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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Religion, Youth Development, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Empowering young people to continually live and share their faith in the global communities they serve.

Results: We want every church to develop young Christian leaders who love to share Jesus through authentic ministry experience. This is our vision. Since our inception in 2007, over 6,500 young people have been trained and released to lead ministry, reaching over 75,000 with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Now, YMI is working to increase our impact. By 2020, we will develop 20,000 young Christian leaders who will reach a quarter of a million people with the Gospel. Developing these young Christian leaders is our passion. Why are we so passionate about this? The Church, particularly the Church in North America, is in need of more young people who are truly leaders in ministry. These young leaders are unafraid of sharing Jesus Christ with others, while being able to mobilize the Church, maximizing the impact made for Christ in the communities they live. Young leaders bring new vision and vitality. Where there is new vision and vitality paired with experience and training, effective ministry effort can take place, growing the local church. This is exactly what the Church needs and this is what YMI intends to hand back to local churches as we work with young people. In nine short years, YMI has transformed from a volunteer-led, West Coast-focused ministry to a nationwide operation with global reach. Throughout it all, we have been able to maintain our distinctive culture, methods, and outcomes. We have a clearly defined mission: to empower young people to continually live and share their faith in Christ in the global communities they serve. We have a clearly defined method: we accomplish our mission by pairing training with authentic ministry opportunity, allowing young people to lead ministry and grow. These two things lead to a clearly defined outcome – what we offer back to the Church: more young Christian leaders who love to share Jesus.

Target demographics: Junior High, Senior High and College-Age Young People.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,300+

Geographic areas served: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia

Programs: Mission training, evangelism training, sports camps, local mission trips, international mission trips.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sara153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with YMI was life changing. I was skeptical at first, but the quality of the training content, the trainers and the students going on trips changed my mind. The organization truly cares about equipping students and serving missionaries.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to YMI when my son wanted to go on an international mission. Already familiar with short term mission, I agreed to let him go with YMI. I took this as an opportunity to study them and learn how they 'do mission'. I hosted a mission launch and a return debrief in my home. I experienced first hand the change and effect this experience had on my son and the entire team. I could clearly see what "Mission Differently" meant. Since, I have lead teams and trained teams for YMI. We have hosted a number of teams in our home. This is where I learned that what is done in preparation or given in support to YMI is felt around the world. Truly, what happens after the mission is more important that the mission itself. YMI helped shape me to see what relational evangelical peer to peer ministry really is. It's "Mission Differently". It changes lives. I am one who is changed.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YMI is an amazing organization! They are so dedicated to making sure that you get the best training before you go on your trip. I think the best thing about YMI is that they really want to make sure you are prepared before you go and also care about what you do after your trip.

1 Chayna E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The training is spectacular and will build you up for your trip and far beyond that. Make sure to stay on top of everything because they really are trying to help you be independent with responsibilities, but have an incredibly strong team to lean on. Everything that YMI does is bathed in prayer. Some of my best experiences were with this organziation

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned so much from my trip with YMI! I have been on two other mission trips outside of YMI and neither were as meaningful. The days of training leading up to the trip made me feel much more prepared and able to effectively work in the mission field. Also, the great communication with getting all of the paperwork and fundraising in helped make my pre-trip experience all the more enjoyable. One thing that makes YMI stand out is the debriefing when you return. I have researched short term missions, and this is one thing that people agree increases the long-term impact on those who go. YMI would be my go-to mission organization!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

God called us(Rose and I) to be missionaries when I was an Awana Leader at Good News Baptist Church, and we hung up our clits and stopped playing soccer for a living to be the first Awana Missionaries in Brasil in September, 1992.
We served God in Awana until 2010, and after that God brought us into the YMI family (Youth Missions International) to serve Him and now we are YMI Missionaries in Brasil. We serve God through sports ministry, teaching English ministry, and receiving and sending young people on Mission Trips.
Juca Cerpe
YMI Missionary in Brasil

3 TrishaMarie

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past summer my son went on a YMI trip to South Korea. I can honestly say the YMI is a life changing organization. Over a year ago my son was struggling with so many things. He was lucky to do sports camp during the summer of 2013 & from there he made a life change. Then after his trip this past summer has made the choice to go into ministry full time. When he graduates high school he will attend a Christian college to work on a double degree for Biblical theology and education. His goal is to work for YMI and be stationed in South Korea so he too can make a difference, like YMI made a difference for him.
So thank YMI for everything you have done for my son and thousands of other kids.

Previous Stories
1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer i helped lead a team to Northern Ireland. It was one of the best experiences i have ever had. YMI prepares young adults with the ability to be diverse in so many tools. The youth were prepared to work with any age and in most scenarios. The team i helped with went door to door to share the gospel during the day and at night worked with a youth center. Because of their training and support these youth were able to impact so many people.
I now get the privilege of sending my son on a YMI trip this year. Since his training in August he is more prepared with his testimony, sharing Bible stories, leading worship at church. Plus he has so much support from his team leaders and other team members during prep work for his mission trip!
if i ever have the chance i will defiantly lead again. I also cant wait for my son to be able to go on a college trip and possible intern through YMI.
The impact that YMI has on my family is truly a blessing.

1 Amanda Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had multiple friends go on mission trips through YMI, whether they were 3 weeks or 9 months. Every time a friend returned, I heard nothing but good things about YMI. After talking to my friends about YMI more, I knew that God was calling me to spend 9 months somewhere far away from home. This decision was not made easily, and there were many doubts that came along with it, but YMI answered every question I had and made it possible for me to be accepted into a ministry internship in Northern Ireland for 9 months. Before I left, they helped prepare me to move into a different culture so that I might hit the ground running once I arrived - and that's exactly what I did as I stepped off the plane. Thanks to YMI, and the grace of God, I've never felt so at peace with a decision like this, and am fully confident in YMI and know I would not have made it here today in Northern Ireland if it weren't for their support. I highly recommend YMI if you are considering going on a mission trip - they truly care about YOU, and have your best interest in mind - all the while glorifying God through their program.

1 Regen P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Missions International is an incredible organization. Their sole focus is training youth to go out into the world and spread the Gospel. They are dedicated to providing experiences that greatly impact the faith of those going on these trips. They take time also before you leave to make sure you are fully ready and well trained for where you are headed. Their goal is to see you grow in your faith. I have been on two trips through this program and have been greatly impacted in so many ways. They consistantly have kept in contact with me while going on my trips to see how I'm growing and where I may need extra encouragement. I would recomend anyone to go through YMI. Great organization.

1 Rebekah11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to go on a missions trip with the teens in the Journey group (youth group). YMI has worked with me in answering my questions and helping solve all the issues that go with such an indevor! We are still in the process but Lord Willing we will be going in June! YMI is an incredible organization!!