Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), passed away last week, October 6th 2023, after a bout with cancer. Loren was 88.
Like the Chinese missionaries, Loren had a life-long dream of completing the Great Commission. According to YWAM’s official website, “Loren was the first person in history to travel for the sake of Christ and the Great Commission to every sovereign nation on earth, all dependent countries, and more than 100 territories.”
“Now he has added one more “stamp” to his well-worn passport: HEAVEN!” said Eivind Froeen, a Norwegian missionary who worked closely with Loren in the 1970s.
Loren is often called the “de-regulator of missions,” because he broke the traditional missionary model by creating opportunities for young people to serve on the mission field around the world, short-term, and without a salary. Being unsalaried is why some people have refered to YWAM as ‘Youth Without Any Money.’
Millions have been trained for missions and sent out by YWAM over the decades. “He had a vision from every nation, to every nation,” said Eivind.
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