APR 2024 Update

APR 2024 Update

April 15th, 2024 | Vol. 5 No. 4

OUR HEART

Apostolic Missional Learning Community

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Dear Friends,

We were thrilled last week to welcome 88 students from 13 nations to YWAM Lausanne. They've arrived to engage in four UofN courses we are offering. Each YWAM training location is an apostolic missional learning community. As an apostolic community, we are led by the word of the Lord. We are missional to our core. We aim to spread the Gospel to the nations. We partake in this through a learning mode most referred to as discipleship. The context for all three of these concepts is a community, we live out all three as a community.

In anticipation of the new quarter, we dedicated time to delve into the concept of "learning," or as it is often termed, discipleship. Despite its familiarity, we mustn't lose sight of its profound meaning. Fundamentally, a disciple is an apprentice of Jesus, undergoing training to emulate His life in our world. While at times we may expect this to just happen to us, true apprenticeship calls for deliberate intentionality. As disciples of Jesus, we're committing to organizing our lives around apprenticing under Him. This intentionality begins at the individual level and ripples throughout our whole community at YWAM Lausanne. Our aspiration is that upon arriving in our midst, students encounter tangible examples of practices and life rhythms that can form them into a person of love in Christ. We aim to follow the model of Jesus who invited his disciples to come and see, and then sent them out to go, do, and tell!

At YWAM Lausanne we long to develop that quiet inner life that is shaped through walking with Jesus to become like him and participate in the expansion of his kingdom. It's a privilege to journey alongside the hundreds of students who pass through our apostolic missional learning community each year. We're profoundly grateful for your prayers and encouragement, which significantly contribute to the effectiveness of our ministry.

Markus, Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan

Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down with Melody and Janik. They are missionaries here in YWAM Lausanne, leading in different ministries. We will talk about their experiences in evangelism, how to share the good news and we will hear some of their stories. Join us for 30 and dive deep into what it means practically to preach the Gospel.

OUTREACH

Kingdom Come

Outreach

Our most recent evangelism outreach in the city led to many fruitful conversations, even one soul coming to Christ! This event, “Kingdom Come”, is hosted every three months in Ouchy, one of the busiest and most beautiful areas in our city. Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, we shared God’s love through reading of scripture, personal testimonies, songs and dance, and of course a time of worship. This sets a beautiful background and entry point for those coming to watch, where they are invited to join us for dinner (burrito bowls!) and free ice cream.


There is something so beautiful about sharing God’s love when His creation is singing. I was touched to be able to be a part of many of these conversations and see strangers open up to the possibility that God loves them. I overheard one particular individual, a middle aged man who moved to Switzerland from the middle east, at the end of the night talking with a friend of mine, asking questions about who God really is. Twenty minutes later my friend came over to tell me that he had given his life to the Lord! In the end we distributed over 25 bibles in various languages (in French, German, Romanian, Albanian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Serbian, and more..) we saw one healing and one salvation. Praise the Lord! We rejoice with this man and the many others who were encouraged to point their hearts toward God during this outreach. 

FORGING THE FUTURE

Upcoming Courses

Forging the Future

IN CLOSING

Thank You

Welcoming students into our apostolic missional learning community is a great joy for all of us. We work hard and depend on God’s leading to see each student deeply impacted and formed during their time with us. Last year we aimed to increase the number of scholarships we can offer to students who are committed to global missions. We would love to invite you to make a contribution to the fund by clicking here, and help empower us to open the door to global missions for many more students.

Thank you!

Mar. 2024 Update

Mar. 2024 Update

Mar. 2024 Update

March 15th, 2024 | Vol. 5 No. 3

OUR HEART

Fruitful in Christ

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Dear Friends,

We want to take a moment to share the impact recent events have had on our community. These events being the passing of a beloved YWAM Lausanne staff in January and of the accident in Tanzania that resulted in the passing of a former YWAM Lausanne staff and several friends & co-workers in YWAM. We now have two apple trees planted on our property. One, in memory of Loren Cunningham planted in December. The second was planted last week, during our prayer day, in memory of those who have recently passed. They help us to remember their lives and the fruitful contributions they have made and continue to make in God’s kingdom. In these times of shaking, God’s Word must be the firm anchor we bind our lives to. The reality of the future resurrection shapes the hope we experience in the present. The apostle Paul concluded his great chapter on the resurrection with these poignant words

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain”
1 Cor. 15:58

These words have brought much encouragement to us in this season. Because of Jesus, life extends into eternity. Our work on this side, which anticipates God’s coming kingdom on the other, is truly not in vain. What our friends worked for has and will continue to bear fruit. Our work will bear fruit, provided we remain steadfast, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and faithfully loving Jesus, as God has reminded us at the start of this year.

