Support Raising Manual NEW Pages


Support Raising Manual NEW Pages

Table of Contents
Understanding Why
Why YWAMer’s Don’t Receive any Salary … 4-5
Interview with Loren Cunningham … 6
Biblical Basis … 7
Before You Get Started
Why Create a Budget? … 9
What the Experts Say … 10
How to Create a Budget …11
Example Budgets … 12-14
The Importance of Prayer … 15
Understanding How
Organizing Contacts … 17
What the experts say … 18
Sample Pledge Cards … 19
Making Contacts into Supporters … 20
Sample Support Letter … 21
What the Experts Say … 22
Presenting your Vision & Calling … 23
How do I actually ask for support? … 24
Presenting YWAM …25-27
Endorsements … 28-33
YWAM Salem Infographic … 34
Where We Have Been Map … 35
Making it easy to support you … 36
Keeping Contacts & Supporters Updated … 37
Example Mailchimp Newsletter … 38
What if I get stuck? …39-40
Other Resources
Donation Instructions to Print … 42
Pledge Cards to Print … 43
Understanding Why
Why YWAMer’s Don’t Receive Any Salary
Article by Peter Warren, Campus Director, YWAM Denver
YWAM is called to practice a life of dependence on God for financial provision. This comes primarily through people
who believe in us and what we're doing. We give of our time and talents to serve God and others with no formal
agreement or expectation of financial remuneration.
Some people wonder why we would choose this lifestyle over the traditional method of receiving a salary. Here are
the reasons why:
In the early years of YWAM, our founders, Loren and Darlene Cunningham, endeavored to hire a secretary and pay
her a salary. But after prayer and careful consideration, they were strongly impressed that this was not God's plan
for YWAM. They felt instead, that she was to partner with others for her financial provision in the same way that they
Fifty years later we see God's wisdom in how He led them:
1. The Growth Factor: Because there is no corporate office that controls the flow of finances, YWAM has grown into
the largest international, interdenominational missions organization in the world today.
2. Every YWAM worker is surrounded by people who are supporting them and praying for them on a regular basis.
If, five decades ago, Loren and Darlene had decided on a corporate model, with finances being funneled
through one central headquarters, YWAM probably would have remained relatively small with a significant
portion of our income going to support the organization itself, rather than the missionaries on the field.
I'm not sure if Loren realized it at the time, but as it turns out, this relationship-based support system is similar to
what we find in the Bible.
Old Testament Examples
In the Old Testament, God set apart one of the tribes of Israel for a special purpose. The Levites job description is
found in Numbers 3:5-7. They were to serve Aaron, the priest, minister to the needs of the people, and take care of
the tabernacle. The support system for the Levites was to come through the tithes and offerings of the other eleven
tribes. God gave strict instruction that they should not engage in secular work or till the land because their
inheritance was not in the land, but in the Lord (Numbers 18:1-24).
There was a time when the eleven tribes stopped supporting the Levites. The result was that the House of God was
left unattended because the Levites had to go back to work. Nehemiah was troubled (Nehemiah 13: 10-11) when he
observed this. He contended with the leaders of Israel to resume their giving so the Levites could go back to doing
God’s work.
Another example is found in Deuteronomy 25:4. Under Mosaic Law, animals that trod out the grain were not allowed
to be muzzled. This permitted the oxen to eat from the grain whenever they were hungry.
Paul later used this principle to explain why full-time Christian workers should be supported through the ministry
itself (“For it is written in the Law of Moses: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain" 1 Corinthians 9:9).
New Testament Examples
Jesus said in Luke 10:7 that a "laborer is worthy of his wages." He was referring to how God would provide for
missionaries. The context of this verse is related to laborers being sent into the harvest fields of the world. He was
saying to His disciples that God would take care of them if they would do His work.
Jesus Himself was supported by a group of His friends during the three years of His ministry on earth (Luke 8: 1-3)
and Paul reiterates the premise Jesus lived by in 1 Corinthians 9:14. "Even so the Lord commanded that those who
preach the Gospel should live from the Gospel.” In 1 Corinthians 9:7-14, 2 Corinthians 8:13-14, and Galatians 6:6,
Paul lays the foundation for living by faith.
"Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock
and does not drink the milk? Did I say this merely on human authority? Doesn't the Law say the same thing? For it
is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out of the grain." Is it about the oxen that
God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and
threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is
it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, should't we have it
all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of
Christ. Don't you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at
the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the
gospel should receive their living from the gospel." 1 Corinthians 9:7-14
"Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the
present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is
equality." 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 "Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good
things with their instructor." Galatians 6:6
His premise is that there should be equality between those who work in the secular world and those who devote
their time and energies entirely to the Gospel. The purpose was that those who are taught might share out of their
financial provision, and those who teach, from their spiritual provision: that there may be equality (2 Corinthians
8:14). This method of support is a carbon copy of the Old Testament model we referred to earlier.
So, why did Paul Make Tents?
Paul used his tent-making skills to support himself for two main reasons. The first is that he was constantly
ministering in areas where there was no established church. By the time a church had been planted, Paul was on
the road again. The second reason for Paul's tent making was that only one of the churches he had planted felt the
responsibility to support him once he had left (Philippians 4:15). Paul had a skill and he employed it, but it was never
the ideal arrangement.
God's intention for the church seems clear. Those in ministry should be supported through the tithes and offerings of
the people of God. What would happen today if all Christians tithed? A church of one hundred could support 10 full
time workers who would make the median income of their salaries. A congregation of one thousand could sustain
one hundred ministers, missionaries and administrative staff. Can you imagine how strong the church would be and
how much more effective we would be in reaching the world with the Gospel?
However, not everyone tithes. And secondly, there's an underlying attitude in our culture which says, "Asking for
support is invalid," "It's begging for money," and "A real job is one with a salary." Where do these concepts come
from? Certainly not from scripture: it comes from our secular, cultural worldview.
Living a lifestyle of complete dependence on God for financial provision is not a cop out. It's not irresponsible or
negligent, but a system that God Himself set up to provide for those in full-time ministry. If anything, it's actually more
biblical than receiving a salary for missions work because it links the giver in direct relationship with the ones he or
she is supporting. The only consideration should be this: is this person a worthy workman? If so, then they are also
deserving of financial support.
An Interview with YWAM’s Founder
By Loren Cunningham
Why are all YWAM missionaries required to raise support?
I think it would be wrong to say all YWAM missionaries are required
to raise support, because many of them have independent support.
We have those that have retired from the military, and those that have
other kinds of financial arrangements where they’ve made
investments, and so on. But certainly the majority would need to be
concerned about what system they’re going to use in order to take
care of their needs. Jesus Himself gives us the pattern. And I think the Jesus way of fund
raising is the key. In Luke 8:1-3 it says He had a team who supported
Him. It wasn’t a fund. It wasn’t someone else doing it for Him. It was
relational, between Jesus and the ones He had ministered to. He was
accountable, in a sense, to them because of their giving. Loren and Darlene Cunningham
Founders of Youth With A Mission
How did Paul get his support?
Although he was a tent maker, he also followed the Jesus way, where individuals who knew him and that he had
ministered to were able to give to him.
What are the benefits of this type of funding?
I think the main benefit is that the leader is not able to use money to manipulate people. When you remove money,
you remove a major area of control. And the spirit of control is one of the most devastating spirits to ministries. Another one of the strengths of this is that it’s all done personally. Then prayer also becomes one of the keys, not
only my praying for the supporters, but the supporters will pray for me, because where they put their treasure, there
their heart will be. Where their heart is, their prayer support will be. And then in turn they get the news out to their
nieces, nephews, friends, relatives, sons, daughters, parents, and they might end up coming with YWAM and being
part of the mission force. So it’s recruitment, it’s accountability, it’s good communication, it’s prayer support, it’s a stability financially. It’s a
whole lot of things, but the key goes back to relationship.
Biblical Basis for Support Raising
What Does the Bible Say?
