I’ve sat through many different missions presentations lately. I should be able to tell you how many people in the world haven’t heard the name of Jesus, what the top missionary sending nations are, and the estimated size of the underground church in China.  But to be honest, these numbers escape me. However, I can remember the stories of a Buddhist monk in Thailand meeting Jesus as the Bible was shared with him, of a migrant’s dream to return to his home nation and start a charity focused on mother and child healthcare, and of a missionary’s miraculous escape from a death sentence in Albania in the 1970‘s.

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Imagine the ministry of YWAM with no gatherings, no Call to All, no conferences or seminars, no celebrations for the 50th anniversary or otherwise, no Olympic outreaches, not musical, artistic or dance performances, no events at all. The reality is that this is something we cannot imagine! Our coming together for large events have produced some of the greatest blessings from God that YWAM has known. But behind all these events are people who make it happen. People who believe God to bring together the impossible. People with skills to organize events and make it fun and meaningful. This is the heart of the School of Event Management that will be running in Kona beginning Sept 27, 2012.

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Michael Bates in TiranaA two-hour history lesson from a Prime Minister isn’t an ordinary lunch appointment for me, but then very little about the Walk for Truce campaign has been “ordinary”. Sali Beresha, Prime Minister of Albania since 2005, has more authority than most to talk about the history of national and international upheaval. As the first democratically elected President of Albania, leading from 1992 to 1997, he was not only midwife to the birth of the Republic of Albania, but witnessed up close the horrifying conflict in the Balkans. So our discussion of the question of how to manage significant disputes within and between nations, but without resorting to violence, was far from academic.

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In the 1980's a YWAM evangelist named David Pierce began setting his sights on the punk rockers in Amsterdam. A band called "No Longer Music" was formed and a ministry called "Steiger" (www.steiger.org) which spread it's wings, leaving the YWAM nest to form an international music and arts network reaching secular young people.

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In this update we’d like to feature a little-known treasure in our university arsenal…

The “School of Event Management” is a relatively new YWAM school that prepares you to champion the arts in significant ways. The SEM was pioneered by Julie Spence (Dean of the College of Arts & Sports) in 2003 at the YWAM Kona base in Hawaii. Since then it has been run two more times and is multiplying. Currently the SEM is being pioneered at the Lausanne, Switzerland base, and next year (January 2011) it will be launched at the Harpenden, UK base.

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YWAM Lausanne is hosting the first School of Event Management on the European continent from June 30th to September 28th, 2010.  

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The 2010 Winter Olympic games is being hosted here in Vancouver, Canada! As YWAM Vancouver we are hosting the Winter Olympics Outreach. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us in Vancouver to welcome the world to our city and to welcome all of you to our city "for such a time as this".

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Event Managers create the platform on which artists perform - literally and figuratively. What does it take to become an event manager? What skills and experience do you need? I asked my friend, Julie Spence, Dean of College of the Arts, to share a little of her perspective.

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The desire to Create Content that Disciples the Nations is what is behind one of the newest adventures that YWAM is pioneering in Hollywood. YWAM DNA Studios in Hollywood.  DNA stands for Discipling the Nations through the Arts, and that is our vision - to have those in Arts, Entertainment & Media come together to create content that will disciple the nations with the truths of God!

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