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YWAM Ruurikkala

YWAM Ruurikkala

YWAM Ruurikkala began when God laid a dream onto a young man’s heart in 2005. It wasn’t about a well known or somehow special person, but about a great God who loves to work together with small people! God made it clear that His dream is to see Ruurikkala be a place where people can grow to be more like Him by spending time in His presence. Work in Ruurikkala began in the Spring of 2008 and ever since we have done our best to live out God’s plan for Ruurikkala.

We are not looking for perfect people and beautiful surfaces but thirsty and real truth seekers who are longing to meet with God. We are all on a journey and need each other to get to know better Him who has created each one of us. We want to be close to Jeesus and want to invite you to join us on this journey which changes us all – thanks to Jesus’ love and faithfulness!

You are welcome to join our family! Contact us or read more about our ministry.

Calendar

Schools and Events in Ruurikkala

In Ruurikkala we organise Discipleship Training Schools (DTS):

  • Heart for Israel DTS starts in January
  • SummerDTS starts in June
  • Couples DTS starts in September

In addition, we host short seminars, open teaching weeks, and camps for youth and young adults:

  • New Year’s Camp
  • Easter Camp
  • Ruurikkala Summer Camp

Read more about the trainings and events by choosing a tab of your interest above.

Heart for Israel DTS

Heart for Israel DTS, January 10 – June 1, 2018

God loves the Nations! God loves every human being! He wants everyone to get to know Him! This DTS is all about God’s big picture where both the nation of Israel and the Jewish people play a huge role. We all have our own way of relating to the topic of Israel. Some love all about it, while others feel the opposite way. Sometimes our feelings can lead us astray and we can even lose our sense of seeing things through the Word of the Lord.

Our responsibility as believers is to understand that Israel is an important part of God’s Word, and that we as believers should not cut our faith off of the Jewish people and their roots. Our Christ is their Messiah! God says that Israel is the apple of His eye (Zach. 2:8) – in other words, He sees everything through Israel. He is inviting us to see that way too!

The focus of this school is to bring Biblical balance to the topic of Israel, prepare our hearts to act according to God’s plans, and to pray the way that transforms the nations!

Heart for Israel DTS follows the official YWAM DTS curriculum. So even if you don’t have a special heart or calling for Israel, you should nevertheless join this DTS!

Our teachers are godly men and women from Finland and beyond, who understand the context and political situation of Israel. We have known them for years, and can promise that you will learn a lot from them regardless of your earlier studies and understanding of the topic. Unfortunately we cannot announce the names of the teachers for safety reasons.

Training takes place in English and in Finnish.

Prices:

  • Lecture phase (January 1 – March 31, 2018) – 2500€ (includes housing, food, teaching, and learning materials)
  • Outreach phase (April 1 – May 27, 2018) – 2500€ (includes travels, housing, food, and learning materials)

The prices do not include passport, possible visas, vaccinations, or insurance.

Goals for You:

  • You will learn about your life, God’s plan for you, and the different possibilities He has for you.
  • You will find new ways to serve and be part of God’s church.
  • You will find boldness and means to go and fulfil your calling!

APPLICATION PROCESS

Begin the application process by filling in the application form where you are asked to shortly answer questions about your life and Christian believes to help us get to know you. You are also to ask three people who know you well (one to be your pastor or spiritual leader) to fill in reference forms for you. You’ll receive a link to the reference form once you have submitted your application. You can also apply with a paper application: You’ll find the printable application and reference form after clicking the APPLY NOW button.

Once we’ve received your application as well as all the three reference forms, we’ll prayerfully read through your application and contact you!

APPLY NOW

INSTRUCTIONS

We ask you to be honest when answering the questions, try not to underestimate or overestimate yourself. Your motivation for applying to this DTS is important when we evaluate your application. Therefore take your time to fill out the application carefully and prayerfully! Please have your referees fill out the reference forms honestly and privately. Every application will be treated confidentially. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at ruurikkala@ywam.fi. Hope to hear from you!

Please note!

If you are from outside the EU or Schengen Area, you might need a visa to enter Finland and/or the outreach destination. However, if a tourist visa from your country allows you to spend up to 90 days in Finland, you can join the school with that! The lecture phase is less than 90 days.

Summer DTS

Summer DTS – June – November 2018

Summer DTS is a Bible based six month training designed to encourage personal growth and to cultivate a living relationship with God. DTS is actually an adventure directed by the student and Jesus together. The school, teachers and staff create a practical environment where students are challenged to strengthen their personal relationships with Jesus, grow as His disciples, and identify their unique individual gifts and callings in God. DTS prepares the students to reach current and future generations and answer the call to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

Summer DTS consists of two parts: a lecture phase in Ruurikkala, Finland and an outreach phase somewhere in the world. During the lecture phase, we have a different topic and teacher from Finland or abroad every week. The teaching is intense, challenging and Holy Spirit driven. Teachers share their lives with students and help them apply the teachings into their lives.

