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YWAM MBI dba Mission Builders International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Religion, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Mission Builders assist long-term missionaries in practical ways from strategic planning, to facility and ministry development services. MBI recruits and matches volunteers with the needs of those serving the poor and needy to bring about growth and positive change to the conditions affecting individuals, groups, communities and regions within a nation.

Results: Since 1996, thousands of mission builder volunteers have served in hundreds of YWAM operating locations in over 100 nations. Each year, the number of volunteers and the number of locations served around the world grows.

Target demographics: YWAM ministries worldwide

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 120 YWAM locations in 32-nations by placing nearly 1,000 volunteers

Geographic areas served: Many countries world wide

Programs: Recruiting short-term volunteers, matching them with global ministry opportunities within YWAM. MBI volunteers serve 'so that others may thrive' in front-line missions. Leadership 13 - Our MBI consultants partner with YWAM ministry teams to strengthen and enhance vision, values and calling to thrive in ministry. Debriefing - One week debriefing ministry time to help YWAM missionaries process times of stress, grief/loss, transition, and injustice. A time of filtering their circumstances through Scripture, debriefees are able to process, learn and move toward healing in Christ. Biblical Financial Coaching - program offers practical training and resources to missionaries be 'good and faithful stewards' of what God has given them. LIFT - Seminars offered to YWAM North America leaders so they can strategically address legal, immigration, financial and tactical/risk areas. Partner Architects - Ministries are often crippled by their own facilities. We partner with ministries to create spaces/places that extend the reach of the gospel.

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ywam was one of my best experience of my life! Without any doubt I wish that everyone can life this experience. Being a mission builder teach me a lot of things but one of the most important thing that I learned was that the only thing that can full your heart is to serve God.
The LA ywam base was where i found my family, my friends also my teachers and counselors. I feel honored to be able to had served here.

Fer C.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great training, personable coaches... they make their classes and topics relatable. it was just great to go in depth on some internal issues and be able to look at tangible solutions

Janet Everett S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We worked at MBI during the summer months of three different years. Words cannot express how impressed we are with the work that Mission Builders and YWAM are doing. They reach the world by sending individuals all of the earth to help with a multitude of different tasks. During our many weeks at MBI we mainly did construction projects at both places. We thoroughly enjoyed the people we worked with and the work we did. We would recommend either organization in a heartbeat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We already knew about MBI and had hosted a few individuals when they came to serve at our location. When the L-13 arm of MBI agreed to work with our leadership team for a year we were thrilled. It's been a whirlwind of activity and they have helped us set goals and advance the ministry as anticipated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

YWAM MBI goes the extra mile in coming a long side ministries and giving them the most excellent material and tools available to help them become more successful in whatever they are doing. They have spent the last year with our ministry helping us get out of ruts and patterns that we could not get out of ourselves. They didn't impose their ideas, knowledge or expertise, but rather brought perspective and the perfect coaching, tools, and guidance needed for how to find the answers and solutions ourselves. They also brought accountability and discipline so we could meet our goals. The are very professional and carry a lot of authority. We wouldn't be where we are today without their help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission Builders International came alongside and coached our nonprofits leadership team. The year of coaching encouraged us and I believe set us up for future success that we never would have experienced without them. It is very evident that their vision "That others may Thrive" drives all that they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

YWAM MBI has simply been the best for our campus! They have been coaching us in organizational health for almost a year now and have been tremendous! They love what they do and are excellent at it!

Andrae B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We received some great volunteers through YWAM MBI. They were super helpful in getting set up with them in all the logistics. We look forward to continued partnership.

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MBI-Director 10/11/2021

We are fortunate and blessed to have Andrea on our team. She is also a very wonderful volunteer helping to build homes for the less fortunate.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I enjoy serving on the MBI Board. We help train and equip leaders and we help volunteers find places to serve around the world. Our family has volunteered at YWAM locations in the United States, Mexico and Switzerland.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We were able to stay at MBI for just over 3 months and I volunteered in a variety of roles. I helped with painting, staining stairs, mowing and yard maintenance, office tasks, and the welcome desk. The staff there are wonderful people and it was a privilege to get to serve with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission Builders Internationals helps direct volunteers to many missions locations around the world including our Youth With A Mission campus in Lakeside, Montana. They have been great to work with through the years, as they have facilitated hundreds of short term volunteers to serve with us. These volunteers have been an amazing blessing in many critical areas at our campus.
Mission Builders International is very professional, but they always keep the individuals needs first and foremost through their process. I highly recommend working with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are thankful for the role that YWAM Mission Builders takes in supporting YWAM campuses and placing volunteers where they are needed. Our family has been blessed to be able to work with them!

