Youth With A Mission (YWAM, pronounced as "y-wam") is an international, inter-denominational, non-profit Christian ministry organization. Founded by Loren Cunningham in 1960, YWAM's stated purpose is to "know God and to make Him known".
YWAM now includes people from over 150 countries and a large number of Christian denominations, with over half of the organization's staff coming from "non-western" countries. YWAM currently has over 16,049 full-time workers in over 1,000 operating locations in 180 nations and trains 25,000 short-term missions volunteers annually.
The three types of ministry that Youth with a Mission emphasizes are: Evangelism, Training, and Mercy Ministries.
Link to the YWAM Campus we are affiliated with: www.ywamtyler.org
Link to YWAM International web-page: www.ywam.org
Link to YWAM Guadalajara, Mexico where we worked for 3 years: www.ywamguadalajara.org
YWAM works to help meet the practical and physical needs of the global community through its many relief and development initiatives, collectively known as Mercy Ministries International. Its humanitarian efforts, along with countless global partners, reach an estimated 3,000,000 people annually and is increasing in its aims to be serving 100 million of the world's poor by 2020.
YWAM's various 'mercy ministries' are spread throughout most of the locations that YWAM missionaries live and work, and range in scope from serving the poor through local feeding programs to international disaster relief teams that work in places of great need, such as the 2004 Tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.