Is that really you God?

If you know YWAM, you know that this is something we learned to ask God from our very beginnings?

Loren Cunningham wrote a book about it with exactly that title, because it seemed that what God was showing Loren in 1956 was so big and amazing that he had to ask “Is that really you God?”

It sure was God!

The vision was clear, waves of young people, missionaries, crashing as waves on the shores of all the continents of the world, bringing with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today 58 years later the waves are still growing and young people are still going out with the gospel in new and creative ways.

This book tells our story as a mission. It talks about our DNA, the thing God told us that makes us who we are….YWAM!

This book contains the principles on which God guided us as a mission and how He still does that today.

This adventure of hearing and obeying the voice of God can’t be more simple than that.

Giacomo and I have lived our lives like this for the past 22 years. We have been part of YWAM all these years and it is being part of this family that has shown us that hearing God and radically obeying Him definetely is an adventure.

Us with co-founder of YWAM Darlene Cunningham

Not always easy or without its challenges but worth it, absolutely.

We don’t plan to stop any time soon or ‘go home’. We are home, we are right where we are supposed to be.

Serving in YWAM is where God called us to be and there is no doubt that this really was God!!

Want to read this book? You can order your copy at YWAM Publishing!!

A great and easy read and wonderful gift to give away!

Who does not want to be challenged in hearing and obeying God?

Giacomo translating for Loren Cunningham – founder of YWAM

What is a DTS?

In Youth With a Mission the Lord called us to train our missionaries. In 1968 the very first training school was offered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Why you might ask? Because the Lord directed our founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham to do so and we have learned over the 58 years of YWAM that when the Lord speaks we radically obey. Not only did God speak to us to train our missionaries, but He also spoke to have a University and so in 1978 the University of the Nations was called into existence. (Click on the links for more info).

Ok, great, training, but what is DTS?

What started out as the School of Evangelism of almost one year was later shortened to a more concise discipleship training school, thus DTS, of 20-24 weeks long. The first 12 weeks would be spend in the classroom, receiving solid biblical teaching from teachers from around the world on a variety of topics that would help the student to grow in their personal relationship with God, their understanding of God’s character, nature and ways as well as how to walk in their identity as a follower of Jesus.

Speakers from around the world teaching you about the ways of God

It is then followed by a 8-12 weeks field assignment, all part of the DTS course. The first phase which we often call “Lecture phase”, can’t exist without the proper field assignment, which we also call “Outreach phase”. The two phases go together and must be completed before calling yourself a true “ywam-er”.

The Discipleship Training School is an intense time of learning both during lecture time as well as in the live-learn environment. All students live together on our YWAM Campus, share meals with the full time missionaries serving with YWAM and will have several corporate times of worship, intercession and family nights during their time with us. It is all part of the process of learning, growing in our relationship with the Lord, while also growing in our relationship with God’s people and with God’s world as we go on the field assignment together after our lecture phase is completed.

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Living and learning together with people from around the world

After the Field Assignment is completed we then return to the YWAM Campus where we initiated our journey and will have another few days of ‘debrief’ or ‘evaluation’ before we have a ‘graduation’ night in which we commission our students into the next thing the Lord has called them to do to expand His kingdom.

Some students stay on as full time missionaries with either their host location, where they completed their DTS or another YWAM Campus around the globe. You are now officially part of the YWAM Family and are able to join any YWAM location that the Lord would call you to.

Fun is part of the DTS, learning new languages and getting to know new cultures

Others hear the call from the Lord to return to their home town, either for education purposes or to enter into a sphere of society and bring the kingdom of God in the area of their degree.

No matter what your goal is for doing a DTS with YWAM, it can serve many different purpose, but keep in mind that this course is designed to challenge and grow you in your relationship with the Lord, with others and with God’s world. It is meant to inspire and cultivate that relationship towards growth resulting a Christ like character, which is based on a solid Biblical foundation, the Holy Spirit and a personal application of Biblical truth. It seeks to equip you in further service and respond to the heart cry of God to make Him known among the nations.

What does it require?

Not much really! Do you have a desire to grow in your relationship with God and your understanding of God. Are you willing to take 6 months of your life to invest in this, go deeper, grow in a Biblical Worldview, being inspired on how to make God known in new and creative ways? Have you finished high school and are not sure where to go in life or simply want to lay more foundation in your faith before heading out into the world, then this is something you might want to consider.

Celebrating the nations every day while your are in DTS

Does it cost me something?

Yes, it will cost you something, besides time you will need to cover the tuition of the course, which is different based on the YWAM location where you take the course. You will cover food, housing, travel (field assignment) and operational costs of the course. If you live far away from the location you choose, you will have to cover your airfare there and back.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely! God is raising up a new generation that walks with Him, talks with Him and is led by His Holy Spirit and is willing to radically obey what He calls them to do. Doing DTS can be the first step in the process of becoming a full time missionary either with YWAM or another organization. Putting aside 6 months of our lives to go deeper with God, know His ways, obey His ways, love His people and go out and spread the good news of the Gospel is more than worth it, don’t you think?


Where can I sign up?

Every trimester (January, April, July, September), YWAM San José starts a brand new DTS with new students!! You can sign up by visiting our website or by visiting us on the YWAM SJ Facebook or you can write us by filling out the form below or write an email to


A new wave of missionaries

Can you see it? Can you perceive it? There is a new wave, a new generation of missionaries about to come forth that will sweep across the nations.