Tania S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being Mission builder in YWAM LA has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I grow up and learned a lot in many aspects and I will be forever grateful with God and the base for this opportunity to serve in His kingdom.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend MBI volunteer opportunities. I am volunteering with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) this summer. The website works well. The initial process to apply to be a volunteer was easy and efficient for myself and my 2 references. Communications have been timely. Are you looking for something to do in your next chapter of your life? Be a volunteer or support MBI and YWAM organizations as the Lord leads you.

Whitney L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MBI is great! It's a wonderful way to be able to go and serve a YWAM base short-term, helping them out whilst also getting to know the campus and staff there to be able to know if you want to make a longer commitment. I loved being able to get a taste of local ministries and culture at the same time as helping the campus to function!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Going through Mission Builders Intl/ YWAM and volunteering at YWAM Recife, Brazil was by far one of the best experiences of my life! I am so humbled by this opportunity. The amazing people and missionaries at the base were absolutely lovely and so wonderful. The work that this base is doing even despite the COVID times is of such blessing to the community. My favorite part of volunteering was working in the children’s homes and having the opportunity to love on and work with these sweet, parent-less, lesser fortunate children who have already been through so much in life. However, despite their circumstances these kids have the sweetest, kindest spirits. I went to volunteer and “be a blessing”; however, in turn, I turned out to be the one who was blessed the most. Do NOT hesitate to volunteer! Missions Builders so very easily facilitated the whole process of getting connected with a base and I’m so blessed to have served at YWAM (JOCUM in Portuguese) Recife, Brazil!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been so blessed to work with Mission Builders International/YWAM. We just completed our fifth outreach with them at the Ozark YWAM Base. One of our favorite experiences at each base is getting to know the amazing staff and hearing their stories. As Mission Builders we are given a list of projects around the base to work on and then we complete other projects that we notice need work. It is such a blessing to also be included in their group bible studies and prayer groups. We came for a few weeks to serve. They give up their own lives to serve sometimes for years. What an example of humble servanthood! We would recommend MBI as a great way to experience missions short term, and a way to encourage and serve the staff. MBI is a wonderful fit for retirees like us and we plan to continue serving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience serving at YWAM Los Angeles! The community there made me feel so at home. Their hospitality and the love that they have, plus their fervent passionate fire in worship, prayer and even outreach makes this volunteering experience unforgettable! It has been over a month since I volunteered and I still miss my time there!

You will be blessed if you choose to volunteer and sow your time, love and spirit there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YWAM Northwoods is located on Potato Lake in Northern Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful peaceful place that welcomes volunteers with open arms and loves them deeply. Whatever skill you bring, they are deeply appreciated and highly valued by the staff.
One can experience Gods peace and enjoy Gods creation.
Come, serve, relax, and be a part of Gods hands and feet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I volunteered at the Juarez Mexico YWAM base for 3 1/2 weeks in February 2020. As mission builders we were able to assist with cleaning, organizing, building and decorating . We also were able to assist in the orphanage at Juarez YWAM base. The staff was pleasant to work with and were appreciative of our assistance. I would highly recommend YWAM as a great place to volunteer.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife, Thelma, and I have had the honor of being involved with MBI for over 10 years. Currently we are serving at Gleanings for the Hungry, a YWAM base, near Fresno, CA. It is one of our favorite places to serve. We travel in an RV. They have 14 RV spaces. The long term staff are friendly and are always welcoming and glad to see us. Gleanings for the Hungry is deemed an essential ministry that has remained open during the Covid crisis. They send food all over the world and also serve the local community and food banks. It is a meaningful ministry to be a part of. We recommend contacting MBI to sign up to serve!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our experience at Gleanings for the Hungry, near Sultana, CA. was a great blessing as a volunteer. This facility has 1st class RV sites, or very nice room accommodations. They serve 3 meals a day. They appreciate volunteers and make us feel welcomed and useful.
There are many varied taskes to do, from sewing, cooking, landscaping, office assistant, housekeeping, carpentry, painting, and very importantly the soup plant that produces literally thousands of servings of dehydrated soup mix, to ship overseas to 3rd world countries. It is not only used to feed the hungry, but also a tool to spread the Love of Jesus and the Gospel message.
There is a job for every skill level. We have always enjoyed our time there. It's an opportunity to serve as well as meet old and new friends. We can't wait to go back!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jacky and I (Lynn) have been serving in YWAM and Mission Builders International since 1985, but serving as support staff/volunteers at Gleanings for the Hungry is like coming home to family, We have been doing special building projects like shade roofs over patio's, helping with changes to the soup plant, repairs of all kinds to facilities.
We love the morning worship and prayer times every day, wonderful food and snacks too.
The staff are like our kids as we have been serving at Gleanings for about 11 or 12 years, You should try it too.
It will change your life

