Youth With A Mission (YWAM) started in 1960, by Loren Cunningham with a vision of seeing young people travelling the globe and sharing the good news of Jesus. Today YWAM has grown into one of the largest Christian missions organizations. We unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known. YWAM encompasses thousands of people and hundreds of ministries in almost every country. Our staff and students are a mixture of nationalities and people from a wide variety of nations who serve side by side. We come from numerous different Christian denominations and speak hundreds of languages. Nearly half of our staff come from “non-western” countries, such as Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, India and Nepal.
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 word and action. We send out over 25,000 short-term missionaries each year.