YWAM Justice & Medical DTS

Have you ever dreamed of encountering God and deepening your faith while helping others and doing something that counts with your life? Your adventure begins here at the Port YWAM Campus, located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.


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Lecture Phase

During your Discipleship Training School (DTS) you will receive life-changing teaching from a variety of international speakers who travel from all around the world to join us. Like all YWAM DTS’s, we are about developing a close and personal relationship with God as well as understanding what it means to take the Great Commission to the nations. Within a community dedicated to prayer, worship, and seeking God, we will challenge you to discover God’s call on your life and how you can use your gifts and skills to bring transformation to the nations.
During this time, you will engage and learn about the following:

• God’s Nature and Character
• God’s Intention for Individuals, Peoples, and Creation
• God’s Redemption: Sin and the Cross
• God’s Family: His Children and His Church
• God’s World: His Call and His Commission
• God’s Truth: Biblical Worldview and Foundation


This January DTS will primarily focus on Medical and Justice training. Our outreaches, although primarily evangelistic, are filled with other mercy ministries opportunities that include healthcare, community development, and education. As a ministry, we believe that every person deserves the right to medical care no matter their location. We are also passionate about finding injustice in our society and bringing restoration to those areas. Specific class times every week will be dedicated to equipping you in these two areas.



Outreach Phase

After the 12-week lecture phase in Kona, you will head to the nations! Outreach Phase is what makes the YWAM-DTS experience unique. We believe that discipleship is not complete until you, a disciple, begin to make disciples. God desires that all mankind would know Him and His love (John 3:16). Alongside your Kingdom-minded classmates, experienced staff will guide you in sharing your faith with the world.


We have both land-based outreaches as well as outreaches aboard our vessels that have the ability to sail to the most isolated villages on earth. A few locations that teams have been sent to in the past are Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Mexico, Cambodia, Haiti, Vanuatu, and Cameroon. These are only a few of many possibilities, but this years’ locations will not be announced until you arrive here in Kona.


  • January 3, 2019 – June 2, 2019

Lecture – January 3rd-March 28th 2019
Outreach – March 29th – May 26th 2019 (Optional extended outreaches available)
Debrief in Kona May 27th – June 1st 2019

  • January 2, 2020 –  June 1, 2020 (Optional extended outreach options available)


Port YWAM in downtown Kona, Hawaii. 1 mile from the YWAM Kona Campus.

Cost for Lecture:

USD $3,995. Includes food, board, and tuition. Does not include airfare to & from Kona

Cost for Outreach:

Depends on field assignment destination as the majority of the cost is airfare.

Approximately USD $4,000 – $5,000.

Disclaimer: YWAM Ships Kona is an independent and separate 501c3 organization from the University of the Nations, Kona Inc. These two entities are independent and separate in all aspects, legally, financially and operationally. The courses listed above are run at Port YWAM Kona one mile down the road from the University Campus.


Online Application Form

Or contact us: registrar@ywamships.net +1 (808) 757-9150

Packing List

Click the button to your right to find out what to bring.

MEET YOUR SCHOOL LEADERS – Sean Murphy, Dani Illing, Kaitlyn Vinson


Sean Murphy (left) has been apart of Youth with a Mission

for many years and has now lived in Kona, Hawaii for almost 20 years. Sean has had the privilege of leading DTS’ in both Haiti and Samoa as well and is passionate about revival and discipleship! 

Dani Illing (middle) originally from California, did her DTS here at Ships and went on outreach to Papua New Guinea and Australia aboard our medical ships. She has since joined staff to lead a team to Mexico and complete a bible course. 

Kaitlyn Vinson (right) came from Ohio to do her DTS here at Ships as well. She went on an extended outreach to help pioneer a base in Cambodia. Since then, she has been on staff here and has spent time with our ministries in Papua New Guinea and Haiti.