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What is YWAM?

Our passion is to know God and to make Him known.
YOUTH WITH A MISSION 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 over 15,500 volunteer staff based in over 1000 locations in 149 countries.

Coming from many different backgrounds and working in a wide range of situations, YWAMers are united in their desire to be part of changing people's lives and have responded to the "Great Commission"--Jesus' command to His disciples to:

"...go into all the world and tell the Good News."

We believe the gospel of Jesus is not just about words, but also actions. So we share our faith through many different kinds of practical help--from agricultural training, to running medical clinics, to running sports camps--as well as telling about the Christian beliefs that inspire our actions.
In addition to our full-time staff, many YWAM locations host short-term outreach teams made up of individuals, youth groups, families and churches who get to participate first-hand in "making God known" through both words and actions. We send out over 25,000 short-term missionaries each year.
There are three strands of ministry weaving throughout all that YWAM does:


YWAMers want to share their faith effectively in ways that the people -- whether teenagers, elderly refugees, or an unreached people group--will understand. YWAM also engages in church planting among unreached people groups.

Mercy Ministry

Mercy Ministry is the "hands and feet" of making God known. This takes the form of meeting the practical and physical needs of people across the globe.

Training and Discipleship

Training and Discipleship aim to better equip Christians to serve others. Through YWAM's University of the Nations (U of N), missionaries can study in specialized areas such as science and technology, linguistics, the humanities, and Christian ministry. Most YWAM schools combine classroom teaching with relationship-centered discipleship and practical service.

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a requirement for applying as YWAM staff, and serves as a prerequisite to all other training programs.