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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text responsive_align=”center”]Immersion. It all hits you when suddenly you’re miles and miles away from the comfort of your own bed, family that used to be a phone call away, and away from any sense of familiarity. When you’re sleeping on the floor of a stranger’s home made from metal and wood scraps with 25 other Papua New Guinean strangers. When you’re looking into cracks that reveal the Pacific Ocean just a few feet below, and swaying because the stilts holding up the house are moving with the waves. When you go to the bathroom into a hole in the floor, with no door… Or toilet paper. When your nightly lullaby is rabid dogs outside fighting, pigs on the dock ready to be sold for bride price squealing and grunting, or the five day old baby crying out for food. When you get served endless amounts of food and watch the rest of the family eat your scraps, or eat nothing at all. When you hear the cries of a young child with malaria; when you see the bruised face of a woman living in constant abuse.

Or when you realize that this is someone’s average everyday life.

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You cannot escape the culture. It transforms everything about you if you let it. It is one thing to hear about these things, but when these realities become your realities, they change something in the depths of your heart. It is powerfully confronting to live in the midst of such a culture, surrounded by the pain and poverty Papua New Guineans face every day. Except I have the option to escape it; they do not.

Nearly 40% of Papua New Guineans live below the national poverty line. This number comes alive when you meet these people face to face, when you live in their homes and hear their stories. Families of 15 or more live in one house the size of an average Australian kitchen, fighting for floor space to sleep on. Who needs a pillow? If the crops are bad or the fish aren’t biting, hunger strikes. Severe illness is almost inevitable with 94% of people affected by malaria, while receiving healthcare is almost impossible. I lived among the individuals represented in these statistics. I experienced these unavoidable realities firsthand. And all of these things are normal there. These people live with nothing… according to western standards.

However, the people of Papua New Guinea are the richest people I have ever met.

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I was wrecked with a perspective change as soon as I saw and experienced the depth of relationship that is another normal and unavoidable reality in Papua New Guinea. I am the one who has been deprived my entire life. I have never experienced such love. These people adopted me, a perfect stranger. They gave me the very best of the very little they had, without reservation. They gave and gave and gave…and gave until they quite literally had nothing left give. Even when they exhausted their physical resources, they still poured out more. They listened to me. They prayed for me. They invested in me. All as if they were serving The Lord, hoping for nothing in return. And this was normal for them.

I went to Papua New Guinea to serve people, but I was served more than what I thought was humanly possible.

The Papua New Guineans gave me a deeply intimate revelation of what a lifestyle of true and selfless love looks like. Their normal way of life allowed me to tangibly experience a taste of God’s very essence. Just when I think His love couldn’t get any better, He shows up with so much more! The richness and generosity of His love cannot be separated. This true love is a love with the sole purpose to draw people in and build people up.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Most Christians have this verse memorized and have heard it hundreds of times. It is one thing to read about this love in The Bible, but it is a completely separate and all-consuming experience to receive this love firsthand from people who were once strangers. To receive everything from people who have nothing.

How could I possibly go back to living my normal life: giving nothing when I have everything?

See, these people understand what has true value in life. Life is not about the house, car, or even the diploma you have. Things will always fall away. Things fail. Things distract from the heart and face of God.

But love… love. Love stands eternal. Love never fails. Love draws you deeper and deeper into the depths of God, leaving us in saturated awe.

I have seen the heart of God in action. I have been immersed in the kind of pure love Jesus commands everyone to give. A love that comes from overflow, not obligation. Papua New Guinea exposed me to a new definition of normal life. A lifestyle with pervasive and unavoidable love. Immersion.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Discipleship Training School - Townsville Campus

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

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  • 28 January - 28 June, 2024
  • 14 July - 13 December, 2024
  • 13 October, 2024 - 14 March, 2025
  • 26 January - 27 June, 2025
  • 13 July - 12 December, 2025
  • 19 October, 2025 - 20 March 2026

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Discipleship Training School - Port Moresby Campus, Papua New Guinea

The DTS will run from our satellite campus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The DTS will include a unique combination of discipleship, hands-on missions experience during both lectures and outreach, and the opportunity to make history as we establish a new campus in Port Moresby for generations to come.

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  • 28 January - 28 June, 2024
  • 14 July - 13 December, 2024
  • 26 January - 27 June, 2025
  • 13 July - 12 December, 2025

 

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Introduction to Global Health & Development

Be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

Townsville Campus

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Port Moresby Campus
  • 14 July - 13 December, 2024
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HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

 

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Global Health & Development Gap Year

Our Global Health & Development Gap Year calls those whose heart beats to see communities thriving - physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / community development industry, and for those who are starting out on their journey of healthcare in missions.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

Dates

28 January - 13 December 2024

26 January - 12 December 2025

 

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Discipleship Bible School

During the course, you will have an opportunity to dig deep into the Bible, reading through all 66 books, gaining an overall perspective of God’s story. You will learn techniques for effective Bible study, and your speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

You will also be taught on topics. For example – you will look at Worldview and Origins as you study through Genesis, Exodus, and Job. Or you might look at Leadership and Worship as you study the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Chronicles, and the Psalms. Each book is filled with insights to be discovered!