As we reflect on the initial quarter of 2024 we see glimpses of the fruitfulness of following Jesus. Two examples stand out. Our local ministries have grown significantly as we have added more refugee ministry, another French class, bible studies, and a pre-DTS course for local believers. Secondly at a recent community meeting the evening closed with several staff and students expressing commitments to God’s call on their life to the frontiers of cross-cultural missions. We are burdened by the recent loss of friends and filled with hope as we remain steadfast in serving God in Lausanne and around the globe. Knowing deep within that in the Lord our work is not in vain.

We appreciate your prayers for the global family of YWAM, and may you too be encouraged by the hope of the Resurrection, as we anticipate the celebration of easter in the coming weeks.

Markus, Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan


Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down with Kendra Conrad. She is part of our staff team here in YWAM Lausanne and has a huge heart for discipleship. We will go over her own story and we will cover what it measn to truly follow Jesus and how to make disciples.


OUTREACH

Stories from Uganda

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A picture of the team and the boys after football ministry.

Our team had just arrived in Uganda, we were on our first week of ministry in Arua, doing house visits when we saw a group of boys building bricks in the brick field. So we invited them over to hear their stories and get to know them. Our team shared about Jesus and prayed for them. Before our outreach began we had felt that discipleship and multiplication were going to be the theme for our work there, and we were expectant to see how we would see this come true.

Soon there was an opportunity to start a weekly football ministry in the YWAM base there in Arua. These boys were so excited, around 20 showed up, we played football and then sat down to hear stories and testimonies of who God is. At the end of our first night, we all felt very strongly to disciple and walk with some of these boys so that they could be strong rocks for their community. We also had a heart to start a Bible study. 

One of these boys was Frank, he was one we all felt to disciple and so we shared about the possibility of doing a Bible study with him. He got even more excited about being able to study the bible than about playing football! He quickly started to ask how many people he could invite. So we started with this new ministry and soon we had a group of 30 people studying the Bible. 

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Picture taken after one of the Bible study group nights.

As we continued with the Bible group we saw that multiplication was going to play a big part. We wanted to train some of the boys to be able to lead the Bible study themselves and so we prayed and we invited some of the boys to be trained in how to make an Inductive Bible Study. This entailed teaching them how to pick a text, a topic and how to hear from the Lord, how to read the whole passage and ask the Lord to know what's He highlighting, also how to research the context and how to formulate the interpretation observation and application questions. 

During our final month there they were able to lead this Bible study we were there to support and participate. It was incredible to see the transformation in their lives, and how they went from building bricks to building bible studies. Through this ministry we saw people getting to know God better, we saw people giving their lives to Jesus and we saw the fruit of multiplication we had been praying for even before this outreach.

As we left we took time to bless these boys and commission them to continue being a blessing in their community.

Annika DeBoer, Uganda Outreach Team | Mediterranean DTS

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Our outreach team, commissioning the boys to lead the Bible study group.

FORGING THE FUTURE

Coming up in July

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank You

We are beyond grateful for the support and prayers from many of you that underpin the fruitfulness of our ministry. We love to extend and encouragement to continue to partner with us financially in order to see all the purposes God has for YWAM Lausanne in 2024 accomplished. If you would like to make a donation to our ministries, you can do so here.

We are deeply grateful for your generosity and trust God will continue to faithfully bless you as you are a source of blessing to those around you.

Thank you!

Feb. 2024 Update

Jan. 2024 Update

Feb. 2024 Update

February 15th, 2024 | Vol. 5 No. 2

OUR HEART

Following Jesus

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Dear Friends,

To fulfill God’s call in our lives, we must be formed into a person that reflects Jesus to those around us. The reason that we walk with Jesus is indeed to become like him. This has been part of the compass word we felt God give to us; to serve as an anchoring word in 2024. When many of our students arrive on our doorstep, as they did last month, they come from a somewhat unbiblical experience. They have been living lives as believers, yet not following Jesus; a rather normal trajectory in cultures where nominal Christianity is possible. However, since they are here it means they have taken steps to be disciples, they have followed his voice as he invited them to ‘follow’. There is much potential that God can work with.

At YWAM Lausanne we have the privilege to integrate our walking with Jesus into our weekly rhythms. This is the foundation of our regular moments of worship, prayer, fellowship, and outreach. This corporate breathing in of God’s presence to breathe out his love into our ministry contexts shapes our week. When students come to YWAM Lausanne they encounter Jesus in an incredible environment of other disciples, living lives that are marked by spending time with Jesus to be like him. This is the bedrock of our apostolic community.

This communal pursuit accelerates individual growth, as evidenced by our recent Discipleship Training School (DTS) students returning from outreaches in Tanzania and Madagascar last week. Their experiences reflect the essence of a Jesus-like life: salvations, healings, deliverance, and much more.

We love to invite you to pray for the students God will entrust to us, the ones presently here and the ones to come. May God form us into the community where following the way of Jesus is our primary goal.

