Director’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Youth With A Mission, Ocean City, NJ. We have a calling: to connect, equip, and send volunteers 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 travelled 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. We moved here in 2013 after serving with YWAM for our first 30 years in Hawai’i, Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin. We have led over 300 students from over 100 colleges/universities on 75 internships related to various fields of study to 35 countries since 1989. Along with a small team, I founded the Student Mobilization Centre of YWAM’s University of the Nations, which is now directed by John Hwang. We developed and led a training course, the School of University Ministries & Missions, in India, Thailand, S. Korea, Colombia, 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, law giver and just judge, teacher, architect & builder, healer, and father of us all. The mission of God includes every area of influence. Our interns learned 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 thousands of students every year. That’s why about four years ago I started another huge undertaking. Through many trials and false-starts, we are putting the finishing touches on YWAM’s new internship placement platform called Converge.

Converge takes our experience connecting skilled interns to relevant global projects and moves it to an online recruiting, training, and fundraising platform, allowing interns to participate without the added cost of traveling to an orientation site, at the same time significantly expanding the number of interns we have the ability to connect, equip, and send to hosts on a global scale. And now, after years of development, we are ready to launch Converge.

We moved to Ocean City, NJ to be close to Mary’s aging mother, Madeleine Allegretto, who is now living with us. We did not plan to run a DTS here in Ocean City. However, God had another idea in mind. While walking the bridge in prayer between this barrier island city and the mainland, God spoke to me: “Run the DTS.” Despite my resistance to the idea, several people brought confirmations and we read the first DTS 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. nIn addition to developing Converge, Mary & I moved here with roles serving the Provost Office of YWAM’s University of the Nations. Mary runs the Transcript Office and I serve as managing editor of the UofN Catalog.

So YWAM Ocean City began as more of an office for a startup than a YWAM base. We have been commissioned as a YWAM ministry location and we are forming a team of people who really love Jesus. We are praying together about what the local expression of this ministry will be. Therefore, we seek Converge program staff, as well as those who will develop local ministries. 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. We will have one summer session for just 50 internship opportunities in 2017. Would you help us connect, equip and send Converge students 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? nMake your check payable to “YWAM” and write: “Passion 2017” in the memo. Send to: YWAM, PO Box 1526, Ocean City, NJ 08226. If you prefer to make an online donation, please go to: https://goo.gl/1LG8mV.

Thank you for your encouragement and support!

God Bless You,

John Henry 

John Henry, Director