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ARE SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIPS ENOUGH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?

After one or more outreaches, don't you want more? Don't go through college without learning how to make a difference.

DON'T BE LIKE I WAS: A DEADMAN WALKING WITHOUT A CALLING.

Just because you hunger for relationships and meaningful experiences, just because you seek justice for the poor, does not mean you will be able to make a difference.

Where can you turn for a practical service experience that goes deeper into your long-term spiritual formation?

 

Introducing Converge

Converge is not like any other short-term missions program. Converge is missional internships sponsored by YWAM’s global network of ministries.

With Converge, students complete a well-defined project that relates to their studies and their passion.

FIND OUT HOW STUDENTS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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Over 25 Years Global Internships Leadership

With over 25 years experience directing YWAM sponsored internships, we have developed Converge with a global listing of missional internship opportunities, an online learning course, and a social fundraising platform for your project.

If you are a student ministry leader or your missional organization needs interns, watch this video to learn how to Create an Internship program.

Korean campus minister in Dallas – Sarah Jihye Choi

This is the story of how Jihye pioneered a new International Student Ministry for YWAM at the University of Texas in Dallas. After six years of work with students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Jihye went to Christ for the Nations to study worship theology. Then God interrupted her plans to return to Madison.

Engaging Community – Marjorie Johnson

Marjorie and her husband David train community development workers in South Asia. Marjorie’s perspective will help you to love your neighbor. She will challenge you to engage your community by listening, learning and serving others.

Creating Converge Community in Latin America – Glenis Acosta

English is Glenis’ second language. She became our first Converge intern to Albania where nobody spoke Spanish and only a few spoke English. But that’s when she began to sense God calling her to be a translator. Her story about the children in the orphanage in Albania will touch your heart.

Friend of the Foreigner – Ned Hale, IVCF Archivist

Ned is the former director of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s International Student Ministries. This conversation with Ned Hale was primarily to discuss the importance of friendship with the foreign student for the cause of Christ. However, our discussion honored many others who he had the privilege of knowing over five decades of university missions.

University Missions in Colombia with Aldo Mauricio Chaparro Sanchez

Mauricio and Diana are YWAM missionaries to the universities in South America. Mao directs YWAM’s Student Mobilization Centre offices in Cartagena, Colombia.

Declaration Films: Telling Missionary Stories with Andy Henry

Andy Henry is a young pastor and filmmaker. He recently started Declaration Films. This March 2019, Andy and his wife Robin will go to South Africa to create films to tell missionary stories. Learn more about Declaration Films and Andy and Robin’s trip to

English Teacher Internship in Madagascar

Help the Malagasy university students to speak English and share your faith in Jesus Christ. You will teach twice or three times a week, 2 hours per teaching, in our English Club. You will also do English teaching and conversations in the YWAM base.

YWAM Peacemaker in the Middle East

Ramy Taleb tells his Converge Story of becoming a peacemaker in Lebanon. God took Ramy out of Lebanon to Northern Ireland and then South Africa in order to learn how to be a reconciler for peace in his own homeland. Two interns spent seven months in Lebanon in 2018.

Internships in Bosnia Herzegovina with Belinda Chaplin

“If you are called to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.” Belinda Chaplin shares this life-shaping statement on this episode. Belina, a YWAM missionary to Bosina Herzegovenia, is hosting Converge interns who will work alongside the local church.

Character, God, and the UN – Dom Dixon in India

I first met Dom in Delhi in 2004 in our School of University Ministries. Then I met him again the summer of 2016 when I was in Bangalore, India with a Discipleship Training School outreach team. Dom was heading to Geneva, Switzerland for a special new work with the United Nations. Dom shares with us a perspective about character and God as governor.

Catalyzing Cooperation through Identity – Akpene Torku

Akpene worked with Campus Renewal Ministries for several years. CRM helps catalyze united movements for Christ. Akpene tells of her work bringing campus-wide unity to student organizations in Houston, New York, Atlanta, and more. Then she tells of her “converge moment” when she realized God was calling her on to a new venture.

