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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

Aug 13, 2017

Sight for Agnes

Jaime Gomez Stories

Sometimes serendipitous moments occur. Although the m/v PACIFIC LINK was scheduled to call into the Island of Bali, in the Province of West New Britain, rough seas diverted the ship to the coastal village of Sassavoru instead. This change in direction would prove to alter the life of one woman forever. Agnes had traveled from a smaller village to Sassavoru when she heard one of the YWAM Medical Ships was in the area. Screened by the ship’s eye surgeon on shore, the next Monday morning …

Nov 09, 2016

I Can See Colors, All The Colors!

Nick Cizej Medical, News

TARAWAI ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — As the sun dawned here in this isolated place, there was a palpable sense of anticipation. Something unheard of was about to happen to this little community — sight was returning to blind eyes. Eleven people, men and women, young and old, perched on a wooden bench. Some were dressed in their Sunday best, some in casual clothing. Families gathered around a few while friends chattered with others. While they were dissimilar in many ways, these 11 had something …

Jul 07, 2016

News: First Orthopedic Surgeries Underway in PNG with YWAM Ships Kona

brettcurtis Medical, News

  First Orthopedic Surgeries Underway in PNG with YWAM Ships Kona   YWAM Ships Kona orthopedic surgeon volunteer Dr. Oystein Berg from Norway working hard for 8-weeks with the m/v PACIFIC LINK alongside local surgeons in Madang, PNG. Dr. Oystein is helping to relieve the back log of cases and teach various procedures. As a department head in a hospital in Norway he is a long way from home with his wife and son on board finishing up their DTS outreach. Even with compound fractures …

Apr 22, 2016

Grandma Bis Can Cook Again

brettcurtis Medical, News

Grandma Bis Can Cook Again! KARKAR ISLAND, Papua New Guinea – Mrs. Bis Taur, Bubu Meri (pidgin for Grandma), was struggling to carry out routine daily tasks. Aged 66, she was overcome by a chronic eye problem that had vexed her for four years. The problem, cataracts in both eyes, caused constant itching, wateriness and – most frustratingly – blurred vision. Whenever she tried to cook, the smoke from the flames caused severe irritation. After her condition became overwhelming, her husband lovingly took on the burden …