III. YWAM Intercession for the 4/14 Window in the Personal Prayer Diary for 2012
In December 2011, Tom Bragg, Director of YWAM Publishing wrote: “For over thirty years, YWAM Publishing has had the privilege of publishing the Personal Prayer Diary and Daily Planner. Currently, over 40,000 Christians worldwide join in God’s work in the world through vital intercession for the nations using this comprehensive resource. For 2012, we are especially excited about our focus on the 4/14 Window.” The Personal Prayer Diary and Daily Planner for 2012 incorporated “The 4/14 Window: Raising Up a New Generation” as anchor article. Likewise the Spanish and Portuguese editions by different publishers with distributions of 30,000 and 20,000, included the article and focus on the 4/14 Window.
With so many tens of thousands interceding in the worldwide family of YWAM for the 4/14 Window in 2012 it would be within the realm of possibility that the vision and the burden to focus YWAM ministries of all kinds in all places on the 4/14 Window would emerge as an answer to prayer. YWAM, you have been raised up for such a time as this. As the 2012 Prayer Guide makes clear, we should prioritize our missional focus on the 4/14 Window because it is a vast unmobilized demographic ripe for the harvest.
“Every Christ follower in every community and nation—even children and youth—are called to involvement in Christ’s transformational mission. In the Bible, 4/14ers like Samuel, David, Josiah, Esther, and Jeremiah were used by God to enact great transformation. Jesus Himself loved and used children in his ministry, such as the young boy with the five loaves and two fish (John 6:9). Jesus flipped the world’s view upside-down: He saw children as the spiritual pacesetters for adults. They modeled what His Kingdom was all about. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:15).
IV. Justice Advocacy Creatively Attracts the 4/14ers
Advocates for justice for children taps into the 4/14ers missional concern of today regardless of whether they are Christian or not. Human nature cares that its defenseless little ones are made slaves and forced to fight in armies over causes not their own, at the cost of their own lives. It expresses the heart of mission of Jesus as stated in Luke 4 to release the oppressed rooted in God’s revelation from the book of Isaiah as in “He will give justice to the poor,” (Is. 11:4); in which as the servant “He will bring justice to the nations,” (Is. 42:1) and “He will bring justice to all who have been wronged” (Is. 42.3 and “He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth” (Is. 42:4). Jesus stated mission including setting the captives free. In today’s world an estimated twenty seven million human beings are kept as slaves, mainly in the sex trade and many of those children.
PhotogenX is one of the creative means for advocating justice that appeals to all, including children. New Zealander Paul Childers with his photographer wife Susie have published books; a prayer guide for thirty days of prayer for the voiceless speaking on behalf of those cannot really speak for themselves. Seventy thousand copies of an English edition were printed with photographs calling the body of Christ to engagement in this same concern that was the passion of Jesus. (See interview at
V. Infusion Integrating Incoming 4/14ers and Youth Increases
YWAM’s program called Infusion attracts thousands of thirteen to fourteen year olds for two weeks to tackle topics such as the Father’s heart; Jesus is Lord, who Holy Spirit is, and what living out the Kingdom looks like. Each year these 4/14ers join and integrate older teens seeking after God and His will for their lives. The older teens are those on the planet most able to positively influence the 4/14ers as they live in their culture and understand their language while being often regarded as heroes to the younger teens.
Infusion speaks beyond a program to a reality of unprecedented growth of this ever-expanding global “movement of ministry organizations,” which has reached into every nation. Entering YWAM normally involves signing up for a DTS (Discipleship Training School) or other course in the largest non-formal university in the world called the University of the Nations.
The screen on one wall in the Gateway shows the number of incoming students interested in coming to the Kona base to take a DTS course or some other course who are online (blue), pending acceptance (pink), to be interviewed (yellow) and accepted (green).
Gateway and Crown (Christ Revealed on World Networks) Ministries led by Chong Ho Won, a former IT executive, along with a team of highly qualified people who have committed themselves as IT missionaries to provide a gateway to crowning ministries, have successfully gone from a paper office four months ago to a paperless picture perfect visual presentation of each person who enters the University of the Nations and training courses at YWAM’s Kona location. The photograph, address and phone number for each of those who are accepted into one of YWAM’s many programs flashes on the screen. Chong Ho Won told us that it reminds each person at Gateway and Crown Ministries that every person counts.
Among other promptings for upgrading to this remarkable new system to track of people entry through the gateway committed to God’s mission was a vision of 200,000 people coming for training to the University of the Nations for diverse Christian organizations on God’s mission in the nations. YWAM leaders views themselves not a mission organization or mission agency but rather, as an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.
