A Short History

1988 ~ 2013

A Short History of YWAM Associates International

Even though the concept and vision of YWAM Associates was a bit revolutionary given the YWAM models of volunteerism, youth and short-term missions, God clearly led us into this ministry—even before we knew it. In our 12 previous years in the mission, we had always tried to maintain contact with staff and students who had passed through our Kona base.

Then in 1987, God spoke clearly to us that we were to start a new full-time ministry for the encouragement and networking of former YWAMers—worldwide. And furthermore it was eventually to include even those who had been touched by YWAM through Summer of Service outreaches, Mission Builders, King’s Kids, plus parents and children of YWAMers.

That summer of 1987, Donna and I traveled through Washington and British Columbia visiting groups of former YWAMers. In Vernon, BC we visited the home of Don & Caroline Coleridge and followed that up 10 days later with a BBQ picnic for all who had been involved with YWAM—or who were interested. 60 people showed up and we were able to share news of happenings in the mission. A few days later, with God already starting to stir us up about launching out from our comfortable ‘nest’ in Kona, we were in a prayer time with Graham & Treena Kerr in their Tacoma home, when He spoke clearly to us: “Now is the time to start ministering full-time to those who have passed through—or have just been touched by the mission.

Returning to Kona, and then almost a year of fulfilling our obligations there, we moved to Vancouver, BC to establish this new ministry (at the Lord’s clear past and present direction.
More than ten years previously, in 1977, as we took off from Vancouver airport, the Lord spoke separately to us that, “We would someday be in ministry in that city. We realized we had put that aside for ten years, almost forgetting it. (You can read the whole story in Chapter 12 of “The Last Thing I’d Ever Do,” our story.

But we didn’t just leave. It was not an easy decision for either Donna or me—after 12 years, we both felt established and at home in Kona. But we submitted the whole vision of our proposed ministry to former YWAMers (numbering in the millions), to the Kona eldership for their prayerful consideration. We were commissioned with blessings, feeling that we were to be an extension of YWAM worldwide, offering appreciation to those who had served in the mission, and encouraging continued spiritual growth and effectiveness in their own sphere of society.

Later, we were fully blessed and commissioned by YWAM’s Global Leadership Team.

Please read through our mission statement and guiding principles in the appendix.

Initially, after getting established in Vancouver, we started publishing a little printed magazine called inTouch and the first mailing in late 1988 went to approximately 600 addresses worldwide. By 2005 this circulation had increased to 24,000, at which point for several reasons—including the Lord’s direction—we ceased printed publication and went totally electronic with our new e-zine named eTouch. Our daughter had Laurie joined us from the beginning and is still with the ministry along with her husband Peter Worrall. Many others have served with us over the years – too many to list.

After four years of apartment rentals, in 1992 we needed to expand the ministry to include other staff and to provide a place of rest for former YWAMers and other Christian leaders. We started to pray for a suitable place. A house came on the market in June, just as we were leading a Renewal Camp in Chico, California. Our speaker was Dan Sneed, and in attendance was Glenn Sheppard, both Board members. Between them, they wrote a letter to our 10,000 subscribers telling of our house vision, signed it and encouraged us to mail it out. They had evidently heard from God, but there was one challenge: $5000 was needed for postage.

In faith, we had the 10,000 letters printed, the envelopes and labels prepared—all we lacked was the $5000 for postage stamps. Out of the blue, our friend John DeVries called, saying, “Do you have a need?” The rest is history.

Thus was birthed in Richmond, BC, the House of Peace, a home we purchased with a down payment of gifts small and great from former YWAMers spread over 60 nations. We lived there until 1999 when we moved to Deroche, BC.

From 1990 until the present day, we have organized and directed hundreds of one-week Renewal Camps (also known as Gatherings). In those early days we managed to do as many as 12 a year, all in summertime—whether Northern or Southern Hemisphere—so that entire families as well as singles and couples could attend. These camps & gatherings continue to this day, now mostly directed by others who have joined the ministry.

During this time we published the book Re-Entry, created for missionaries of all stripes to assist them in their transition from missions to life at home. The book has continued for 20 years as a steady performer, with close to 100,000 printed. All proceeds go to the ministry of YWAM Associates.

