Medical DTS at Port YWAM in Kona

Outreaches to: Panama and Papua New Guinea!

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The Medical Discipleship Training School (MEDTS) held at Port YWAM Kona provides a great opportunity to extend and expand one’s healthcare training and experience medical missions in some of the most needy and isolated places on earth. There is no better way to accomplish this than to spend five months with a group of dedicated health care workers eager to Know God and Make Him Known. Starting with arrival day on January 5th, 2017, this school will run for 20 weeks ending with graduation on Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

Lecture Phase:

This course is for both the licensed medical professional and non-licensed person. In the morning you will be in a 22370316729_1cc28c1ec4_zDiscipleship Training School classroom in Kona Hawaii and then in the afternoons you select either the primary health care non-professional track or the licensed medical professional track. The level of subject matter is relevant to your chosen track. You will cover topics such as; tropical diseases, midwifery, dental, eye care, malaria, TB, hypertension, diabetes, infection control, wound care, community health education and more. Throughout the course you are up-skilled into taking your medical training into fields where sterile environments do not exist.

Outreach options:

The school offers two locations for the 8-week field assignment. One group will go to the medical ship m/v PACIFIC LINK in Papua New Guinea and 22557195425_dbaf4d0552_zthe other to the YWAM Ships jungle base, Outpost PANAMA. This location ministers to the local Ngobe Indians in and around Bocas Del Torro, northern Panama.

The Leaders

Bruce and Barbara Thompson:

Born and raised in New Zealand Dr. Bruce and Barbara Thompson began their married life in Ghana as medical missionaries with Worldwide Evangelization Crusade. Through primary health care they planted churches in the rural north. In order to be better equipped, Bruce completed a diploma in tropical medicine in the UK.Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.55.59 AM

In 1976 they joined YWAM in Kona, Hawaii and pioneered the College of Counseling and Health Care (CCHC) for the University of the Nations. After 13 years in Hawaii they moved to Switzerland to pioneer the CCHC and its ministries in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bruce and Barbara have been busy with itinerant teaching in schools, seminars and workshops around the world. Books they have written include, “Walls of My Heart” and “From Eyesight to Insight.” For more information visit their web site:

Meet the Co-leaders:

Dr. Don & Donna Tredway have been with YWAM since 1982, teaching in various DTS’s and schools over the years.  As a physician and nurse they have seen the healing power of God manifest through prayer in medical practice and in evangelistic services (Resurrection Ministries, Inc.).  Their expectation is that Holy Spirit will transform your life during Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.56.12 AMthe MEDTS as the Name of Jesus is proclaimed. Dr. Tredway also serves on the Board of Trustees for YWAM Ships Kona.

Cost for lecture:

$4,250. Includes food, room and board, and tuition. Does not include airfare or health insurance.

Cost for Outreach:

Outreach cost is estimated at $4,000–$5,000. The actual cost will depend on your field assignment destination as most of the outreach cost is airfare.

Not Your Average Classroom:

On your YWAM Kona Ships DTS, training happens both outside and inside the classroom. Lectures will open your heart, challenge your mind and inspire you to ships7act.  With lecturers from all around the world, every week will be an adventure of its own. You will rub shoulders with YWAM Kona staff and leaders from around the globe who will encourage you and broaden your understanding of missions.

Contact us:

+1 (808) 757-9150,

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.

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For the fastest response please use our preferred method which is the Online Application Form hot button above. If you must complete your DTS Application off-line, please download and fax the completed form to: +1(949)271-4909. Thank you.

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