Haein Lynn K.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I served as a Mission Builder at YWAM San Francisco for 2 1/2 months, from February 2020 to May 2020. I had an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TIME with God, the staff, the people we served on the streets. The main ministry at YWAM SF is the homeless ministry--providing showers, bathrooms, coffee, food, prayers and love for our neighbors on the streets. The time spent there definitely transformed my heart and I am planning to go back there to serve full-time as staff. I would recommend this base to anyone who is interested in learning more about loving God and loving our neighbors. Come, serve and have a breakthrough in your heart!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as volunteer in Alexandria Christian Academy and Jehovah Jireh Haven was amazing! It was my second experience with YWAM and the both were life changing. For sure was not easy to go to a new country, live with a new culture, but you see that is really worth when you have time with the lovely and joyful kids, when you learn a lot with the teachers and the others volunteers, when you see God's move in the children life! On my 3 weeks in South Africa I learned a lot and was very blessed, I had an unforgettable and personal growth experience!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at YWAM Barbados as a Mission Builder was extraordinary! If your desire is to know God more, this is the place for you. As a faith-based organization, the emphasis is on hearing from God through study, worship and meditation in The Word. The accommodations are clean and comfortable. The "great house", the original plantation house, along with several other lodges are well maintained. Constant updates and repairs are a priority. The gorgeous 7.5 acre campus is a budding tropical paradise, with a gazebo overlooking the sea in the distance. The potential on this base is huge! I found Bajan people to be extremely warm and friendly willing to assist even total strangers. The YWAM Barbados staff are wonderful encouragers who gently enfold you leading you to the many ways your gifts might be utilized during your time there on the base or in the community. Anyone seeking a profound sojourn in their faith walk should strongly consider YWAM Barbados as a Mission Builder. It could change your story!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our first mission and felt drawn to Ywam ships Panama outpost

Mission Builders
Volunteers visiting YWAM bases to help the missionaries accomplish projects or to give relief

When I went I knew that I was limited in my capacity to do things but prayed that God would give me health and a supply of strength to do the things that were needed for each day
With prayer partners God used me to accomplish many projects. There are many things that help out from taking the task of cooking one meal a day to mending T-shirts and backpacks for the teens.
I was able to sew 10 sets of curtains that would provide relief from the sun but let breezes in
Refurbished cushions, and built patio 4 - 12ftx9ft rain barriers that will make the deck useable in the rainy seasons. Ed able to do electrical as well and maintenance projects.
We were able to "Grandparent" the teens and figured out how to use the fruit that was grown on the island to make delicious cookies and other sweets.
Not speaking Spanish was a barrier that made visiting with and helping the Ngobe's hard but translators (thanks boys) and two way radios helped us. We were able to look after the base while the leaders took a working break in Panama City
There were challenges galore, From living between the ocean and the jungle with 109 steps and 100-200 ft of dock, decking and slabs to walk up to the base, and relying on Nathan and his panga (12-15 seater boat) to get us anywhere, to cold showers and 28days of a hot flash. Ed says some days he was a puddle, haha and chitras (no seeums) at dusk and not knowing the language
But the Blessings far out weighed the challenges
The Pineault's were excellent hosts providing many laughs and site seeing opportunities. They provided projects as we got them done and didn't overwhelmed us and were not perfectionists but gave very needed direction as needed. Nathan is a Jack of all trades and could be relied on to fix anything. The wild life was spectacular and the rain forest was plush and colourful.

As a woman that is called to encourage, edify and teach other woman I was able to help with wound care and after getting to trust me and know my heart Christina trusted me to teach her and a Ngobe grandma how to Crochet for stress relief and to bless the Ngobe tribe with hot pot holders and hats for the colder season(74-78degrees F ) haha

Christina and Nathan have a big vision for winning the Nobe but need help getting and keeping the infrastructure to where it will house staff and students

While challenging, volunteering was so worthwhile and many more projects are on their list to be accomplished from giving relief from correcting homeschool work to social media and accounting to carpentry, More electrical engineering, hand drilling water wells to providing Sunday services for the Ngobe this YWAM needs long term staff as well as volunteer individuals or groups to accomplish their vision of reaching teaching to know God and training the Ngobe to help make him known.
Shelley and Ed Friedrick

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Joan G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent six weeks volunteering as a Mission Builder at the YWAM (Youth With a Mission) base in Colorado Springs. It was marvelous and life-changing. To say it was out of my comfort zone is a bit of an understatement. But the people there, both the staff and students, were open and loving and welcomed me in. I will tell you I went there with no great special talents... Except wanting to help out in any way I possibly could. This was a first adventure for me and I am contemplating either going back as a volunteer or going deeper as a student.
Do not let age or lack of specific talents keep you from getting out and getting involved. Personally, I highly recommend Mission Builders International. They were very accommodating and extremely helpful... And with them you can go geographically as far or as near as you want.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am always impressed by the stories of volunteers that go to help and bless locations but are in turn blessed themselves. This kind of mutual encouragement is why I choose to continue as a board member. I look forward to stepping into more volunteer opportunities myself in the next year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Love the opportunity to get to help people fulfill their dream to do short term missions with so many locations around the world. Give it a try and be changed forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was amazed at how intuitive, creatively thought out this excellent ministry is! The concept of linking mission locations, long and short term missionaries together is cutting edge!
They are giving all of a us way to unite the Body of Christ in a way catered to God's individual calling in our lives. Fantastic!
On top of that they help create relationship based partnerships through their streamlined application process in a secure setting on the web! This is a huge advantage for all concerned.

