YWAM Kaštela team
As YWAM Croatia in Kaštela, our vision is ‘Blessed to be a Blessing’ as we believe God has blessed us with gifts and talents, relationships and resources, experience and wisdom but most of all, hope, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, so we can be a blessing to those around us and share His love with them.
We are a team from different countries who have a heart to see lives transformed and people discipled both from Croatia and those coming to join us for our Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) and outreaches.
Our focus as a team is through the following ministries.
Family ministries – Croatia is such a relational culture and families are at the heart of every community, so family ministries is a key part of what we do. Our team runs a babies and toddlers singing club and get-together with mums, kids crafts at a local cafe, a teen club for local teenagers and a bible study group for some of the teens. We help run annual kids camps for locals and have events during these for families to come together. We hope to have family days and a family camp in the future.
Ships ministries – We own a 39ft sailing vessel which we have been using to run a sailing DTS, sailing outreaches to the islands, sail training and retreats.
Training and discipleship – As well as the DTS, we also have been part of organising retreats and seminars for Croatians from different churches, for example, a seminar on a nearby island.
Partnering with local charities – We have volunteered with other charities doing work in our local community for example, practical work for a rehabilitation centre, and a support group helping those with disabilities. We also have a partnership with our local church and are involved with different church activities.
Although we are currently in one location, our heart is to see more teams started, being a blessing to the whole of Croatia.
The Story Of YWAM
From a late-night vision given to a 20-year-old in the Bahamas to a global ministry with over 18,000 workers, the growth of YWAM is the story of God’s inspiration, God’s grace for many mistakes, and the creativity of the Holy Spirit’s leading. The heart of YWAM – to worship God, to serve God’s global purposes, and to champion young people, remains as strong as it was in the beginning.
1956, One Vision
1960, Youth With A Mission
1969, The First Training Program
In 1970, YWAM bought the hotel in which it held its first school, and made Lausanne, Switzerland YWAM’s first permanent location. The building offered classroom space and housing for YWAM students.
We still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 8 to 80. We currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.
One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations. YWAM’s staff (known as “YWAMers”) come from over 130 countries, including places like Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique, and Colombia.