This bible study’s purpose is to give you insight on what the bible says in the area of missionary work and support
raising. Hopefully, this will help you to put to rest any questions you or your supporters may have. Listed below you
will find a few common questions that people have asked when raising support. Read each question, then look up
the scripture reference listed below the question. In the space provided, write what you feel the passage is saying
about the particular topic.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of
the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Luke 10:2
You are talking an active step in “harvesting the field” that Jesus is talking about. KNOW that you are worthy of
support. Remember that God will honor your desire to go to the Nations in His name.
Missionaries sometimes feel guilty or like they’re on “welfare.” Is it biblical to be supported by others to do the
work of God? Would it be better if missionaries were self- supporting?
Verses of interest: Luke 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:1-18
Is it biblical for missionaries to make financial appeals to their own, and/ or other churches?
Verses of interest: Romans 15:17-27; 1 Corinthians 16:1-6
Is it biblical to raise financial support from strangers- or from people you do not know well? Should support
come primarily from those you have already ministered to?
Verses of interest: 3 John 5-8 , Matthew 10:5-13
What about making financial appeals to nonbelievers? What about to family?
Verses of interest: Acts 10:2-4, Nehemiah 2:1-8
What about making financial appeals to those who are not as well off? Or are already giving a lot of money to
other organizations and/ or people?
Verses of interest: Philippians 4:14-20, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Before You Get Started
Why Create a Budget?
There are many reasons to make a budget and keep track of all expenses apart from growing a surplus. I admit that
it is actually very difficult to keep an expense tracking system up-to-date because not bothering to update it doesn’t
have an immediate effect on us. However, maintaining a budget is like maintaining a bridge. There may not be
problems even if neglect maintenance for a long time, but consequences can be disastrous when an accident finally
occurs. Below are some more reasons why you want to maintain the bridge:
Builds Discipline and Organization
Having a budget really helps you stay disciplined to organize your finances, which is the first step of knowing your
overall financial health. Without easy to read data, there is no way of knowing what is going on.
Forces You to Think About Money
This is a side benefit of having a budget but it is an important one. The more time you spend thinking about your
money, the more focus you are in building your wealth. Once you start thinking about money often, you will find that
you are able to find more ways to save and more ways to generate income.
Crisis Prevention
Looking through your finances at regular intervals will allow you to spot trends and see areas that can be improved
way before it becomes a problem. By preventing crisis from starting, you are way ahead of everyone else who can
only react.
Great Tool to Start Family Discussions
Money is always a hard subject to discuss. If the whole family is involved in budget making and expense tracking, it
makes discussions much easier. It is always a good idea to just lay out the facts when talking about money matters
and the expense tracker is the perfect tool to aid in this regard.
Quantifiable Way of Measuring Progress
In theory, we all want to reduce our spending and make more money but it is impossible to know how we are doing
without actually keeping track of your progress. Budget tracking to measure progress is not just a benefit but a
requirement. Without a budget, how do we know that we are meeting our goals?
Knowledge is Power
By keeping track of your budgets, you will know exactly how much money you actually need on a monthly basis.
Equipped with this knowledge, you are able to plan and build an emergency fund that you know has sufficient cash.
You can also easily figure out how unexpected issues like losing a job or having a child will affect your financial
Stress Reliever
Knowing your exact financial situation lifts a tremendous amount of stress off your shoulders because you don’t have
to worry about the unknown. Even if your financial situation is shaky, you will be spending time fixing the problem
and not trying to find out what the issue is.
Let’s get back to thinking of the bridge. Keep up your maintenance schedule and you won’t be sorry. Become lazy
and be ready to suffer the consequences.
This is a secular article about the importance of setting a budget. From a biblical perspective budgeting is
important because God calls us to be good stewards of our money. How can we be good stewards unless we know
how we spend our money? And how can we know how much support we need unless we know what our expenses
What the Experts Say
Four individuals who teach on personal support raising (and who have raised support themselves) share their
advice on what YWAMers can do if they find themselves with an inadequate level of financial support. We asked
them questions we thought most YWAMers would want to ask.
• Betty Barnett is the author of Friend Raising: Building A Missionary Support Team That Lasts and served as
Managing Editor of the YWAM study Bible.
• Steve Pontius of YWAM USA has trained over 300 YWAM staff in personal fund-raising.
• Bill Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support
• Holmes M. Bryant Jr., a fund-raising consultant, is Vice President of Evangelical Development Ministry, in San
Bernadino, USA.
How do I know what an adequate support level is?
Betty: You need to first ask how much will be necessary for you to make it long term if you feel called long term. A lot
of times I hear people say, “I can get by with this.” However, “getting by” is one thing if you’re a short-termer, but if
you are talking about a long-term lifestyle, it will wear you down. Too many people who have supposedly “gotten by”
have not made it for the long term.
Holmes: Principally speaking, you don’t want to live above most of those to whom you minister. But you also don’t
want to live below them either. This could also hurt your ministry.
You want to have enough that you are not overly concerned about personal finances so that it becomes a distraction
from ministry. It would be unbiblical not to provide for your family’s needs, not to save for times of drought, not to get
needed health services, and not to have enough for adequate food, clothing and shelter. In addition, unless you are
depending on a government retirement program or a company pension plan, I would begin saving early for
retirement so you don’t become a burden to others later in life.
Missionaries also need time off. Raise enough that you can take a nice vacation away from your responsibilities at
least one week a year. And while I’m on it, don’t ever use your vacation time to raise support—that’s no vacation!
Steve: At the level to make you most effective in the call of God, not minimizing to survive, but maximizing
effectiveness. It all comes down to obedience. God is the only one that can understand the full ramifications of His
will for our lives and the “appearances” that speak to the hearts of others.
How to Create a Budget
Set your goals
Make a list of all the financial goals you want to accomplish over the short and long term. Ask yourself basic
questions about why those goals are your priorities, how you are planning to achieve them and how quickly you
need to see the results. Short-term goals should take no longer than a year to achieve. For example, you may want
to pay off your credit card debt or save up for holiday presents. Long-term goals may take years to reach. A typical
example would be saving for retirement or your child's education. Don't think that your goals have to be set in stone,
though. You can update your list whenever it's needed.
Know your net income
The first step of creating a budget is to identify the money you have coming in - otherwise known as your income.
Keep in mind, however, that it's easy to overestimate what you can afford if you think of your total salary as what you
have to spend. Remember to subtract your employer deductions for social security, taxes, 401(k) and flexible
spending account allocations when creating a budget spreadsheet. Your final take-home pay is called net income
and that is the number you should use when creating a budget.
Make your plan
Start by dividing your net income into two broad spending categories: fixed expenses and variable expenses. Some
of your expenses, such as your mortgage, are fixed because they stay the same each month. Other expenses, such
as gas for your car or entertainment, are variables that change from month to month. For both fixed and variable
expenses, you'll want to record how much you spend on each monthly. You may consider using budget building
software tools or a personal budget spreadsheet to account for and categorize your monthly spending.
You may also want to divide your spending into three basic categories: needs, savings and wants. Needs include
fixed and variable costs that are essential to your daily well-being. Savings include your emergency fund, retirement
accounts, etc. Wants covers everything else.
Track your spending
Not sure how much you are spending on variable expenses like groceries or dining out each month? These
expenses can be difficult to track. You may want to try using a spending journal to help you do some detective work
for this type of spending. Find a small notebook and use it to write down each purchase you make every day for a
month. Other options include saving all receipts and adding them up at the end of the month or checking your
online banking record if you use a debit or credit card for most purchases. Once you have a good estimate of these
expenditures each month, incorporate it into your personal budget spreadsheet.
Personalize your budget
The great thing about creating a budget is that you can customize it to your own needs. After you've determined
what to set aside for your fixed expenses, you can alter the amount earmarked for variable items. The variable
category gives you more wiggle room in how much you decide to spend where, allowing you to prioritize as you see
fit. For example, you might decide you can spend less on clothes each month in order to give yourself more money
to save toward buying a new TV.
