The Worth of a Man’s Foot

“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 …

The Tale of the Tuna

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 …

Dignity Restored

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, …

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 …

Snapshots from Abroad: 2 Islands, Same Purpose

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 …

Working for the Great Physician

Dr. Richard McGrath came to YWAM Ships Kona’s fall 2017 medical outreach in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, well qualified for the stresses of medical work done under less than ideal circumstances. His job as an ER and intensive care physician in Sitka, Alaska for the past several years, followed over four decades as a general practitioner. And at the age …

Sight for Agnes

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 …

Grandma Bis Can Cook Again

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 …