Markus, Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan


Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down with Rebecca Gibbons, She is a YWAMer currently seerving in Thailand. We will listen to her story of waiting for the Lord's timing. And the process of moving to Thailand in obedience and working with the comunity over there. We will explore the importance to standing still while God works and trusting in Him for our ministries.


OUTREACH

Stories from Madagascar

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Part of our Madagascar team

Towards the end of outreach we travelled south to one of the remote areas of the Island. We served in a church, sharing a testimony and a message and by the end of this we felt like offering prayer for healing. Soon a long line was formed and we divided into teams to pray for the sick.

The line kept on getting shorter and shorter until only two people remained. A blind woman and a young girl that was assisting her. When we asked the woman what we could do for her she responded “I want to be able to read the Bible for myself”. Moved to compassion we started to pray. As I was praying I felt like taking a step back and asking God to use me and the team as a vessel for this healing. I had been praying to be a witness of a healing miracle and even though the rest of the team had seen many I still hadn’t seen one first hand.

Soon the woman started to be able to see shapes and colours and another member of the team had a vision where he was rubbing the woman’s eyes for complete healing. Asking for consent to do this he acted in faith and did what he had seen. When we finished praying the woman was able to make full contact with us, looking us in the eyes and she was able to leave the church without any help.

For our team, being able to witness the power of God through the healing of people brought us together. For me personally, this healing made me realise the God really works with us, that He isn’t a distant God, and He wants to partner in the love that we share with others.

Lilly Sloan (Madagascar Outreach Team) French-English DTS

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The lady being able to see the shapes of the letters and see the church's poster

FORGING THE FUTURE

Coming up in July

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank You

Mobilization of young people into missions is accelerated as they join our apostolic learning community and are deeply formed into the image of Jesus. Whether that is through Biblical studies, oral Bible translation, leadership training, communications teaching, or developing counseling and worship-leading skills, we are creating pathways for people to be launched into global missions.

In 2023 we could offer twenty-seven partial scholarships to students from ten different nations. We warmly invite you to help us do the same and more in 2024 by donating to our scholarship fund. You can do so here.

Thank you!

Jan. 2024 Update

Jan. 2024 Update

Jan. 2024 Update

January 15th, 2024 | Vol. 5 No. 1

OUR HEART

Compass for 2024

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Dear Friends,

Navigating our sense of direction is a crucial aspect of our journey. For believers, it is imperative to derive our direction from God. His Word and will should serve as the compass guiding our life.

Entering 2024, we reflected on how God has guided YWAM Lausanne. His words have formed the riverbanks of our calling. Fundamental to this foundation are the Great Commission and the Great Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to his disciples; to make disciples of all nations and to love God and neighbour. The realization of these mandates in our lives requires a deep transformation into the image of Jesus.

In addition to drawing direction from God's Word, our guidance stems from how God has led YWAM, encapsulated in our visions, values, and covenants—each embedded in our unique story. Under this umbrella, we follow God to live and work in anticipation of the vision conveyed by the prophet Habakkuk, envisioning a day when "The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea" (Hab 2:14).

Empowered by these guiding principles, we enter the new year filled with faith and hope. This week, we welcomed students from around the world into this transformative context. With expectation, we trust that God will lead us all into all His purposes for YWAM Lausanne in 2024. Your prayers for the journey ahead are greatly appreciated, and we, in turn, pray and trust that God will fulfill His purposes in your life this year.

Markus, Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan


Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down with Chloe Cude, She is a YWAMer pioneering Bible schools all over the world. She is also the creator of this podcast and she comes to tells us how she has seen the Word of God transform lifes just by learning it. She has staffed and led Word by Hear seminars and Schools, and she will also share testimonies about how the learning method in WBH is actually transforming nations colaborating with in Oral Bible Translation projects. Come sit with us and learn more about how God is moving in the nations through His Word.


OUTREACH

Stories from Madagascar

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Our French/English DTS is currently on outreach in Madagascar. Over the past four weeks, they have been actively serving the community. Here is a brief testimony from a couple of weeks ago.

A remarkable highlight of our outreach was a unique opportunity to reach out to tribal communities. Due to the geography of Madagascar, these people groups are primarily reachable via air. Before the trip, our team engaged in a powerful time of intercession and a prayer burn that lasted for several hours. During this period, we received vivid images, meaningful verses, and inspiring words.

The impact of our prayers became evident the next day when we witnessed the tangible power of prayer. Landing in a village with a population of a thousand people, we were able to provide essential medical care and dentistry services. Our outreach went beyond physical needs; we seized numerous opportunities to minister to the people, share the gospel, and uplift a recently planted church. We experienced God's presence in extraordinary ways – from praying for the sick and witnessing demons being cast out to observing healings and individuals finding freedom in Christ.

Our team was able to see the Bible in action and our time in the village experience would have felt like a typical day for Jesus.