After six years in Deroche, BC, in 2005 we sensed the Lord leading us to Medicine Hat, Alberta where our daughter Julie and her family lived and ministered among Canada’s First Nations. The Lord miraculously provided a small home for Donna & me, and with the proceeds from the Richmond House of Peace sale, we were also able to purchase a condominium as an office and residence for Laurie. Later when she married Pete and then adopted a baby, they had to find other accommodations due to condo rules (age 40 and above). This condo is now functioning as a House of Peace for leaders with need for shelter.

It has become evident that in each region and country in which we operate, there is a different and unique expression of the ministry. This is good. However, it seems important that from time to time, those involved in the ministry should meet, get to know one another, pray and worship together, and exchange ways to enhance and improve what we are doing. StaffLink (see below) is one way of accomplishing this.

Currently the ministry is active to one degree or another in Europe, North America, South East Asia, the Pacific Islands and in Australia/New Zealand.

North America (inc, Kona, Hawaii)

From 1990 until the early 2000s, we organized and directed inTouch Camps in several US states (Idaho, Washington, California, Texas, Minnesota, Hawaii, Virginia & Missouri), and in British Columbia, Canada. Currently we have an annual camp in the Feb-March quarter at U of N Kona, in conjunction with a DTS already in progress.

Mark & Jill Herringshaw, with 15 years of service on our Board, have recently rejoined YWAM full time and are now the North American Coordinators.


In the early 90s we started inTouch Camps in England, Holland, Sweden and Norway (directed now by Lidvard & Ingalill Andreassen). Roy & Shirley Jones then became European Coordinators and added Switzerland, France, Germany and this year Italy & Romania. In 2008 and 2009, Europe was extended to include Israel (!) where two camps were held.

South East Asia

Since 1995 we have helped direct annual Gatherings (Camps) either in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia. The early pioneer was Gwenda Loong, who handed over responsibilities in the early 2000s to the able foursome of Hui Koh, We-lin Chee, Kim Ngoh & Kit Leong.

New Zealand

Since 2001, three camps have been held at Orama on Great Barrier Island, with six more from 2001-2006 at Crystal Springs YWAM base in Matamata, where George & Dianne Dingle hosted us. Jim & Ali Wescombe, who served for several years as NZ Coordinators, also directed camps at Rotorua and on the South Island. Until recently, Dave & Wendy McQuoid carried on the ministry with the help of an able team; they are taking a break just now.


From 1997-2009, Peter & Beverley West planned and organized an annual camp at Merroo in the Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney. Sadly, Peter passed away in 2010, but Beverley will stay involved. Steve Aherne, YWAM National Director, along with Glen & Marg Auty, have for some years organized weekend ‘Refresh’ retreats in the Melbourne area. In 2011 this expanded into a four-day ‘Refresh’ camp near Newcastle, NSW, and in 2012 this grew further with several shorter versions taking place in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.


Other camps have been held in the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Fiji and with ex-pats in China, where Roy Christian is our Coordinator.

Recently U of N credits have been offered for Writers’ Seminars (Shirley Jones & Vae Eli, coordinators). There may be other credit opportunities for Specialized gatherings.

StaffLink, February 20-25, 2013

We believe this will be a ‘watershed’ meeting for YWAM Associates International – in the sense that responsibility for the leadership of the ministry—if it is to survive in a cohesive and multi-faceted organism—must be embraced by others, probably in the form of an international eldership (or oversight team). This team is to serve and protect the ministry, not to control. We must seek the Lord as to how this is implemented.
Donna and I met with and discussed this with Loren Cunningham and he believes it to be correct (and he asked Donna & I to not leave this eldership, even though we wish to lay down overall ‘leadership.’)
Loren cautioned us, that as in YWAM, there should be no ‘Lone Rangers’ in YWAM Associates. We always need to stay connected, submitted and accountable to either a local base or a YWAM governing body and/or a local Board of Directors that will take us under their wing. We are a ministry of Youth With A Mission and must always live by its Foundational Values: see appendix
together with any other values we may want to incorporate.
At StaffLink, there will be opportunity for all to share what and how each different region of the world operates the ministry, so that we can all learn from each other.


