Jan 22, 2019

Vision Trip to Bougainville Proves Beneficial

Jaime Gomez News

Brett Curtis, President and CEO of YWAM Ships Kona, and Karen Curtis recently took a group of supporters to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to showcase our activities to those who would want to invest in our mission and to inspire and cast vision for those who would want to be involved in future plans.  “It is beyond beautiful here, so remote and untouched, but so is the healthcare system. The plight of these amazing resilient people is very confronting. They never recovered and develop …

Dec 11, 2018

The Boy Without Speech

Jaime Gomez News

We just had our last day of medical clinics for the year this past Wednesday. We visited a small island off the coast of the Southern part of Bougainville island called Rantan. God could not have prepared a more lovely day for our clinics to end on. The island was small, lovely and peaceful with a total population of 80 people. As medical coordinator, I don’t always get time to just sit and engage with the children. Although, this particular day was running so smoothly …

Oct 06, 2018

God Goes Before Us

Jaime Gomez Stories

Every day of outreach is filled with a new expectancy for what the Lord is going to do, which includes many unknowns. My team and I were in our third week of outreach in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Most of our time had been spent connecting with locals and playing with children, as well as preaching in the local churches.  It was amazing to see how hungry the believers were and it was a privilege to encourage them with the …

Sep 20, 2018

Overcoming What Lies Ahead

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

The greatest revelation I walked away with after my Discipleship Training School (DTS) was that I was created to be an overcomer. We all know that life always has challenges, but the joy of following Jesus is that we are empowered to overcome whatever lies before us. I was deeply impacted by this thought in the lecture phase of my DTS and during my outreach phase, I experienced this truth at work in my life. My team and I were on board the m/v Pacific …

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 …

Sep 11, 2018

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

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

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 villages in Buka. Outside of the weeks dedicated to clinics, the team engaged in a variety of different ministry opportunities both on board the ship …

Sep 08, 2018

Can You Trust Him?

Jaime Gomez Stories

A year ago, I would have called you crazy if you told me I would move to Hawaii, one of the most expensive places to live and become a full-time missionary. I would have thought you were even more insane if you were to tell me I would then move to Canada to start a new YWAM base.  I simply didn’t think my life would go in that direction.  So then, why am I here in Canada? How did I decide to make these huge …

Aug 25, 2018

Journey to Pinipel: The Open Ocean & Storm

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

Our most recent medical outreach on the m/v YWAM Liberty was to Nissan atoll. Nissan is a small isolated atoll (shaped much like Maui’s hook) right above Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Often on our outreaches to these isolated locations, we will run mobile clinics to bring immunizations to the more isolated villages around the island, while the main clinic still carries on in the central location.  On this particular day, Emily, I, and our mobile clinic journeyed to the small atoll of Pinipel. The journey …

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 23, 2018

Making It Through The Night

Jaime Gomez News

Daniel, a sixteen-month-old baby boy, came to the clinic severely dehydrated. When someone is dehydrated, they tend to feel incredibly thirsty and will guzzle any water given to them; even if it subsequently makes them vomit. This was happening to Daniel. After a week of diarrhea and vomiting, he hadn’t been able to take on any fluids for days. Daniel was incredibly weak, and his body was shutting down. Our American pediatrician, Dr. Keith, quickly got to work assessing him and determined he needed an …

Jul 17, 2018

Our First Containers on the m/v YWAM Liberty!

