Life changing! This opened my eyes to so may thing I was so blind to before. SO many hardships that all these people face every day that we’d never have to worry about back home really opened my heart to make me want to do more. I feel like I’ve really connected to so many people and I’m not ready to leave yet! There’s been some ups and downs and hard days – just experiencing so many new, sometimes heartbreaking moments in such a short amount of time has been crazy and overwhelming. But I wouldn’t change it for anything because I felt more uplifted here than I ever have before. THANK YOU YWAM. Marissa Burns – General volunteer. Working on the YWAM medical Ship gives me the opportunity to use my professional skills in a challenging environment while working with a great team from around the world to achieve a really important mission – Captain Jeremy Schierer.
I really enjoyed this outreach to the Western Province, especially seeing how many PNG nationals were able to come with us. Working in the dental team alongside PNG dentists was such a privilege and I especially loved seeing PNG health professional bring health care to some of the most remote parts of their country. – Helen Middleton – DA
The PHC team served at the Emeti Health Station for 2 days on outreach 5. The first day many villagers were reporting chronic back and knee pain. We taught 5 small group classes on on back and knee health our first day in emeti. Towards the end of the second day another older man was referred to me due to his chronic back pain. He quickly stopped me when I began to teach him the exercises. He cagily explained another villager had taken the class the day before and had taught him the exervises. After learning the exervises he began practicing them on his own and had already done the exervises last night and this morning. His story encouraged my heart as it showed a glimpse of the long term impact YWAM Medical Ships hopes to achieve. One villager being educated and then going on to teach another local what they have learned. MK Martin – Physio Outreach 5
It is amazing how many different people come together and live in community. I really enjoyed that. Going into the villages was an unique, challenging and at the same time good experience. I loved to see what a difference something small like glasses can make for a person and it was cool to be part of that. – Janina Noack
Western Province, Bamu River is like no other location I’ve ever seen or been to before. Statistics on a page can jump out at you, but until you walk among the locals, alongside the people that know nothing else you can’t begin to relate. Bamu opened my eyes and the locals captured a piece of my heart. It was a privilege to not only bring medical aid to a villages but also bring joy and hope – Thank you. Janine – Optometry
What an adventure! Some days were a challenge seeing the hardship and hearing sad stories, but there were other days where I witnessed the miracle of life, holding a 9 day old baby, watching him breathe, and look at the world through her eyes. Being on the YWAM Medical Ship is unlike anything else – I loved meeting people from all over the world and becoming like family – Christina – Nurse