The lecture phase is followed by an outreach phase when we travel to the lands of the Bible as short term missionaries. We will have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves in the new situation as well as learn to trust God’s guidance in daily matters. We work by being Jesus’s hands, feet, and mouths by helping, serving and sharing God’s love.

During the school we also make sure to enjoy the summer! We spend time outside playing sports and worshiping God as well as enjoying campfires, sauna, bbqs and other traditional Finnish summer activities.

Training takes place in English and in Finnish.

PRICES

  • Lecture phase 2500€ (including accommodation, food, teaching and learning materials)
  • Outreach 2500€ (including travels, accommodation, food, teaching and learning materials)

Prices do not include passport, possible visas, vaccinations or travel insurance.

GOALS FOR YOU:

  • Strengthen your personal relationship with God.
  • Find your calling and gifts.
  • Get to see Jesus work through you and be encouraged to share about your faith in a natural way.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Apply to Summer DTS
Begin the application process by filling in the application form where you are asked to shortly answer questions about your life and Christian believes to help us get to know you. You are also to ask three people who know you well (one to be your pastor or spiritual leader) to fill in reference forms for you. You’ll receive a link to the reference form once you have submitted your application. You can also apply with a paper application: You’ll find the printable application and reference form after clicking the APPLY NOW button.

Once we’ve received your application as well as all the three reference forms, we’ll prayerfully read through your application and contact you!

APPLY NOW

INSTRUCTIONS

We ask you to be honest when answering the questions, try not to underestimate or overestimate yourself. Your motivation for applying to this DTS is important when we evaluate your application. Therefore take your time to fill out the application carefully and prayerfully! Please have your referees fill out the reference forms honestly and privately. Every application will be treated confidentially. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at ruurikkala@ywam.fi. Hope to hear from you!

Please note!

If you are from outside the EU or Schengen Area, you might need a visa to enter Finland and/or the outreach destination. However, if a tourist visa from your country allows you to spend up to 90 days in Finland, you can join the school with that! The lecture phase is less than 90 days.

 Couples DTS

Couples DTS –  20 August 2018 – 18 January 2019

Are you married? Want more in life? More of God? A Deeper Connection with your spouse?

DTS has been uniquely tailored to suit the needs and life-stage of those who are married. It’s specifically designed with an emphasis on relationship and growing together: both in your connection with each other and with the Lord. It’s created as a holistic experience that encourages transformation and fills you with passion and purpose to advance God’s Kingdom. Together.

The lecture phase is spanned over 11 weeks, covering 11 powerful and impacting topics with a schedule that creates greater opportunity for the necessary time you need to process what God is doing, together as a couple. The schedule also includes marriage course curriculum, creatively romantic date nights, and many opportunities to interact and work together as a couple by applying what you are learning.

After an inspiring and challenging lecture phase, you will be involved in the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned. This opportunity will take you out to serve both nationally and abroad, sharing the gospel of Jesus with spoken words and through the demonstration of your lives. During this time of outreach, evangelism will take on many forms, with an emphasis placed on ministering to other couples.

Training takes place in English and in Finnish.

PRICES

  • Lecture phase 2500€ (including accommodation, food, teaching and learning materials)
  • Outreach 2500€ (including travels, accommodation, food, teaching and learning materials)

Prices do not include passport, possible visas, vaccinations or travel insurance.

GOALS FOR YOU:

  • Strengthen your personal relationship with God.
  • Strengthen your marriage and receive tools to help also others in their marriages.
  • Put what you learn in practise and serve God’s Kingdom together with your spouse.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Begin the application process by filling in the application form where you are asked to shortly answer questions about your life and Christian believes to help us get to know you. You are also to ask three people who know you well (one to be your pastor or spiritual leader) to fill in reference forms for you. You’ll receive a link to the reference form once you have submitted your application. You can also apply with a paper application: You’ll find the printable application and reference form after clicking the APPLY NOW button.

Once we’ve received your application as well as all the three reference forms, we’ll prayerfully read through your application and contact you!

APPLY NOW

INSTRUCTIONS

We ask you to be honest when answering the questions, try not to underestimate or overestimate yourself. Your motivation for applying to this DTS is important when we evaluate your application. Therefore take your time to fill out the application carefully and prayerfully! Please have your referees fill out the reference forms honestly and privately. Every application will be treated confidentially. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at ruurikkala@ywam.fi. Hope to hear from you!

Please note!

If you are from outside the EU or Schengen Area, you might need a visa to enter Finland and/or the outreach destination. However, if a tourist visa from your country allows you to spend up to 90 days in Finland, you can join the school with that! The lecture phase is less than 90 days.

Prepare the Way for the Lord! -New Year’s Camp 2017-18

“Prepare the Way for the Lord!” is a camp for youth and young adults from all denominations and nations who desire to get closer to God. The focus of the camp is in God’s prophetic presence, worship, and prayer without forgetting relaxing, fellowship and building each other up. The program is fairly flexible and free to allow God to work in everyone’s lives in His ways.