Here in Costa Rica we are seeing it, believing for it and perceiving it.

Giacomo was able to share with close to 40 young people about what it means to have a Biblical Worldview. Several in the crowd have either done a Discipleship Training School with YWAM or are about to join YWAM all over the world. These are young people from Costa Rica!!!

Several others are young professionals serving in different spheres of society, bringing the kingdom of God into every are of life as we saw in many nations around the world when the Bible got into the hands of the people.

When people receive the Word of God in their language, started believing what it said and gave their lives to Jesus, whole communities, cities and nations started being transformed as Biblical truth was applied in life, in business, in science, in education and more.

It is that time again when a new generation of missionaries will arise to take their communities, cities and Nations back for the Kingdom of God.

It is time for a new wave of Bible believing, Bible practicing followers of Jesus Christ, led by His Spirit to sweep across the Nations with the Truth of the Gospel, the Love of God in every sphere of society.

They are rising up, here in Costa Rica and around the world…

What a privilege to be part of equipping, training and releasing them.

Will you join us to pray for them, support them and sending them?

Growing in faith

Many times the road up ahead is long, windy and you have no idea what is around the corner, yet faith in who is leading us will keep us on the road, walking straight ahead, trusting that where it leads is where He wants you to end up.

Faith is to have confidence of what you hope for and assurance of the things you can’t see. How you ask? How can I be certain that what is ahead is good, or what is head will not bite me in the back later on.

Faith is not something we can achieve on our own, faith comes through looking at a person called Jesus Christ. Without Jesus there is no faith. The Bible says He is the author and perfecter of our faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

We are a family that has said long time ago that wherever He leads us we would go, even without knowing the path ahead, whether it makes a turn, whether there are obstacles in the road or not. If Jesus it the one that is leading us, the One who authors our faith than we will obey without doubting because it gives us the confidence of the things hoped for and the assurance of things not yet seen.

YWAM San Jose is at a crucial turning point where we need to see our faith increase, and we are all challenged to hold on for the ride on the road ahead. But faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. So we hold on to Jesus and walk closely to Him, listening to what the Spirit has to say to us and move forward with confidence that He will show us the details of what this is supposed to look like.

These are exciting and yet challenging times, but so was it for Abraham when he was asked to go “to the land God would show him.” So was it for Noah who build the ark in faith and in Holy fear to the Lord.

That is where we are at, ready to build in obedience to what the Lord told us many years ago, building in the fear of the Lord, cause nothing is for our glory, it is for His and for the expansion of His kingdom.

Thank you for standing with our family and with the ministry that God has entrusted into our hands. Without you as our partners we would not be able move forward as fast as we are. We need you. May this weekend be blessed and filled with revelation from our Lord.

New roof, no leaks

Over the past week we have been so very blessed by the team from Jessup Church in Maryland. This was their 5th year comin over the summer and blessing our nation with their service.

This year they came to help install new roofs on our containerville housing!

About 9 years ago we purchased containers for relief work during the aftermath of the earthquake about an hour away from the capital.

After the relief work was done, we brought the containers to our facility and turned them into staff and student housing.

One of our missionaries officially named it “Containerville” and even made a sign for it.

The roof since it’s beginnings has been needing some much needed upgrade and this past week our containers have now received this upgrade.

We are so grateful as our containers will now officially go into their version 2.0!!!

But for version 2.0 to be completed we still need the inside done also. Want to come give us a hand and give our male missionaries a nicer home before we build our new dorms? Send us a note and come down to help for a few weeks…

Missionaries don’t only preach the gospel through evangelism they also preach it through serving in the most practical needs! Wether we build a house for a needy family or fix a roof to house more missionaries, it’s all for the expansion of His kingdom.

Come and join us for a few weeks…

Email us today!

Be part part of the story

Close to 1000 students have been discipled and trained through our various training schools here at YWAM San José.

We have sent teams into more than 30 nations to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

New ministries have been birthed and new YWAM locations have been started.

Want to be equipped for missions and send out?

Come join us for our 5 month Discipleship Training school starting September 22nd, 2018!

Email us at, visit our website and apply today! There is still space left!!

YWAM Costa Rica gathering

Every year in August YWAM Costa Rica staff get together for a week of training, worship and fellowship. This happens at our location in San José!

This year it was taking place a few days after having moved from or old location! It was a bit crazy but what joy to fill our rental home with over 90 people eating and gathering together!

We had a wonderful week together that ended with all our 5 locations taking communion and praying for the full release of new things both in the physical as well as the spiritual.

New things are about to brake loose. Our team in Liberia will be officially released this year to be their very own YWAM base and they are growing in size and impact daily!

The work in Puerto Viejo in the province of Limon who we sent out last year October are about to start their very first Discipleship Training School this September.

Exciting new things to come…

We are so excited for what is to come and we want to invite you to be an ongoing part of what the Lord is doing here in Costa Rica.

  • Pray for the ministry
  • Pray for our family
  • Become a part by coming here for a few weeks or with one of the ministries
  • Become a financial partner for our family by giving a tac deductive donation monthly, quarterly or yearly. (Click here fill out account #A9005)
  • Become a regular prayer partner by receiving our prayer points on a more regular basis (send us an email)
  • Stay tuned for more updates and exciting news to come in the weeks to come…
  • Our view of the new land