If you sign on with YWAM's Adopt-A-People Program, you will be partnering with YWAM to see that the gospel is proclaimed and churches planted. This is normally a long-term commitment. Your level of involvement depends on you. A minimum involvement is gaining knowledge about your group and praying for them. Financial giving to the work of evangelism may be another step. A further step may be visiting your adopted group or sending short term teams to help on the field. Perhaps you or a member of your church may even feel called to join in the work as a career missionary.
Adopting does not mean giving up your current mission program and missionaries. Actually, your church's involvement may generate more interest in your current mission program as world vision increases through your adoption.
Benefits to partnering with YWAM when adopting an Unreached People Group:
- YWAM offers a wide selection of Unreached People Groups in which we can work together. We can counsel you through the selection process in deciding which unreached group would be a good adoption for you and/or your church.
- YWAM offers years of field experience and research providing you with an understanding of cultural values and appropriate strategies.
- We supply up-to-date prayer information for your prayer efforts.
- YWAM can link you with missionaries on the field working among your adopted people group, allowing you the opportunity of immediate involvement.
- We provide investment opportunities so that your giving can make a direct impact on your adopted people group.
- We give the opportunity for your leadership team to visit your adopted people group face to face in the many areas where there is not a major security risk.
- In many cases, short-term outreaches can be arranged to enable you to participate in reaching your adopted group through practical developmental work or evangelism.
- YWAM provides appropriate training to anyone from your church that feels called to work among your adopted group. In many areas there will be an existing field team that a church member could join.
- YWAM has field supervision, logistical support and pastoral care for your church members who may join our church planting teams.
- We offer a large international network and recruitment for locating missionary candidates who may desire to go and work among your selected group.
Who is YWAM?
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) was founded in 1960 by Loren Cunningham. Since then people from all walks of life have joined with YWAM and have preached the gospel in every country on earth. Our multi-national staff is young people, families and retirees; recent high school grads and PhDs.
We feel that God has led our organization to work in three realms: Evangelism and Church Planting, Training, and Mercy Ministry. YWAM teams that are working to reach unreached people groups may be using any of these three methods.
Our missionaries might be putting a clean water well in a village or teaching language in an urban metropolis, all the while discipling new believers and beginning new churches.
In everything we say and in everything that we do, our motto in YWAM is: To Know God and to Make Him Known
Youth With A Mission's Statement of Purpose
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As Christians of God's Kingdom, we are called to love, worship and obey our Lord, to love and serve His body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole man throughout the whole world.
We in Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God's Son; that man is created in God's image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all men have sinned and come short of God's glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God's initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit's power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishing of Christ's last commandment "...Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).