In the mid 1980s, a number of YWAM leaders began to feel burdened for the thousands of ethnic people groups around the world that still had no viable Christian expression in their midst. The words of the Apostle Paul rang true: "It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known..." (Romans 15:20).
Thus began a movement within YWAM to focus on unreached people groups -- to mobilize, equip, send out and care for pioneer workers who would go beyond the current boundaries, or frontiers, of God's Kingdom on Earth. YWAM employs the two hands of the gospel: Demonstrating God's love and mercy in practical manners while communicating the spiritual message of repentance and salvation. Our primary goal is to begin a movement of spontaneously multiplying, self-sustaining indigenous churches within each people group where we are working. We are one of the largest of YWAM's "Global Ministries", involving 2,000 workers all over the world, serving everyone from tiny tribes in remote jungles to ethnic people groups numbering in the millions.
Youth With A Mission is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Commonly referred to as "YWAM" (pronounced "Why-Wham"), our calling is to know God and to make Him known. Our many ministries fit into three primary categories: evangelism, training and mercy ministry. We are currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 150 countries, with a full-time staff of 16,000.