Thank you MBI

bill sopher
YWAM Central Baja

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband I volunteered at the Kona location of YWAM for three weeks. The team there was very welcoming and friendly. We felt a part of a something big happening around the world. Overall the experience was very positive. Accommodations were good, basically a hotel room and bathroom. The location had a pool that was accessible any time of the day. A good way to cool off after working.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently retired and love to travel. A friend encouraged me to check out YWAM Mission Builders International and I filled out an application with them. I chose the Lakeside Montana location because I knew some of the people in leadership there. I volunteered in the kitchen for two weeks and my experience there was extremely positive. The supervisors and staff were very friendly and helpful and serving the students and staff there was rewarding. I went on my own and it was a leap of faith for me, but it was well worth the effort and God blessed me and encouraged me for my willingness to serve Him. I would definitely go back to Lakeside. It's a beautiful area near Glacier National Park. I am also planning to check into some of the overseas bases that need volunteers. Sign up and go! You won't regret it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience volunteering with YWAM Mission Builders in Montana. Wonderful people, well run organization, and a worthy cause. I intend to return again in the future, Lord willing. I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gleanings for the Hungry is a wonderful ministry providing food for the hungry in the world. I had a wonderful, fun summer working in the kitchen feeding up to 225 hungry people who turn donated peaches into dried fruit. I made many wonderful friends here and so enjoyed morning chapel and worship, a great start to the day. This experience was so good that I signed on to come back in the Winter during the dried soup production. I highly recommend this volunteer opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YWAM Mission Builders is a great opportunity if you have a “yes” in your heart to serve the Lord no matter what that would look like! Their primary goal of “lifting the arms” of long-term missionaries carries such a huge amount of honor to serve even in the smallest things — knowing that we get to partner with their ministry around the world even without being there directly portray such beauty that we get to work together as the body of Christ for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God! Another perk is that by saying “yes” to serving, you get to work with amazing Jesus-loving, kind-hearted, and fun people as you get to grow together with fellow believers in your relationship with the Lord as you serve Him together.

As a YWAM mission builder, I committed 8 weeks of service in the YWAM Chico California base.

YWAM Chico is filled with a community-based group of people who treat each other just as Jesus would and pray for each others’ growth and breakthrough! If you want to be surrounded and grow with Jesus-longs, servant-hearted, kind-hearted, and fun, awesome people as you yourself walk and grow with the Lord in a base filled with His presence — this is the place to be!! It has been an honor to serve with such amazing people and I wouldn’t trade this time for anything! 

LIFE LESSONS LEARNED: 

SERVANT-HEARTED HOSPITALITY 
       As a mission builder, I was placed in the Hospitality Department of the base to help out with what they do around the campus. Basically, since this particular base hosts a lot of conferences, camps, or programs all throughout summer, it is the hospitality department’s responsibility to make sure that guest housings are well taken care of. 

       I usually spend most of my 40 hours/week volunteer hours making beds, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, vacuuming, and making the cabins look nice and homey for the upcoming guests, and when they leave, do it all over again for the next ones! It also includes setting up coffee, tea and snacks for the staff/students/volunteers everyday for coffee break.

       This has been teaching me a lot of what it means and looks like to have a servant-heart because these are jobs that not a lot of people commonly feel the desire to do and I myself have had to stop and remind myself of WHY i’m doing this and for WHO i’m doing this for. Obviously, the enemy tried a lot to put lies into my head with saying that I could be doing better stuff with my time — and yet the Holy Spirit is always there too, quick to gently remind and encourage me of Ephesians 6:5-8, which says: 

“Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.” Ephesians 6:5-8 ESV

          I get encouraged with the reminder that I am doing this not for man, but for the Lord and for His people. It may not look like what my ministry did in the past season — like going out into the nations and preaching the Gospel — but like Jesus came down to earth to serve and not to be served (Matt. 20:28), that is exactly what i’m doing, and I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. 

STEWARDING TIME 
       It has actually been such a great use of time. That while I go about doing some cleaning and preparing, I get to spend a lot of that time just talking to the Lord as well. It opened a space for me to practice praying without ceasing — that even though I go and do regular everyday jobs, I can still steward that time and use it to pray and intercede for people and build intimacy with the Lord. 
 

