Mar 14, 2019

Radical Living

Jaime Gomez Stories

Does God have your full yes?  God is more concerned with our sanctification in this life than we are. He is willing to lead us to uncomfortable situations, without telling us why, most of the time.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his …

Feb 28, 2019

When Running Away is Good

Jaime Gomez Stories

When I decided to do my Discipleship Training School (DTS) two years ago, it was a rash last minute decision. I was in an incredibly unhealthy relationship and felt like I needed to flee to the other side of the world.  Since I was living in Florida, the other side of the world ended up being Australia, where I did my DTS. Though my relationship with God had been rocky for the months leading up to my DTS, I still knew there was more to …

Feb 14, 2019

I am not Judge and Jury.

Jaime Gomez Stories

“How am I in this position again?” I thought I had grown from my last experience.  No matter how many things I go through in life, I’m still needing to relearn lessons.  Years ago, I was mad at my gal pal. She had sinned and I immediately judged her for it. I was angry and upset and felt as if her sin affected me directly. I was disappointed in her for messing up and for not seeing the error of her ways. While sitting on …

Nov 08, 2018

Static and the Choices You Make

Jaime Gomez Stories

Thoughts and Questions before… “This season I’m in is chaotic. My human eyes turn to day and see nothing but static.  What if my Creator intentionally placed this static in my day. Could it be that the static is not hindering my vision, but in fact enhancing it? Naturally, we can get frustrated when things are unclear, but if everything was crystal clear, wouldn’t it become overwhelming?  Maybe my Heavenly Father is only revealing certain things; so that I have nowhere to turn but to Him, and nowhere …

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 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 11, 2018

Is Fundraising Really Necessary?

Jaime Gomez Stories

Fundraising? No. I’m not gonna do it. I’ll just hope and pray that people will catch on to what I’m doing. I mean I’ll update facebook, send out blogs, maybe write a newsletter, and then see what happens.  I know people are interested in what I’m doing so they’ll make a move. They’ll contact me. Why do I need to contact them directly? If they want to be a part of this, they’ll make an effort and say something, do something. I’ll just wait for …

Jul 26, 2018

Flowers for Prostitutes

Jaime Gomez Stories

Door to door ministry. Handing out roses to women on the streets. Conversations and amazing prayer times. People’s lives being transformed. Some came to know the Lord; others were prayed for and encouraged. One of our January DTS teams recently finished up their 3-month outreach. They ministered to people in Florida and Costa Rica. Their ministry time was full of showing God’s love in the simplest of ways.  Prayer was a huge part of this outreach. Everywhere they went, the team prayed. They were always …

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 …

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 12, 2018

The Journey Taken

Jaime Gomez Stories

Being on staff with YWAM is a unique experience and not because of all the reasons I thought it would be. I expected to hear amazing stories of people getting healed. I expected to see people come to know the Lord. I expected to meet new people all the time and yet, somehow I overlooked the fact that I would have the opportunity to see my own growth every three months. Every quarter, we get an entire new set of students and every quarter, I’m …

Nov 16, 2017

Her name is Mini Libby

Jaime Gomez Stories

Can I tell you a story? It all started on a Saturday. I was about to do laundry when I received a message from my friend Nick, asking me to stop by his place because he had something for me. Without having a car to drive, I would need to walk. It’s not far but walking in the middle of the day in the August heat is way too hot. So I was going to wait until Monday but Naomi, his wife, was willing to …

Sep 24, 2017

Home Isn’t Always A Physical Place

Jaime Gomez Stories

After you’ve been a part of YWAM for a while, or any missions-focused organization, your idea of “home” may be a little different than the normal definition. Home might not be the place where you were born, or where you grew up, or even where you’ve spent the most amount of time in your life.  I recently visited family and friends on the mainland where my husband and I celebrated our marriage in our childhood homes. It was a wonderful time of refreshing and rest, …

Sep 20, 2017

Lock The Door

Jaime Gomez Stories

Comparison is sneaky. It will wind and twist its way into your heart when you aren’t even aware. It’ll set up shop, lifting up pieces of your heart and measuring them against someone else’s. Things that you thought were “good enough” are held to the light and every little flaw becomes an utter failure. The spirit of comparison is something that I’ve been feeling more and more aware of lately. Instagram has become the place where it feels most prevalent. Comparing others weekend adventures, their …