Creating a budget
Follow these four easy steps as you start building your personal budget spreadsheet:
• Record your daily spending with anything that's handy, whether it's with a pen and paper or an app on your
• Plan for next month's expenses and income so you don't get taken by surprise. Make sure to check in with your
significant other before making the list final.
• Look for ways to spend less. Small savings can add up to a lot of money. Adding one small saving to your budget
at a time can surprise you with how much extra money you've accumulated. For example, try shopping at a
cheaper grocery store, buying generic brands or experimenting with cooking at home.
• Find ways to boost your income. Have a hobby or a talent? Anything from handy work to writing or teaching an
instrument can be a way to earn extra money. One big bonus about this strategy is that you can make your side
business full-time if you ever lose your job.
Have a monthly check-in
Take a look at your spending every month and compare it to your personal budget spreadsheet to see how things
are going. If you find that you're often going over-budget in some areas out of necessity, you should consider cutting
elsewhere to keep things under control.
Example Single Monthly Budget
Supposed Amount
Actual Amount
Long term
Short term
Total Giving
Development/ Training (Schools, Conferences, etc.)
Family visits
Retirement/ Life Insurance
Total Savings
Housing inc. Utilities
Thank You Cards, Gifts, etc.
Total Supporter
Health Insurance
Gym Membership
Total Health
Fuel/ Parking
Repair/ Registration
Total Car
Gifts (Birthday, Christmas, Wedding)
Total Expenses
Example Couples Monthly Budget
Supposed Amount
Actual Amount
Long term
Short term
Total Giving
Development/ Training (Schools, Conferences, etc.)
Family visits
Retirement/ Life Insurance
Family planning
Total Savings
Housing inc. Utilities
Thank You Cards, Gifts, etc.
Total Supporter
Health Insurance
Gym Membership
Total Health
Fuel/ Parking
Repair/ Registration
Total Car
Gifts (Birthday, Christmas, Wedding)
Total Expenses
Example Family Monthly Budget
Supposed Amount
Actual Amount
Long term
Short term
Total Giving
Development/ Training (Schools, Conferences, etc.)
Family visits
Retirement/ Life Insurance
Kids schooling/ College Fund
Total Savings
Housing inc. Utilities
Thank You Cards, Gifts, etc.
Total Supporter
Health Insurance
Gym Membership
Total Health
Fuel/ Parking
Repair/ Registration
Total Car
Gifts (Birthday, Christmas, Wedding)
Total Expenses
The Importance of Prayer
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6
Support raising starts and ends with prayer with plenty of prayer sprinkled in the middle. Prayer is so
important because ultimately only God can move in a person’s heart but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to do our
part. Prayer is crucial but it should be coupled with action. For example: pray before you send out support letters,
pray before you make follow up phone calls, pray and thank God every time support comes in… you get the idea.
Inviting others to pray for you is a great way to get more prayer and get others invested in what you are doing.
Support raising can be one of the most challenging/scary things YWAMers face but it forces us to fully rely on the
Lord. We should always pray continuously and that doesn’t change when support raising. In fact, many times
support raising creates strong prayer habits that should overflow to other aspects of our lives.
Understanding How
Organizing Contacts
Why should I organize contacts?
Organizing your contacts is key because it answers all these questions.
• Who should I send my newsletter to?
• Who do I need to have a follow up phone conversation with?
• Did I send my uncle a thank you?
• What is the address for my mom’s coworker who said she wanted to support me?
• When did I last email my friend from high school & what is his email?
How do I organize my contacts?
There are several ways to organize your contacts. The important thing is that you organize them in way that you can
easily access their information. Here are some examples.
• Apple Contacts (Can easily be synced with all apple devices)
• Google Contacts
• Outlook Contacts
• Excel Spreadsheet with all information
What information do I need from my contacts?
• Email
• Phone
• Home Address
• Contact Category (current pledged supporters, special gift supporters, non donors, etc.)
• When you last contacted them (ex note: called and left a voicemail on 8/17/14)
• Whether or not you’ve written a Thank You letter to supporters
Where do I get my contacts?
Namestorming: Take at least an hour to write down everyone you know. When listing people to ask for support, DO
NOT ELIMINATE ANYONE who comes to mind. Who will support you is not a decision you can make. That is
between the people you inform and God.
• Do not assume “poor people” won’t give (include your friends, students)
• Do not assume people in full time ministry won’t give
• Do not assume only people you are close to will give
• Do include friends, family, church members, churches, friends of friends/family, family of friends, anyone who
you think of
What the Experts Say
What if I’ve run out of people to contact?
Holmes: This, unfortunately is a very common problem, but one that’s relatively easy to overcome. Ask existing
partners for the names of their friends.
Here’s how you do that. “Jim, there may be another way you can help. What are the names of some of your friends
that might share our mutual concern for reaching people with the gospel?” Don’t ask “Do you know anyone…” You’ll
find that most people can’t think of names right away. After you ask, suggest some categories: “Perhaps there’s
someone in your Bible study…” Suggest only one category at a time, then let them respond. Other good categories
are your church, or their business associates.
Getting contacts in this way is best done face-to-face. Very few people will respond to this by mail and not many
more by phone.
Your success in this area will be directly proportional to how well you do at support maintenance. If your partners
feel loved, appreciated, communicated with, and treated like partners (i.e., they get credit for the success of your
ministry), then this shouldn’t be too difficult. But if you’ve neglected your partners, they are not going to be willing to
give you the names of their friends so you can neglect them too.
There are precious few other ways to get contacts, especially when your work is overseas. This one works best.
Betty: In the daily course of life and ministry, be alert to those relationships God brings across your path. In many
cases, I think you can have plenty of people who will consider joining your support team if you are faithful in keeping
up with those relationships God brings to you. Sometimes it’s a one or two-hour conversation we have with someone
we just met and we don’t realize God might want us to have a long-term relationship. If we’ve had enough of a
conversation with them and it feels like we’ve really connected, we might say, “Hey, would you be interested in being
on my newsletter mailing list?” Or, “I’d love to keep in touch with you. Would you feel all right about that?”
Sample Pledge Card
Yo u t h W i t h a M i s s i o n
Your Name: ___________________________
Address: _____________________________
City: _________________________________
State: _________________ Zip: __________
Phone: _______________________________
Email: ________________________________
Please Return;
Mailing Address:
My Name
YWAM Salem
7085 Battle Creek Rd SE
Salem, OR 97317
Please check all that apply:
Enclosed is a one-time gift
I am committing to support you monthly with $_______
I will commit to you in prayer
I would like to receive your newsletters
See page 43 to print pledge cards
Making Contacts Into Supporters
Methods and Strategies
There are many ways to contact those who you want to support you. Some ways are more effective than others.
The more personal the contact is, the more effective it will be. For example, meeting a friend for coffee will be far
more effective than sending a generic email. Often times starting with a less personal method and moving towards
more personal methods can be an effective strategy. For example, making follow up phone calls to everyone that
you have sent a support letter to is a must. Below is a list of contact methods from most to least personal/effective.
• Face to face meeting (coffee, lunch, etc.)
• Facetime or Skype conversation
• Small group discussion
• Telephone conversation
• Large group discussion
• Handwritten personal letter
• Personal Text Message
• Mass produced letter
• Personal Email
• Newsletter
• Brochure
• Mass text
• Facebook post (likes do not = support)
• Note: The things on the bottom of this list aren’t bad things to do but should be followed by more personal
contact (ex: phone call, coffee, etc.)
Sample Support Letter
How will they believe
in Him whom they
have not heard?
Romans 10:14
At least one photo
of you doing
Dear __________,
I hope all is well with you! Since I saw you last, so many things have happened in my life. I am
planning on moving to Salem, Oregon to work with an organization called Youth With a Mission. You
might remember me attending the Discipleship Training School with them not too long ago. It was
during these 6 months that God gave me a passion to join full time missions work. I can’t even begin
to tell you how exited I am for this.