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YWAM Mission Builders is a great way to get involved in community, to serve and more important allow the Lord to change you in ways one would not anticipate. It is for all ages, not just retirees. A most wonderful way to see what YWAM is, come along side great people and connect with people from all over the world that are walking through the same things in life with God. There are many ways to help/serve. Stay in the dorms or bring your RV (either way you quickly become family).
Bonus about Lakeside, MT is the natural beauty all around. (I'm from Montana so alittle biased on that one).
Do it!
Blessings, Peggy

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Fiorlisa B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

When I first found out about the opportunity to serve as a Mission Builder in different location I was a little skeptical to register. I have hear of so many organization that offer the opportunity to serve as a mission builder that never follow up with volunteer and the application get lost or the organization is understaffed and answers to question are slow in coming. But Mission Builder International staff really surprised me: they were promp to review my applicaiton and also very through in answering question in a speedy manner. The number of location available to apply is extensive and MBI really helps to connect with the location of choice and they always follow up. The website is user friendly and the steps are self explanatory. It also preserve our privacy. I am quite happy that I signed up. I have now applied at serve at two different location and i have been really happy with the opportunities. I would recommend MBI to anyone who wants to experience Mission short term or any YWAMer who is looking for a new place of service and wants to explore different location. The fact that the staff keeps in contact with the volunteer is really a blessings and it made me feel safe and comfortable wherever I have been.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to work for YWAM Montana through mission builders. They have been eager to help me with any concerns coming here and have made me feel at home. I would highly recommend mission builders to anyone considering it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been doing missions since 2016, and ever since I began my journeys, I have used the MBI website to find & apply to different places to serve at.
I've had a calling on my life since I was a child, and MBI has helped me fulfill that thus far!
10/10 will use again, and have recommended to friends and family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I want to thank once again for the excellent treatment I received the time I shared with all the people ofdo ywam los angeles

It was a beautiful experience and very beautiful to meet so many young people from all nations.

Finally, I am admired for such an extraordinary work that every day all of you do and the great work of ywam LA. Thank you

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Alan E. H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


This past summer, I had the privilege of working with Kerygma at a YWAM base located in Chico, California.

It was one of the most rewarding summer experiences I have participated in from good food to meeting new people. All of the staff were friendly and easy to talk to. I couldn't have asked for a better time while learning more about myself and my relationship with God. The base's location is inside a small canyon with incredible views from the top of both sides. As a "Mission Builder," I worked with the staff of the base to improve the landscaping. Whenever I needed a break or any time to myself it was always an option. There were not constant pressures to meet any obligations or requirements.
The very laid back and relaxing environment gave me some time to learn more about what really matters in life: God.
I was able to get to Mass every weekend and if I wanted, during the week.
If you are presented with an opportunity to do anything related to Kerygma like be a Mission Builder or do a Discipleship Training School (DTS), I strongly recommend you take full advantage of it. It is an opportunity of a lifetime.

George Lataif

Catholics like 18 year old George are welcome to mission build here at YWAM Chico where Kerygma is encouraging all Christians to serve the Lord together in unity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For my very first Mission Builder's trip I went to the Chico, CA Springs of Living Water YWAM base. My Mission was to help with the sewing projects. I also did mending for some of the staff. In addition I taught an 8 year old how to sew and had a blast doing so. If you have a few days or hours you could donate to this very worthy cause, they would love to have you. Everyone is good at something and you can put your speciality to work in an enviornment that is fun, peaceful and encouraging. I highly recommend this base.

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1 Ron D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I spent the past two summers with Mission Builders at YWAM Montana.
We were looking for a place to make a productive contribution for "Kingdom" work. Meaning work that would enhance the propagation of the GOSPEL of Jesus.
Not only were we doing productive work, but we were welcomed by staff and students. I believe we received greater blessing that we contributed.
our work was done within our ability and energy level. Worked hard, but rested when needed.
What fun to interact with the younger generation and be blessed until we needed a rest. Makes my heart "smile" when I remember the great times we laughed, hugged and prayed with our new "grandkid" friends.
Come help and be blessed!
Ron and Judy Duncan

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to spend a week or a summer (or more) volunteering at a credible organization that does things right. We desire to serve with other likeminded Christ followers. And this is the place to do it. Organized, friendly, supportive, refreshing. Come get tired serving alongside other servants of God. Construction, Hospitality, Maintenance, food service....
Be Blessed for the Kingdom.
Ron & Judy Duncan

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have enjoyed our experiences with Mission Builder’s so much that we are taking a year out of our lives to be able to keep volunteering for them. We love that they can accommodate our RV and our family pet to join us. They find out your skills or preferences and plug us in where and when we want to serve anywhere in the U.S. or across the world. They make it easy to volunteer and we feel the work is so rewarding. We are able to help others and receive so much back in return.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

