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About YWAM

YWAM North Idaho is one of thousands of YWAM locations.

Get to know the global movement we are a part of. 

Youth With A Mission


SINCE 1960

Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.


Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known. When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was to give young people opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus to the whole world, according to His command in Mark 16:15.


Today, we still focus on youth, but we have members (known as “YWAMers”) of almost every age and many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavors that have impacted lives and nations.


YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages exploration of new ways to change lives through training in order to convey the message of the Gospel and care for those in need.


We are currently operating in more than 1,800 locations in over 180 countries with over 18,000 volunteer staff.


18 YWAM Values

The eighteen Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and our values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM—our “DNA.” They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

Image by Priscilla Du Preez

Value #1

Know God

YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways as revealed in the Bible, the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We seek to reflect who He
is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others (2Ki 19:19; Job 42:5; Psa 46:10; Psa 103:7-13; Jer 9:23-24; Hos 6:3; Joh 17:3; Eph 1:16-17; Php 3:7-11; 1Jo 2:4-6).

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Discover God's heart for you and the nations, and find your place in his story. 

Join our Team

If you have completed a DTS and share our heart, we have a place for you!

Support the Vision

We are able to train, send, and go because of those who stand behind us and support our work.

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