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 …

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 …

The Open Door

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 …

The Journey of Following God

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 …

A DTS Story – Part One: Thousands Raised To Do A DTS

My name’s Heather and I’m from the state of Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. I’m a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. My story of how I came to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) and how I even ended up at Ships is quite interesting. You see, before coming to YWAM (Youth With A Mission), I honestly really didn’t understand God. …

Adventure Comes From Risk: Saying Yes To Jesus

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 …

What Am I Supposed To Do With My Life

Junior college was something I did right after high school. Not because I wanted to, but because I didn’t know what else to do. I enjoyed the atmosphere of being in college but I wasn’t motivated to succeed. I didn’t know what to study so I enrolled in general education and would sometimes fail half the classes I signed up …

We Pay To Volunteer

The concept of God’s provision is somewhat foreign in the world today. The standard most live by is to go to school, get a degree, work hard, pay bills, go on vacation, etc. All of which are good and necessary realities of life. The world continues to go around on its axis and day after day people go on with …