Dec 11, 2018

The Boy Without Speech

Jaime Gomez News

We just had our last day of medical clinics for the year this past Wednesday. We visited a small island off the coast of the Southern part of Bougainville island called Rantan. God could not have prepared a more lovely day for our clinics to end on. The island was small, lovely and peaceful with a total population of 80 people. As medical coordinator, I don’t always get time to just sit and engage with the children. Although, this particular day was running so smoothly …

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 …

Aug 04, 2018

OUR GOD HEALS!

Jaime Gomez News, Stories

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 for healing after preaching in their section of the prison. Men came forward with back pains, headaches, and more. Each man who received prayer was …

Jul 30, 2018

Bougainville President Tours YWAM Ships

Jaime Gomez News

The Hon. Chief Dr. John L. Momis, president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), visited the YWAM LIBERTY on July 30 accompanied by his wife, Lady Elizabeth. As they walked up the gangway, the courtesy flag of the AROB was already flying high on the mast. This flag was presented to the ship a few days earlier when the vice president and cabinet ministers visited the ship as part of the official launching of the YWAM LIBERTY to the AROB. The protocol of welcoming the YWAM team featured …

Jul 17, 2018

Our First Containers on the m/v YWAM Liberty!

Jaime Gomez News

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: ywamshipskona.org

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 …

Jun 09, 2018

Amanda in Papua New Guinea

Jaime Gomez Stories

I sat in the classroom, listening to the Discipleship Training School (DTS) students share stories from the outreaches they had just returned from. I was about to travel with my team to Papua New Guinea myself, so I listened carefully to the team that had just returned from there. One girl shared the story about her team visiting the local hospital and her personal trip to the maternity ward, where she had been asked to name a newborn baby.  I was really inspired by this …

May 15, 2018

Former PNG prime minister visits m/v YWAM Liberty

Leinie Alambro News

Sir Rabbie Namaliu, former Prime Minister and patron for YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea, visited the m/v YWAM LIBERTY this week in Port Moresby. It was the patron’s first visit to the ship and he appeared struck by the size of the vessel in person. Namaliu was given a tour of the vessel starting with the big cargo hold that will be transformed in just a few months by medical containers that are currently being assembled all over the world. These sea containers …

Jan 21, 2018

National Pride in their Games

Jaime Gomez News

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 medics in attendance at all the events, Ellie and Ashley were primarily stationed at track and field. Other categories of competition included boxing, rugby, soccer, …

Sep 07, 2017

Think Inside the Box!

Jaime Gomez News

THINK INSIDE THE BOX! For the first time in Youth With A Mission history, YWAM Ships now has a ship that can be used to transport shipping containers to isolated islands! Having such an amazing gift end up in the hands of YWAM can only be a work of God. The m/v YWAM Liberty has a massive cargo hold, a dental clinic onboard, the ability to carry landing crafts, and has a helicopter flight deck. These features now mean that with relative ease, our mission …

Aug 30, 2017

Reaching Those Who Can’t Be Reached

Jaime Gomez Medical, News

The latest cycle of medical clinics run by YWAM Ships has come to a close. This was a historical time for our organization as for the first time, our newest ship, the m/v YWAM Liberty, worked alongside the m/v Pacific Link. The Papua New Guinean province of West New Britain received over 14,000 services to some of the most remote locations in the area. Dr. Theresa Lei, the clinical outreach coordinator for the West New Britain province, had few words to say except thank you …

Jul 29, 2017

Medical Team Saves Mother And Child

Jaime Gomez Medical, Stories

VITU, Papua New Guinea — We had just arrived in the bay off the island of Vitu, PNG, where we were going to be based for the following week. On board with us were several people from the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority. We had been working closely together during these outreaches in West New Britain. Just after midnight, Helen (a local health worker, experienced midwife and maternal health nurse) and I were awoken to the news of a woman in labor on the …

Jun 03, 2017

Maiden Voyage Underway

brettcurtis News

I just received a phone call from the bridge of the m/v YWAM LIBERTY – an excited Ann Ford, our Ship Manager, told me “we are good to go”. They have received clearance from Ports North, and Border Force, to head to sea on their maiden voyage to Papua New Guinea. Moments later around noon local time they pulled away and headed for the channel of the Great Barrier Reef. The crew are bound for Kimbe, West New Britain with a brief stop into Alotau where they …

May 20, 2017

Adventure Comes From Risk: Saying Yes To Jesus

Jaime Gomez Stories

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 ridiculous. We had barely settled back into our roles as base staff and we were looking forward to being back in our community. Once the …

May 10, 2017

Just A Few Hours

Jaime Gomez Stories

The m/v YWAM Liberty was facing a dire situation. The present captain was leaving on Thursday and there was still no replacement on the horizon. Recruitment was working in overdrive, all hands were on deck to try and find a new captain to serve on board the newest vessel for YWAM Ships Kona. The crew went to bed a couple days before the captain was going to leave and woke up the next morning to a surprise. Laurie Crew had flown in from Perth, Australia …

Mar 20, 2017 l'Astrolabe

M/V YWAM LIBERTY!

brettcurtis Global, News

Thank you for giving! YWAM has a new ship and her name is… It is 8am and we are standing on the dock alongside YWAM’s newest vessel. She joined the YWAM fleet last night as papers and funds exchanged hands.   We have been either dockside or onboard ship for hundreds of arrivals and departures like this in our decades with ships. It is always a magnificent moment as a ship pulls away or comes alongside. No matter the size or style of ship, there …

Mar 15, 2017

L’Astrolabe Is Set To Join YWAM Ships Fleet

Jaime Gomez Fleet Support, Global, Medical, Needs, News, Uncategorized

The future got significantly brighter today because of the acquisition of another ship, L’Astrolabe, and the fact that YWAM Norway has elected to join us collaboratively in our work. YWAM Norway will join YWAM Ships Kona with the vessel the m/v L’Astrolabe (read more about her new name here). This will be a tremendous boost to our ability to reach the 293 populated islands of Papua New Guinea with God’s love, and mark the beginning of a new season as we build strength together along …

Mar 09, 2017 l'Astrolabe

Partner With Us

Admin Ships Fleet Support, Global, Medical, Needs, News, Uncategorized

Here at YWAM Ships Kona we have some incredibly exciting news! We can hardly believe what has been unfolding over the last few weeks. We are all pleased to announce that we have been gifted an amazing vessel to join our fleet of medical ships! P&O Maritime reached out to our partner base YWAM Medical Ships Townsville and alerted them to the fact that the L’Astrolabe, a scientific research and supply vessel, was being retired. The Townsville team met and secured the vessel, and in a beautiful act …