January 2017 was a life changer for us. We had just retired when we met John and Donna Briggs from Mission Builders International. They welcomed us with open arms and treated us as if we were family. It was wonderful to find an organization that allowed us to use our life experience talents to help uphold the arms of the Missionaries from around the world. We are excited to be available for what God has available on this next journey with him. Bob and Joyce Unger

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I with our four children ages 16,8,7,5 spent the summer at Mission Builders Lakeside, Montana. It was one of the best summers that we have had as a family. The relationships that we built were priceless! We felt so Loved and welcomed by the missionary members. We believe that God lead us there for so many reasons. We found a lot of healing and spiritual awakening moments that will forever go with us. We will be back!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I were so blessed by our time serving @ YWAM Cimarron, Colorado. This was our first time volunteering with Mission Builders, and our lives were personally enriched and blessed. The staff and students made us feel right at home! The Lord renewed a fresh passion and vision in our hearts for missions! It is hard to completely put into words how we were so touched by being there. We made some new friends; and now our Christian family has been expanded by getting to know the wonderful people there. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity! We hope we can visit this location again ASAP!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our time at the Cimarron, Colorado Base was awesome! The staff there is wonderful and they treated us like part of the family. I had such a good time working in the kitchen with an amazing team of Godly people. The RV site we had was full hookups in a shaded beautiful spot. This base is one of the most beautiful places I've ever volunteered and the Spirit of God definitely rests there. We will definitely go back!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

JJ Haven is an incredible home for so many children and teenagers who need a home. It is a big family, full of love and life, and beautiful moments of joy and laughter.
They so need encouragement and helpers; and are so grateful for any help, donations and prayers.
That place is a lifeline to so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now worked with Mission Builders International on two trips, recently in Grenada, and previously in Samoa. Mission Builders International (MBI) is an outstanding organization that supports missionaries throughout the world. In years past I have visited and worked with a number of missionaries and bases throughout Asia and Africa. Through these experiences, I knew that missionaries are in need of help, support and an infusion of some new blood which MBI provides. When I wanted to go and help with a ministry in the South Pacific MBI made the connection with a missionary base in Samoa and paved the way for me to visit and work with some quality folks. They made the contacts, helped me set up my travel arrangements, and paved the way for an outstanding trip. On my recent trip to Grenada, they once again made those invaluable contacts and led the way. I loved the opportunity to assist those working on frontline ministries sharing and demonstrating the gospel in word and deed. MBI provides these types of opportunities through the many connections that they have developed worldwide and I would highly recommend them to one and all.

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Jimmy W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in Kona Hawaii for YWAM this past summer, and this journey is amazing! I worked on campus of University of Nation, and there are so many awesome people that worship God and love Jesus. I cannot forget everyone in Hawaii, they are amazing people and there are so many wonderful things happened there! Those people are not working for themselves but work for God! There is a saying: Ohana means family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A “Different” Kind of Vacation

We didn't know what to expect when we stepped off the plane in San Diego in March. But we did know that God had put it in our hearts to have a “different” kind of vacation this time...a “vacation” that would be more about serving him and others than about being served. We had heard about Mission Builders, an arm of Youth With A Mission, from some friends of ours. After researching several opportunities on the internet and spending some time in prayer, we both felt a peace about serving in Mexico at the YWAM base in San Antonio del Mar.

Upon our arrival, we were overwhelmed (in a good way) by the welcome we received and the friendliness of those involved in various programs there. YWAM San Antonio del Mar is a big and busy place. There are many ministries that flow out of this base. So aside from completing our daily tasks such as food preparation and serving,washing dishes or cleaning toilets and mopping floors ; we were also invited to join teams doing outreach in Tijuana and other nearby locations.

This was like a dream come true for both of us. Early morning visits to a local orphanage to make breakfast for the children and visiting a local school with the library bus gave us insight into the lives of many Mexican children. We also had the opportunity to share with men in an addiction recovery center and a homeless shelter. Going for a prayer walk through the redlight district of Tijuana and joining the team who had started a program for children and mothers in another needy area of the city were definite highlights. But also a real eye opener as to how people live outside the resort areas of this well know vacation destination. We felt privileged to join in with three different teams to build houses for needy families through the Homes of Hope program. Our hearts broke as we began to see these people through Gods eyes and with HIS heart.

