picture-2.pngI am starting a new series of weekly posts to introduce you to new opportunities and remind you of old ones in the area of student missions. I know there are a lot of youth workers out there looking at different opportunities for their students in the area of missions and so I hope to be able to provide you with some options.

To begin I will start with the organization that I am a part of and have been a part of for the last 14 years, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), and specifically the area of YWAM that I work in which is Mission Adventures. Here is a brief history of Mission Adventures that I took from our home page.

“It was 1986. Sean Lambert was praying about mobilizing students for missions. As he prayed, Sean believed God asked him, “Do you believe Me for 1,000 youth each year?” Full of faith and vision Sean responded, “Yes, Lord. I believe!” Working from YWAM Los Angeles, Sean got on the phone to mobilize students. That year 30 people travelled to Mexico City to distribute Bibles.

Discouraged, but undaunted, Sean doubled his efforts. He organized trips to Mexico, to Europe, and even Around the World bicycle trips. Still only 85 kids participated in 1987.

Then a youth pastor named Charlie Morales called. He said he wanted his whole youth group to experience a short-term outreach. He said that most trips were too far, too long and too expensive. Charlie and Sean worked out a 12-day trip to Tijuana, Mexico for $129. Charlie brought forty kids. A light went on for Sean. Whole groups, including their leaders, were fired up for missions. From then on, Sean focused on mobilizing groups.

Fast forward to 1991. 1,000 kids were trained at the YWAM center in Los Angeles and went on outreach in Tijuana. God’s question to Sean had been answered. That same year Sean was commissioned by YWAM LA to pioneer a new center in Tijuana.

Fast forward to 1996. The LA to TJ program was maxed out. YWAM TJ was at full bore, hosting more than 3,000 people each year. Other YWAM centers were calling, asking Sean how he did it. Sean assembled a team to develop a way to multiply the program.

In 1997 the Mission Adventures Network was launched as a coalition of YWAM centers across North America. They dedicated themselves to providing easy access to missions for youth groups. Total participation in 1997 topped 4,000 people.

Fast forward to today. More than 30 YWAM centers in a dozen nations have joined the Mission Adventures Network. Since ‘97 more than 42, 000 young people have participated in a Mission Adventures outreach.

I have been a part of Mission Adventures since 1994 and I love it. I have seen thousands of students lives changed, and not just for a few weeks or months, but still changed today. There are many opportunities in many different locations for your group in Mission Adventurse. It is a beautiful program for you as a leader as we do all the set up, the food, transportation and training so that you can do what you do best, be a friend and pastor to your students. Here is a quote from a good friend and pastor who went through the program.

“Mission Adventures’ full service training and outreach planning enabled us to focus on pastoring and leading our team.  We have done training and outreach with MA for seven years and some of our youth went every year.  The training and outreach program is diverse and deep for the experienced youth but also perfect for first-timers.  God has transformed the lives of our youth and leaders through Mission Adventures.”
Justine Morris, Lake Samm.

If you have any questions about Mission Adventures or YWAM please feel free to contact me at any time. Also, if you know anyone who is looking into doing a mission trip this year or in the future please let them know about Mission Adventures.

Thanks all

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3 comments so far on “Missions Tuesday

  1. tony sheng says:

    cool phil – found your blog via a twitter search. i led a team thru an MA in NYC in 2002, great fun. blessings!

  2. Clayre says:

    I love hearing about MA’s work! I did one when I was in 8th grade in Colorado and loved it. It was such a great time for our whole group and so many of the teens had encounters with God. As a result, 5 or 6 of us went on to do DTS programs. It is really quite amazing.
    Do you know of any MA’s in Texas?

  3. phil says:

    MA’s in TX eh! Well there is El Paso, they do some great things I hear.

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