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About YWAM

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures,

age groups and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. 

Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”),

we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to help youth get involved in missions.

Today, we still focus on youth and we also include people of all ages.

We currently have tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) from nearly every country, including places like Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique, and Colombia.

About YWAM: About Us


YWAM was started in 1960 by Loren Cunningham in California, USA. The earliest vision was to push young Christians to practically serve and contribute to society by holding onto the examples of Christ’s selflessness, faith and love, while preaching the gospel to all nations.

Through evangelism, pioneering work, discipleship training, community service/mercy ministries, YWAM has been able to train and equip Christians and short term missions staff all over the world. Back when YWAM began in 1960, the main focus was to get youth involved in missions.


Today, YWAM is still focused on youth, and also involves people aged 9 to 90. YWAM currently has tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) and works in thousands of teams and locations.


YWAM has become the largest interdenominational missions organization in the world, doing both evangelistic ministries as well as community development/mercy ministries.


Also, according to God’s first call, from our founder down to every staff member all over the world, all are volunteers without paid salary.

To learn more about YWAM International, visit:

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