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 …

Aug 04, 2018

OUR GOD HEALS!

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

We were in Lae, Papua New Guinea when God showed up in miraculous ways. Everywhere we went, we witnessed the Holy Spirit bringing a mass of healings! We had opportunities to preach and pray in prisons, open airs, the masses in the marketplace, and patients in the hospital. In the prison, Jeff and Trice, our volunteer staff and student, began praying for healing after preaching in their section of the prison. Men came forward with back pains, headaches, and more. Each man who received prayer was …

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 29, 2018

Dignity Restored

Jaime Gomez News

With a scarf covering one side of her face, and her eyes cast down, Hannah hesitantly approached Rhonda, a nurse practitioner. After sitting down, Hannah pulled back the scarf to reveal a massive keloid scar on her earlobe. The scar tissue had built up after she had injured her ear over a year prior. Hannah recounted to the translator, Susie, that she was constantly stared at wherever she went and laughed at by children, Hannah’s embarrassment had forced her to cover her face. With the nearest …

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 14, 2018

The Harvest in Cambodia

Jaime Gomez Stories

Every Monday we go out to the village to preach the gospel with our friend Jen and so far we have seen about 15 people come to Jesus.  God is doing so much out here and it’s such a privilege to be a part of it. One week as we were prayer walking, looking for someone to share with, we came upon a house with a women standing out front.  It seemed like she was waiting for us even though we hadn’t ever talked to …

May 31, 2018

What’s My Calling?

Jaime Gomez Stories

“So what are your plans here? What do you think God is calling you to next?” These are common breakfast table questions here at YWAM Ships Kona asked right after your name and where you grew up. It’s nice to be able to dive so deep initially with people but also is a difficult question for me to answer. Well ultimately, I’m heading to Heaven but there’s a good bit of life (hopefully) to grow, settle, and move through until that point. The question of …

Apr 30, 2018

Hitting the Streets with God’s Love

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

In the last few months, YWAM Cap-Haiti had received two outreach teams. One from YWAM Ships Kona and another from YWAM Azua, located in the Dominican Republic. Both teams were actively involved in different ministries inside the campus, out in the community, and in the city of Cap-Haïtien. One of their jobs was to help install solar panels and connect all the wires so the base could get electricity 24/7 in the coming weeks. The teams were a great blessing in that process. The YWAM …

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 …

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 …

Feb 20, 2018

Songs for Manuelyne

Jaime Gomez News

We had just finished our lunch break, reluctant to leave the shade of the plumeria and palm trees sheltering the plank huts that made up the neighborhood know as Sector 21 in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Our team of medical professionals, DTS students and media team were halfway through our second day in this impoverished neighborhood. Margaret, our photographer, another team member and myself comprised the media team. I was looking for stories; someone with a debilitating ailment that only we could help or someone …

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 …

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 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 …

Aug 09, 2017

How DTS Changed My Life

Jaime Gomez Stories

“How was your trip?” This is the question that I get asked continually after returning from doing a Discipleship Training School (DTS). It’s a loaded question people don’t realize they’re asking.  A DTS isn’t just a vacation, a time studying abroad, or a missions trip. It’s something people don’t quite understand. It’s something that you can’t answer “How was your trip?” or “What did you do while you were gone?” in a simple, quick and understandable fashion.  So buckle in. Because I’m going to explain …

Aug 01, 2017

Four Lessons Learned during DTS

Jaime Gomez Stories

1. Communication is everything. It is no surprise to find out living with a group of random strangers can be difficult or working in teams can be frustrating. You name the scenario; working with people can be difficult and requires communication always. People are widely diverse, harboring different opinions, practicing habits you are not accustomed to, operating on a different sleep schedule…I could go on. Whether it’s between roommates, co-leaders, teammates, friends, or family, communicating requires effort and intentionality. But on the other end, a …

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 …

Jul 25, 2017

1 Step For A 1,000

Jaime Gomez Stories

I laugh now when I reminisce on how not too long ago, I thought all could be done by my own strength, my own ideas and my own “wisdom”. Four months ago I was encouraged to leave; leave all I had behind to take an ultimate step. It was more like a leap off a cliff into rapids. Little did I know, that risk taken was an ignition to exactly what my Heavenly Dad wanted for me. He blessed that faith and stepped drastically closer …

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 29, 2017

Waiting with Faith

Jaime Gomez Stories

For a large portion of my life I’ve always felt like I was waiting for something. Like I was standing in a place of in between. Holding my breath because I knew something better was coming. Sometimes I waited for months. Sometimes just 47 days. Years later in some situations, I am still waiting. I’ve been waiting for God to move, to speak, to show me something, to even just remind me of His Presence in the dark. I know my perspective of waiting is …

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 …