If you’re super familiar, vaguely familiar, or absolutely unfamiliar with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), I would recommend taking 1-3 minutes to watch both of these clips. They beautifully summarize who we are, what we do, and why we do what we do.
For those who appreciate a good story, this is for you: how YWAM became to be
“It all began with a vision. In June of 1956, LOREN CUNNINGHAM, a 20-year-old student from the United States, spent a part of his summer break in Nassau, Bahamas touring with a singing group.
One night after a busy day, Loren had an unusual experience. “I lay down on the bed,” he recalled, “doubled the pillow under my head and opened my Bible, routinely asking God to speak into my mind. What happened next was far from routine. Suddenly, I was looking up at a map of the world. Only the map was alive, moving! I sat up. I shook my head, rubbed my eyes. It was a mental movie. I could see all the continents. Waves were crashing onto the shores. Each went onto a continent, then receded, then came up further until it covered the continent completely. I caught my breath. Then, as I watched, the scene changed. The waves became young people–kids my age and even younger–covering the continents. They were talking to people on the street corners and outside bars. They were going house to house. They were preaching. ‘Was that really you, Lord?’ I wondered, still staring at the wall, amazed. Young people–kids really–going out as missionaries! What an idea! And I thought ‘Why did God give me this vision?’”
In the summer of 1960, Loren graduated from college. With the vision still on his mind, Loren led a youth mission trip to Hawaii. While there, he developed more of the vision for a new organization. This ministry would send young people out after high school to gain a sense of purpose. It would welcome all Christians no matter what their denomination. He started that organization, Youth With A Mission, by the end of the year. Two years later, Loren married Darlene Scratch. Together, they are viewed as co-founders of YWAM today.” – taken from ywam.org
Discipleship Training School (DTS)
If you haven’t watched the clip, you really should watch it. I’ll even give the link to you again CLICK. HERE. It offers a glimpse of the glorious adventure I just returned from. My DTS was from last September (2016) – this May (2017). During my lecture phase I was based in Paisley, Scotland and on outreach I was in based in Cyprus. Here is the link to a wee testimony of what God did in me through my DTS.
A common question is why do YWAMers have to raise support? Hear from our founder Loren Cunningham on raising support.
I know this post consists of a lot of referencing to other sources but I really wanted to provide you guys with some solid info about YWAM, DTS, and of me and what I feel called to do. If this was helpful – please let me know.