youth with a mission


Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.

One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations. YWAM’s staff (known as “YWAMers”) come from over 130 countries, including places like Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique, and Colombia.

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Our mission

We exist to serve and equip a new wave of young people who are being sent into world missions with the desire to bring change and freedom in and through the areas of arts, communications, and fitness.


10,000 GERMANS + 20,000 EUROPEANS

As Youth With A Mission we have a focus on every tribe, tongue and nation! As YWAM Sarasota we believe that God has placed an emphasis on training and equipping Europeans to be released into world missions. That once again Europeans would step back into the arena of top mission senders. We are believing that as we partner with the global body of Christ we will see 10,000 Germans and 50,000 Europeans released into all the earth. 

Our heart is for a wave of young people, unlike anything seen before, being shot back into their home nations and beyond as fiery arrows with the gospel on their lips. Using the most effective means in the most strategic places to see a lost world reached with the hope of Jesus Christ. 


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10/40 WINDOW

The call to the 10/40 Window comes straight from the heart of God. The call is for a new wave of committed, radical disciples willing to go into today's neediest and most strategic nations.

The 10/40 Window houses 50% of the world's population and stretches from Morocco to Japan.  As Westerners, it is nearly impossible to fathom the depth of this region's need. Prostitution, child labor, civil war, oppression, AIDS, tuberculosis and malnourishment all affect the daily life of those living in these countries. 80% of the world's poorest of the poor struggle here daily to merely survive.

But what is the answer? What is on God's heart when He thinks of these precious souls living in hopelessness? Only one in ten of those in the 10/40 Window has ever heard the name of Jesus and despite that fact, only 4% of full-time missionaries live and work there!


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We are on the verge of seeing a generation of artists and athletes alike stepping onto the scene like never before. There are songs waiting to be written that will spark revival, paintings that will bring Saul to Paul transformation, photos that will end apathy in this generation, athletes that will be so above reproach that the world looks on with wonder and so much more! Art and Athletics offers a language to proclaim God's truth that spans borders, cultures and ethnic groups in this rapidly globalizing generation. This is a language we feel called not only to understand, but also to teach. We believe that this God given language will be a declaration and testament to his glory.


Our Story

He said to them, "cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." so they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish."

-John 21:6



April 3rd, 2013 YWAM Sarasota was born as a team of seven step into Florida and the journey of a lifetime. We got started getting to know the city, preparing to run our first DTS and praying over all the things God wanted (and still wants) to do through this place. 

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We have now run 4 DTS's. Ministries have been started and we have seen God work in the lives of thousands. We have lost things and been in situations where it would make all the sense in the world if we just gave up and left, and we have seen God's overflowing goodness in ways we could not have imagined. We have a history to remember and be amazed at, but "Our Story" is only getting started. 

The Team

We are a diverse group of artists, athletes and visionaries that come from all over the world who love Jesus and people.

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Adam Perkins


Jeremy Aiko

Arianna Nünlist


Kimberly Muller

astra edwards


Terry Liu

chris balbi


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vir kapur


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sven stuhrmann


Elizabeth Aiko

joel & Carrie Ahrens  lexi, Barrett + Vera



Linnea Stromberg 


Jean Ojeda

    josh & ruth elke     Valor,  Hadara + Kinley

AMERICA | Germany


Clara Christofferson


Linda Dominga

Katie Floyd



Lara Schollhorn