Is YWAM Only For Young People?

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IS YWAM Only For Young People?

A Blog by Madison Wilkins

Why Youth With A Mission?

When YWAM began, it started with a vision that our founder, Loren Cunningham, received from God. In this vision, God showed Loren waves of young people crashing onto the shores and covering every continent, bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The emphasis on Youth comes from the understanding that young people will one day be the leaders in the world.

After all, we were all once youth, weren't we?

Called to Champion Young People

All of our ministries share the same 18 foundational values. Our sixth value states:

YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

All "YWAMers," Young and Old!

This does not mean that YWAM or DTS is only for young people. Those involved in our ministries range from ages 8-90! No matter how old you are, what background you have, what your life circumstance is, or what denomination you associate yourself with--you can answer your call to missions with YWAM.

We welcome and encourage diversity because it allows us to operate widely and reach all kinds of people. Whether you are single, married, or have a family of your own--we welcome you with arms wide open!

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Our diversity as an organization allows us to reach all kinds of people from all walks of life.


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Madison Wilkins

Madison is on staff here at YWAM Yosemite, where she did her DTS in 2016. She loves reading, the outdoors, and art. She's passionate about seeing young people answering the call God has on their lives. She also really likes cool shoes. She's from Michigan so she has pretty good balance on ice.