About Us

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 grow into long-term endeavors that have impacted lives and nations.

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 150 countries, with a staff of nearly 16,000.

YWAM Bangalore is a dynamic and vibrant community with over 8 schools and 8 different ministries.

Our Statement of Faith

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing 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 citizens 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.

We of Youth With A Mission believe:

that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are 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 towards 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 accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “…Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

What others Say about YWAM

“We congratulate Youth With A Mission on their vision and creativity in training youth to reach around the world for Christ in education, mercy ministries, evangelism and frontier missions. We rejoice with you in the faithfulness of God and of His people! May God continue to bless you and use you mightily as you invest in and contribute to the lives of Christian young people in your efforts to reach the world for Christ.”

Dr. David Yonggi Cho, Senior Pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea

“I consider them [YWAM] to be the most effective mission organization.”

Dr. Jim Engel, Center for Organizational Excellence

“I thank God for YWAM. I have found its radical approach to theology discipleship and its seeking to accomplish world mission nearer to my own and confirming and illuminating my own more than any other church or movement’s contribution. YWAM’s accomplishment in providing more younger missionaries in more countries of the world is magnificent and significant.”

Roger Forster, Founder and Leader, Ichthus Christian Fellowship, England, UK

“The influence of YWAM and the leadership of Loren Cunningham, in character and constancy, has been, under God’s grace, one of the most determinative factors in bringing about the global Church’s renewal and impact in the last half of the 20th century.”

Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Pastor/President, The Church On The Way, The King’s Seminary

“Whenever I’m traveling and speaking internationally and meet high-committed, servant-oriented Christian leaders, I think to myself, ‘Another YWAMer!’ I’m rarely mistaken. I am so grateful for the work of YWAM and for the intensity with which you do it.”

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

“Over the last 40 years, Youth With A Mission has become one of the premier missionary organizations in the world. Not only has it effectively spread the gospel and ministered to practical needs of the underprivileged around the globe, it has captured the imagination and energy of young people, infusing them with a vision–and providing a unique way–for reaching the lost!”

Bill McCartney, Founder & President, Promise Keepers

“I have observed first hand the magnificent, mighty way the Lord has used Youth With A Mission. It is Biblical, Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered. Dynamic evangelism is coupled with profound caring for people.”

Pastor Lloyd Ogilvie, First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, California

“The expansion of God’s kingdom has been accelerated by the phenomenal mobilization efforts of Youth With A Mission. The vision and creativity of YWAM has inspired and challenged other Great Commission organizations to greater boldness and innovation for reaching our world for Jesus Christ. ”

Dr. Jerry Rankin, President, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention

“When God saw fit to place our ministry in Asia, we did not know who would be our companions in the gospel. We went in obedience to God and he gave us YWAM. It seemed that we were ‘a lost tribe’ to them and they loved and supported us in every way. Their Kingdom vision has forever blessed us.”

Reverend Dr. Jon C. Shuler, General Secretary, New Anglican Missionary Society

“I first learned about YWAM 25 years ago in connection with the Bibles and other Christian literature we print for difficult areas of the world. I was inspired to realize that there are selfless soldiers of Jesus Christ around the world willing to give all in any situation. The feet and hands of YWAM have been a tremendous help for the gospel. They were then and still are today the feet and hands of Christ.”

Tom White, Director, The Voice of the Martyrs

“We rejoice with you in the growth you have experienced and the tremendous opportunities you have given young people to reach out to others of different cultures and share the gospel message with them. We rejoice with you in the great things God has accomplished through YWAM.”

Ted Barnett, US Director, Africa Inland Mission International, Inc.

“YWAM is a powerful voice for Christ around the world. I am pleased and proud to salute Loren Cunningham and all of those faithful people with whom he has served over these four decades. May God continue to guide this pioneering venture in the years ahead.”

Millard Fuller, Founder and President, Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.

“From one who has partnered with and known YWAMers in mission for 20+ years: YWAM to me speaks of youthful innovation and energy! A ‘can do’ attitude, a commitment to strategic frontiers! YWAM speaks of cultivating and releasing every believer in their Great Commission calling! YWAM to me exemplifies teamwork, real relationships, sincerity and humility toward the harvest. YWAM is not afraid of the cross and because of this will see the glory of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea!”

Dick Bashta, Executive Director, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse

“I thank and praise our wonderful Lord for the world impact YWAM has had in helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Loren Cunningham along with the leadership and staff of YWAM has always been a great inspiration and blessing to me and it has been a great joy and privilege to work alongside them for the gospel. Their faith, boldness and zeal for our dear Lord have been a significant factor in this greatest-of-all-time spiritual harvests for Christ’s kingdom in the past 40 years.”