Madagascar Outreach Team, French-English DTS

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FORGING THE FUTURE

Coming up in April

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank You

In 2023 we were able to offer partial scholarships to numerous amounts of students. This opened the door for many to be equipped for global missions. Some of the beneficiaries of these scholarships have been students in our Mediterranean DTS. To be able to send refugees out as missionaries to share their stories of hope and transformation exemplifies God’s redemptive purposes.

We would love to invite you to help us offer another wave of scholarships for missional training this year. To do so you can donate here. Thank you.

Dec. 2023 Update

Dec. 2023 Update

Dec. 2023 Update

December 15th, 2023 | Vol. 4 No. 12

OUR HEART

Celebrating Loren's Life

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Dear Friends,

Certain moments in life become milestones, etched in our memories with the indelible ink of significance. December 9th stands as one of those instances. On this day, hundreds of YWAM'ers, alumni, and friends who love Loren, gathered to celebrate the extraordinary life of Loren Cunningham. The gathering was a testament to the profound impact Loren had on countless lives, whom he had released into global missions. You can experience the celebration of life here.

We listened to heartfelt speeches from the Darlene and the Cunningham family, had glimpses into Loren's life and messages, and received a father’s blessing from Loren. It truly was a milestone moment—a juncture where God's presence was evident, deepening our commitment to follow Loren's example: to love God, to listen and obey, and never give up.

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Following the celebration of Loren's life, we continued to honor and reflect on his legacy. At YWAM Lausanne we conducted a symbolic tree-planting ceremony that underscored the fruitfulness of Loren's life, while an expo allowed us to dwell in the inspiring narrative of this hero of the faith. From Loren's initial call to missions as a young boy to his unyielding love for God and relentless dedication to the great commission until his final days, his life story beckons us to echo the same heart cry to follow God wholeheartedly.

We are grateful for the life of our friend and founder. May we all be blessed to know and follow God as Loren did.

Markus and Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan

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Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down with Edson Suzuki. He has been working in the mission field with the indigenous tribes in Brazil bt also with international projects like Oral Bible translation. Today we cover the crosscultural message of the Gospel, and the importance to have this message in our mother tongues.


OUTREACH

Stories from North Africa

This story is the testimony of one of our students, Wahbe from Sudan.

"I never understood what it meant to hear the voice of God and never experienced it before.  When I came here to do DTS, we had a week on hearing God’s voice. In my heart I wanted to hear His voice but I had no idea how or what that meant. During the week I was struggling and frustrated because in my heart I wanted to hear but I couldn’t hear anything. So I started to pray and asked other people what to do. They all would say that I need to ask God and wait for Him to speak, so I did. 

One night during the week, I was sleeping and all of a sudden I heard a voice say “Romans 8”. That was all, but it was so clear that I woke up. I thought someone in the room had said it to me but when I woke up everyone was still sleeping. Then I went back to sleep. The next morning in my quiet time, I opened up to Romans 8 because I didn’t know what it said. I read the whole chapter and as I read I found myself in the story. I felt God was talking to me directly through this chapter, especially in verse 18 which says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

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Wahbe, Holding the sudanese flag.

Throughout my life I have been through so much suffering. I would always focus on the suffering and often even complain, ‘no one supports me, I don’t have family, I feel alone’ all these things, but when I read this, I felt hope in my heart. He said to me “I am your Father! Even though you have no earthly mother or father, I love you and will be your good Father” God really spoke to me that all the sufferings and pains that happened to me in the past are nothing compared to the joy awaiting me in the coming days as I walk with Him. His words to me gave brought so much hope!

Through this time I realized that hearing the voice of God is not just to hear Him but when we obey Him it brings us into relationship with Him. If I had heard His voice in my sleep but didn’t open up and read the verse, I wouldn’t have seen the richness of what he had to say to me in Romans 8.

Hearing God’s voice is all about relationship and intimacy with him as a friend. We hear him, so we can obey him, so that we can grow closer with Him! 

Before this school I never had a real relationship with Him, but in the DTS I have come to know more about God. I now have a real, deep relationship with Him as I hear and obey His voice!”

Wahbe, Student in North Africa, Mediterranean DTS

FORGING THE FUTURE

Coming up in January

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank you

2023 has been incredibly fruitful. In the coming days, we will send a brief end-of-the-year update expressing all that we can testify to what God has done through YWAM Lausanne. We have faithfully pioneered in new ways, dependent on God’s provision. God has opened many doors of ministry and training that we need your generosity to help make possible. We invite you to prayerfully consider making a donation to help us end this year well. Your donation is a vital link to achieving breakthroughs that will not only bring this year to a fulfilling close but also propel us into the next. To make a donation click here.

