Our motto/slogan: Go and Make Disciples of All Nations
Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.
When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to the whole world, according to His command in Mark 16:15. Today, we still focus on youth, but we have members (known as “YWAMers”) of almost every age and many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavors that have impacted lives and nations.
The ministry of YWAM can be seen in three ways: Discipleship and Training, Evangelism and Church planting, Mercy ministry.
YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, convey the message of the gospel and care for those in need. We are currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.
People who encounter Jesus want to tell others about Him
Christ’s love inspires us to use many creative means to make His gospel understood to any audience- large or small. We use tools such as music, sports and performing arts to connect with people of all ages and develop friendships which can lead to conversations of eternal value. When working in other cultures and among people of other faith, Christ’s massage of peace is our starting point. We believe that everyone has the right to hear this message and our hope is to see fellowships of believers, worshiping and following Jesus in every nation, tribe and tongue.