Dr. Bill Bright, Founder and President, Campus Crusade for Christ International

“My wife Doris and I have reflected upon the impact that the ministry of YWAM has had on our own family. We counted that our children had been on no less than 14 short-term mission outreaches with YWAM. As one outside the YWAM family, I had come to see the many lessons I learned from the experiences of my own children. YWAM has had a major world impact. The leadership style invites initiative, entrepreneurial risk, spontaneous responsiveness. There is the enthusiasm and commitment of those who are making sacrifices just to serve. YWAMers have always been part of new spiritually-critical, cutting-edge initiatives. They have a pioneering spirit; a discipleship emphasis on servanthood; a culture of innovation and orientation to the future; dream facilitators who seek to encourage the dreams of others; willingness to take risks; a passion for Jesus and partnership with other Christian entities in advancing the Kingdom of God. Some of the impact values and principles I have learned from YWAM include: seeking God and waiting until you hear before you move, interceding on a regular basis for the nations; tapping into the initiative of God moving through the two-thirds or majority world; setting worship at the heart of all ministry out-flow and giving a place to the ‘Holy Spirit and new-paradigm sensitivity’ with an out-flowing prophetic nature and appeal.”

Luis Bush, Former Director, AD 2000 and Beyond

“From my early days in Afghanistan where I watched YWAM and its vision changing the lives of young druggies to the dozens of international partnerships for evangelism among major unreached people, it has been a joy to work with Loren Cunningham, his wide ranging team and those who carry the Kingdom vision within YWAM. I believe that YWAM is one of the most significant forces in the world for the Gospel; something God has raised up uniquely in the latter half of the last century to make a huge impact in this new millennium. It is a privilege to know and to work with its leadership team.”

Phil Butler, International Director, InterDev

“The impact of this vision and continued ministry is beyond calculation. Its radical commitment to the Kingdom of God in responsible and anointed evangelism and discipleship in partnership with local churches is to be highly commended.”

Derek Crumpton, Foundation Ministries, East London, South Africa

“It has been my privilege to work with YWAM in many different countries in Asia, Europe and the USA over the last 15 years. The common factor has been an infectious enthusiasm for being sold-out for God. This is not a half-measure group. At its most fundamental level, the individual financial support challenge for YWAMers leads to an awareness of ‘living on the edge.’ This attitude is a common characteristic at all levels and activities within YWAM across the world. Young people, who spend time with YWAM, even if they move onto other activities, are invariably the better for the experience. Carry on the great work!”

Howard Davidson, The Institute for Impact, Redwood City, California

“Thirty-five years ago I spent an entire night in prayer and discussion with Loren Cunningham. As he described his unique vision still in its infancy, I paused at one point and said, ‘Loren, if this happens it will change the world.’ How I rejoice that we now can look back and declare it has truly happenend–and it continues to happen. YWAM, to me, is one of the most significant evangelism strategies in the history of the Church. What an extraordinary work wrought by our extraordinary God!”

Dr. Dick Eastman, International President, Every Home for Christ

“There are two places where I regularly meet YWAMers, on the field and in our organization! You are where the action is and you instill vision and long term commitment in the lives of the people you touch! As a tentmaking mission with a long-term view of ministry in limited access countries, InterServe is thankful for the experiences many of our people have had with YWAM in the formative years of their ministry. Thank you for your Godly example!”

Ralph W. Eckardt, DSW, Executive Director, InterServe USA

“YWAM is a wonderful blessing to the whole body of Christ. Their courageous pioneer spirit is helping to take the gospel to the most remote corners of the world.”

Paul Eshleman, The Jesus Film Project

“Youth With A Mission is one of the most cutting-edge ministries I know. I appreciate their open structure and passion for winning people to Jesus with all and any means possible. I encourage everyone to support and get involved with the exciting ministries of YWAM!”