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28 January - 28 June 2024

26 January - 27 June 2025

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Introduction to Radio & Media

Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to train and equip effective communicators to share good news and influence positive community growth.

CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media

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Our wide range of registered training courses are designed to help equip you for your field of passion.

We combine elements of informal, formal, and non-formal education to not only impart knowledge and skill, but also good character, important life skills, and the motivation to serve and invest into the lives of others.

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Join YWAM Staff

Our volunteer staff team is a diverse mix of different nationalities, ages, skills, giftings, and backgrounds. Their dedication and passion makes what we do possible and we are always looking to expand our team!

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Pathways with YWAM

We have a range of pathways within our training and ministry that allows you to specialise in your area and grow your skillsets. From Hospitality to Global Health you can upskill yourself while impacting those around you

 


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Joining us for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or Gap Year with us soon? We have compiled a few resources to help prepare you for the amazing journey that’s ahead!

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Do you have a child that is interested in a YWAM DTS or Gap Year? We have created some resources for you as your child navigates their YWAM experience. 
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YWAM Precinct

Our recently developed YWAM Precinct located in Townsville’s CBD is the perfect hub for youth to find belonging and empowerment. A high, medium and low ropes course, brand new cafe, and multi-purpose warehouse space for seminars and other activities allows youth the opportunity to flourish through adventure based learning.

 

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Youth Ambassadors

As a Youth Ambassador you will have the opportunity to lead your peers and the wider community in helping to support the work of YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea.

 

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Work Experience

We offer the opportunity for students to complete their work experience at our city campus in Townsville. This unique opportunity gives students the ability to not only explore a future career pathway, but also get a taste of working with a local charity that is dedicated to serving the community.

 

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Schools & Youth Leaders

We know that really quality, committed youth workers, teachers and families are some of the best things young people can have in their formative years. Our hope is to make your job a little bit easier by offering adventure based learning, mentoring resources, leadership and training pathways, and service based learning opportunities for youth. 

 

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Transitional Accommodation

YWAM operates a home in Townsville for at-risk youth. YWAM receives tenant referrals from local collaborating youth support organizations.

 

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Vision & Approach

We have the hope to create a safe environment for the youth of Townsville to be, believing everyone has the right to hope for an abundant and healthy life physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. YWAM works in partnership and by invitation through Australia and Papua New Guinea.

 

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School Seminars

Our school seminar programs are designed to empower and motivate youth to live full and productive lives. Book these engaging and interactive seminars to strengthen your young people. 

 

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Youth Adventures

Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!

 

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Impact Summer

Make an Impact during your Summer as you engage in epic adventure, learning and serving. 

Gain valuable skills through hands-on learning experiences at The Stable and the new YWAM Precinct, complete with hiropes and rock climbing wall.

 

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VET in Schools

Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

 


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Adventure Based Learning
Adventure based learning programs are complete with a high, medium, and low ropes course, cafe, and multi-purpose youth space to run programs with a ‘learn by doing’ and ‘challenge by choice’ philosophy.
 

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Precinct Cafe

Help build healthy lives and communities in Australia and Papua New Guinea while dining at the YWAM Precinct Cafe

YWAM Precinct Cafe is a not-for-profit cafe located at 312 Walker Street in Townsville’s CBD.

 


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Dental Trailer

YWAM Medical Ships is now operating a Dental Trailer in collaboration with key stakeholders in Port Moresby with the purpose of providing dental services, training opportunities, and health education to schools in the National Capital District.

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Small Boat Patrol Outreaches

YWAM Medical Ships is collaborating with key stakeholders in the nation by utilising small boats to bring health and training services right to the doorstep of those who need it most. These patrols have a specific focus on empowering the youth of communities to live healthy lives to contribute to a healthy nation.

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Ship Outreaches

YWAM Medical Ships - Australia & PNG has been operating medical and training vessels in PNG since 2010.

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Our Footprint

Delivering basic services in Papua New Guinea (PNG) poses enormous challenges with 84 percent of the population living in remote, rural areas.

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Advocate

Join the YWAM Medical Ships team by becoming a Community Ambassador or Youth Ambassador in your local community.

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Mission Build
Mission Building is a volunteer program that gives you the opportunity to experience life at our campus all while supporting our work in Australia and PNG. Join us for two weeks to three months at a time that suits you!
 
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Youth Adventures
Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!