Primary Health Care School

YWAM UofN Kona

Bad Burn

Siem Reap is in the northern middle of Cambodia.

We were working in one of the of the province Siem Reap, holding clinics and providing Primary Health Care.

We came to this village the day and a young boy had badly burned his hand with boiling oil.

This is not an unusual problem.

Between hot cooking oils, kerosene lamps, open fires, burns are a common and some times deadly occurrence.

With this young boy, the team cleaned it carefully, covered it and then we transported him to a paediatric health centre about one hour away that was run by a Japanese NGO.

The picture from the healed hand was taken a few month later.

The boy had full function in his hand and no scaring, which would not be the case had he not gotten immediate and good medical care.


Midnight Mercies

Sickness does not work to a schedule.

We had just finished a three day village clinic in P village and were expected by another village the next day. When we prayed we felt strongly to stay for another night although there didn’t seem to be a reason for.

At 2 am we were roused from out sleep,  a family of the village had a very sick little girl and wanted us to come urgently. She was in deed dying, small  two year old girl with a high fever, unconscious and  ill with severe pneumonia.

The team prayed while three of us tried to keep the girl alive. We are trained to help medically, we have also been trained to be aware that life is very much in Gods hands, nt matter how sklilled we are.

In the meantime the father of the girl and local shaman performed rituals with chicken blood underneath the house. A few hours later she got better and survived. The next the day the shaman came to see the missionary that we worked with and asked for a bible. He said he realized that our God is more powerful than the spirits. The villagers were impacted by the compassion shown by the team and this was a lasting investment into the DNA of the church which has come to be one of the keystone churches for the Brao ethnic group.


The deaf shall hear

Before we went to this particular tribal villages we were told that Christians are not welcome there.

We should be cautious, not identified as a Christian group.

We stayed in the village for two days. Set up our primary health care clinic, ran tracheae stations,  treating common diseases and ran out health education classes.

A elderly women came to see one of our students and complained that she had lost her hearing on her left ear many years ago.

Our student examined her ears but couldn’t find any obvious reasons for her hearing loss. She sensed quite strongly to pray for that women and despite our advice not to pray for people she did anyway.

As she prayed for healing the women suddenly jumped up, said some thing in her tribal language, and run away. When we asked the translator what happen she said that the women could suddenly hear again and was so “shocked” about it that she left.

No Hospital

We run and play as children, fall over and scrape our knees with no care in the world. Hospitals are close at hand.

For this tribal boy, not so.

A few days before we came to his village he had fallen and fractured his ankle

He couldn’t walk and was in a lot of pain.

Taking him to a hospital was not possible.

We stabilized and splinted the leg with bamboo and gave instructions for his care. We had done what we could, we were not staying for any extended period of time.

A year later when we came back to the same village. We found an active young boy, running around, playing with his friends, doing chores for his family. The fracture was healed.

By Ship

December 11, 2016

During an IPHC outreach we went to a very remote village in Northern Cambodia, only accessible by boat up the Mekong River. We created a fully functional village clinic in what had previously been the village chicken coop (in background of photo), and we were able to provide much needed health care for the village and surrounding people. These people had never had a health team in their village before! After the last clinic we asked if there was anything else we could do for them, and they asked us to teach them something from the “book”, which they had heard about, but never had an opportunity to hear what it was in it. They asked us to stay later the next morning and they gathered the village for their first Bible study at their request.


A Curse or a Blessing?

September 26, 2016

We met these two boys for the first time when they were just three weeks old in a remote village in a Southeast Asian country.

Right after birth the mother was unable to take care of them and in the village having twins was seen as a curse.

Both boys were malnourished to the point of starvation and while we treated an infected wound at one of the boys umbilical area, we had to resuscitate him.

We decided to take the boys and the parents to the children’s hospital in the capital which was fourteen hours away by boat, Four WD and minivan.

Both boys survived and the parents gave their heart to the Lord. They are now active members of the local tribal church in their village.

One of our students who was involved in the process found her calling to become a missionary midwife through this experience.

Later we were told that only a few years back twins who were born in this village would be killed because it was seen as seen as bad luck for the community. The government stopped this practice but it is still considered a curse if twins are born. The parents have to move to the edge to the village. The Lord saved the live of theses boys and also restored the family socially. When we visited this village a few years later the family lived right in the middle of the community an were active members of the local church.


Health Care training

No previous health care training required!

Our 3 month lecture phase is intense!….but our experienced staff make it fun and interactive. You will be amazed by the time you go on outreach at how much you have learned about the human body, and how you can serve those with desperate health care needs. You will have practical skills to make a difference in people’s lives!


Current School

September 2017.

The Primary Heath Care School in Kona, Hawaii has started with students from five countries.

With a vibrant group of students and staff we will be covering the topics of PHC over the next three months and will be preparing to go on our outreach to Philippines and Papua New Guinea at the end of December. 

In this image we are learning anatomy in 3D by doing a pig dissection. The pig is from the Ywam farm and used for food on the base, and much of the meat was donated to needy families.