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Youth Missions International

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

I personally know many of the young people and adults who go with them to many different countries. The youth have been challenged and changed by these trips. They are well prepared by a training camp. We are happy to help support some of these youth.



Rating: 5

Hey, so my husband and I have been involved with YMI for about 6 years now. We've been impressed with the impact YMI has had on the youth they work with. These teens come back with a changed world view, and better skills to serve in their local communities. We've also been pleased to see YMI working with nationals in the various countries they reach out to-- the contacts YMI makes and the ministries they assist with continue long after the Americans are gone. Good stuff! :)



Rating: 5

Youth Missions International has a way of reaching and developing young individuals in their Christian walk that furthers not only their own faith but the practical life work of furthering the Gospel of Christ. I volunteered for YMI several time in past years and have been blessed by the Christ centered teaching and encourage. Today, I support YMI monthly and I know that God entrusted money to me in order to invest in the operations of organizations like Youth Missions International.



Rating: 5

In sending teams of high school students, college students and churches out on short term trips to spread the gospel, YMI not only impacts those people the teams work with but the lives of the team members as well.

My son's life was changed forever by a YMI trip to Ukraine. He saw God using his team to hugely impact children and pastors. He was also given the opportunity by his trip leaders to really stretch himself and step into a team leadership role.

Seeing the effect of his actions, much prayer and God's grace, my son decided that he wanted to work in missions full time after graduating from college. He is well on his way to doing this.

YMI offers opportunities that change lives!