Bursting Up Out of the Ground

One of the best parts about living mission-minded is watching God “grow His garden”. He’s the one who has been cultivating the hidden, below ground work from the beginning and the best part is, He allows us to participate in the process.  Sometimes we are the sower; planting seeds and praying for them to sprout. Other times we are providing …

Brian’s Outreach: From Transformation to Revelation

“It’s a culture that I wasn’t really influenced in or knew before going because I’m from Canada and Korea and the South American culture isn’t something I’ve been exposed to, so it was cool seeing that.” For the outreach portion of DTS, each student is asked to pray about where they feel they’re supposed to go and write it down. …

Equipping those He calls . . .

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this”? Romans 9:20 Before we felt God calling us to go into missions, I always felt like I didn’t have many skills to offer. I felt extremely inadequate and I would look at many of the …

Can You Trust Him?

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 …

Marshall Islands: Partnering with the Ministry of Education

Our organization, “Changing Focus Ministries”, that partners with YWAM Ships Kona is doing some great things in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to promote education.  For the month of July, on the island of Gugeegu, a neighboring island to Ebeye that is connected by a man-made causeway, we have been a part of a month-long summer camp called, …

UofN Poipet – God’s Reminder

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 …

OUR GOD HEALS!

We were in Lae, Papua New Guinea when God showed up in miraculous ways. Everywhere we went, we witnessed the Holy Spirit bringing a mass of healings! We had opportunities to preach and pray in prisons, open airs, the masses in the marketplace, and patients in the hospital. In the prison, Jeff and Trice, our volunteer staff and student, began praying …

Flowers for Prostitutes

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 …

Mall Walker to Mountain Climber

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 …

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 …

Team Cameroon: Don’t Give Up

Team Africa has spent their time visiting schools, an orphanage and a nursing home in Yaoundé, Cameroon. They’ve been sharing God’s love, engaging in discussions about who He is and praying for those wanting it. For their team day, they all climbed up the highest mountain in Yaoundé! It was very challenging but a tremendous amount of fun! Here’s Olivia’s …

Freedom, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness

The University of the Nations Poipet is one of YWAM Ships Kona’s sister ministries. Their first Discipleship Training School (DTS) is reaching the end of their outreach. Here’s a snippet of what the team has been a part of: We are nearing the end of our first ever DTS! Our team is currently on outreach in Indonesia; moving from village …

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 …

Every Prayer is Heard

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 …

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 …

Ending Bible Poverty in the Marshall Islands

There are some who passionately pursue the Lord’s will in all things. The ones who take their relationship with Christ seriously and will do anything that God asks them to do, even if that means leaving family and friends to be missionaries in another country.  Well, that’s us, a family of four who God asked to literally step out on …

Hitting the Streets with God’s Love

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 …

Snapshots from Abroad: Short Time in PNG Touches the Heart

“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 …

Hope in the Midst of Suffering

I had been in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, for only a week, having joined two Discipleship Training School teams already ministering out of the m/v PACIFIC LINK — a YWAM medical and training ship. Now I found myself in the pediatric unit of the local hospital, feeling unprepared to minister. The staff had done their best to make the ward as cheerful …

National Pride in their Games

The 7th PNG Games were held in Kimbe, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea recently. Ellie and Ashley, nurses from England and Canada, respectively, were on hand as part of medical team from the local hospital to provide medical attention to all the athletes who had traveled from across PNG to attend the biggest sporting event in the country. With …

The Blind See and the Deaf Hear

When our outreach team left YWAM Ships Kona’s vessel, the m/v Pacific Link for another day of ministry, it was already hot. That’s pretty normal for October in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Even the local people sometimes complained about the temperatures. At first, our plans for the day had been tentative but we eventually decided that we’d visit the waiting …

The Journey Continues

“I was reaching out to YWAM and I wanted to staff a DTS.” Josh Risch, volunteer staff for the Bible Core Course (BCC), had been going on YWAM Kona’s website when he was told by 2 of his friends about another campus located in Kona, Hawaii called YWAM Ships Kona. His friend Jason had tagged him in one of Philipson …

The Journey of Josh

“I think I was in search of identity; just trying to figure out what made me happy.” Josh Risch, volunteer staff for the Bible Core Course (BCC) at YWAM Ships Kona, reflects on what drew him to YWAM. “I would say back then, I was more concerned with the opinions of others whereas now I am a little bit concerned …

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 …

We are a Team, a Crew.

Breakfast starts at 7 am with the crew. Conversations around the breakfast table consist of topics ranging from funny and interesting to sometimes gross and debatable. The common thread with all of these: everyone is welcome to participate. Laughter can be heard throughout the campus when punchlines are given and people find a common bond. It’s the comfort of knowing …

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 …

How DTS Changed My Life

“How was your trip?” This is the question that I get asked continually after returning from doing a Discipleship Training School (DTS). It’s a loaded question people don’t realize they’re asking.  A DTS isn’t just a vacation, a time studying abroad, or a missions trip. It’s something people don’t quite understand. It’s something that you can’t answer “How was your …

I Was Searching For Joy

Colby Bouma comes from a small Dutch town in Lynden, Washington. Growing up as a Christian was pretty easy for him. However, when he saw how his fellow Christians negatively treated him and others, he decided to walk away from his faith.    He signed up to be a volunteer with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Ships in Kona, Hawaii and needed a pastoral …