Before I can join staff, I need to finish my personal fundraising. Every member of YWAM is solely
funded on a personal support base. No matter if intern, staff or leader no one has a salary. As a child
of God, I know that I am in His hands, and I am confident that He will provide for what He has called
me to do. God holds my future in His hands, but I also realize… I need some help!
I would like to ask if you would consider praying about joining my support team. $1,500 will cover
my monthly expenses and outreaches and I am looking for friends to support me with about $50
The vision of YWAM Salem is to see freedom and righteousness established in unreached
nations. We focus specifically on the training and sending of leaders who both have been in ministry
for years or who are just starting out. As staff of YWAM Salem I will play a part in discipling hundreds
of people through different programs here on the home-front as well as going myself and/or sending
others to those who haven’t had a chance to hear the good news of Jesus Christ yet. This way I can
reach out to people who are broken and lost in both a physical and spiritual way. What an epic
challenge and opportunity!
I was wondering if you would consider joining my team with a monthly commitment of however
much God leads you to. I have no idea what you might be able to do, but it would be a tremendous
honor to have you invest in this. Whatever the outcome, please know that I care about you and
appreciate you. Thanks again for your friendship!
I will be giving you a phone call in the next few weeks to share more about what I am doing and to
see how God led you in this. Thanks for your time and may God bless you.
Leave space for personal handwritten note
Sincerely, ___________
Include YWAM
logo for
Yo u t h W i t h a M i s s i o n
What the Experts Say
How can I raise my support level up to where it needs to be?
Bill: You need to prepare a strategy. Break down your list of contacts into three categories: Current Pledged
Supporters, Special Gift Supporters—those who give occasionally, but not on a regular pledge basis—and Non
Donors. Then you need to develop a strategy for each group.
For the Current Pledged Supporters, focus on asking them to increase the amount of their pledge. Sometimes I think
we as missionaries think that once they have committed an amount to us that is placed in concrete. Situations
change and there is no reason why they can’t be challenged to play a greater role in your valuable ministry. (This is
not recommended for new supporters)
The same principles can be applied to Special Gift Supporters and Non-Donors. After reviewing each situation,
provide opportunities for Special Gift Supporters to become monthly givers, or to give another, larger, special gift.
Non-donors might be able to give a special gift or even become monthly partners.
When contacting people, maximize and do what is most effective. My advice: do everything in your power to sit
down with these people face to face. Sometimes distance makes this impossible and then we need to settle for the
second or third best. The most effective method is a personal visit. The next best, a phone call and least effective is
a letter.
Presenting Your Vision & Calling
Whether you are meeting face to face or sending a support letter, you will want to present yourself and what you are
doing to potential supporters. The best way to do this is to start with God’s calling on your life and the vision he has
given you. People will get excited about things that you are passionate about. God has called you to be a part of
discipling the nations which is something to be excited about. Here are some tips about sharing your vision and
• Include pictures and/or short video. Visuals are so valuable.
• Clearly articulate your vision; why you want to go, what you want God to do, etc.
• Start with big picture calling/vision and work your way down to specifics. Even if you will be working in the
kitchen, maintenance or housekeeping next quarter you are a huge part of discipling the nations.
• Share stories more than strategies. Your testimonies are powerful and people love to hear how God has
already moved in your life. Outreach stories are great.
How Do I Actually Ask For Support?
Actually asking for support can be scary and challenging but it is essential to support raising. Here are some hints
when asking for support.
• It is important to invite people to support you in letters and emails but following up by asking them in person
or over the phone will create a greater response.
• When asking for support, be clear about your financial needs. Be direct about asking them to join you.
• MAKE AN ASK. Only hinting that you need support is repelling to potential donors. It is important to get a
“yes” or a “not at this time” from all your contacts.
• If they cannot decide right then, give them a timeline. Ex: “I’ll call you on Monday and see what you have
• Don’t be afraid to ask for specific amounts, especially (but not only) if prompted by the Holy Spirit.
• Giving options is a good idea. Ex: “Would you be willing to support me $_____ or $______ monthly?”
Presenting YWAM
It is important that you know about YWAM international and YWAM Salem because your supporters will want to know
about them. In this section you will find Information on YWAM international, quotes supporting YWAM international
and an infograph detailing the vision of YWAM Salem. These resources should help you educate your contacts on
the vision and mission of both YWAM international and YWAM Salem.
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 “WHYwham”), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.
When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love 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 new vision
and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, convey the message of the gospel and care for
those in need. We are currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over
18,000. Our many ministries fit into three main categories; evangelism, training, and mercy ministry.
1) Evangelism
People who encounter Jesus want to tell others about Him. Christ inspires us to use many creative means to make
his gospel understood to any audience- large or small. We use such tools as music, sports, and performing arts to
connect with people of all ages and develop friendships which can lead to conversations of eternal value. When
working in other cultures and people of other faiths, Christ’s message of peace is our starting point. We believe
everyone has the right to hear this message and our hope is to see fellowships of believers worshipping and
following Jesus in every nation, tribe and tongue.
2) Training
YWAM training teaches you to explore and share your faith. A wide variety of specialized training programs equip
students with skills that can be applied in many situations to convey the love of Christ and participate practically in
missions. YWAM schools usually take place within a YWAM community at one of our centers around the world. They
combine classroom teaching with ongoing discipleship and practical service. Most programs incorporate several
weeks of application activities, often in another culture, where the principles learned are practiced in order to
accelerate learning.YWAM’s discipleship and training programs aim to equip followers of Christ to serve more
effectively in a variety of missionary fields. It all starts with the Discipleship Training School (DTS) which is a unique
opportunity to focus on building your relationship with God and discover new opportunities to work with Him.
3) Mercy Ministries
If you believe it, you have to live it. YWAM Mercy Ministry teams follow Jesus’ example of compassion to those in
need. We operate relief and development programs in over 100 countries, working among people living in
desperate circumstances. Our volunteers serve in areas such as agricultural assistance, health care, micro
enterprise development and with women and children at risk. Their goal is to ease suffering and provide hope for
those affected by poverty, disease or injustice. YWAM teams responded to critical situations such as Hurricane
Katrina, the Pakistani earthquake, and the Asian tsunami and they remain in long-term community development
efforts in these and other places never seen on the news.
University of the Nations
The University of the Nations, born out of YWAM, is the world’s first global university. With more than 400 locations in 110
countries, the U of N is a university for missions. U of N is comprised of seven colleges designed to bring God’s truth and
hope to the seven most influential areas of society. These colleges include: the College of Christian Ministries, the College
of Communication, the College of Counseling and Health Care, the College of Education, the College of Humanities and
International Studies, the College of the Arts, and the College of Science and Technology. As a student in the U of N, you
are nurtured as a whole person, not just as a head to be filled with information. You learn in a discipling environment
where growth in character and walking in the ways of the Lord are fundamental. You study only one subject at a time in a
12-week modular system, each approached from a Christian perspective.
One U of N course may be equivalent to several other university courses. The university encourages and trains the young
as well as the more experienced who are considering a new career to serve the world for Christ’s sake. Most courses
offer a variety of guest instructors and professionals, teaching in their area of expertise. Theory and “hands on” practice
are blended, both in courses as well as on outreaches, field assignments, and internships, emphasizing service and
experience now rather than after two or four years of classroom study. Many people who are currently making a large
impact in our world have received their Bachelors or Masters degree from the University of the Nations.
Foundational Values
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.
KNOW GOD- 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.
MAKE GOD KNOWN- YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every area 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.
HEAR GOD'S VOICE- 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, as an integral part of our process for decision making.
PRACTICE WORSHIP AND INTERCESSORY PRAYER- YWAM is dedicated to worshipping Jesus and engaging 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.
BE VISIONARY- 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.
CHAMPION YOUNG PEOPLE- 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, trust, train, support, make space 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.
BE BROAD-STRUCTURED AND DECENTRALIZED- 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.
BE INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDENOMINATIONAL- 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.
HAVE A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW- 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 area of society.
10. FUNCTION IN TEAMS- 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.
11. EXHIBIT SERVANT LEADERSHIP- 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.
12. DO FIRST, THEN TEACH- 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 then an individuals gifts,
abilities and expertise.
