We are a multi-cultural community who embrace, equip,
and launch all people into all nations
To reveal Christ and His kingdom.
Youth With A Mission
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from various cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we are still focused on championing youths, but we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.
In 1989, God drew a group of people together with a vision to reach the lost and to serve Cape Town. They found Muizenberg to be refuge, a “grey area” during apartheid where people of many races lived side by side. With the values of community, reconciliation, equipping, and pioneering as their key foundations, they established YWAM Muizenberg to invest in those who desire to demonstrate the love of Jesus to all people and all nations.
YWAM Muizenberg reflects the beautiful diversity of South Africa and 30+ nationalities around the world. Our hope is to represent the Rainbow Nation we live in and God’s desire for unity and reconcilation. We serve the communities of Muizenberg, of Cape Town, and of South Africa, while releasing people to go and serve in countries around the world!
With this being at the very heart of our ministry, we have two defining aspects that makes our base unique.
The first is that we are a nations base.
Meaning, we often have over 30 nations represented on our base at one time. This creates a very dynamic environment that increases our ability to gain God’s heart for the world and creates many opportunities to learn from one another. There is no greater environment to have your view of the world challenged and refined. With this, “Nations 2 Nations”; an international movement that seeks to restore the identity, dignity and destiny of nations, is an integrated part of life at YWAM Muizenberg. If you love the nations, then come join us!
The second prominent aspect is that we are a pioneering base.
We not only desire to gather many nations in one location, but we seek to see these people equipped to go out into all nations to reach the lost. In line with this, we run various training schools as well as many ministries that you can take part in.
If you have a desire to start something new or to see the unreached reached then this is the base that would love to partner with you and to see your dream become a reality.
Muizenberg is a suburb of Cape Town, situated on the Cape Peninsula in the south-western tip of South Africa. The False Bay beaches in the south and the Muizenberg Mountain in the west frame the scenic suburb where YWAM Muizenberg has been located since 1989. The campus is situated approximately two-minute walk from the sea, one of the most popular surfing spots in Cape Town. YWAM Muizenberg’s properties include a former hotel as our Main Training Campus, a renovated house next door for offices, three different buildings for
overflow housing in Royal Road and Cromer Road. We also rent a classroom in Muizenberg for our School of Biblical Studies referred to as The Rock.
It all began with a vision. In June of 1956, Loren Cunningham, a 20-year-old student from the United States, spent a part of his summer break in Nassau, Bahamas touring with a singing group. One night after a busy day, Loren had an unusual experience. “I lay down on the bed,” he recalled, “doubled the pillow under my head and opened my Bible, routinely asking God to speak into my mind. What happened next was far from routine. Suddenly, I was looking up at a map of the world. Only the map was alive, moving! I sat up. I shook my head, rubbed my eyes. It was a mental movie. I could see all the continents. Waves were crashing onto the shores. Each went onto a continent, then receded, then came up further until it covered the continent completely. I caught my breath. Then, as I watched, the scene changed. The waves became young people–kids my age and even younger–covering the continents. They were talking to people on the street corners and outside bars. They were going house to house. They were preaching. ‘Was that really you, Lord?’ I wondered, still staring at the wall, amazed. Young people–kids really–going out as missionaries! What an idea! And I thought ‘Why did God give me this vision?’”
Here are some photos of Muizenberg