Springtime in PNG brings healings, loads of ministries and medical clinics

The April DTS team of 6 students and 2 leaders were on board the m/v YWAM Liberty for their entire outreach. Their journey was focused around the city of Lae and the Autonomous Region of  Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG). During this time, they participated in 2 full medical outreaches; one to the atoll of Nissan and one around various …

Marshall Islands: Partnering with the Ministry of Education

Our organization, “Changing Focus Ministries”, that partners with YWAM Ships Kona is doing some great things in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to promote education.  For the month of July, on the island of Gugeegu, a neighboring island to Ebeye that is connected by a man-made causeway, we have been a part of a month-long summer camp called, …

Our First Containers on the m/v YWAM Liberty!

Today we have loaded our first containers on the m/v YWAM LIBERTY! Providing a modular response to developmental needs, this initiative will dramatically increase our long-term engagement on remote islands. This is only the beginning! Today – medical supplies and a woodworking shop. Soon – classrooms, accommodations, IT labs & more. Check out our website for more details: ywamships.net If …

Our Ships in Papua New Guinea

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 …

Racing Against Time

Christine, a ten-year-old girl had fallen from a tree the previous day. Tragically, she’d sustained a compound fracture to her left arm, leaving the bone sticking out of her skin. The young girl was in agonizing pain and at serious risk of losing her hand if she didn’t have surgery soon. Time is of the essence with this kind of …

Jenny is a Fighter

Jenny, an eight-month-old baby girl, struggled to breath. Her mother had brought her to the clinic and her raspy cry was heart-breaking to hear. Jenny had severe pneumonia; the same condition that took baby Isaiah’s life just four months prior. Isaiah had come to one of our clinics a little worse than Jenny. Sadly, he had succumbed to this common …

Team Cameroon: Don’t Give Up

Team Africa has spent their time visiting schools, an orphanage and a nursing home in Yaoundé, Cameroon. They’ve been sharing God’s love, engaging in discussions about who He is and praying for those wanting it. For their team day, they all climbed up the highest mountain in Yaoundé! It was very challenging but a tremendous amount of fun! Here’s Olivia’s …

Freedom, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness

The University of the Nations Poipet is one of YWAM Ships Kona’s sister ministries. Their first Discipleship Training School (DTS) is reaching the end of their outreach. Here’s a snippet of what the team has been a part of: We are nearing the end of our first ever DTS! Our team is currently on outreach in Indonesia; moving from village …

Amanda in Papua New Guinea

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 …

What’s My Calling?

“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 …

Every Prayer is Heard

One of our Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach teams recently helped out one of our sister ministries, YWAM Cap-Haiti. Here’s a snapshot from their time there: One of the team’s highlights was to distribute water filters. They went to different houses, talked to people, and found out who did not have access to clean water. Many people have to buy …

Ending Bible Poverty in the Marshall Islands

There are some who passionately pursue the Lord’s will in all things. The ones who take their relationship with Christ seriously and will do anything that God asks them to do, even if that means leaving family and friends to be missionaries in another country.  Well, that’s us, a family of four who God asked to literally step out on …

Hitting the Streets with God’s Love

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 …

Snapshots from Abroad: 2 Islands, Same Purpose

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 …

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 …

Bibles and Reading Glasses for Marshallese

One great thing about using ships in ministry is the opportunity it provides to reach very isolated areas. Recently I led a team to the Marshall Islands where we were able to partner with the Suderno family and sail to some of the most unreached people in the Ailinglaplap Atoll. I talked to one man who said he had never …

Outpost Panama – Homes of Hope Lends a Helping Hand

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 …

Snapshots from Abroad: Short Time in PNG Touches the Heart

“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 …

Ministering to Jesus

HAELLA PLANTATION, Papua New Guinea  — Rhonda Hamilton was having a rough day. So many people waited for treatment at the mobile clinic set up by YWAM volunteers that she chose to skip lunch in order to continue administering healthcare. She had also not slept well the night before and now exhaustion threatened. Yet Rhonda knew that whatever we do for “the …

Not Just Another Team Member

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 …

Songs for Manuelyne

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 …

Working for the Great Physician

Dr. Richard McGrath came to YWAM Ships Kona’s fall 2017 medical outreach in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, well qualified for the stresses of medical work done under less than ideal circumstances. His job as an ER and intensive care physician in Sitka, Alaska for the past several years, followed over four decades as a general practitioner. And at the age …

Bibles and Healings – Brazil Outreach Team Stories

One of our outreach teams for our July Discipleship Training School course went to Brazil for two months. Here are a few of the stories that came out of their time in South America! Our outreach focused on mainly building relationships with villagers by doing house visits. Although almost all the houses we visited believed in Jesus, a good majority …

National Pride in their Games

The 7th PNG Games were held in Kimbe, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea recently. Ellie and Ashley, nurses from England and Canada, respectively, were on hand as part of medical team from the local hospital to provide medical attention to all the athletes who had traveled from across PNG to attend the biggest sporting event in the country. With …

Encouraging the Next Generation

During my DTS (Discipleship Training School) outreach to Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, my team and I, headquartered at YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link, had some wonderful opportunities to minister to children and youth. Our activities ranged from games and crafts to worship, prayer ministry, and Bible studies. Besides the normal struggles children and teenagers deal with anywhere, …

The Blind See and the Deaf Hear

When our outreach team left YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link for another day of ministry, it was already hot. That’s pretty normal for October in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Even the local people sometimes complained about the temperatures. At first, our plans for the day had been tentative but we eventually decided that we’d visit the waiting …

The Weight of God’s Love for PNG

It was the third day of our Engage DTS outreach to Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Our home and base of operations for the next month and half would be YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link. The local open-air market, a twenty minute walk from the ship through the tropical heat, held great potential for talking to and praying …

A Lesson in Health Care Evangelism

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. …

Palma Bahia – Part 2

(Continued from Palma Bahia – Part 1) First and foremost the sharing of God’s love was our primary plan for the outreach. We felt this could be done in a variety of ways, so after prayer and careful consideration we determined to do this through Bible teachings and prayer time, teaching English, preparing land for an additional school, sharing our …

Palma Bahia – Part 1

On September 22, our Discipleship Training School outreach team slowly motored up to the dock of the tiny village Palma Bahia with an overwhelming sense of anxiety. A two-hour boat ride from the YWAM Panama Outpost had brought us on the cusp of our new home for the next eight days. Or so we hoped. The question weighing on the …