Sep 18, 2018

The Tale of the Tuna

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

Waking up early to watch the sunrise, I went to the outside deck. As I looked out upon the dark ocean that surrounded us, I could make out what looked to be an island not far off. As the sun began to rise, it became clear that we had arrived at Nissan Atoll in PNG. Now Nissan is kind of circular in shape with a lagoon in the middle with only two or three ways into it. Our goal was to make it into the …

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 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 …

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 …

Mar 25, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: Short Time in PNG Touches the Heart

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

“Immediately my heart was stirred and I began to look into opportunities to serve.” Originally from Southern Alberta, Canada, Melanie Snider, Nurse Practioner, recently volunteered with one of our teams on board the m/v Pacific Link in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Having known about YWAM before from family and friends, it wasn’t until YWAM’s founder Loren Cunningham spoke about the medical ships ministry within the organization that Melanie’s heart began to stir. “I have always had a heart for medical missions but drew back mostly …

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 …

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 …

Sep 03, 2017

Three Islands in Three Days: Outpost Panama

Jaime Gomez Medical, News

YWAM Ships’ operating location, Outpost Panama (OP), recently held three different medical clinics in three days on three different islands. The islands that were visited have no electricity grid, no public water system, sanitation/sewer systems, roads or doctors in their communities. Outpost Panama offers routine doctors visits and consultations, different medications, and reading glasses; all of which are of great value to communities who do not have access to those items. The first clinic was held in Bahia Honda, a small family community in OP’s …

Jul 29, 2017

Medical Team Saves Mother And Child

Jaime Gomez Medical, Stories

VITU, Papua New Guinea — We had just arrived in the bay off the island of Vitu, PNG, where we were going to be based for the following week. On board with us were several people from the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority. We had been working closely together during these outreaches in West New Britain. Just after midnight, Helen (a local health worker, experienced midwife and maternal health nurse) and I were awoken to the news of a woman in labor on 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 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 …

Mar 10, 2017

Are You Willing?

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

“I first started dreaming of Introduction to Primary Health Care during my School Of Ministry Development. I was figuring out my giftings, what I was good at and what God was calling me to do.” Grace Bloom has been a full time staff volunteer at YWAM Orlando since 2014. Having graduated from her DTS in 2012, Grace has traveled to South East Asia, worked in Mission Adventures with YWAM Orlando, hosted teams in the Dominican Republic, completed the School Of Ministry Development (SOMD) and worked …

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 …

Jul 26, 2016

Features: Ship Volunteer Removes Large Cyst From Teen’s Ear

Nick Cizej Uncategorized

URUGEN VILLAGE, Papua New Guinea — As dozens of people crammed into the 64-square-meter room here in April, Dinnah Nick strained to gain ground for herself as well. Most people her age in this Kar Kar Island community were probably off doing chores or relaxing during a week that was a hiatus from class for public-school students. But 16-year-old Dinnah was anxious to receive medical attention, and on this day a rare opportunity for free and competent health care presented itself. She had no intention …