Youth With A Mission, also referred to as YWAM (pronounced “why-wam”) is an international waka of individuals and organisations that are connected together informally through friendship, history, and a mutual value for knowing God and making Him known.
The whakaaro of YWAM began in 1960 with an idea to form a variety of pathways for young adults to get involved in short-term mission work in countries and communities in need of help. That vision has developed into a vast array of extraordinary people in almost every country on earth. Kei te haere tonu tērā kaupapa. If you have a vision to serve Jesus somewhere in some way on planet earth then there’s a place for you in the movement of YWAM! Piki mai, kake mai.
Simply put, YWAM is a movement of Christians committed to and held together by common kaupapa. An organisations and Trust which offers YWAM training and involvement is generally registered with the government as Charitable (not for profit) trusts, and operate autonomously with no legal or financial connection to any other organisation. They are connected through bonds of friendship, and mutually held kaupapa with no direct oversight from national or international governing bodies.
Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, training people for effective service, and bringing relief and practical help to those in need are core elements of the international movement of Youth With A Mission.