Who is YWAM?
YWAM is an international movement of Christians working to help make a difference in a needy world. Founded in 1960, it is now one of the largest interdenominational and international Christian ministries, with about 12,000 volunteer staff [and thousands more affiliated workers] based in over 800 locations in over 150 countries.
Youth With A Mission is a non-profit, non-denominational organisation whose primary focus is to know God and to make God known. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God's kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.
What does YWAM do?
Youth With A Mission's activities span the globe and the dictionary.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe everything from accountancy spreadsheets to zoom lenses finds its place in the work of taking the good news to the world by word and deed.
While many staff continue to work in remote places that are traditionally seen as "missionary fields," a large number are also focusing on the world's needy, vast urban centres.
Although varying widely, all YWAM projects and events help form one of the three main strands which weave together throughout the mission:
(Care) Mercy Ministries
YWAM (Youth with a Mission) International has over 50 years experience in more than 150 countries worldwide. YWAM is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to serve, care, and connect with individuals and communities. YWAM is decentralised in structure and financially autonomous, which allows each centre to adapt and serve the specific needs of the community. YWAM Gold Coast has operated for over 13 years with an aim to build capacity in young people and develop the community through four focus areas: Training, Mercy ministries, Youth Teams, and Operations.
David Aikman, author and former TIME Magazine editor, Washington D.C."I know of no other organization in the Christian missionary field that has produced and continues to produce such outstanding, mature and Spirit-led young men and women."
Dr. Tony Campolo, Professor of Sociology, Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania"Loren Cunningham has been one of the most adventuresome visionaries of our time. What he has accomplished staggers the imagination. God gave him a dream and he lived it out - very few of us do that."
Rebecca Saint James, Musician"My life has been so powerfully impacted by missions. I've been involved with trips to India, Calcutta, India, to Romania, Bucharest, Romania, to Ecuador. And just have seen God move through those trips powerfully in my life and seen how God uses that to change people's lives in those countries. I have had some very close friends of mine who have worked with Youth With A Mission and been on mission trips and have just been, their lives have been radically turned around by working with this ministry. So, I just encourage people considering going on a mission’s trip to link up with YWAM because it is an incredible ministry."
Billy Graham"We all rejoice in the way God has blessed this organization in reaching people all over the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep up the good work. You have my support and my prayers."
John Tate, Lord Mayor of Newcastle"I see many activities for organisations throughout the city from a position of Lord Mayor, but I can say that YWAM is very very focused on their assistance and mentoring and development for young people. I think they are a very credible organisation, and their particular influence on young people is unique and very worthwhile of support."