Dr. Hans Finzel, Executive Director, CB International

“Tear Australia has collaborated with YWAM in Asia/Pacific relief and development services for the past 10 years. Over this time, nothing has deterred us from having anything but the greatest respect for those parts of the YWAM organization with which we have dealt. Your willingness to be in the most difficult places; your capacity to deliver high-quality aid at low-cost; the dedication of your staff; your commitment to hand over responsibilities to local people in the shortest possible time; your discipline and accountability –these are qualities that make us feel honored to work with you. ”

Peter Fitzgerald, Project Director, Tear Australia

“YWAM provides a positive alternative for energetic young people. For some, the choice can be as clear and dramatic as rebellion versus submission. The danger and thrill of drugs, gangs and the street seduces them into rebellion from their parents’ world. However, YWAM offers similar excitement through an alternative means–submission to Jesus Christ. YWAMers love God and follow him with the same reckless abandon that characterized the first century disciples.”

Gregory Fritz, President, Caleb Project

“YWAM is a powerful voice for Christ around the world. I am pleased and proud to salute Loren Cunningham and all of those faithful people with whom he has served over these four decades. May God continue to guide this pioneering venture in the years ahead.”

Millard Fuller, Founder and President, Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.

“It has been my privilege over the years to observe and participate with Youth With A Mission on numerous projects around the world. Their focus on evangelism is always great. YWAM has a tremendous team of dedicated servants of the Lord and I always marvel at how God has been able to use them in so many strategic areas of the world.”

Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan’s Purse

“I have known the YWAM organization for some 20 years and I have grown to respect its leaders’ vision, dedication and passion for world evangelization. YWAMers are everywhere today and they are often on the cutting edge of mission advance. Since the days when I taught urban mission on a rocking houseboat in the Amsterdam harbor to an eager group of young missionaries, I have appreciated and praised God for this mission-focused organization.”

Dr. Roger S. Greenway, Professor of World Missiology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“YWAM has made a tremendous impact over the years in challenging both young and old alike to make themselves available to Christ for service in worldwide missions. I remember when I first came in contact with YWAM in Nepal in 1973-76. In those days you were known as Dilaram House and you had a special ministry with world travelers. My wife and I were impressed with the dedication and the servant hearts of your workers. Over the years many of the children of our members have joined YWAM to work in various ministries around the world. Some of your short-term workers have joined us in the Bible translation task. We have counted it as a privilege to be partners with you in carrying out the Great Commission. We are praying that the Lord will continue to show us ways in which we can partner together in reaching the remaining unreached people groups of the world in the coming years.”

Dick Hugoniot, President, Wycliffe Bible Translators International

“When I think of YWAM, I am reminded of the many people that have spread out around the world sharing Christ’s love in many new ways and brining the life saving message of the cross to the lost of this world. Ordinary people that are filled with the Holy Spirit doing great things for God.”

Paul C. Kennel, President, World Concern

“In addition to the many people who have come to know the Lord Jesus as a result of the ministry of YWAM, there has been an amazing work of character-building in the lives of many YWAM staff on the bases and at DTSes.”

Dominic Magwada, Africa Regional Director, Opportunity International, Harare, Zimbabwe

“Through living by faith, putting others first and consistently finding joy in giving to others in need makes all of you YWAMers a daily source of inspiration and faith renewal for me. I pray that many more businessmen in the world have the blessing of encountering YWAM as I have. The world is a better place and even a place of more hope thanks to the unique reflection of Christ’s love through YWAM.”

Ranjan Marwah, Executive Access Limited, Hong Kong

“It [YWAM] is probably the most significant seedbed for leadership in the Christian movement today. So many people of vision now in pastorates and other leadership positions have been impacted by and have come out of that ministry. It is this that makes YWAM one of, if not the most influential movement in our Christian world today.”

Paul McKaughan, Head of the Evangelical Foreign Mission Association

“The first time I met Loren, he described YWAM as a tribe. I knew that I was a ‘lost member’ of the tribe. My first contact with YWAM was over 30 years ago while a student at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. I have seen this small band of brothers and sisters grow to become one of the most dynamic missions movements in recent history. YWAM has encouraged men and women to dream and to bring those dreams before the face of God. During my lifetime, no one has spoken more boldly that the mission of the church is more than saving souls for heaven, but is nothing less than the discipling of nations. As I have traveled around the world, it is the YWAM tribe that gives us a foretaste of what Heaven will be like, men and women from every tribe and nation bowing before Christ and worshiping the living God. Thank you YWAM and thank you for allowing me to be a member of the tribe.”

