Last week saw a visit to Derry by an international team of young people from Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Up to fifteen young people stayed at St Augustine's Church of Ireland halls on the City Walls.
YWAM is one of the largest Christian charitable organizations in the world, encompassing thousands of young people from almost every country of the world. In every case, the driving passion is to know God and to make Him known. There are three strands of work weaving throughout all that YWAM does – outreach, practical help and helping young people grow as Christians.
During their visit the team worked with the congregation at St Augustine's. The YWAM team came from Canada, South Africa, the Netherlands, Bethlehem as well as from Ireland. During their short visit they got involved in practical acts of serving, including a day at the Cathedral Youth Club.
Rev Pat Storey, Rector of St Augustine's, said: "Having this team with us was a tremendous encouragement. They came to our city with a desire to serve. They showed their faith with practical action – all done with a great attitude. It reminded us of one of the most effective ways we can help to heal our community is by serving others".
YWAM members come from all over the world, from 149 countries in fact. In many locations people from a wide variety of nations serve side by side. They come from numerous different Christian denominations and speak hundreds of languages.
YWAM sends out more than 25,000 short-term missionaries each year.