Peter & Donna Jordan

Current YWAM Associates International Board of Directors

John & Sanda DeVries
 Steve DeVries
*Vaeluaga Eli
*Tom Hallas
*Mark & Jill Herringshaw
*Peter Iliyn
*Roy & Shirley Jones
*Peter & Donna Jordan
  Quintin Lake
  Mark Lee
  Wes Reinheller
  Dan Sneed
*Laurie Jordan-Worrall
*denotes fulltime YWAMers

Others who have served on our Board: Bill McAllister, Graham & Treena Kerr, Jerry & Linda Praetzel, Tom & Mindy Buehring, Dwight Greiner, Peter Worrall, Sarah Lanier

Advisory Board
 Loren & Darlene Cunningham, John Dawson, Frank Naea, Sarah Lanier, Kel Steiner

Council of Reference
Dr Carl Armerding, David Boyd, Dale & Evie Buehring, David Cole, Jim & Joy Dawson, Dr Gordon Fee, Jeff & Romkje Fountain, Lynn Green, Paul Hawkins, Graham & Treena Kerr, Paul Martinson, Floyd McClung, Leland Paris,  Dr Eugene Peterson, Glenn & Jackie Sheppard,  Dean Sherman, Jim Stier, Bruce & Barbara Thompson

Regional Coordinators
Europe: Roy & Shirley Jones
North America: Mark & Jill Herringshaw
South Pacific: Vaeluaga & Julie Eli
Australia: Steve Aherne
South East Asia: Wei-lin Chee
China: Roy Christian
International: Peter & Donna Jordan


The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit's inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God's word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

Worship: We are called to praise and worship God alone

Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God

Witness: We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him

Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God's heart, including standing against evil in every form

Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM's beginning in 1960. They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasized to us.

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 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.

YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. 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.

YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations.

YWAM is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings. This is an integral part of our process for decision making.

YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God's power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.

YWAM is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.

YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

YWAM is broad-structured and diverse, yet integrated. We are a global family of ministries held together by shared purpose, vision, values and relationship. We believe that structures should serve the people and the purposes of God. Every ministry at every level has the privilege and responsibility of accountability to a circle of elders, with overall international accountability to the YWAM Global Leadership Team.

YWAM is international and interdenominational in its global scope as well as its local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the mission.

YWAM is called to a Biblical worldview. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God's will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual's gifts, abilities and expertise.

YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

YWAM is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.

YWAM affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways.

PRACTICE DEPENDENCE ON GOD FOR FINANCES                                        
YWAM is called to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision. For individuals and YWAM corporately this comes primarily through His people. As God and others have been generous towards us, so we desire to be generous. YWAMers give themselves, their time and talents to God through the mission with no expectations of remuneration.

PRACTICE HOSPITALITY                                                                                         
YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God's character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.

COMMUNICATE WITH INTEGRITY                                                                     
YWAM affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, YWAM is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, communities and effective ministry.


YWAM Associates International Mission Statement

To encourage and build up those who have served in, and been trained by YWAM by…

Championing them as nation-disciplers wherever God has planted them in the ‘mission fields’ of the seven spheres of society… in order that they might fulfill God’s destiny for their lives.

Strengthening them in their transition from missions to life after YWAM; helping to equip them as missions-minded activists for the rest of their lives.

Valuing each individual, in or out of mission. For those who have had challenging times, we seek to foster healing; for those with unresolved conflicts, reconciliation; and for all, we aim to maintain relationships purely for the sake of those relationships with no hidden agenda.

We attempt to network former YWAMers with each other for mutual encouragement and possible shared ministry/giftings in their own spheres of influence.

We accomplish this by…

  • communicating monthly by e-mail with many thousands of alumni worldwide for the purpose of encouragement and exhortation.
  • directing renewal gatherings for former (and future) YWAMers
  • maintaining a hospitality home for church/other leaders.
  • teaching in YWAM and other training schools worldwide.
  • liaison with other church leaders attending various meetings and Conferences

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Medicine Hat, Alberta

YWAM Associates International is a Ministry of Youth With A Mission

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February 2013