Darrow L. Miller, Vice-President, Food for the Hungry International

“Down through the centuries of the Church age, God has given us great evangelists, theologians, missiologists and inspiring prophets and teachers. In our time, I believe the Lord is raising up a whole new category of Church leaders that I refer to as Great Commissionists. These are the men and women with the vision and prophetic word to call the Body of Christ to work at completing the Great Commission in our time. Of even greater significance, these are the committed servants of the Lord who lay down their lives in actually developing bold, comprehensive and realistic strategies that could lead directly to the completion of this majestic task. Loren Cunningham, and the YWAM network that is the lengthening shadow of this man of God, is certainly one of the small band of mighty spiritual warriors who fit this category. It is a profound delight to me that I am able to know Loren Cunningham and to share vicariously in the Kingdom effort for which the Holy Spirit has anointed him.”

Dr. James H. Montgomery, President, DAWN Ministries

“YWAM is a unique contribution to world mission. YWAM has been highly effective in attracting mission entrepreneurs, especially among young people, and mobilizing them for a wide range of important mission work. Sprawling, sometimes messy and very nimble, YWAM’s entrepreneurial spirit is the envy of the larger, more structured missions. YWAM’s dependence on the movement of the Spirit of God in directing its work is a witness to all of us.”

Bryant Myers, Vice-President, World Vision

“YWAMers don’t simply log miles. They travel with a purpose, often to the most difficult and needy places. No matter where I go in the world, YWAM is there–or at least within hiking distance. I know of no other organization so dedicated or intrepid. No place and no one is beyond the reach of this dedicated band. No less impressive is YWAM’s versatility. Like a multi-faceted gem, it is at once difficult to define and beautiful to behold. Mercy Ships, arts programs, book publishing, cutting-edge research, a university or two… What a program, what a legacy, what a God! And through it all, YWAM has never lost sight of the fact that good programs must follow good character. That is why I trust this ministry and am proud to have invested a decade of service with them. Any accomplishments I may realize in life are surely the outflow of their faithful nature.”

George K. Otis, Jr., President & CEO, The Sentinel Group

“Youth With A Mission’s versatility and creativity make it a reference point and pace setter in the world missionary movement. The inspiring story of how God has used YWAM to impact the world, training thousands of laborers and generating new missionary movements in every quarter, is surely one of the greatest testimonies in our era.”

Stephen L. Richardson, U.S. Director, PIONEERS

“YWAM has contributed significantly to the Kingdom through its diverse range of ministries. I have known many YWAM programs and missionaries and appreciate the significant contribution each has made to the growth of the Kingdom of God. I appreciate the significant contribution that you have made to helping the poor and needy.”

Vinay Samuel, The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, England

“The ministry of YWAM has grown considerably over the past four decades. It is now, in my estimation, one of the most strategic agencies penetrating the mission frontier.”

Tetsunao “Ted” Yamamori, President & CEO, Food for the Hungry International

“For breadth of involvement, magnitude and creativity, few organizations can match the dynamic distinctives of YWAM. God has greatly used Loren Cunningham and the thousands who have served with YWAM. And many, many will be eternally grateful as a result.”

David Cummings, Wycliffe, former president

“Thank God for Youth With A Mission! It’s a clear path for kids in a cluttered world. It’s a clear path to Jesus Christ, a clear path to significance and satisfaction and a clear path to discovering what we were created for sacrificial service to God and man. Thank you, YWAM, for 40 years of dynamic ministry to Christ and kids!”

Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life International

“YWAM’s training schools and short-term outreach programs have provided opportunities for thousands of young people who were raised in our affluent society to experience the reality of life in other parts of the world. Through these experiences, the students have found a greater understanding of the breadth of God’s love, and many have committed their lives to church ministry or missionary work. I am grateful for their influence on the youth of American culture and around the world.”

Dr. Dallas Willard, author and Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California

YWAM OUTREACH PARTICIPANTS”YWAM’s willingness to take anyone, starting with short-term placements, ahs meant that many thousands, including myself, have experienced the adventure of faith service and been permanently transformed by the experience.”

Erica Youngman, March for Jesus

YWAM STUDENTS”I endorse YWAM’s ministry and support wholeheartedly their endeavors and obedience to the Lord’s Great Commission and calling. I have been involved through the first DTS in Zimbabwe in 1973, DTS in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1975, various European staff conferences, outreaches to the Montreal Olympic Games and to Japan in 1978-1979. It was through my involvement with YWAM that I acquired a vision for the lost. I was exposed to a wealth of teaching and practical discipleship which has equipped me for serving the Lord here in South Africa. My heart is filled with gratitude towards YWAM and all those involved in the ministry that I send my warmest greetings. I pray God will use you more mightily than ever before for His glory and His kingdom.”

Denise Tate, Lecturer, Foundation Ministries Bible Training College, East London, South Africa YWAM Staff