jesus

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 …

Dec 04, 2017
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Medicine for Nason

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). …

Nov 11, 2017
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The Journey Continues

“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 …

Nov 06, 2017
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The Journey of Josh

“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 …

Sep 15, 2017
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The Journey of Following God

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 …

Sep 08, 2017
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We are a Team, a Crew.

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 …

Aug 05, 2017
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7 Reasons To Do Your DTS At YWAM Ships Kona

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. …

Jul 11, 2017
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A DTS Story – Part Two: Restoration For The Heart and Soul

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 …

Jun 26, 2017
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In The Land Of Youth

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 …

May 01, 2017
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I Wanted To Leave My DTS

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 …

Apr 20, 2017
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YWAM Ships Kona Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

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 …

Apr 02, 2017
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I Was Searching For Joy

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 …

Mar 07, 2017 walking with God
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What Stands Between You And A DTS?

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 …

Jan 25, 2017 Who am I
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I Took A Chance and Spoke. I Was So Afraid.

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 …

Jan 13, 2017 DTS Evaluation
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Students Speak Out

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 …

Dec 15, 2016
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I Transformed Into A Little Girl In Awe Of A Massive, Gracious Father

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 …