What is Youth With A Mission? (YWAM)

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global, interdenominational movement of Christians. We are dedicated to training and mobilizing believers to present Jesus to this generation and spark revival among the nations. It started with Loren Cunningham’s vision in 1956. In the vision, He saw waves crashing over the shorelines of a world map, covering the continents. The waves then turned into young people fulfilling their part in the Great Commission, preaching Jesus in all the world. Today, 18,000+ YWAM staff in 180 nations live on mission to know God and make Him known.



YWAM’s many ministries fit into three main categories: evangelism, training, and mercy ministry. Through these ministries, we desire to see God’s transformation in every sphere of society.



Christ’s love inspires us to use many creative means to make His gospel understood to any audience. We use tools such as music, performing arts, and sports to connect with people of all ages and develop friendships that lead to conversations of eternal value. YWAM also starts churches in places where there is no church at all. We believe everyone has the right to hear the good news about Jesus and our hope is to see believers worshipping and following Jesus in every nation, tribe and tongue.



We aim to better equip Christians to grow in their relationship with God and to serve others in everything from agriculture and health care, to business development and biblical counseling. Our Discipleship Training School, is offered in many nations and languages. It’s an intensive five months of growing more like Jesus and serving Him in the world. YWAM’s University of the Nations offers specialized study in areas such as science and technology, linguistics, the humanities, and ministry.



If you believe it, you have to live it. YWAM’s mercy ministry teams follow Jesus’ example of compassion to those in need. We operate relief and development programs in over 100 countries, working among people living in desperate circumstances. Our volunteers serve in areas such as agricultural assistance, the prevention of human trafficking, health care, and micro-enterprise development. Their goal is to ease suffering and provide hope for those affected by poverty, disease or injustice.