Davi and Moni de Souza – ALT Campus Brasilia

Davi and Moni Souza are Missionário Voluntário at JOCUM 360 (YWAM missionaries at YWAM360) in Brasilia, Brasil. This newlywed power couple in YWAM tells their story of relationship and partnership in the gospel.

Sean Lambert – Homes of Hope

In May of 1990, a group of twelve YWAM missionaries traveled from Los Angeles to Tijuana to build one house for a needy Mexican family. Sean Lambert tells the story of how YWAM’s Homes of Hope has built over 6000 homes worldwide. 

In November 2018, YWAM Converge and Coastal Christian in Ocean City, NJ built a house from too. This discussion is about ministry to the poor. Find out what you and your group could do. 

Moses Kharat – Bringing Health to Villages in India

Dr. Moses Kharat shares his converge story toward salvation and becoming a healer for villagers in India on this episode of the Converge Stories Podcast.

Dean Harvey – The Broken Heart of God

Dean tells his converge story when his son tragically died in a car accident. The pain of that loss brought Dean to a revelation of the love of God and of God’s broken heart.

God is a gardener – a discussion with Tom Bloomer

In addition to having a Ph.D. in Education, Tom is a gardener. He lives just outside of Geneva, Switzerland in Burtigny, a little village surrounded by the French and Swiss Alps. You’ll be surprised by the connections between education and gardening.

Lisa Fulkerson Kreinbrook – Social Work in Guatemala

Lisa Fulkerson Kreinbrook attended the YWAM Internship team John Henry led in the early ‘90s to Guatemala. Lisa was a student at U. Northern Iowa. Lisa’s field assignment for the internship was to serve as a Social Worker in the garbage dump community in Guatemala City.

Ryan Dutra – Upswing Strategies

Ryan filmed all 50 of the videos for our Converge Course pre-departure lessons, which every intern completes before traveling to serve a missional organization somewhere in the world. After that, Ryan served for several years at YWAM Salem, OR where he developed some of the tools to start a consulting agency called Upswing Strategies, helping organizations create a clear plan for growth and reach more people who will invest in their mission.

Tamara and Monaco – Peacemaking Internship in Lebanon

Monaco and Tamara worked with over 500 young people in Lebanon, including Syrian refugees, over the seven-month internship. Monaco’s project is to calculate the growth of forgiveness from activities designed to break the cycle of violence and revenge.

Laura McKinnis – Health Care Internship to Mongolia

In the summer of 1998, Laura went to South Korea and Mongolia for an internship focused on healthcare. She was a nursing student at Samford University. Her life and ministry as an ER Nurse were shaped during that summer.

Converge interns have...

    Started businesses and planted churches; established HIV/AIDS counseling clinics; installed water pumps and storage facilities; created therapy routines for disabled children in orphanages; set up working pharmacies with donated drugs; created curricula for schools; taught forgiveness educations to youth in the Middle East; and much more…

    IS CONVERGE FOR YOU?

    • Converge is for students, group leaders, and missional organizations…
    • Converge is for students entering college, during college, and after college. It’s for those who have already done at least one short-term outreach.
    • No, YWAM’s Discipleship Training School is NOT required. But YWAMers love Converge too.
    • And Converge is for leaders with missional organizations seeking the right people and ministry leaders seeking next steps for their students. 
    Search InternshipsLearn how to get interns

    Youth With A Mission is an international missions movement encompassing thousands of long and short-term volunteers working in almost every nation in the world. YWAM ministries emphasize the areas of Evangelism, Training, and Mercy Ministries. 

    YWAM Converge is part of the YWAM family of ministries. 

    Watch this video to learn more about YWAM:

    YWAM Converge is a network of ministries engaging influential spheres of society. Part of YWAM International, the Converge network is led by a team of managing partners who are focusing on one or more sphere, such as the arts, business, education, media, and more. Learn more about YWAM Converge here.

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