by Luis & Doris Bush
March 22, 2012
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is placed in a position and posture to fuel the 4/14 Movement for such a time as this. Like the orphan Queen Esther was uniquely positioned to make a difference in her day, so YWAM in our day. The key biblical reference, Esther 4/14 matches the 4/14 Movement not only in the numbers 4/14 but also in the motif. Mentor Mordecai challenged the orphan queen with the words “for who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” There was a window of opportunity then to change the world at the time of Esther. So there is a window of opportunity today to change the world: the 4/14 Window.
God has divine purposes to accomplish in this world through people at appointed times. For Esther, the orphan who had become queen the word came from her uncle “perhaps you have come to royal position for such a time as this,” Esther 4:14. There are several reasons to believe that Youth With a Mission (YWAM) prioritize missional focus on the 4/14 Window could make a difference in our time.
As servant catalysts in the 4/14 Movement Doris and I readily responded to the invitation from our friends Jim and Judy Orred to come to Kona to bring focus on the 4/14 Window for weekly ‘Ohana Gathering’ meeting on March 15 which comprised around 600 staff and students from 47 nations, as well as family and guests from abroad and the local community. Jim chairs the YWAM Kona leadership team.
As we heard the heart of YWAM co-founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham and many others serving at YWAM base in Kona we became increasingly convinced that YWAM has a unique catalytic contribution to make to the 4/14 Global Initiative to raise up a new generation from the 4/14 Window to transform the world. In fact, we see that YWAM could have been raised up to the position it has today as the largest long-term mission agency in the world today operating from more than 600 bases with an additional 800 locations where university registered courses are taught totaling 1400 operating locations with more than 25,000 full time missionaries engaged in training, mercy ministries and evangelism.
At the ‘Ohana Gathering Luis shared from Joel 2:28 as quoted by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” The 4/14ers will play a major role in global mission in the end times, expounding God’s view and end-visioning the future with the help of the Holy Spirit and generational links. “As the founders of Youth with a Mission–this ever-expanding global ‘movement of ministry organizations,’ which has reached into every nation, Loren and Darlene Cunningham embody Joel 2:28 as generational links to a mighty emerging movement of the Holy Spirit in and through a younger generation. Prophesy is all about bringing God’s viewpoint to earthly matters.” Luis noted that one of those young men was a 21 year old–in fact he was 20–who saw a vision–while traveling in the Bahamas–of waves on the shorelines of the continents on a world map, growing bigger and bigger, covering the landmass which changed from waves to young people covering the continents, talking to people about their faith. That young person was Loren Cunningham. Youth with a Mission was born shortly after. As we listened to the co-founders, elders, department and project leaders and day by day decision makers there was a growing awareness in our hearts and minds that God is up to something and it is the raising up of YWAM for such a time as this to reach, rescue, root in God’s Word and raise up a new generation from the 4/14 Window to transform the world for the following reasons:
I. Call and Recall Missional Ministry to the Children Priority Focus
II. Media Ministry Highway to the Culture of the 4/14ers of our Day
III. YWAM Intercession for the 4/14 Window in the Personal Prayer Diary for 2012
IV. Justice Advocacy Attracts the 4/14ers
V. Infusion Integrating Incoming 4/14ers and Youth Increases
VI. King’s Kids Connection
- Seven Spheres Curriculum Catalyze 4/14ers to Maximize their Transformational Impact
- Future Fusion Fueled by Circles, Cycles, Circuits & Omega Zones