I haven't even touched on the blessing it was to fellowship and worship and pursue God's heart with like minded people from all over the world! All in all, by the end of our stay, we had fallen in love with the place and the people. As they say, “We have been spoiled for the ordinary!” We went to give but received so much more in return. Now we look forward to the next adventure that God has for us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in the fall for Mission Builders at the YWAM, Mt. Campus. I worked for the Facility department. I enjoyed working in the workshop and got to build several projects for them. I had a small workshop at my home several years ago but being able to use their large woodshop was a real treat. I hope to come back again and volunteer part time. As a former pastor I was blessed to see the youth here eager to spread the gospel. I highly recommend Mission Builders as a place to invest in God's kingdom in a tangible way!
Fred Rohland

Linda R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Builders was a great place to give back to the Lord just a small portion of all He’s given me. If you’re looking for a place to plug in with other Christians and make a difference it can be a great adventure. My husband and I came to the YWAM, Mt. campus and volunteered during the fall quarter. We love the beauty of this area. Quite a difference for 2 Floridians! I worked in the Hospitality department which does a lot to keep up with the constant influx of speakers, family and friends who come to the campus to visit. The department makes sure all the rooms and apartments are comfortable and inviting for guests. It was so great to hear all the compliments from guests who were there. My time here has been rewarding and I will always remember it as a special time in my life. I thank Mission Builders for giving me the opportunity to work with such a great group of people and make so many new friends, young and old alike.
Linda Rohland

Volunteer

Rating: 4

What an experience! I served with a YWAM Base in Lakeside, MT, as a Mission Builder. They asked me to be the receptionist for most of the day and then then for the last hour and a half, I helped in Housekeeping. It was always a fun time. Greeting staff, students and guests to the base and working shoulder to shoulder with the students. This generation needs my generation - sometimes just to listen. I value the time that I have spent at 4 different bases in the USA and also internationally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an English teacher based in China and this was my first trip to the US. It was my mentor that suggested I mission build in YWAM. I got accepted in Redding and had so much culture shock for the 1st 2 days that I felt depressed and wanted to leave. I was asking God why He sent me there, and wondered how far apart He set me when He consecrated me.

I tried to focus on what I went there to do instead of the cultural difference I was experiencing. I was initially supposed to help with hospitality but ended up with the Kitchen Department. I typed the kitchen director's files into the computer to help build a system. After a week, I wondered how typing out recipes and culinary stuff will help build God's kingdom, because I couldn't see at that time. If I was with hospitality, at least I could see my purpose, like the floor is clean because I mopped it or the bed is made because I made it. I left that thought behind and decided to trust God for His purpose for me there.

Coming back to China after almost 4 weeks since I left the base, the kitchen director sent me a photo of the Kitchen Manual he was able to make from the files I've typed. I was so overwhelmed because I was not expecting to see any outcome of what I've done. I left the base contented and thankful to God for allowing me to serve Him there. God is so good in showing me how He has used me, and He didn't even have to.

From this experience, I have learned to say yes to Him.

Yes. Even before He asks me.
Yes. Even if I'm scared.
Yes. Even if I don't want to.
Yes. Even if I hate it.
Yes. Even if I don't understand.
Yes. Even if I don't know why & where I'm going.
Yes. Even with all of the even if's.
Yes Lord, and Amen.

Debra B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I had the opportunity to go to Taiwan, along with a team of 3 others, to do some construction projects, in a dorm building. We put in new bathroom counters with sinks, some tiling work, painting, and general clean up in the building. Even though Taiwan did not have the supplies and materials that we in America are accostumed to having at our local home improvement big box stores, we made the best of what we got. Although it was the hottest time of the year to go, we had a great time! The hosts of the YWAM base were great and very hospitable. The food was very good and the city of Taipei was generally very safe. Many a night, I was walking the riverfront late at night. I don't recommend that but I felt safe. Overall we had a very positive experience. It was nice to know that we had people praying for us while we were "on mission!"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely INCREDIBLE, this program is definitely about relationship. As we know we are designed to be in right community with one another and this program is exactly that. Relationship with others around the world and importantly relationship with God. I was unsure what this experience would hold for me, it held challenge, adventure, discovery, gaining a new family. This program gives you to option to choose your commitment time which is so ideal, I was able to do 2 months which is great because I am a student and could not commit to the 5 month DTS training. I got to be a servant of the Lord, cleaning around the base, helping cook meals for 120+ people, doing children's ministry, delivering basic necessities to the homeless, delivering Bibles, praying for people and learning about cultures from around the world. I learned so much more about God, myself and other people from this experience. More than I could ever learn in a classroom. 10/10 recommend this program to ANYONE. despite current commitments, finances etc. God was faithful through this experience and keep praying if you are thinking of going on a program like this one, then GO where God leads! I served in San Jose, Costa Rica by the way and their base is one big family of brothers and sisters in Christ, so amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First of all, it was a very unique experience, in terms of vacation: you are surrounded by people of faith who pray blessings upon your stay with interactions of an uplifting nature, you benefit from a superb location (in Le Chatel), in beautiful accommodations in a country where prices are prohibitive... You work to make the load lighter. I was given free-range to spruce up the grounds that needed much tending and that was rewarding. The times of shared worship were precious. The only thing that was challenging for me was to be thrust into food preparation, without formal training in that realm. It made me realize though that, with God, all things are rendered possible. As soldiers of the cross, we must be versatile and ready for combat in any zone! It did encourage me to hone more skills for my future Mission trips. May the Lord continue to bless you. Viviane

