YWAM eye chart

FSS Philanthropy

The CEO of FSS Group of companies Mr Nick Papamichael is an Ambassador for YWAM Ships Kona.

Mr Nick Papamichael’s involvement with -“YWAM”- (Youth With A Mission) started back in his early twenties when he completed a six month missionary training school, called a -“DTS”- (Discipleship Training School).

This led Mr Papamichael to Sabah, Malaysia where he worked with local villages, assisting with humanitarian efforts.

Upon returning to Australia, Mr Nick Papamichael started getting interested in the South Pacific islands with YWAM Ships Kona.

Today, Mr Nick Papamichael has travelled to many South Pacific islands, including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fijian Islands, and the Norfolk Islands, assisting with various medical and humanitarian aid projects.

The Company Fire System Services donates time and resources to YWAM Ships Kona helping to accomplish various projects, including maintenance requirements for the vessels.

If you would like to know more about YWAM Ships Kona email Nick at 

YWAM PNG beach village huts

Serving the Isolated

YWAM Ships Kona exists to serve isolated islands and remote shoreline villages through health and healing services. Using ships to serve is not just a good option for these locations, it is the ONLY option. Islands without airports, and shorelines with no roads or bridge access, are limited to ships able to reach them and provide services.

A primary goal is to reach remote Pacifica islands without airports.  It can take weeks to sail to remote islands across the vast ocean. The Big Island of Hawaii is ideally situated in the great expanse of the Pacific Ocean to achieve this mission.

YWAM crew in zodiac boats
Eye Surgery on the medical ship MV Pacific Link

The YWAM Ships Kona training and logistics centre, known as Port YWAM, was a former hotel nestled right in downtown Kailua-Kona. Port YWAM sits across from the pier where the first missionaries arrived in Hawaii in 1820, and wherein the latter 1800s, five different missionary ships known as Morning Star I through Morning Star V were sent out from Kona to serve in Pacifica. It is a historic legacy that continues today with a new generation of seafarers committed to fulfilling the great tradition of Hawaii serving the islands of the Pacific. This campus is our primary training and field support facility. We are also just one mile from the University of the Nations Kona campus, our “twin” in ministry.

Visit the YWAM Ships Kona website to learn more:

Medical Projects

The health services that YWAM Ships Kona provides are:

  • Dentistry
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Primary Health Care
  • Community Engagement
  • Vaccinations eg: “Tuberculosis, Malaria, etc”
  • Sanitation: Water Treatment

Fire System Services Partnering With YWAM Ships To Make A Difference.
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