Our Youth With A Mission campus is located just north of Tyler and is one of the key international training and sending centers for YWAM. Each year YWAM Tyler trains and send hundreds of young people, from many nations and backgrounds, to effect those influential spheres of society in the transformation of nations. All of this training takes place right here in the heart of East Texas.
In 1980 Leland and Fran Paris, the base founders, purchased the 365 acre Twin Oaks Ranch outside Tyler, Texas, and they, along with approximately 200 staff, moved to East Texas to pioneer what is now YWAM Tyler, the present headquarters for our training and outreach programs.
The main campus and headquarters of YWAM Tyler, housed at Twin Oaks Ranch, was originally owned by David Wilkerson of “The Cross and the Switchblade”. He sensed that God wanted YWAM to have this property and that he was to sell the property to YWAM for 10 cents on the dollar and has been a gift from God ever since. For the last 30 plus years thousands of young people have been trained in Discipleship Training Schools, Schools of Evangelism and other secondary training schools in order to be launched into global missions.
YWAM Tyler has three local campuses and has also planted over 60 bases in various parts of the world. Five satellite bases in the US have also been pioneered; four in the urban cities of New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and Chicago, and one in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
In the effort to obey the Lord’s command in Matthew 28:19, 20 and Mark 16:15, there are several directives from God that we have identified, which guide how we move together to impact the world.
WE ARE CALLED TO DISCIPLE on two levels
Individuals (Mark 16:15)
Nations (Matthew 28:19 & 20)
WE ARE CALLED TO CHAMPION YOUTH…
…in accomplishing the above goals. This includes addressing the present needs of youth in American society, as well as being particularly geared to train and send youth to the nations.
WE ARE CALLED TO AMERICA
God has specifically placed us in the geographical borders of America to help rebuild and maintain the Christian foundations and purposes that He has given to this nation (Matthew 5 and Psalms 11). As we train and disciple, we are to teach the responsibility that God has placed upon this country in His strategy to evangelize the world. This teaching emphasis should go from the classroom to shaping the ministry to the Church from this center.
WE ARE CALLED TO THE WHOLE WORLD
We will continue to send teams and pioneer new frontiers globally.
WE ARE CALLED TO LINK STRATEGICALLY…
…with Asian youth to see the Gospel move westward. We are to embrace and seek to accomplish God’s desire linking with Asian youth through training, discipleship, and co-laboring in Asia to both disciple individuals and nations.
WE ARE CALLED TO INFLUENCE SOCIETIES…
…in the seven areas that form the concepts of how a nation functions – family, church, business, education, arts, media, and government. All of our ministries here at this center will flow together to contribute to this task. We will have many expressions of this calling from our center, but this spirit must be the heart of what motivates us in every expression.
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