YWAM Rotterdam is part of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) worldwide. We are an interdenominational missionary organization that began in 1960. It all began with a vision. In June of 1956, Loren Cunningham, a 20-year-old student from the United States, spent a part of his summer break at the Bahamas, touring with a singing group. One night after a busy day, Loren had an unusual experience. “I lay down on the bed,” he recalled, “doubled the pillow under my head and opened my Bible, routinely asking God to speak into my mind. What happened next was far from routine. “Suddenly, I was looking up at a map of the world. Only: the map was alive, like moving! I sat up. I shook my head and rubbed my eyes. I could see all the continents. Waves were crashing onto the shores. Each went onto a continent, then receded, then came up further until it covered the continent completely. Then, as I watched, the scene changed. The waves became young people covering the continents. They were talking to people on the street corners and outside bars. They were preaching. Young people going out as missionaries.” Back then this idea was revolutionary. Two years later Youth with a Mission international started. The vision became reality and it still is.
And as Youth With A Mission Rotterdam we are part of this!