Nov. 2023 Update

Nov. 2023 Update

Nov. 2023 Update

November 15th, 2023 | Vol. 4 No. 11

OUR HEART

Waves and Bibles

Dear Friends,

In the weeks that have followed Loren’s passing, we continue to reflect on his faithful life. What are the lessons, inspiration, and vision from his life that we can walk into the future with? YWAM’s Four Legacy Words embodied Loren’s vision and shaped our mission. They are, the Vision of the Waves, the Spheres of Influence, the Christian Magna Carta, and End Bible Poverty. One of the many aspects that stands out from the vision of the waves was that Loren was a “door opener.” He pioneered a path for millions to walk in their God-given destiny. He believed that every Christian’s Bible said the same as his; “Go into all the world.” He believed this call applied to believers regardless of age, nationality, gender, or education. This vision transformed global missions.

In recent years Loren spoke about another equally disruptive vision but this time to the field of Bible translation as part of the fourth legacy word, End Bible Poverty. Instead of translation being done by an educated expert Bible translation is now being done through community translation with the mother tongue speakers at the center of the project. Loren’s initial vision of the waves spread the Gospel to every nation, this vision to translate the Bible into every mother tongue using native speakers has the potential to spread the Bible around the world. In a powerful way these two visions bookend Loren's life, a call to preach the gospel to all nations and a call to disciple all nations. Both visions championed the people no one else would.

Last week YWAM Lausanne partnered with Wycliffe Switzerland for our corporate day of prayer and fasting. A key focus of this time was praying for Bible translation projects around the globe and ones that YWAM Lausanne can participate in. We are excited to follow in Loren’s legacy and open the door for many to global missions and Bible translation!

We’d love to invite you to join us to celebrate and honor Loren’s life on December 9th in Lausanne.

If you have not done so yet, RSVP using the buton below.

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For further information please see www.ywamlausanne.com/loren-cunningham/ as well as www.lorencunningham.com.


Markus and Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan


Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode, Rachel shares with us her experiences with God when it comes to her journey as a worship leader in missions. Rachel has been in YWAM Lausanne for the past 2 years and has some amazing testimonies of God's faithfulness and the power of worship in our spiritual formation. Come join us as we dive into what it means to worship God as a follower of Jesus but also to lead others into worship.


OUTREACH

Stories from Chile

After being in Chile for one week, God opened the door for our team to serve and be hosted by a local church, in a southern suburb of Santiago called La Pintana. In one of our local home visit ministries, we met Elizabeth and her husband. She has been struggling with her faith for some time, and the family has been having past issues with drugs. We were able to minister to her, and Jesus touched her heart. She recommitted her life to pursing Jesus.

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Our Sport DTS Team with Elisabeth and her husband.

That night she persuaded her daughter Paloma to come to a youth meeting our team was leading. In just over a week, both of their lives have been deeply impacted. Paloma, who was not walking with the Lord, was evangelising in front of our eyes to a man in a wheel chair. Elizabeth was also, praying for people and evangelising in the local park with us. God is changing hearts, and our team is experiencing his transformative power in peoples lives. Gods word for us before coming to Chile was to build relationships.

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Paloma sharing the Gospel.

Elizabeth and her family feel like our family now. We pray that our relationships with the people here and God go deeper during this amazing time.

Chile Outreach Team, Sports DTS


FORGING THE FUTURE

Coming up in January

Outreach

IN CLOSING

A month of Thankfulness

As we near the end of the year we are incredibly grateful for God’s provision. We have experienced many breakthroughs that have enabled us to see hundreds of young people trained, inspired, and sent out. This has resulted in thousands of people hearing the gospel and encountering Jesus!  Your donations and contributions to YWAM Lausanne have been key to making this possible. Many of our American alumni and friends are familiar with Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a day to express thanks and gratitude by giving generously.  

We would love to invite you to consider contributing to our projects this coming Nov. 28th. To make a donation click here.

Oct. 2023 Update

Sep. 2023 Update

Oct. 2023 Update

October 16th, 2023 | Vol. 4 No. 10

OUR HEART

Loren is with Jesus

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Dear Friends,

The news that Loren Cunningham is now with Jesus interrupted our community late on the evening of October 6th. The students for quarter four had just arrived and we were introducing them to Switzerland’s culture and story at our Swiss Night celebration, as the news broke. Our hearts are sad as we miss our dear friend. As founder, he has been the influence and inspiration for YWAM. Loren and Darlene Cunningham pioneered and laid the foundations for the YWAM ministry in Lausanne.

Together with the global YWAM family, we celebrate Loren’s fruitful life and ministry. We remember his commitment to the great commission, his love for all nations, and his faith to champion young people. He faithfully stewarded God’s vision to see youth from every culture engaging in reaching the lost and serving the purposes of God on earth. To know God and make Him know is one of the impacting moto’s he created, that has inspired thousands to engage in missions. As a community, we have a deep desire to learn from Loren Cunningham’s life and legacy. The Celebration of Life for Loren Cunningham will be in Kona on November 4th and in Lausanne on December 9th, 2023. You will find detailed information on www.lorencunningham.com and concerning the event in Lausanne on www.ywamlausanne.com.

