YWAM is an international movement of Christians working to help make a difference in a needy world. Founded in 1960 by Loren Cunningham, it is now one of the largest interdenominational and international Christian ministries, with about 17,000 volunteer staff (and thousands more affiliated workers) based in over 1000 locations in over 170 countries. Besides this every year over 100 000 persons participate in different short-term programs. All staff work on a volunteer basis.
There are three strands of ministry weaving throughout all that YWAM does:
- Evangelism is an integral part of both training and mercy ministries, but also an emphasis of its own. Drama, music, performing arts and sports camps are among the creative tools YWAM staff use to share their faith in a way that makes sense to their audience – whether it be teenagers, elderly refugees, or an unreached people group. YWAM also engages in church planting, in coordination with churches and denominations, or on its own among people groups who don’t have churches among them yet.
- Mercy Ministry meets some of the practical and physical needs of over 400,000 people annually. Caring for street children in South America; aiding in the recovery of drug addicts in North America and Western Europe; feeding and housing refugees and women in need in Africa and Asia, operating ocean-traversing ships demonstrating and declaring the Good News practically and verbally, are just some of the ways in which helping hands are extended.
- Training and Education aims to better equip Christians to serve others in everything from agriculture and health care, to drug rehabilitation and biblical counselling. Through the mission’s degree-granting University of the Nations staff can study in specialized areas such as science and technology, communications, the humanities, and Christian ministry.
More information about YWAM international can be found at www.ywam.org
Youth With A Mission (Ungdom Med Uppgift, UMU) began in Sweden in the beginning of the seventies and in 1978 a base was established at Restenäs in Ljungskile. YWAM Restenäs is still our biggest training centre in Sweden. YWAM Stockholm started in the 1990’s and in the summer of 2003 new works began in both Stora Skedvi, Dalarna and in Vilhelmina, Lappland.
In the autumn of 2008 a campus was established in Linköping.