13. BE RELATIONSHIP-ORIENTED- 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.
14. VALUE THE INDIVIDUAL- 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.
15. VALUE FAMILIES- 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.
16. RELY ON RELATIONSHIP-BASED SUPPORT- YWAM is called to a relationship-based support system, depending
upon God and His people for financial provision, both corporately and individually. We believe that relationshipbased support promotes responsibility, accountability, communication, and mutual prayer. It involves the donor as a
partner in ministry. As God and others have been generous toward us, so we desire to be generous. YWAMers give
themselves, their time and talents to God through the Mission with no expectation of remuneration.
17. 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, campuses and bases to serve and honor one
another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.
Church Leaders
“Loren Cunningham has been one of the most adventuresome visionaries of our time. What he has accomplished
staggers the imagination. God gave him a dream and he lived it out–very few of us do that. Wherever I go I seem to
run into people who have been discipled into radical discipleship by YWAM. Those who have been a part of their
program prove to be a great gift to churches around the world. Their spirituality, their ability to witness, and their
commitment to take seriously the teachings of Christ have impacted Christendom. I can safely say that YWAM is one
of the most important and effective movements in Christendom today.”
- Dr. Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Eastern College, Founder and President of Evangelical
Association for the Promotion of Education
“We congratulate Youth With A Mission on their vision and creativity in training youth to reach around the world for
Christ in education, mercy ministries, evangelism, and frontier missions. We rejoice with you in the faithfulness of
God and of His people! May God continue to bless you and use you mightily as you invest in and contribute to the
lives of Christian young people in your efforts to reach the world for Christ.”
- Dr. David Yonggi Cho, Founder and Senior Pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea
“I consider them [YWAM] to be the most effective mission organization.”
- Dr. Jim Engel, Founder, Center for Organizational Excellence
“I thank God for YWAM. I have found its radical approach to theology discipleship and its seeking to accomplish
world mission nearer to my own and confirming and illuminating my own more than any other church or movement’s
contribution. YWAM’s accomplishment in providing more, younger missionaries in more countries of the world is
magnificent and significant.”
- Roger Forster, Founder and Leader, Ichthus Christian Fellowship, England, UK
“The influence of YWAM and the leadership of Loren Cunningham, in character and constancy, has been, under
God’s grace, one of the most determinative factors in bringing about the global Church’s renewal and impact in the
last half of the 20th century.”
- Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Founding Pastor, The Church On The Way; Chancellor, The King’s University
“Whenever I’m traveling and speaking internationally and meet high-committed, servant-oriented Christian leaders, I
think to myself, ‘Another YWAMer!’ I’m rarely mistaken. I am so grateful for the work of YWAM and for the intensity
with which you do it.”
- Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
“Over the last 40 years, Youth With A Mission has become one of the premier missionary organizations in the world.
Not only has it effectively spread the gospel and ministered to practical needs of the underprivileged around the
globe, it has captured the imagination and energy of young people, infusing them with a vision–and providing a
unique way–for reaching the lost!”
- Bill McCartney, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Promise Keepers
“I have observed firsthand the magnificent, mighty way the Lord has used Youth With A Mission. It is Biblical, Christcentered, and Spirit-empowered. Dynamic evangelism is coupled with profound caring for people.”
- Pastor Lloyd Ogilvie, President, Leadership Unlimited; former Chaplain of the United States Senate
“The expansion of God’s kingdom has been accelerated by the phenomenal mobilization efforts of Youth With A
Mission. The vision and creativity of YWAM has inspired and challenged other Great Commission organizations to
greater boldness and innovation for reaching our world for Jesus Christ. ”
- Dr. Jerry Rankin, President Emeritus, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention; Head, Zwemer
Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University
“When God saw fit to place our ministry in Asia, we did not know who would be our companions in the gospel. We
went in obedience to God and he gave us YWAM. It seemed that we were ‘a lost tribe’ to them and they loved and
supported us in every way. Their Kingdom vision has forever blessed us.”
- Reverend Dr. Jon C. Shuler, Founder and General Secretary, New Anglican Missionary Society
Mission Leaders
“We rejoice with you in the growth you have experienced and the tremendous opportunities you have given young
people to reach out to others of different cultures and share the gospel message with them. We rejoice with you in
the great things God has accomplished through YWAM.”
- Ted Barnett, US Director, Africa Inland Mission International, Inc.
“From one who has partnered with and known YWAMers in mission for 20+ years: YWAM to me speaks of youthful
innovation and energy! A ‘can do’ attitude, a commitment to strategic frontiers! YWAM speaks of cultivating and
releasing every believer in their Great Commission calling! YWAM to me exemplifies teamwork, real relationships,
sincerity and humility toward the harvest. YWAM is not afraid of the cross and because of this will see the glory of
the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea!”
- Dick Bashta, Director, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse
“I thank and praise our wonderful Lord for the world impact YWAM has had in helping to fulfill the Great
Commission. Loren Cunningham along with the leadership and staff of YWAM has always been a great inspiration
and blessing to me and it has been a great joy and privilege to work alongside them for the gospel. Their faith,
boldness and zeal for our dear Lord have been a significant factor in this greatest-of-all-time spiritual harvests for
Christ’s kingdom in the past 40 years.”
- Dr. Bill Bright, late Founder and President, Campus Crusade for Christ International
“My wife Doris and I have reflected upon the impact that the ministry of YWAM has had on our own family. We
counted that our children had been on no less than 14 short-term mission outreaches with YWAM. As one outside
the YWAM family, I had come to see the many lessons I learned from the experiences of my own children. YWAM
has had a major world impact. The leadership style invites initiative, entrepreneurial risk, spontaneous
responsiveness. There is the enthusiasm and commitment of those who are making sacrifices just to serve.
YWAMers have always been part of new spiritually-critical, cutting-edge initiatives. They have a pioneering spirit; a
discipleship emphasis on servanthood; a culture of innovation and orientation to the future; dream facilitators who
seek to encourage the dreams of others; willingness to take risks; a passion for Jesus and partnership with other
Christian entities in advancing the Kingdom of God. Some of the impact values and principles I have learned from
YWAM include: seeking God and waiting until you hear before you move; interceding on a regular basis for the
nations; tapping into the initiative of God moving through the two-thirds or majority world; setting worship at the heart
of all ministry out-flow, and giving a place to the ‘Holy Spirit and new-paradigm sensitivity’ with an out-flowing
prophetic nature and appeal.”
- Dr. Luis Bush, former Director, AD 2000 and Beyond; International Facilitator, Transform World Connections
“From my early days in Afghanistan where I watched YWAM and its vision changing the lives of young druggies to
the dozens of international partnerships for evangelism among major unreached people, it has been a joy to work
with Loren Cunningham, his wide ranging team and those who carry the Kingdom vision within YWAM. I believe that
YWAM is one of the most significant forces in the world for the Gospel; something God has raised up uniquely in the
latter half of the last century to make a huge impact in this new millennium. It is a privilege to know and to work with
its leadership team.”
- Phil Butler, CEO, InterDev
“Forty-five years ago I spent an entire night in prayer and discussion with Loren Cunningham. As he described his
unique vision still in its infancy, I paused at one point and said, ‘Loren, if this happens it will change the world.’ How I
rejoice that we now can look back and declare it has truly happened–and it continues to happen. YWAM, to me, is
one of the most significant evangelism strategies in the history of the Church. What an extraordinary work wrought
by our extraordinary God!”
- Dr. Dick Eastman, International President, Every Home for Christ
“There are two places where I regularly meet YWAMers, on the field and in our organization! You are where the
action is and you instill vision and long-term commitment in the lives of the people you touch! As a tentmaking
mission with a long-term view of ministry in limited access countries, InterServe is thankful for the experiences many
of our people have had with YWAM in the formative years of their ministry. Thank you for your godly example!”
- Ralph W. Eckardt, former US Director, InterServe
“YWAM is a wonderful blessing to the whole body of Christ. Their courageous pioneer spirit is helping to take the
gospel to the most remote corners of the world.”
