Director’s Letter


Dear Friends,

Welcome to Youth With A Mission, Ocean City, NJ. We have a calling: to connect, equip, and send a new generation of missionaries who serve God in every area of influence. Mary & I started our journey with Youth With A Mission in 1985 when we did our Discipleship Training School. We offered our lives to make a difference in the world for Jesus’ sake. We raised our children, Justin, Nathan, and Rebecca in the same way. They have traveled the world with us on several missions outreaches and, before they began studies in college, each of them completed the DTS too. What an amazing journey!

Mary and I are the directors of YWAM Ocean City, NJ. Mary serves the Provost Office producing transcripts for students of YWAM’s University of the Nations. We moved here in 2013 after serving with YWAM for our first 30 years in Hawai’i, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and a year in Asia. We have led over 340 students from over 100 colleges/universities on 75 internships related to various fields of study in 35 countries since 1989. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement of the international leaders YWAM’s University of the Nations, I formed an international team and founded the Student Mobilization Centre, which is now directed by John Hwang. We developed the School of University Ministries & Missions and trained missionaries in India, Thailand, S. Korea, Colombia, Ecuador, and the USA, to equip YWAM staff. YWAM now has university missions teams in over 100 cities in 35 countries. Imagine the impact!

You see, we believe the university is God’s idea. God is the original artist, communicator, gardener, counselor, lawgiver and just judge, teacher, architect & builder, healer, and father of us all. The mission of God includes every area of influence. Our interns learn how their studies relate to God’s mission. Since then, the world has become more connected, and students expect to do studies abroad as part of any degree program. We believe it’s time to make these internships available to many more students every year. That’s why we built YWAM’s new internship placement platform called Converge

Converge is connecting skilled internship candidates to relevant global projects through an online recruiting, training, and fundraising platform. Why is an online missions platform so important? Because it allows interns from anywhere to participate in online training without the added cost of traveling to an orientation site and it serves those running missions projects around the world by simplifying the process of running an internship program.

We led our first Discipleship Training School in Ocean City, NJ with eight students and three staff in 2016. We will run the DTS again after the Lord sends us an experienced leader. Are you called to make disciples? Contact us.

We were commissioned as a YWAM ministry location in 2016. We are building a team of people who really love Jesus. We seek YWAM staff with a call to prayer, worship, discipleship, and servanthood. We seek people who are passionate for Jesus, people who are willing to learn new things, develop marketable skills, and want the knowledge of the glory of the Lord to cover the earth.

As we develop our core team, we plan to place hundreds of Converge interns every year. Would you help us connect, equip and send a new generation of missionaries to make a world of difference?

Part of establishing a ministry in Ocean City, NJ means securing monthly operational funding. Would you commit to pray and give toward this ministry? Learn about our many projects and missionaries on our Donate page where you may also make a secure online donation. If you choose to write a check, please make payable to “YWAM” and write your designation to a project or a missionary in the memo. Send to: YWAM, PO Box 1526, Ocean City, NJ 08226. 

Thank you for your encouragement and support!

God Bless You!

Together in the Great Commission,

John Henry, Director

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