YWAM International

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.

Youth with a Mission has thousands of fulltime missionairies and hundreds of ministries in almost every country of the world. There are many various ways to be involved with Youth with a Mission. So maybe your visit to this website will be the start of a new adventure!

The work of Youth with a Mission is based on 3 pillars:

  • Training & Discipelship
  • Evangelisation & churchplanting
  • Mercy ministry

When Youth with a Mission International was founded in 1960 in North America, the focus was to get youth involved into short-term mission work and to give them opportunities to reach out in Jesus’name. Ywam’s co-founder, Loren Cunningham, believed that years of theological training did not necessarily qualify people to serve the Lord effectively, nor should they be a requirement before encouraging young people to pass on the love of Christ through missions. At the time, this was considered a revolutionary concept. Meanwhile the concept of short-term missions has added huge numbers of people to the task of world evangelization. It is now accepted as a valid contribution to mission work. We currently work in more than 1200 locations in over 170 countries, with a staff of over 19.000.

Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 3 to 100.

In 2010 we have been celebrating our 50th anniversary. ​​Loren Cunningham then told us: “I think the future will be so much more glorious than the past. That’s what I fully expect”. We are expecting to see this with him and we are very much looking forward to see what God will do through our lives in the upcoming years!

For further information about the history of YWAM international we recommend you read the book “Is that really you, God?” by Loren Cunningham.


“I think the future will be so much more glorious than the past. That’s what I fully expect”