- Paul Eshleman, Founder, The JESUS Film Project
“Youth With A Mission is one of the most cutting-edge ministries I know. I appreciate their open structure and
passion for winning people to Jesus with all and any means possible. I encourage everyone to support and get
involved with the exciting ministries of YWAM!”
- Dr. Hans Finzel, former Executive Director, CB International
“Tear Australia has collaborated with YWAM in Asia/Pacific relief and development services for the past 20 years.
Over this time, nothing has deterred us from having anything but the greatest respect for those parts of the YWAM
organization with which we have dealt. Your willingness to be in the most difficult places; your capacity to deliver
high-quality aid at low-cost; the dedication of your staff; your commitment to hand over responsibilities to local
people in the shortest possible time; your discipline and accountability–these are qualities that make us feel
honored to work with you.”
- Peter Fitzgerald, Head, Tear Australia’s South Asia Team
“YWAM provides a positive alternative for energetic young people. For some, the choice can be as clear and
dramatic as rebellion versus submission. The danger and thrill of drugs, gangs and the street seduces them into
rebellion from their parents’ world. However, YWAM offers similar excitement through an alternative means–
submission to Jesus Christ. YWAMers love God and follow Him with the same reckless abandon that characterized
the first century disciples.”
- Dr. Gregory Fritz, Adjunct Professor, Whitworth University
“YWAM is a powerful voice for Christ around the world. I am pleased and proud to salute Loren Cunningham and all
of those faithful people with whom he has served over these four decades. May God continue to guide this
pioneering venture in the years ahead.”
- Millard Fuller, late Founder, Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
“It has been my privilege over the years to observe and participate with Youth With A Mission on numerous projects
around the world. Their focus on evangelism is always great. YWAM has a tremendous team of dedicated servants
of the Lord and I always marvel at how God has been able to use them in so many strategic areas of the world.”
- Franklin Graham, President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
“I have known the YWAM organization for some 30 years and I have grown to respect its leaders’ vision, dedication
and passion for world evangelization. YWAMers are everywhere today and they are often on the cutting edge of
mission advance. Since the days when I taught urban mission on a rocking houseboat in the Amsterdam harbor to
an eager group of young missionaries, I have appreciated and praised God for this mission-focused organization.”
- Dr. Roger S. Greenway, former Professor of World Missiology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“YWAM has made a tremendous impact over the years in challenging both young and old alike to make themselves
available to Christ for service in worldwide missions. I remember when I first came in contact with YWAM in Nepal in
1973-76. In those days you were known as Dilaram House and you had a special ministry with world travelers. My
wife and I were impressed with the dedication and the servant hearts of your workers. Over the years many of the
children of our members have joined YWAM to work in various ministries around the world. Some of your short-term
workers have joined us in the Bible translation task. We have counted it as a privilege to be partners with you in
carrying out the Great Commission. We are praying that the Lord will continue to show us ways in which we can
partner together in reaching the remaining unreached people groups of the world in the coming years.”
- Dick Hugoniot, former President, Wycliffe Bible Translators International
“When I think of YWAM, I am reminded of the many people that have spread out around the world sharing Christ’s
love in many new ways and bringing the life-saving message of the cross to the lost of this world. Ordinary people
that are filled with the Holy Spirit doing great things for God.”
- Paul C. Kennel, President, World Concern
“In addition to the many people who have come to know the Lord Jesus as a result of the ministry of YWAM, there
has been an amazing work of character-building in the lives of many YWAM staff on the bases and in DTSes.”
- Dominic Magwada, Africa Regional Director, Opportunity International, Harare, Zimbabwe
“Through living by faith, putting others first and consistently finding joy in giving to others in need makes all of you
YWAMers a daily source of inspiration and faith renewal for me. I pray that many more businessmen in the world
have the blessing of encountering YWAM as I have. The world is a better place and even a place of more hope
thanks to the unique reflection of Christ’s love through YWAM.”
- Ranjan Marwah, Chairman, Executive Access Limited, Hong Kong
“It [YWAM] is probably the most significant seedbed for leadership in the Christian movement today. So many
people of vision now in pastorates and other leadership positions have been impacted by and have come out of that
ministry. It is this that makes YWAM one of the more influential movements in our Christian world today, if not the
most influential.”
- Paul McKaughan, Ambassador at Large, The Missions Exchange
“The first time I met Loren, he described YWAM as a tribe. I knew that I was a ‘lost member’ of the tribe. My first
contact with YWAM was over 40 years ago while a student at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. I have seen this small
band of brothers and sisters grow to become one of the most dynamic missions movements in recent history. YWAM
has encouraged men and women to dream and to bring those dreams before the face of God. During my lifetime,
no one has spoken more boldly that the mission of the church is more than saving souls for heaven; it is nothing less
than the discipling of nations. As I have traveled around the world, it is the YWAM tribe that gives us a foretaste of
what heaven will be like, men and women from every tribe and nation bowing before Christ and worshiping the living
God. Thank you, YWAM, and thank you for allowing me to be a member of the tribe.”
- Darrow L. Miller, Co-Founder, Disciple Nations Alliance
“Down through the centuries of the Church age, God has given us great evangelists, theologians, missiologists and
inspiring prophets and teachers. In our time, I believe the Lord is raising up a whole new category of church leaders
that I refer to as Great Commissionists. These are the men and women with the vision and prophetic word to call the
Body of Christ to work at completing the Great Commission in our time. Of even greater significance, these are the
committed servants of the Lord who lay down their lives in actually developing bold, comprehensive and realistic
strategies that could lead directly to the completion of this majestic task. Loren Cunningham, and the YWAM
network that is the lengthening shadow of this man of God, is certainly one of the small band of mighty spiritual
warriors who fit this category. It is a profound delight to me that I am able to know Loren Cunningham and to share
vicariously in the Kingdom effort for which the Holy Spirit has anointed him.”
- Dr. James H. Montgomery, President, DAWN Ministries
“YWAM is a unique contribution to world mission. YWAM has been highly effective in attracting mission
entrepreneurs, especially among young people, and mobilizing them for a wide range of important mission work.
Sprawling, sometimes messy and very nimble, YWAM’s entrepreneurial spirit is the envy of the larger, more
structured missions. YWAM’s dependence on the movement of the Spirit of God in directing its work is a witness to
all of us.”
- Bryant Myers, Professor of Transformational Development, Fuller Theological Seminary; former Vice-President,
World Vision
“YWAMers don’t simply log miles. They travel with a purpose, often to the most difficult and needy places. No matter
where I go in the world, YWAM is there–or at least within hiking distance. I know of no other organization so
dedicated or intrepid. No place and no one is beyond the reach of this dedicated band. No less impressive is
YWAM’s versatility. Like a multi-faceted gem, it is at once difficult to define and beautiful to behold. Mercy Ships, arts
programs, book publishing, cutting-edge research, a university or two. What a program, what a legacy, what a God!
And through it all, YWAM has never lost sight of the fact that good programs must follow good character. That is why
I trust this ministry and am proud to have invested a decade of service with them. Any accomplishments I may
realize in life are surely the outflow of their faithful nature.”
- George K. Otis, Jr., President, The Sentinel Group
“Youth With A Mission’s versatility and creativity make it a reference point and pace setter in the world missionary
movement. The inspiring story of how God has used YWAM to impact the world, training thousands of laborers and
generating new missionary movements in every quarter, is surely one of the greatest testimonies in our era.”
- Stephen L. Richardson, President, Pioneers USA
“YWAM has contributed significantly to the Kingdom through its diverse range of ministries. I have known many
YWAM programs and missionaries and appreciate the significant contribution each has made to the growth of the
Kingdom of God. I appreciate the significant contribution that you have made to helping the poor and needy.”
- Vinay Samuel, Executive Director, The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, England
“The ministry of YWAM has grown considerably over the past four decades. It is now, in my estimation, one of the
most strategic agencies penetrating the mission frontier.”
