Youth With A Mission is already a veteran organization in Spain, we're talking more than 35 years on Spanish soil. All those years has given us time to do everything, even mistakes,
among other things. But we have learned our lessons, and now we are an organization deeply rooted in this country.
Loren and Darlene Cunningham, our founders, came to Europe, Lausanne, Switzerland in 1969 to carry out our first missionary training schools. Soon after, jcumeros teams began to "invade"
Western Europe, including Spain.
We know that in 1971 and 1972 teams from Lausanne, passed through our peninsula, some settled for several months working with local churches and doing evangelism in the streets and plazas of
In 1973, YWAM Spain got established on a permanent basis in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid. So why Torrejón? One of the main reasons was the ministry with the U.S. air base, at that time
located in Torrejón de Ardoz. In the outskirts of Torrejon there was an urbanisation, especially designed for the U.S. soldiers, which offered YWAM the ideal possibility to rent apartments to an
affordable price, just 20 minutes from Madrid airport.
With the passing of the years YWAM Torrejón became a true operational center, with many different ministries going at once, with a staff that at times reached 80 people.
At the beginning of the 80s, Spain was composed of YWAM centers in Torrejón and in Cornellá, Barcelona. Finally getting the legalization of YWAM Spain in the Spanish Ministry of
With the celebration of the 1982 World Cup Championships in Spain, it was established YWAM in five major cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Bilbao.
It was in 1992 during the Olympics in Barcelona when, after a hard legal and spiritual battle,YWAM obtained the existing facilities in Torrejón de Ardoz, in the neighborhood where
we arrived in 1973,
Our Center is a functional, modern and appropriate to carry out YWAM ministries Torrejón is currently undertaking: Schools of discipleship, worship schools, seminars on missions, teams to
India, Morocco and China, working with local churches etc..
We feel privileged that from this center other ministries of YWAM YWAM Spain have been given birth, most recently, a permanent team in India and a new team in YWAM in Valencia.