We invite you to celebrate with us the ways in which Loren’s life, teachings, writings, stories, faith, and obedience have impacted you. Jesus has wonderfully created a mission's movement through this faithful man. Loren Cunningham has run his race; he has finished the course. We celebrate him and are deeply thankful for his life.

Markus and Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan

Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode, we sit down with Joseph Avakian to discuss the way media is consumed and what it does to us. Joseph is a veteran YWAMer with many decades of experience in the field of visual communications. Come join us as we explore more of what it means to serve a God who communicates and how we can better reflect his character in our daily life.

OUTREACH

Stories from Israel

We arrived in Eilat, the southernmost part of Israel, at night, less than 12 hours before the first attack commenced. That next morning, we woke up to the news that Hamas terrorists had successfully invaded Israel. In the beginning, many thoughts crossed our minds; fear, worry, and ultimately our hearts breaking for the nation that we had been called to serve for this season.

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Our School of Worship Outreach team before they departured.

We sensed we had the immediate assignment from the Lord to stand in the gap for Israel as "watchmen," fighting the spiritual battle that was taking place over this region. Praying for the nation amidst the chaos, anguish, and melancholy that was now seeded in the hearts of the Israeli people gave us a refreshed heart for this nation, and up until we had to leave, this was something that we stood strong in.

It was truly impactful to see the Israeli people, in unity, praying for repentance, protection, and restoration of their nation. In these moments, we saw a nation that despite their many differences, were one in prayer. Even though we have left, we feel as if we have the mandate to continue to be "watchmen", carrying the burden of prayer for Israel everywhere we go. A song that we sang together as a group was a Hebrew song that declared that "God is a God that never sleeps, nor slumbers” (Ps. 121:4). We have declared the same thing over this nation, for He will bring peace and work all things together for His glory!

School of Worship Outreach Team, Summer - Fall 2023

FORGING THE FUTURE

Upcoming Schools

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank you

Our ministry's foundation and ongoing journey are rooted in complete reliance upon God. Our mission stems directly from the heart of God, bringing about transformative changes in the lives of young individuals. We equip them to be ambassadors sent to nations, fulfilling the great commission.


The full body of Christ and the generosity of many have consistently been key in fostering the fruitfulness and success of YWAM's journey with God. We extend a heartfelt invitation to you, asking you to contemplate partnering with us and our ministry. Just as God's blessings have enriched each of us, let us in turn bless one another. Thank you for considering to be a part of what God wants to do through YWAM Lausanne. To make a donation click here.

Sep. 2023 Update

Sep. 2023 Update

Sep. 2023 Update

September 15th, 2023 | Vol. 4 No. 9

OUR HEART

Leadership Expansion

Dear Friends,

Today we stand on the shoulders of those who faithfully prayed and trusted God for the ministry we see today at YWAM Lausanne. Together, with the whole community, we are deeply thankful and give God all the glory. During the last years, we have seen God miraculously at work with the expansion of the facilities and pioneering of missional ministries locally and internationally.

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With great joy, we announce the expansion of the leadership at YWAM Lausanne. From Markus and Anita Steffen to an innovative Base Leader Team carrying the responsibility together with Emeline Soto from France, Daniel Esmeraldo from Brazil, and Jordan Weatherson from Canada. The three of them have served at YWAM Lausanne for many years and are pillars in our ministry. With the Base Leader Team, we strengthen the future of YWAM Lausanne. Serve and care for our growing number of staff and students effectively. Innovate fresh missional initiatives. Underpin the legacy of the ministry and implement the vision as a multi-generational Base Leader Team together with our staff and community. Thank you for your trust and support. We value your prayers and generosity.

Greetings from YWAM Lausanne

Markus and Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan

OUTREACH

Stories from Mexico

During our second week in Mexico, God opened the door for us to go and serve in a very isolated group in the prison. These people were going through an addiction rehab program and didn't receive many visits from outsiders. Being this early in our outreach journey and considering the crime rates of this country, the team was quite scared about this ministry time. Then again, this didn't stop us, God had opened a door and we were going to go through it.

After passing through all the different security checks we waited for them in the dining hall. We were not able to get in with a guitar so our plan was to share stories and have conversations with the prisoners. However, two christian prisoners showed up with a guitar and we started our time together singing worship songs in Spanish (the team had learned some songs despite not knowing the language very well). We shared some testimonies about repentance and freedom and out of the 30 people in the group around 26 gave their lives to Jesus.

As our time together was coming to an end one of the prisoners who had just given his life to Jesus stood up to say grace before having dinner together. He said "I don't really know how to pray but.. God I thank you for these people... even our families have given up on us and are not visiting us anymore, but you have sent these people who not only came and spent time with us but have treated us with dignity and respect, they are making us feel like people again, not prisoners". It was evident in his voice that God had deeply touched his heart.

