It all began with a vision. In June of 1956, Loren Cunningham, a 20-year-old student at the Assemblies of God College in Springfield, USA, spent part of his summer break in Nassau, Bahamas, as a participant in a gospel quartet. It was during this trip that Loren had an experience that would change his life.

While resting after a singing engagement, he opened his Bible and asked God to speak to his mind. What happened next was far from routine. Suddenly, he was looking up at a map of the world. Only the map was alive, moving! He sat up, shook his head, and rubbed his eyes. It was a mental movie. There was a map of the world and waves were breaking all over it. The waves began to turn into young people, thousands of them, spilling on to every continent and sharing the good news about Jesus.

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“Was that really you, Lord?” he asked. This idea that young people could be missionaries was radical at the time, but Loren trusted that this vision was from the Lord. Four years later, in 1960, he began walking out this vision by starting an organization called “Youth With A Mission”.

 
Today, Youth With A Mission (YWAM) has grown into one of the world’s largest Christian mission movements in the world. It is no longer the story and vision of one man, but of hundreds of thousands of believers from countless nations dedicated to knowing God and making Him known.