Jun 11, 2018
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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 …

Apr 30, 2018
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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 …

Dec 17, 2017
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Palma Bahia – Part 2

(Continued from Palma Bahia – Part 1) First and foremost the sharing of God’s love was our primary plan for the outreach. We felt this could be done in a variety of ways, so after prayer and careful consideration we determined to do this through Bible teachings and prayer time, teaching English, preparing land for an additional school, sharing our …

Dec 12, 2017
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Palma Bahia – Part 1

On September 22, our Discipleship Training School outreach team slowly motored up to the dock of the tiny village Palma Bahia with an overwhelming sense of anxiety. A two-hour boat ride from the YWAM Panama Outpost had brought us on the cusp of our new home for the next eight days. Or so we hoped. The question weighing on the …

Nov 14, 2017
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Prayer and Evangelism in Chile – July DTS Outreach Update

Greetings from YWAM Pichilemu in Chile! We wanted to write a little update from the past couple of weeks here. We have been keeping busy here doing different types of ministry with the base. One is a market evangelism. We go to a morning market YWAM Pichilemu has in the streets every Wednesday and Saturday. We set up a table …

Nov 11, 2017
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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 …

Oct 30, 2017
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8 Things To Pack For Outreach in PNG

When my outreach location was revealed for my Discipleship Training School, I panicked for a second. We were scheduled to go to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for two months, and at that time we weren’t sure how much time we would spend on our ship, the m/v Pacific Link, or on land in a possibly remote location. At that point in …

Sep 15, 2017
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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 …

Sep 08, 2017
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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 …

Aug 26, 2017
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That Time God Laughed At Me

I went into my senior year of high-school with a perfectly arranged plan for the next five years of my life. I was going to graduate in the spring, go on a missions trip over the summer to a foreign country, and then move to a little city to pursue a degree in Bible and Ministry at a Christian college. …

Aug 21, 2017
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You Only Get To Do Your DTS Once

“You will only get to do your DTS once, you will never have another experience like this again.” For those of us that are “YWAMers” and have completed a Discipleship Training School, this is something we have all heard. I know something along those lines was spoken to me several times during my DTS. It is true, you only get …

Aug 13, 2017
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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 …

Aug 09, 2017
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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 …

Aug 05, 2017
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7 Reasons To Do Your DTS At YWAM Ships Kona

The road to doing a DTS can be tricky. With so many locations to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some tips on what YWAM Ships Kona has to offer to help you decide if you want to come and join our community. 1. Location: Kona, Hawaii. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii. …

Aug 01, 2017
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Four Lessons Learned During DTS

1. Communication is everything. It is no surprise to find out living with a group of random strangers can be difficult or working in teams can be frustrating. You name the scenario; working with people can be difficult and requires communication always. People are widely diverse, harboring different opinions, practicing habits you are not accustomed to, operating on a different …

Jul 25, 2017
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1 Step For A 1,000

I laugh now when I reminisce on how not too long ago, I thought all could be done by my own strength, my own ideas and my own “wisdom”. Four months ago I was encouraged to leave; leave all I had behind to take an ultimate step. It was more like a leap off a cliff into rapids. Little did …

Jul 22, 2017
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DTS Outreach Update: VITU OUTREACH IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The outreach in Vitu was amazing. As we brought care to the people of Vitu, they blessed us in ways that we will never forget. More beautiful than riches were the smiles and love that they poured out onto us. As the week went on, we were able to bring water filters to many of the homes and community areas …

Jul 16, 2017
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When God’s Timing Isn’t Your Timing

“What if it was all for my own good? What if the struggles I face are also for a reason?” As a older single female, I have times where I struggle with still being single. I’ll sit and wonder why I’m not married; why it seems like almost everyone around me is either dating someone or married. Don’t get me …

Jul 01, 2017
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“I Never Wanted To Be A Preacher. I Didn’t Want To Be That Preacher Person.”

Jacob Davis, a student currently finishing up the lecture phase of his YWAM Ships DTS, hails from Winfield Kansas. He grew up without a christian upbringing, which meant he knew right from wrong but not about God. Last year Jacob was in Teen Challenge, a faith-based facility that helps individuals of all ages overcome life-controlling problems and addictions. Coming out …

Jun 11, 2017
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Tips For Outreach You Should Know

As you’re preparing to go on outreach, whether it’s your very first or the latest in your repertoire, there’s a couple different things you should keep in mind. We can talk for ages about packing tips, what to bring and what not to. Or discuss the pros and cons of flying with different airlines. However, as important as these things …

May 24, 2017
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Planting Seeds of Discipleship – Vanuatu Update

Halo! These past few weeks living in the nation of Vanuatu has revealed to our team just how quickly the Holy Spirit is already moving in the Ni-van people’s lives. Our outreach has been so varied. Because of the many different talents God has gifted our team with, we have had the opportunity to be involved in health clinics, hospitals, …

May 16, 2017
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Let The Little Children Come To Me – Cameroon Update

Five year old Christina’s big black eyes looked up at me. There was a little fear there. She had not seen many people as white as me. Her short, tight braids were sticking straight out from her head, each one decorated with a colorful bead. She was wearing a dirty green uniform with dirty torn sneakers on her dirty feet. …

May 13, 2017
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A Very Khmer New Year – Cambodia Update

One of our January 2017 Justice DTS outreach teams has busy the past few weeks in the beautiful country of Cambodia!        They’ve been able to spend time in Siem Reap for a week partnering with Justice Water. They were going out to surrounding villages helping to build Bio-Sand Water Filters, and teaching the locals how to construct …

May 07, 2017
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Bibles, Kids, and Ships, Oh My! – Mexico Update

Our January 2017 Justice DTS Mexico outreach team has been in Mexico for almost five weeks now! They have been staying busy partnering with YWAM Mazatlan and the ministries they run. On Saturdays the team does Bible distribution. YWAM Mexico has a vision of every home in Mexico having a Bible, so every base in the nation is in charge …

May 01, 2017
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I Wanted To Leave My DTS

I’ve been involved in missions since I was an early teenager. I was familiar with the way things worked, and even if I was by myself or doing something incredibly new, I never had any fear in my heart. I would feel excitement over new adventures, or some adrenaline when I stepped off the plane, and this was all normal …

Apr 22, 2017
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Water Tank Brings Clean Water to Villagers

An update from one of our DTS teams currently serving in Vanuatu: In Vanuatu, things are going well. They have been through a Cyclone and have been doing lots of work, building water tanks in the community and helping in the medical clinics together with Marine Reach. They’ve also been working on the base there and serving the long term …

Apr 21, 2017
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YWAM DTS Blessed by PNG

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Apr 02, 2017
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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 …

Mar 12, 2017
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I Refuse To Be A Prisoner Of My Past

We each have a story. No matter where we’re from, or how old we are, we each have a past that has shaped who we have become. But why does it seem like no matter how hard we try to move on, to forget our past and simply move forward, it somehow still haunts us? Why do some things never …

Mar 07, 2017 walking with God
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What Stands Between You And A DTS?

Considering to pursue a Discipleship Training School (DTS) can cause you to fall into a pit of “what ifs” and fears about this new adventure. There’s insecurities and worries that will rear their head and make you have pause about following what you feel in your heart you’re called to. Obstacles can leap in your way and seem like giant …