Several of whom we talked with expressed anticipation that there is a fresh wave coming of people wanting to prepare to serve among the nations. A university based mobile DTS is being prepared to train 25,000 students beginning in January 2013.
There are a growing number of partnerships with other ministries such as the South Pacific partnership for the purpose of Bible translation and Call to All.
VI. King’s Kids Connection
The largest of YWAM’s Ministries is King’s Kids International ministry which was launched thirty six years ago by Dale Kauffman and has grown in numbers and maturity. KKI / King’s Kids International is a ministry of “Youth With A Mission” that serves in partnership with families, churches and other like-minded organizations. King’s Kids is an international movement, embracing a Kingdom lifestyle that is family-based and generationally linked.
The purpose of Kings Kids is to care for, reach, equip and mobilize children, youth and families into their destiny of knowing God, bringing Him joy, making Him and His Kingdom known. They value relationship
with God as a first priority by growing to know Him intimately and by bringing Him joy. They value discipleship training in the context of everyday life.
They value the spiritual capacity and destiny of children, preteens and teenagers. They value the family and the linking of the generations. They value team leadership, networking and partnerships. They value a lifestyle of reaching out by making Jesus and His Salvation known to all peoples, serving in ways that can extend His Kingdom into all spheres of society worldwide
VII. Seven Spheres Curriculum Catalyze 4/14ers to maximize their transformational impact
The development of a curriculum for 4/14ers to maximize their transformational impact in the seven spheres of cultural influence in society was worked by YWAM-King’s Kids International leader Yarley Nino with Lyssette Ruiz titled: Transforming Nations – Discipling the 4/14 Generation. The curriculum is designed to transform nations through well trained 4/14ers. They seek to provide educative material based on Biblical Worldview of the spheres of cultural influence in society. Designed to be taught in a seven day camp the sessions are highly participatory giving Biblical foundations for entering each of the spheres of cultural influence in society.
The training consists of topics such as: Christian character and the spiritual capacity of children and Self-Government based on the teachings of Dale Kauffman and missional goals per sphere of cultural influenced based on Landa Cope’s Deuteronomy Template. (http://www.technoheaven.com/bi/zBI-Old%20Testament%20Template.doc) They are witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit bringing revival in the lives of children, adolescents, youth and adults in Panama and transformation of a community in Colombia. They have given the course in Hong Kong.
VIII. Future Fusion Fueled by Circles, Cycles, Circuits & Omega Zones
As we met with Loren Cunningham for an hour at his home on March 17th we talked about the past for some time, then about the present including the vision for the release of children as change agents using the grasshoppers as an example.
Then he shared his heart about the future of YWAM with reference to Circles, Cycles, and Circuits and then about Omega Zones. As he talked I saw a future involving the fusion of many ministries over many years fueled by intentional missional engagement in greater breadth and depth in and through Circles, Cycles, and Circuits and then about Omega Zones. These geographical units are called Omega zones because YWAM wants Jesus – who is the alpha and omega – to be known in every part of the earth. For more information link to http://4kworldmap.com/. In our conversation he expressed a vision for a YWAM presence in every one of the Omega zones around the world.
The picture of the circles, cycles, and circuits emerged the first morning after the YWAM 50th anniversary celebrations of 2010 ended. He talked to us in some
detail the geographical layout of the circuits and need and plans for forty more naval vessels to use. In the 2011 Global Leadership Forum gathering Loren presented the vision as a way to steward the future growth of YWAM. “John Dawson explains that Loren spoke about circles of purposeful relationship, which could include existing groupings within YWAM, such as mercy ministry or frontier missions, but could also include YWAMers working within the spheres, such as in the area of education. He also talked briefly about circuits of geography, and cycles of time. He said this three-fold model could allow for tremendous expansion of YWAM’s ministry. The circles and circuits and cycles, they’re going to enable us to multiply greatly.”
Youth With A Mission is positioned to enhance and energize the 4/14 Movement for such a time as this.
Recent President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies, Paul McKaughan, who has served as a member of our accountability/support committee for more than twenty five years made this statement about YWAM in the mid-1990’s: “It is probably the most significant seed bed for leadership in the Christian movement today and indeed is the largest long term mission agency in the world. So many people of vision now in pastorates and other leadership positions have been impacted by and have come out of that ministry. It is this that makes YWAM one of, if not the most influential movement in our Christian world today. The question becomes can they sustain it as they mature in the 21st?” In our view not only have they sustained their momentum but they have surpassed the expectations of years gone by.
It is our conviction that prioritizing their missional focus on the 4/14 Window in the next phase of their ministry YWAM will maximize their positive transformational impact in the nations and omega zones of this world.