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For security reasons, our team couldn't take pictures inside the prison. This picture is from another ministry they did in a church in Mexico City.

A few days before we finished outreach (almost two moths later) we got to visit the prison again. Our team was expectant but also scared that what had happened on the first visit had stayed in the past. But once we saw them all these fears were swept away. It was so heartwarming to see them kneeling and worshiping God as we led worship. They shared with us how they had started reading the Bible and were asking questions to get to know God better. As we were leaving we stopped to make a circle and pray for them and we were surprised when they turned around and did the same for us.

Before outreach we received an image as we intercede for the country and our ministry there. This image was two concentric circles that were switching places. as the prisoners turned around from the circle we had created and created one around us to bless us as well we understood. God prepares our way, and our hearts. This is not about us, but about God and how He can transform realities through our obedience.

Mexico Outreach Team, Spring DTS

Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down to talk to Diane Vermooten. She's a great film director and has been the director of Media Village in South Africa for decades. Come join us for a deep conversation in the power of stories and the need of storytellers that bring a prophetic vision for the world.

FORGING THE FUTURE

Upcoming Schools

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank you

Our ministry's foundation and ongoing journey are rooted in complete reliance upon God. Our mission stems directly from the heart of God, bringing about transformative changes in the lives of young individuals. We equip them to be ambassadors sent to nations, fulfilling the great commission.


The full body of Christ and the generosity of many have consistently been key in fostering the fruitfulness and success of YWAM's journey with God. We extend a heartfelt invitation to you, asking you to contemplate partnering with us and our ministry. Just as God's blessings have enriched each of us, let us in turn bless one another. Thank you for considering to be a part of what God wants to do through YWAM Lausanne. To make a donation click here.

Aug. 2023 Update

Aug. 2023 Update

Aug. 2023 Update

August 15th, 2023 | Vol. 4 No. 8

OUR HEART

Multi-generational Pioneering


A powerful aspect of God’s ways is that He works multi-generationally. His instructions to Moses were intended to hardwire Israel toward covenant and vocational faithfulness through each generation. The Biblical narrative consistently recounts one generation’s pioneering obedience developed or deteriorated by the next. Abraham to Isaac, David to Saul, Paul to Timothy.  

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YWAM Lausanne’s fifty-four-year story is the same! In 1969 Loren and Darlene Cunnigham faithfully pioneered our base to see waves of young people sent to the nations. They could envision and dream with God what this ministry would one day become! In the early nineties, YWAM Lausanne’s vision burned out and the base was closed. Loren and Darlene along with a team of global leaders, including Markus and Anita Steffen, a blend of generations, returned and painstakingly re-pioneered the ministry. In 2021 YWAM Lausanne entered its third phase of pioneering including a new generation of missionaries! We’ve expanded YWAM Lausanne and doubled the number of rooms. We’ve created multiple new classrooms and creative spaces.


With each passing quarter, we are pioneering new courses to utilize this space and equip many more youth for global missions. Now in 2023, we feel a comparable stretch in our faith, as did the pioneers in 1969 and the re-pioneers in 1994. We have a similar desperation to see God breakthrough in our finances, students, projects, and outreaches.  


Just as Moses proved God great at the Red Sea, and Joshua again at the Jordan River, we are picking up God’s vision for YWAM Lausanne and proving him great again in this new pioneering phase!  


Jordan Weatherson, Base Leaders Team 

OUTREACH

North Africa Ministries

Many of you who have been on outreach in a developing nation can picture the scene: A dusty narrow street, busy family shops, bustling with activity late into the night, the incessant beeping of horns… The deliberating effects of poverty seem to be everywhere to an external observer.
The Scriptures say a great deal about helping the poor and needy, but the reality of serving an impoverished community has no limits to the obstacles. How can one translate Biblical truth into any context to see it transformed? This is a sobering question.

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Our teams serving in North Africa have been the context where God has been teaching us how to translate our Biblical studies into one challenging arena of real-world application. For the past thirteen years, we have continuously invested in the same two impoverished neighborhoods. Through teaching on Biblical Worldview and vocational skill development, our aim has been to provide traction to overcome the layers of poverty facing refugees in North Africa. Currently, our team is in the middle of one of these month-long workshops with roughly ninety participants. With the uptick in violence in Sudan many newcomers have arrived in the community where we work. This has created a variety of new and immediate outreach opportunities.


As YWAM Lausanne, we invite you to pray for our team to be effective teachers and servers, and for the participants to have their lives impacted by God’s word, and to see themselves as their community's most valuable resource.

Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode, we talk about the world of missions through the lens of sustainability. We sit down with Graham Vermooten, who is deeply involved in this topic in the African continent and has seen the fruit of thinking outside the box. Join us for an inspiring conversation that will spark your creativity in missions!