Sep 15, 2017

The Journey of Following God

Jaime Gomez Stories

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 me to work part time. Since I had just joined YWAM Ships Kona as a full-time volunteer staff months prior, I was pumped when the …

Aug 21, 2017

You Only Get To Do Your DTS Once

Jaime Gomez Stories

“You will only get to do your DTS once, you will never have another experience like this again.” For those of us that are “YWAMers” and have completed a Discipleship Training School, this is something we have all heard. I know something along those lines was spoken to me several times during my DTS. It is true, you only get to do your DTS once. This doesn’t mean that you can never experience a DTS again. I am in the middle of my third DTS …

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 16, 2017

When God’s Timing Isn’t Your Timing

Jaime Gomez Stories

“What if it was all for my own good? What if the struggles I face are also for a reason?” As a older single female, I have times where I struggle with still being single. I’ll sit and wonder why I’m not married; why it seems like almost everyone around me is either dating someone or married. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my singleness but… I’ve questioned God and His reasoning for this. Sometimes I wish I had an answer for this; a …

Jun 21, 2017

What More Do We Need To Be Obedient?

Jaime Gomez Stories

When I’m waiting for confirmation from God on situations, I like His answers to be big and bold. If it was an option, I’d totally go for the unmistakable “writing in the sky” style of communication. But sometimes I can find myself using a lack of big and bold signs to hide behind complacency. I justify not talking to someone about God, not taking a step into ministry, or even disengaging from my local church. Thoughts like, “Well, if it was really God’s will, then …

Jun 17, 2017

I Don’t Get A Paycheck

Jaime Gomez Stories

I haven’t had a paycheck in almost a full year. Ever since I was 16, I’ve always been employed in one way or another. I could always count on having enough in my bank account to cover my expenses, put money in savings, and still have the leeway to spend money on what I wanted. Willingly giving up the reliability of a paycheck every two weeks isn’t something that most people consider as a serious option. However, that reality is where God has led me, …

Jun 11, 2017

Tips For Outreach You Should Know

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

As you’re preparing to go on outreach, whether it’s your very first or the latest in your repertoire, there’s a couple different things you should keep in mind. We can talk for ages about packing tips, what to bring and what not to. Or discuss the pros and cons of flying with different airlines. However, as important as these things can be to know, it’s just as important – if not more – to have some other things on your radar as well. You’re going …

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 20, 2017

Adventure Comes From Risk: Saying Yes To Jesus

Jaime Gomez Stories

When my fiancé and I were first approached with an invitation to go to YWAM Ships Kona new ship, the m/v YWAM Liberty, to help get her ready for operation as a medical vessel, our reaction was to laugh loudly. The thought of packing up and heading out to Australia less than a month after we returned to Kona seemed ridiculous. We had barely settled back into our roles as base staff and we were looking forward to being back in our community. Once the …

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 …

Apr 06, 2017

He Wants It All

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

I thought that I was sold-out for God. I was working as a missionary, volunteering and engaging in my local church, and I thought I had given everything over to Him. Emphasis on “I thought…” About a couple years ago I returned from a summer of interning/serving around Europe. We had served with and supported many local churches, spent numerous hours on the street using performing arts and simple conversations to evangelize to people, and volunteered with cafes and organizations serving the less fortunate. I …

Mar 04, 2017 Country Flags

True Stories From Outreach

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

When students prepare to go on outreach after the lecture phase of their DTS, there can be many questions and, possibly, doubts as to to what the students will face and how situations will go. Each outreach is different in so many ways, from cultures and team dynamics to geographical locations. The greatest thing about outreach is the experience each student has. Here a few highlights from different outreach locations: Samara ChapmanLocation of Outreach: China and Mongolia  We were on outreach in China and Mongolia, …

Dec 19, 2016

Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For My Time In Sydney, Except God

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

“Jesus Loves You!” I yelled at the passerby on the street as our car drove past. The year was 2000, the Sydney Olympics were about to begin and I was elated by what I had just done. The rush that came from stepping out of my comfort zone was the first in many attempts at sharing the love of God to those I would come into contact with. I felt like a little kid. I was 23. It was the first time I would be …

Dec 15, 2016

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

Jaime Gomez Stories, Training

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 life out, a conversation on Christmas break with my sister in law changed my mind. Over the past few years I have learned that God …