Frequently Asked Questions
What is YWAM?
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently have tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) and we work in thousands of teams and locations.
Who are you?
Justin and Angela have been in Madrid for 7 years now, working primarily in the Discipleship Training School and also doing children’s outreach in our nieghborhood. Our pioneering team consists of five adults and two children. We have a heart for discipleship, investing in young leaders, and community development. With the refugee crisis in Europe, much of our recent outreach has focused on bringing aid and relief to immigrants in need. This video was made last year and highlights some of that effort.
What kind of ministry do you do?
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a five-month training course in foundational Christian education, spiritual disciplines, and practical preparation for missions and ministry. The other primary aspect of our work involves local outreach to our neighborhood through English classes, programs for kids, and community events.
What is the city like?
The Tropical Coast of Spain includes three larger cities and numerous small towns. We plan to establish the YWAM base in Almuñécar, which has about 27,000 year-round residents. Because it is a beach town, the population triples in the months of July and August, when most Europeans have time off for vacations. It is a beautiful place, with beaches, hiking, paragliding, and even snow skiing nearby. It has a rich history of Roman and Phonetician rule and those ruins can still be seen today.
Spiritually speaking, there are three evangelical churches in the city, but no known fellowships in most of the neighboring towns. Like most of Andalucía, the primary religion is Catholicism, although more and more people there today consider themselves non-religious.
Why are you in the city? Why not move to the country where land is cheaper?
St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Take special care that you obtain a good and sufficiently large site, or one that can be enlarged with time, large enough for house and church, and if possible, not too far removed from the conversation of the city, and having bought that, it will be a good beginning for all that follows.”
This is our heart and passion. To be in the heart of the city, living among the people to share God’s love through being neighbors. The key to reaching Spain is through developing meaningful relationships, and these take time and trust.
Why do you need such a big hotel?
It’s true that 38 rooms seems like a lot to start with, but God has told us to dream big! We never want to be accused of dreaming too small or only doing what is humanly possible. We need to have space to grow! We envision part of this property becoming a community center for the neighbors, where we can offer classes and activities – a place to belong.
What kind of operational costs are there with a property this big?
Monthly expenses based on 75% occupancy of the hotel (averaging both high and low seasons) come out to about 2,800 euros a month, including insurance, utilities, parking, and neighborhood fees. Part of our purchase price will include several months of these expenses. Once we begin hosting staff and students in our schools, we should become self-sustaining.
What happens to my donation if you aren’t able to get the hotel?
All money donated to the purchase of this property will go toward purchasing a YWAM building. If for some reason we are unable to meet the deadlines or this property is sold to another, then the funds will purchase another property. We have looked at 8 hotels in the city in the 1-2 million euro range and many of them could be transformed into suitable properties to house staff and students and host schools. If we are able to make the 10% deposit and unable to make the full payment after the negotiated time, then the deposit is forfeit. For this reason, we are prayerfully going forward a step at a time.
How can I get involved?
We are actively seeking individuals to pray, give, and serve. If you have a heart for intercession, please contact us below to be included on our mailing list. If you are interested in supporting this vision financially or know of others who can give, please visit our donate page. If you have a desire to come and serve short term (less than 3 months) or have completed a Discipleship Training School and are interested in serving full-time, please write to us in the box below.
Where can I get more information?
To hear more about our journey and read about the steps leading us to this place, please read our last newsletter at this link.
Please contact us for any other questions you may have. We would love to hear from you!