FORGING THE FUTURE

Upcoming Schools

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Invitation to Partner

Our ministry's foundation and ongoing journey are rooted in complete reliance upon God. Our mission stems directly from the heart of God, bringing about transformative changes in the lives of young individuals. We equip them to be ambassadors sent to nations, fulfilling the great commission.


The full body of Christ and the generosity of many have consistently been key in fostering the fruitfulness and success of YWAM's journey with God. We extend a heartfelt invitation to you, asking you to contemplate partnering with us and our ministry. Just as God's blessings have enriched each of us, let us in turn bless one another. Thank you for considering to be a part of what God wants to do through YWAM Lausanne. To make a donation click here.

Jul. 2023 Update

Jul. 2023 Update

July 14th, 2023 | Vol. 4 No. 7

SCHOOL & TRAINING

Internalizing the Word

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July is here and with it our Word by Heart Seminar! We are so blessed to have it back on campus. This seminar teaches our students the Bible through imagined memories. How? It's not by rote memorization as you may think but by creating a memory of the story, imagining yourself witnessing it. Using imagined sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, we are able to see the story played out like a movie in our brain. This makes the story come alive, the words easier to remember, and helps you engage an audience because you're sharing something you have ties to emotionally. Throughout 5 weeks our students will learn 5 stories and share it with others. In YWAM Lausanne we believe in the power of stories, how much more in those we find in the Bible!

Testimony of WBH

I did my Word By Heart School in 2017 in Kristiansand, Norway. During my school we internalized about 90 minutes of the Gospel of Mark. After my DTS in 2015 I knew I needed to have God’s word as the foundation in my life, even after my DTS I did not fully know who my amazing savior Jesus was. I used to struggle with great insecurities and fear of failure which often led to panic attacks. I felt trapped by this and felt it was impossible for me to overcome my own fear. For me Word By Heart became the starting point for my healing, where I got to meet with Jesus face to face in His own Word. Not only did His stories become alive for me, His grace became real.
Every week we would internalize a portion of the Gospel of Mark through a structured methodology that allowed us to meditate and share revelations of Jesus with one another. One highlight for me was the week we worked on the story about the bleeding woman and the daughter of Jairus. I was especially challenged by these characters and their faith. Seeing Jesus from their point of view, how much faith they had in Jesus and how Jesus responded to them, I needed to ask myself; in my challenges do I lose my faith? Where do I place my faith? When I place my faith in Jesus, how does He respond to me? Word By Heart was the platform where I could internalize His Word and where I could meet with a personal Jesus who met with me. Healing takes time, but for me it started in the Bible. Through this school I changed the way I read the Bible and the Gospels. From reading it as a distant text it became a meeting place with a personal God.

Todd Haidet

- Monika Espeland, Norway
WBH alumni

OUTREACH

Regen is back!

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The annual 2-week regeneration outreach has kicked off! We have gathered a huge team from all around the world to minister and see God’s kingdom come in the Swiss-French region. The heart of this outreach is to use the sphere of arts to innovate creative and exciting ways to share the Good News of Jesus. We’re also present through hospitality, bible distribution, family ministry, and conversational evangelism. As we follow the ultimate Creator, we desire to build a platform for beautiful, godly creativity that will give Him glory and reach others in a unique way. In the past years, this dynamic outreach has taken place around the Montreux Music Festival. This year, God revealed a new path to expand beyond the borders of the past. This led our steps to begin reaching out in multiple locations around our region. We are expectant that this fresh approach will spark a flame in the years to come. Join with us in prayer for His favor and wisdom so these new platforms can be built up strong and anointed, giving way for His kingdom to come.

FORGING THE FUTURE

Kingdom Come

Outreach

As a community we gather 4 times a year and we prepare the Kingdom Come event in downtown Lausanne. We have been hosting this event for almost a year and we have seen God breakthrough and open doors for us to minister the city of Lausanne. The last couple Kingdom Come events have taken place in a different location, we have been blessed with a more open spot downtown in Ouchy! The passion of these last evenings was contagious. There were times of testimonies, worship, performing arts, preaching, prayer, and lots of fellowship. We got to see people get baptized and open their hearts for deep conversations. We are so thankful for all your prayers over this ministry and to God for championing us in loving this city.

IN CLOSING

Invitation to Partner

Our ministry has always and will continue to be fully dependent on God for the direction and longevity of its mission. A mission that is directly from the heart of God, changing the lives of young people and equipping them to be sent out into the nations to fulfill the great commission. The wider body of Christ and generosity of many has always played a major part in the fruitfulness and success of YWAM’s journey with God up until now. We would love to invite you to prayerfully consider the possibility of partnering with us and our ministry. As God has blessed each one of us, so shall we bless one another. Thank you for considering to be a part of what God wants to do through YWAM Lausanne. To make a donation click here.