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 23, 2018

A Brand New Life

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

The YWAM Ships volunteers had just finished a regular day of providing health services at a small village in Bougainville. The vehicles were packed with people and medical supplies. Everyone was ready to go back to the m/v YWAM Liberty for the night.  Then, out of nowhere, Swickley Tova, our ship engineer, ran up to the trucks with urgent news. A woman down the road was going into labor and needed medical supervision and transportation to the nearby health center immediately!  Our team quickly changed …

Nov 11, 2018

The Worth of a Man’s Foot

Jaime Gomez Needs, Stories

“The on-shore clinic was set up at a memorable location on the coast near Torokina, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Our local hosts had taken a tiny post, beam and palm-thatched hut owned by the Wesleyan Church and transformed it into a dental clinic for our medical team’s use.  We felt the otherworldly Spirit that had camped there for centuries as we were told that this “church” memorializes the location as the landing spot of the first missionaries to Bougainville. The story passed down through …

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 …

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 …

Aug 13, 2018

UofN Poipet – God’s Reminder

Jaime Gomez Stories

Ngan, a 91-year-old grandmother, accepted Jesus the first time our team met her. They had been evangelizing in a village and ended up at her family’s house. After sharing the Gospel and stories about Jesus, Ngan told them she believed in Jesus.  A month later, our team visited Ngan. She told them she was thinking about Jesus but confessed that she didn’t understand how to worship God outside of normal Buddhists traditions and had gone back to her formal Buddhist background. She thought she had …

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 21, 2018

Mall Walker to Mountain Climber

Jaime Gomez Stories

During our outreach in Mexico, we were invited to come to a village of indigenous people. It was a five-mile hike one way. After we had walked for 4 miles, I was beginning to feel the strain. I was already not feeling well and this hike seemed to be never-ending. The gentle switchback path suddenly turned into a stair-like trail going straight up the mountain. I felt exhausted and overwhelmed by the time we began this leg of the trek.  “I’m a mall walker, not …

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

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 27, 2018

Every Prayer is Heard

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

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 water or walk far to get it from a well or the river. Their first mission was pretty good and the people were very happy …

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 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 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 …

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 …

Jan 16, 2018

Encouraging the Next Generation

Jaime Gomez Stories

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, many PNG youth have to deal with the added tension of poverty and lack of opportunity for a meaningful future. As my team reached out …

Jan 01, 2018

The Weight of God’s Love for PNG

Jaime Gomez Stories

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 with people. There, vendors set up stands to sell their wares: colorful meri blouses, toiletries, flip-flops, multi-colored knitted bilums and many other things.   We …

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 …

Nov 20, 2017

Healing, Preaching… and Teaching

Jaime Gomez Stories

Thousands of lives in Papua New Guinea have been changed by the medical care and the love of Jesus they find from teams ministering out of YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link. John Mark Wheeler and his wife Caitlyn, interim managers of the Pacific Link (PL), are no strangers to the physical and spiritual needs in PNG. After completing his DTS in San Pedro, Belize in 2013, God used John Mark’s passion for and training in the medical field during his time as …