“In my mind’s eye I could see a world map, alive and moving!” recalls Loren Cunningham. “Waves crashed onto the continents, advancing inland until all the nations were covered. As I watched, the waves became young people of all races. They were my own age and even younger, talking to people on street corners and outside bars. Going from house to house. Helping the lonely and the hungry. Caring for people everywhere they went. Suddenly the scene was gone. What could that be? I wondered. I was barely out of my teens when I experienced that mental movie of the waves. What did it mean? Then I remembered an experience that I had as a 13-year-old, when one day in church the words of Jesus had spoken very directly to me: Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. That was the vision. Young people fulfilling the Great Commission of Mark 16:15. An idea began to grow: God wanted to release the resources of youth for lay missions. Others objected: Youth were unreliable, uncommitted and inexperienced, they said. But God had used Joseph, David and Esther as teenagers. And some of Christ’s disciples were very young when He had sent them out on short-term missions in Luke 10.”
So in 1960, Youth With A Mission began and the waves became reality. Hundreds of thousands of young people went out. Today, because of God’s power and grace, Youth With A Mission has become the largest missions organisation. We have more than 10,000 full-time workers all over the world. Each year tens of thousands of young people, business people, retired people and whole families are joining us for short term programs in more than six hundred ministry locations in 135 countries.
Youth With A Mission believes that the Gospel is not only God’s Word, but that it has to be put into everyday practice. Using different means and tools for evangelism, we go and share the Good News.
The History of YWAM in London
In the 70’s there were a lot of hippies going out to India, Nepal, and Afghanistan in search of truth. Instead many got dysentery, hepatitis and other ailments. Floyd McClung began a ministry called ‘Dilaram’ which took in the ill hippies, nursed them, talked to them about Jesus and many got saved. Several ‘Dilaram’ houses shot up in India, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Amsterdam and in November 1977 a Dilaram House began in London. A team of 11 people led by Paul and Mary Miller pioneered London’s Dilaram House.
In the late 70’s the Dilaram Ministries joined with YWAM to become a part of YWAM internationally. The London Dilaram house ran for 7 years under the leadership of Paul and Mary Miller and later Richard and Michelle Lahey-James. The main thrust of the Dilaram work was amongst young travellers, and those who were in drug, alcohol and sexual addictions.
In the early 80’s a team led by Lynn and Martin Green came to Putney (London) from the main YWAM training base in Sussex. Many people joined them and further bases were established in Fulham, Notting Hill, Earls Court, Kings Cross, Soho, Clapham, Brixton and later the East End of London.
Over the years there has been a diverse selection of urban ministries, including outreach and evangelism to the homeless, addicts, women in prostitution, homosexuals, young vulnerable people and ethnic minorities (particularly those from Islamic backgrounds). Alongside these ministries a number of church plants were established.
YWAM London has run many different types of training schools including Operation Year, DTS, LUMD (Leadership & Urban Ministry Development), Counselling schools, School of Biblical Studies and a Perspectives Course. YWAM London has networked and partnered with numerous local churches creating joint projects like Door of Hope (work with prostitutes) and Earls Court Project (later ECCP). YWAMers have enjoyed good relationships with local churches and team members are encouraged to find a local church and become actively involved.
YWAM London Radiant history
Our base leaders, Christian and Johanna, with their two children, came to London as missionaries in 2009.
They started working with the YWAM London Urban Key base, discipling students and giving workshops in fine arts and dance. In the summer of 2009 they started a camp called BONES, using arts and evangelism to reach out to the many visitors that came for the Notting Hill Carnival. In 2011, after being inspired by friends from Norway, the first International Arts Gathering was held in London, an activity that has been developed and hosted by the Taboo Arts ministry every year since then.
From 2012 onwards, the Taboo Arts (ministry) ran their first Arts Internship, and the team began to expand with several people becoming full-time members of the family. Today we are a diverse team representing many different nations: France, Finland, Chile, Norway, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Australia, Italy, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Italy, Canada, Brazil and UK.
When we were a ministry of the Urban Key base, we were supported, loved, and covered spiritually by Jose and Rosana Liste, who were the first ones to arrive in England in 2002 and re-pioneer a YWAM community in London in 2005.
As a team we have pioneered events and activities in the city of London reaching out to different boroughs, including Camden Town, Soho, Notting Hill, and East London (Shoreditch and Brick Lane), all of which have become destinations for our weekly outreaches. Every season we receive new students, running two Internships, two DTS's, and one LUMD schools per year where students can choose from a variety of arts or sports "tracks", with different outreach locations to cities in Europe and the Americas.
For the last three years we have felt from God that it was time to expand the ministry further and start moving into new areas apart from the arts, such a business, mercy ministries, sports, government, and church planting. In June 2015 we launched our team as a base called YWAM London Radiant.
The meaning of the word RADIANT according to the dictionary is:
– Emitting rays
– Sending out light; shining or glowing brightly.
– Clearly emanating great joy, love, or health.
– Synonym: joyful, elated, thrilled, overjoyed, jubilant.
Our MISSION is to ignite the body of Christ and challenge it to step up to its full potential in different areas of the society: arts, communication, youth culture, sports, education, government, and beyond.
We desire to be relevant trendsetters in today’s society and to be influential in the UK, Europe, and major cities around the world!
Meet The Team
Johanna & Christian
Argentina & Puerto Rico
Ina & Eric
Finland & USA
Kelcey & Joel
USA & Argentina
Elin & Federico
Finland & Argentina
Carrie & Federico
USA & Argentina
Peri & Lucas
USA & Argentina
Julian & Larissa