Jaime Gomez News

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: ywamshipskona.org

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 …

Jul 17, 2018

Racing Against Time

Jaime Gomez News

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 injury. Ideally, compound fractures need surgery within a couple of hours to ensure full use of the limb and no further complications or infection. Unfortunately, …

Jul 08, 2018

Jenny is a Fighter

Jaime Gomez News

Jenny, an eight-month-old baby girl, struggled to breath. Her mother had brought her to the clinic and her raspy cry was heart-breakingto 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 disease. The Papua New Guinea team pediatrician moved quickly to rehydrate Jenny and start her on antibiotics. The health center, however, didn’t have any oxygen. With …

Jul 06, 2018

“I Want to Walk”

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

As my team and I walked through Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, we entered a particular settlement where we saw some women. We felt like the Lord wanted us to talk to them. As we approached them, I asked one of the women how her day was going.  She replied with saying it wasn’t going very well. She was having a challenging day watching her sister’s children. When asked why she needed to take care of them if their mother was nearby, she explained that …

Jun 26, 2018

Emergency Eye Surgery for Young Girl

Jaime Gomez News

Ulamona, Papua New Guinea – The Pacific Link was in the West New Britain Province recently doing medical outreaches.  While on outreach with YWAM Ships, the Ophthalmologist on board, Dr. Wahamu, met a three-year-old girl with a traumatic eye injury from an accident. She was brought to the clinic by her mother.  Upon seeing her, he was very concerned. Usually, there’s no eye surgeon on the whole island and she would have had no hope of being helped. We, however, currently have an eye surgeon, Dr. …

Jun 17, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: Local Partnerships Prove Beneficial

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

“I learned a lot about medicine, myself, medicine and God.” Marianna Duncan, originally from Texas, is a nurse who after moving to Hawaii a couple of years ago, heard about YWAM Ships Kona from friends at church. Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the available option for volunteering. Once she arrived in PNG, the ship docked in Madang and then the team would travel to serve in many villages including Bulsom, Mapour, Kubam, Bulu, and the like as well as some islands named Karkar and Bagabag. …

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 …

May 19, 2018

The Open Door

Jaime Gomez Stories

Just yesterday I interviewed a Discipleship Training School student who had just returned from a 3 month outreach in Cambodia. He told me about a day they were walking in the slums, and a man came running at them fast and intense. They froze, took guard, thinking he was about to attack. To their surprise, the man called to them as he came closer, “Do you have a Bible? Do you have a Bible?” They expected antagonism, but instead found an intense hunger. The doors …

May 15, 2018

Former PNG prime minister visits m/v YWAM Liberty

Leinie Alambro News

Sir Rabbie Namaliu, former Prime Minister and patron for YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea, visited the m/v YWAM LIBERTY this week in Port Moresby. It was the patron’s first visit to the ship and he appeared struck by the size of the vessel in person. Namaliu was given a tour of the vessel starting with the big cargo hold that will be transformed in just a few months by medical containers that are currently being assembled all over the world. These sea containers …

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 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 …

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 …

Mar 19, 2018

Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

I had been in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, for only a week, having joined two Discipleship Training School teams already ministering out of the m/v PACIFIC LINK — a YWAM medical and training ship. Now I found myself in the pediatric unit of the local hospital, feeling unprepared to minister. The staff had done their best to make the ward as cheerful a place as possible. Photos of animals hung on the off-white walls and they had painted the ceiling beams a bright yellow. I, however, didn’t …

Mar 13, 2018

Snapshots from Abroad: God’s Surprises for Us

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

“We were hungry. We were exhausted. It was 4 hours of driving mountainous terrain and an hour and 1/2 of walking through the mud with boxes. We waited on the beach. Michael started a fire so the smoke would keep the mosquitos away while some of our team threw some pitpit (cane grass) on the fire. I was ready to eat anything at that moment. We could hear the banana boats before they arrived. Little by little, I could see the shapes emerging from the blackness. There …

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 …

Jan 26, 2018

YWAM Ships Kona Wraps First Outreach of ’18

Jaime Gomez News

DUKE OF YORK ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — The m/v PACIFIC LINK completed its first outreach voyage of 2018 here last week. The medical and training vessel carried to this remote location dozens of volunteers who provided thousands of eye-care, dental and pastoral services. Rhonda Hamilton, a family nurse practitioner who co-manages the PACIFIC LINK with her husband, Rick, said the medical volunteers treated hundreds of people with high-risk diseases that included tuberculosis. “My last patient” of the outreach “was a very thin woman who …