YWAM Global

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YWAM (pronounced: why-wham) is a diverse, Christian, volunteer movement of people from all nations, backgrounds, ages and cultures; sharing their faith through meeting practical, spiritual and physical needs, and offering training in more than 800 courses and seminars for service in all spheres of society. YWAM currently operates in over 1,200 locations and 180 countries, with over 18,000 staff, training over 40,000 people per year..

When YWAM began in 1960, the main focus was giving young people the opportunity 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”) and associates from 1 to 99. Many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term ministries that have eternally impacted lives and nations.

YWAM is decentralized, which means every location is free to have individual vision and to explore new ways to impact the world for God’s kingdom through training, evangelism and mercy ministries. Because of this freedom, YWAM looks and feels very different from location to location and from country to country. We are a diverse tribe, but we all share the same missional DNA.

Overall YWAM has staff from more than 130 countries, so in many of our locations, people from a wide variety of nations and cultures serve side by side. We come from numerous different Christian denominations and speak hundreds of languages.

In addition to our full-time staff, many YWAM locations host short-term outreach teams made up of individuals, youth groups, families and churches who get to participate first-hand in “making God known” through both words and actions. As an organisation, we send out over 25,000 short-term missionaries each year.

If you love Jesus, and are interested in changing the world through missions, there is a place for you in YWAM.
To find out more about who we are nationally and globally, check out these websites.