- Tetsunao “Ted” Yamamori, President Emeritus, Food for the Hungry International
“For breadth of involvement, magnitude and creativity, few organizations can match the dynamic distinctives of
YWAM. God has greatly used Loren Cunningham and the thousands who have served with YWAM. And many, many
will be eternally grateful as a result.”
- David Cummings, former International President, Wycliffe Bible Translators
Musicians and Others
“I know of no other organization in the Christian missionary field that has produced and continues to produce such
outstanding, mature and Spirit-led young men and women.”
- David Aikman, author and former TIME Magazine editor, Washington D.C.
“My life has been so powerfully impacted by missions. I’ve been involved with trips to Calcutta, India, to Bucharest,
Romania, to Ecuador. And I have seen God move through those trips powerfully in my life and seen how God uses
that to change people’s lives in those countries. I have had some very close friends of mine who have worked with
Youth With A Mission and been on mission trips and their lives have been radically turned around by working with
this ministry. So, I encourage people considering going on a missions trip to link up with YWAM because it is an
incredible ministry.”
- Rebecca Saint James, Musician
“YWAM has been an incredible inspiration to thousands of people around the world–refreshing the parts other
ministries cannot reach.”
- Martin Smith, Former Vocalist of Delirious?, England, UK
“I am a big believer in the roaring lambs philosophy of showing our faith through our actions, not just our words.
That’s what I admire about YWAM–they take this philosophy worldwide!”
- Michael W. Smith, Contemporary Christian Musician
World Leaders
“We have come to admire the dedication and effectiveness of the work done by YWAM amongst refugees and other
disadvantaged communities in South East Asia. Only Christ-inspired dedication and love for our fellow human
beings in distress could result in such wonderful work being done, often under the most difficult circumstances.
YWAM truly represents Christianity in action and is making a difference in this world where the need is greatest. ”
- Roel and Corila Goris, former South African Ambassador to Thailand, Pretoria, South Africa
“We all rejoice in the way God has blessed this organization in reaching people all over the world for the Lord Jesus
Christ. Keep up the good work. You have my support and my prayers. ”
- Billy Graham, Evangelist, Author, Retired from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 2005
Youth Ministry Leaders
“Youth With A Mission has been a powerful force within the Bethel community for Kingdom values and global
servanthood. Hundreds of students have been challenged and equipped to represent Christ around the world.”
- George K. Brushaber, former President, Bethel College and Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
“YWAM has done for many what few organizations could do in providing a readily open door to the mission field for
anyone with a heart to follow Christ regardless of educational qualifications. My own life has been challenged and
greatly changed through this kind of opportunity. People in many different walks of life are found worldwide who look
at their DTS experience as a life-changer and -saver. If all YWAM ever does in the future is keep DTSes alive and
kicking, then YWAM will have done the world an immense favor. YWAM leadership has never been afraid to be
inspired to do ‘impossible projects’ (e.g. a worldwide university). The world and the Church cannot do without daring
future plans. May YWAM’s leadership continue to dream big dreams and give new generations the space to do the
- Karin Lautrip Ramachandra, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Thank God for Youth With A Mission! It’s a clear path for kids in a cluttered world. It’s a clear path to Jesus Christ, a
clear path to significance and satisfaction and a clear path to discovering what we were created for–sacrificial
service to God and man. Thank you, YWAM, for 40 years of dynamic ministry to Christ and kids!”
- Denny Rydberg, former President, Young Life International
“YWAM’s training schools and short-term outreach programs have provided opportunities for thousands of young
people who were raised in our affluent society to experience the reality of life in other parts of the world. Through
these experiences, the students have found a greater understanding of the breadth of God’s love, and many have
committed their lives to church ministry or missionary work. I am grateful for their influence on the youth of American
culture and around the world.”
- Dr. Dallas Willard, late author and Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California
YWAM Outreach Participants
“YWAM’s willingness to take anyone, starting with short-term placements, has meant that many thousands, including
myself, have experienced the adventure of faith service and been permanently transformed by the experience.”
- Erica Youngman, March for Jesus
YWAM Students
“I endorse YWAM’s ministry and support wholeheartedly their endeavors and obedience to the Lord’s Great
Commission and calling. I have been involved through the first DTS in Zimbabwe in 1973, DTS in Lausanne,
Switzerland in 1975, various European staff conferences, outreaches to the Montreal Olympic Games and to Japan
in 1978-1979. It was through my involvement with YWAM that I acquired a vision for the lost. I was exposed to a
wealth of teaching and practical discipleship which has equipped me for serving the Lord here in South Africa. My
heart is filled with gratitude towards YWAM and all those involved in the ministry that I send my warmest greetings. I
pray God will use you more mightily than ever before for His glory and His kingdom.”
- Denise Tate, Lecturer, Foundation Ministries Bible Training College, East London, South Africa YWAM Staff
• Develop a tangible model of how to effectively
disciple other nations with our resources through 2017
• Train and send 150 DTS students
annually starting in 2017
• Implement 1 on 1 mentoring and
departmental focus tracks for
ongoing development of our staff
• Share the gospel with 6,000
people in our city
• Encourage and release staff to
• Create a web-based platform
where resources can be accessible
and widely distributed
take part in 1 local outreach per
month and 1 international trip by fall
• To see each staff that has the need
of 2015
and desire increase their monthly
support by $500 by Spring 2015
• Establish 3 new secondary
schools and University of the
Nations advisory office by 2017
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God has given us
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20
Making It Easy to Support You
We have compiled a donation instruction sheet for you to print out for your supporters. These are very convenient to
have ready to hand out when someone expresses interest in supporting you.
To print for your own use, see copy on page 43
Donation Options Letter
Dear YWAM Supporter,
Youth With a Mission is a volunteer organization with over 20,000 staff worldwide relying on God to provide financial
partners such as church and friends. As one of 1,000 operating locations in YWAM, we thank you for your generous
support which keeps us active in the various ministries God has called us to. Your gift to missions is always a sound
investment, as we are dedicated to discipling youth to make a greater impact with the gospel in their generation. We
are a registered 501c3 non profit organization, so when you give to our staff or ministries, you will receive a tax
deductible receipt. Thank you for your generosity!
One Time Donation Online
Select “Donate to YWAM Salem Staff”
Specify your amount and click “Add to Cart”
Click “Proceed to Checkout”
Enter your information and specify who the donation is for
Click “Place Order”
You will be emailed a tax deductible receipt
Recurring Monthly Donation
Under the “Donate” tab select either:
A. Recurring Credit/Debit Donations
B. Auto Withdrawal from Checking
Fill out the form and click submit
Our accounting department will email you to confirm your monthly donation
Donate by Check
Please make check payable to Youth With a Mission or YWAM. Do not put the missionary’s name anywhere on the
check, enclose a separate note to designate this donation for them. We will alert your designated missionary of your
Send checks to:
Youth With a Mission Salem
Attn: Accounting
7085 Battle Creek Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97317
*We are unable to process checks with the missionary’s name written anywhere on the check. Checks received in this condition will be returned to
you, the donor.
Please don't hesitate to contact the YWAM Salem Accounting Office if you have any questions!
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-503-364-3837 ext. 308
YWAM Salem Accounting Team
Keeping Contacts & Supporters Updated
Your job with a contact isn’t over once they’ve committed to support you monthly. It is your responsibility to
keep your supporters and your non donor contacts updated on your ministry. The best way to do this is by sending
newsletters. Sending out newsletters makes supporters less likely to drop and non donors more likely to become
supporters. Here are a few tips on how to create a newsletter.
• We recommend sending 6-8 newsletter updates a year
• You can either send physical newsletters or professional looking emails
• Hard copy newsletters are more likely to get read especially with the older generations
• can be a great way to make good looking emails
• Cast vision using a good story of a changed life
• Include lots of pictures & color. Short videos can be helpful if you are using email.
• Leave a lot of white space. Too much text is too much work to read. Use bullet points and short paragraphs.
• Promotional material is available on our website
• Be sincere and thankful in your newsletters
• This is not a place to ask for money. Do that separately.