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first experience with Mission Builders, I didn't know what it was I knew we had to volunteer. What I found instead of work was freedom in Christ. It's been a good experience and I'm looking forward to serving again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Builders International is very knowledgeable and friendly. After a couple phone calls it feels like you're talking to a member of your family. They are patient and determined that you have the best experience you can possibly have. If they can't answer a question they will find out and get back to you. We have served on a number of mission trips through MBI and they have been very good experiences.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family (husband/wife and 3 kids...12yrs, 7yrs, 5yrs) had an amazing time watching God work through our time at Cowboys With a Mission in Meteetse, WY. We had odd jobs around the base, from cleaning out the cow's water tub to helping build a house for staff to looking for a rattlesnake that bit 3 horses early one morning. If you need a set schedule of things to do, this base is not for you. Mission Builders with an open mind and a willingness to fall in where needed will greatly benefit this base. Kevin and Sherri Cooley, the base directors, were a blessing to our family by allowing us to be a part of their Cowboys With A Mission family!

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Lynn111

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Mission Builders International-RV Associates has been a great resource to get us connected to the Discovery Bay-YWAM training center located a few miles west of Port Townsend, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. This summer, 2-RVs belonging to George and Sue Spear and Lynn and Jacky Battermann were invited to the training center to replace the exterior end wall of the Girls-Dorm building. Tag Larson, Director had the plywood on site and with assistance of two staff members we quickly accomplished our task. we had materials and time leftover, so George said, " were having so much fun, lets do the other end of the building too as it is in bad shape." Yes, we agreed and finished out the week with accomplishing twice as much as had been requested. Tag and Deidra Larson were truly blessed that the Lord had given us the strength and wisdom to complete the task.
We always enjoy volunteering at Discovery Bay, making new friends from around the world who come as students to train for the call of world missions by attending a DTS, Discipleship Training School for 3 months and 2 month outreach to a foreign land.
You would love serving there, give it a try, call MBI office and get started today. Call (406)-844-2683

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My wife and I volunteered to work at the YWAM Campus in Colorado Springs in July of this year. No students were on campus as the fall semester had not begin. We had a variety of jobs awaiting us and had some staff also helping with various chores. Accommodations were quite satisfactory. We enjoyed our work trip and learned more about the campus and their goals for providing students with the necessary skills for mission work. Colorado Springs is a lovely place to visit, especially if you come from areas of the USA with high humidity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth With A Mission at Colorado, Cimarron
I was expected, so when I called for directions for the last 14 miles, they knew who I was! I felt just like a member of the family right away. As soon as I arrived I was shown around this Christian base and was continually amazed at all they had done with this 75 acres in the mountains. They generated their own electricity, grew their own vegetables and had their own water supply. The water was so clean....it didn't even need to be treated. I was helping with a woman whose name is Angel and we cleaned windows, bathrooms, and the laundry room. I pitched in with meal preparation as well for the small SST school that was in progress (Summer of Service and Training - for young people, 2nd photo) and staff, about 23 people. I was welcome to attend the classes which were very powerful. The grounds were immaculately kept with room for well over a hundred and fifty people. A nice private room was given to me in the dormitory with my own bathroom, frij and microwave - like a hotel, with laundry facilities across the hall. I went into town for one evening and on another day I hired a wrangler to take me horseback riding throughout the five days that I was there. I was expected to join in the weekly early morning intercession and be involved in after-meal cleanup. Leftovers were made available and food was plentiful so even though I came prepared to take care of at least half of my meals, I took most of the food that I brought with me back home. Other guests and volunteers came and went and were treated very graciously. One pastor/writer came from Texas to rest and recuperate and another family lived in their own house where the mother was undergoing chemo' for cancer so you can imagine all the generosity involved. Where do they get all this stuff? Staff is unpaid. I was so very blessed to be a part of this missionary training facility and hope to continue in this volunteer activity in other locations as well.
Sarah Hartman
Roosevelt, Utah

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I had an opportunity to volunteer at YWAM Tyler Texas in March. It was a fantastic experience. She worked on moving and reassembling a campus library while I worked on repairing storm damage as well as remodeling a space into 3 new office areas. The folks at YWAM were gracious, welcoming us and inviting us to participate in evening activities. The staff was organized and provided lots of leadership/guidance. We pan to go back and would recommend this camp as a place of service to anyone seeking a fun place to volunteer.

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