How YWAM Began
It began in 1960 with an ordinary young man and an extraordinary vision. Loren Cunningham described it as a waking dream. He saw a map of the world with waves crashing onto the continents, advancing inland until all the nations were covered. Loren says, “As I watched, the waves became young people of all races … talking to people on street corners and outside bars. Going from house to house. Helping the lonely and the hungry. Caring for people everywhere they went …” That God-given vision has become a reality. Since the beginning of Youth With A Mission, thousands have been involved worldwide in fulfilling Christ’s commandment to, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
YWAM’ers are all ages – young people, families and retired people. We come from many ethnic and educational backgrounds, from many denominations and countries. We love Jesus and thank God for allowing us to play a part in helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Each year over 30,000 people are involved in YWAM’s short-term projects. Mobile ministries have gone into every country of the world. Over 16,000 work as permanent staff at 1000 centers in 150 nations.
Youth With A Mission is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ personally to this generation, to mobilize 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 Christians 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.
There are over 18,000 Christian workers with YWAM (YWAMers) in over 180 countries.
What We Believe
Our beliefs are the core of our existence.
As YWAM We Believe:
- That the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ
- is God’s Son, that man is created in God’s image.
- That He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ.
- That although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- That repentance, faith, love, and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace toward us.
- That God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth
- And that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishing of Christ’s last commandment. “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
A Christian Magna Carta
The following Christian Magna Carta, developed in 1981 by YWAM leaders, expresses what we believe is an individual’s basic rights implicit in the Gospel. Because God so loved the world that He gave His own Son, everyone on earth has the right for an opportunity to:
- Hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Have the Bible available in his own language.
- Have a Christian fellowship nearby, to be able to meet, have biblical teaching, prayer, and worship with others in the Body of Christ.
- Have a Christian education available.
- Have the basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter, & health care.
- Lead a productive life of fulfillment spiritually, mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.