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YWAM Mission Builders 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: recruiting and placing volunteers

Programs: matching volunteers to the needs of some of the1200 operating locations. We also provide training programs for mission builders aged 30 and up in a 3-month Crossroads Discipleship Training School beginning each April.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been to YWAM San Jose, Costa Rica, three times, three years in a row. What a great time! The hospitality of the base staff is excellent. Staff and students are friendly and the Homes of Hope staff are knowledgeable, hard working and very helpful. Our project build team was made up of Emerson and Spartan employees from Calgary, Canada, and Emerson San Jose, Costa Rica. Being able to build a homes for families in need was very fulfilling, and numerous of our young members comment on how this act of service to build homes has been the single most meaningful thing they have ever done. All members of our teams were touched by the opportunity to serve and bless. Each home build ended with an impactful moment of speaking a blessing over the receiving family and sharing how it had impacted our realities. Thanks YWAM San Jose!

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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.