• Include personal info so they can get to know you (hobbies, books you’ve read, roommates, etc.)
• Send it to all your contacts (Supporters, Special Gift Supporters and Non Donors)
• Leave bullet points for prayer requests and answered prayer
• Include your contact information
• There is an example newsletter on the next page
Thank You’s
Thank you cards and gifts are essential to let your supporters know how much you appreciate them. Here are some
Write a prompt handwritten letter after you have received a new monthly supporter or a special gift
Postcards or small gifts from outreach locations can make great thank you cards
Keep a record of everyone you’ve thanked so you don’t miss anyone or thank them twice
Be genuine and make sure each card is personalized
Example Mailchimp Newsletter
What if I Get Stuck?
The Back Door/Front Door Plan
by Holmes M. Bryant, Jr.
If your support is inadequate, I would concentrate first on closing the back door, then look for opportunities to open
the front door a little wider.
Closing the back door:
• Increase frequency of your prayer letters to at least six times per year (preferably eight) for staff in developed
countries and at least four (preferably six or more) for staff in developing countries. If current partners aren’t
hearing from us, they are less likely to see their commitment as a priority and will be much less willing to give us
the names of their friends as prospective partners.
• Contact by phone (if in your home country) or by mail (if overseas) those who recently stopped their support. This
should be done after only two missed months in a row. Waiting longer than three or four months makes it more
difficult to make the contact. The approach should be one of concern for the partner, not accusing them of
missing. If someone has stopped supporting you, you want to know why. Many times there will be opportunity for
ministry, such as when a partner loses a job or suffers some other financial reversal due to illness, etc. But most
times, they just need a gentle reminder and they appreciate it, too.
• Become proactive in praying for your partners. Solicit prayer requests from them, but don’t wait till you hear from
them to pray for them. If you have 120 partners who give regularly or occasionally, pray specifically for two each
day during your quiet time. In this way, you can pray through your partners six times in the course of a year. Send
a note occasionally indicating you prayed for them today, especially if you’ve received a specific request from
Now that we’ve closed the back door, we can look for opportunities to open the front door wider:
• Give your partners an opportunity to increase their commitment every two or three years. If their giving stays the
same, inflation begins to eat away at the value of their gift. For most people, earnings and discretionary income
increase throughout their lives until retirement. Exceptions are birth of first child, especially if the wife will no longer
work, and when children of your partners begin their college years. Asking for an increase is best done face-toface, but a letter followed by a phone call is also effective.
• Give your partners an opportunity to make a gift for some special need every two or three years. Many monthly
partners will give a special 13th gift if asked to do so. Those who only give occasionally should be asked more
often, at least once a year.
• Go to those people who are not financial partners on your mailing list with a request for financial support. Don’t do
this through one of your regular prayer/news letters. The best way is face-to-face. If that’s not possible, write a
letter followed by a phone call in a week or ten days. Make it a personalized letter directed to each individual. This
should also be true for the previous two items.
• Use dinner parties to raise additional support quickly. Ask an existing partner to host a dinner in their home.
Dinner works much better than dessert—you’ll get more people to come and fewer will back out at the last minute.
After dinner, make your presentation. Indicate you would like each person there to prayerfully consider supporting
you, but let them know you are not asking for their decision that evening. Tell them their host (if they’ve agreed to
do so) or you will be calling them in the next day or two for their decision. Don’t pass out comment cards and
don’t leave pledge cards for them to send in later. You can send these in the mail based on their answer on the
• When making presentations, whether in a group or one-on-one, tell stories of lives who’ve been changed as a
result of your ministry. Don’t just talk about strategies and statistics. People like to hear about people. That’s what
makes your ministry come alive and seem real to the listener. If you’re in a supporting role, tell stories of changed
lives from those on the “front lines” who benefit from your services; then link what you are doing to those you
• Don’t be afraid to ask boldly. If done correctly it is not offensive. There are several correct ways to ask. A good
non-offensive “ask” that you might memorize is, “Would you be in a position to support me in this ministry at (first
amount) or (second amount) per month?” It’s always best to ask for a specific amount or a couple of amounts.
People like to do what you expect them to do. Asking is biblical. In 1 Kings 17:7-14, Elijah was told by God that
He had “commanded” (NASB, NIV) a certain widow to provide for him. When Elijah arrived, he still had to “ask”
her for food. In fact, he had to ask twice. Either she didn’t know of God’s command, didn’t recognize it when it
came, or perhaps Elijah was the one delivering the command. I’m convinced God has “commanded” those who
will be on our support team. But in most cases, that doesn’t relieve us of the responsibility of asking.
Ask Yourself Four Questions
by Betty Barnett
1. How are you handling the finances you already have? If you handle well what little you do have, more will be
added, but if you handle poorly what little you have, even that will be taken away. This was one of the statements
that Jesus made, and I think it applies both to our finances and our relationships. One thing I often find in people
who are struggling with support is they are not giving anymore. They say, “I can’t afford to tithe.” My response is,
“You can’t afford not to.”
2. Are you in debt? Debt is a huge issue that is often a paralysis point the enemy uses. We’re to see debt as an
enemy, not as a friend, and too many people today see debt as a companion. Even in YWAM, credit cards have
become a way of “walking by faith.” But I see it as you’re walking by plastic, you’re not walking by faith. I believe
God meets us as we ask, “Lord, how do I address this debt?” He may give us a strategy of how much we can pay
on each debt per month. If we don’t stand up to it, we’re going to lay under it and it’s going to consume us.
3. How are you handling communication with those people God has put into your life? Act in a spirit of generosity.
That’s a key I felt God gave me many years ago. If we live a life of generosity, then He will provide for us through
others in a spirit of generosity. But we can’t do that in a selective way where we are picking who we want to be
generous back to us, because that’s not generosity. It’s manipulation. We’ve got different realms of depth of
relationship. Some are very close friends and some will always be better described as “acquaintances.” So we
should relate to these people in different ways. We should treat those with the highest level of relationship
commitment with the highest level of communication back.
4. What is your calling and how certain are you that God has led you into ministry? We often need to go back and be
reminded about what God said in the first place, to boost our own faith and to remind us that God is in this. There
must be a way then. He did call me to this and therefore He must have the provision. I’m convinced that when God
calls us, He also is in the process of calling a team of people to join with us in that ministry. Our job is to walk in
God’s ways in order to see His full blessing on our work.
Yo u t h W i t h a M i s s i o n
Dear YWAM Supporter,
Youth With a Mission is a volunteer organization with over 20,000 staff worldwide relying on God to provide
financial partners such as church and friends. As one of 1,000 operating locations in YWAM, we thank you for your
generous support which keeps us active in the various ministries God has called us to. Your gift to missions is
always a sound investment, as we are dedicated to discipling youth to make a greater impact with the gospel in
their generation. We are a registered 501c3 non profit organization, so when you give to our staff or ministries, you
will receive a tax deductible receipt. Thank you for your generosity!
One Time Donation Online
Select “Donate to YWAM Salem Staff”
Specify your amount and click “Add to Cart”
Click “Proceed to Checkout”
Enter your information and specify who the donation is for
Click “Place Order”
You will be emailed a tax deductible receipt
Recurring Monthly Donation
Under the “Donate” tab select either:
A. Recurring Credit/Debit Donations
B. Auto Withdrawal from Checking
Fill out the form and click submit
Our accounting department will email you to confirm your monthly donation
Donate by Check
Please make check payable to Youth With a Mission or YWAM. Do not put the missionary’s name anywhere on the
check, enclose a separate note to designate this donation for them. We will alert your designated missionary of
your donation.
Send checks to:
Youth With a Mission Salem
Attn: Accounting
7085 Battle Creek Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97317
*We are unable to process checks with the missionary’s name written anywhere on the check. Checks received in this condition will be returned to
you, the donor.
Please don't hesitate to contact the YWAM Salem Accounting Office if you have any questions!
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-503-364-3837 ext. 308
YWAM Salem Accounting Team
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