In 2010, the Lord gave Bruce and Patty a vision of pioneering a new YWAM ministry in Wylie Texas, just north of the Dallas Metroplex. God has given them a desire to see young people encounter Jesus, be equipped as disciples and leaders and reach people communities and nations with the Gospel.
In the Fall of 2012, we launched our very first Discipleship Training School here in Wylie. The vision of YWAM is to know God and to make Him known, beginning here and fanning out to the ends of the earth, taking to heart the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus said to his disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”.
Our local impact continues to grow as we reach out to families and at risk youth in our local community. We also continue to develop our overseas work with at risk children in SE Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Wylie is a place where urban life meets small town living. Located just over twenty miles northeast of Dallas, the “City Between the Lakes” has a quaint feel, while still providing easy access to big city life.
The city of Wylie was founded in 1887, shaped by two railroads running through town. In the late 1970s Wylie started to receive some of the Dallas-Fort Worth growth, and over the last decade, it has become the third fastest growing city in Texas, and it continues to grow rapidly.
There are many churches in Wylie, and there seems to be an excitement and interest toward missions. There is a growing unity amongst the local churches, and we as YWAM are planning to be a part of these meetings. Our goal is to reach out locally in order to reach out globally.
Youth With A Mission is a global volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “why-wham”), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.
When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently have tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) and we work with thousands of teams and locations.
YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, conveying the message of the gospel and caring for those in need. We are currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.