What is YWAM?
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is the world’s largest mission-sending organization, located in over 1,500 locations in at least 187 countries worldwide to equip you to live a life of ministry in all spheres of society. We train the young and old to reach all the nations and cultures of the earth through missions. We’re a global family that is held together by common values and an uncommon passion for Jesus. We have a youthful vision and a call to all– a call to live by the Word of the Lord and to go where He says go.
Why Kansas City?
Pioneered in 2011 by Mark Anderson, this base is strategically located in Kansas City near the International House of Prayer as a product of nearly two decades of planning for the joining of missions and prayer to fulfill the Great Commission. Here at YWAM Kansas City, we offer different schools with different emphases to train you in discipleship, missions, evangelism, the Bible, and more! YWAM KC also hosts numerous seminars and events throughout the year to build up those hungry to know God and make Him known.
Our Core Mandates
These 4 pillars are the expression of our basic beliefs here at YWAM Kansas
City. They are values which determine who we are, how we live and how we
“BE PREPARED IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON”
– 2 TIMOTHY 4:2
We believe God is raising up a generation across the earth to be his messengers. Our heart is to practically equip his people to make his name known in every nation, every tribe and every language.
“MY HOUSE WILL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS.”
– MARK 11:17
We believe that God desires to know each one of us intimately. We were made
to be in deep relationship with Him and in His presence we come alive. As we
connect with His heart for us we will catch His heart for the nations.
“YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU, AND YOU WILL BE MY WITNESSES… TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”
– ACTS 1:8
We are a family of believers who are bold witnesses for Jesus. Jesus called his
church to imitate him (Eph 5:1) and to show the world what he’s like. Walking in the step with his spirit we desire to make his name known with power in the nations.
How it started
It all began with a vision.
In June of 1956, Loren Cunningham, a 20-year-old student from the United States, spent a part of his summer break in Nassau, Bahamas touring with a singing group.
One night after a busy day, Loren had an unusual experience. “I lay down on the bed,” he recalled, “doubled the pillow under my head and opened my Bible, routinely asking God to speak into my mind. What happened next was far from routine.
“Suddenly, I was looking up at a map of the world. Only the map was alive, moving! I sat up. I shook my head, rubbed my eyes. It was a mental movie. I could see all the continents. Waves were crashing onto the shores. Each went onto a continent, then receded, then came up further until it covered the continent completely.
“I caught my breath. Then, as I watched, the scene changed. The waves became young people–kids my age and even younger–covering the continents. They were talking to people on the street corners and outside bars. They were going house to house. They were preaching.
“Was that really you, Lord? I wondered, still staring at the wall, amazed. Young people–kids really–going out as missionaries! What an idea! And I thought ‘Why did God give me this vision?’