We challenge you to prepare the way for the Lord in your heart already before the camp. Get ready to hear what He has to say to you personally! We also want to prophetically prepare the way for the Lord in the anointing of Elijah, to stand up together as believers, and fight in the Spirit against the ruler of this world!

Date: 29.12.2017 – 1.1.2018 (dinner to afternoon coffee)

The first 60 sign ups are taken to the camp. Note! The last registration day is December 14, 2017!

Price: 60€ including food, accommodation, and program. Confirm your registration by paying the camp fee. After registration, you’ll receive the payment information by email.

Deeper! – Easter Camp

  • Do you want to get closer with God?
  • Are you interested in spending Easter at a camp?
  • Are you interested in discipleship?
  • Do you want to get a taste of what YWAM is like?
  • Have you been thinking about mission work? YWAM is one of the largest mission organisations in the world and doing a DTS may be your first step towards your calling.

If any of these questions raises your interest, this camp is perfect for you! God wants to take you deeper!

Set apart 5 days of your life for God and let Him show His greatness to you. But be prepared and ready when you come, God may just change your life.

Deeper! is a camp directed to youth and young adults, no matter what church or country you are from, or whether you speak Finnish or English. These camps are great fit for those who are interested in doing YWAM DTS in Ruurikkala or elsewhere. At Easter we have a chance to spend several days together enjoying God’s presence, great teaching, worship that takes you deeper, and fellowship.

When?
March 28 – April 2

Where?
YWAM Ruurikkala, Kirkkotie 401, 62500 Evijärvi, Finland

Prices
70€ per person, in a dorm with your own bedding. This price includes food, housing and program of the camp.
(We have limited amount of family-rooms, and price will case-by-case)

How?
The best way to arrive is by your own car. You can arrive by public transportation: By Onnibus to Kaustinen, By VR to Kauhava.
You will get more information about public transportation pick ups after registration.

You want to register? Email info@ywamruurikkala.com

Ruurikkala Summer Seminar

The international Ruurikkala Summer Seminar is organised in the middle of the beautiful Finnish summer. This Seminar is for young adults aged between 18-40 years. The days are filled with working and learning in different tracks (seminars), worship, and enjoying the summer together. In the evening we will take time to seek God together and enjoy His presence.  Teaching is in English, translated into Finnish.

Seminars:
– Spiritual Growth
– Media as ministry
– Arts in the Kingdom of God

When?
June 27th – July 1st

Where?
YWAM Ruurikkala, Evijärvi, Finland

Prices
70€ per person.

How?
The best way to get to Ruurikkala is by car. The public transportation options are as following: Onnibus to Kaustinen or train to Kauhava.

If you are interested, contact us at ruurikkala@ywam.fi

More Info

“The vision of YWAM Ruurikkala is most of all to be a place for God’s presence, and a training base for knowing God and making Him known in Finland and Israel!”

Read more about Ruurikkala by clicking a tab of your interest above.

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During the fall of 2005, God placed a supernatural Faith in my heart to believe that one day Ruurikkala would be used in God’s plan for his kingdom’s work. During the middle of morning prayer, I had this thought that: “One day Ruurikkala will become a home for YWAM youth, a place where we will educate people to serve God’s church with their own gifts”. I experienced how God was crying into my heart: “Ruurikkala belongs to me!”

Because I had been born in the city of Evijärvi and knew Ruurikkala’s worth, I smiled to myself at the possibility of that idea. Over a year passed by and the thought of Ruurikkala being used as YWAM based stayed in the bottom of my heart, but then in fall of 2006 I noticed that I began to think of the idea more and more, beginning to pray for Ruurikkala and dreamed of Ruurikkala full of youth, who want to change this world. It came to the point where I could not sit stagnant any longer, and I decided to be obedient to God and take steps of Faith which even to me always didn’t make sense. These decisions followed with a time of being in a storm but God was in control and he was organizing things with tremendous speed and power.

It was miraculous to see how God brought different people together and spoke to many about this place, and started showing us all, that God was really taking this place back for its original purpose. In the spring of 2007, we made attempts of getting Ruurikkala but we could not come to terms of the price. At the end of 2007, the doors began to open for Ruurikkala.

In the spring of 2008, we went through a heavy prayer battle over Ruurikkala. We weren’t the only buyers desiring that place, and our offer wasn’t even close to the amount that competitors were willing to pay but we decided to continue to offer the amount that God had revealed to us in the fall of 2006. The battle looked as though we were defeated many times, but God encouraged us time after time that we should continue praying and believing in him.

In April of 2008, our situation changed surprisingly, when another Ruurikkala buyer backed out, without explanation. Something had happened, something that we still to this day don’t know about, but they decided to back out and we were fortunate to buy Ruurikkala in June of 2008. The bible says that God affects our desire to do good works and helps us in this, and in this process we really were able to see God work amidst us. Father, Ruurikkala belongs to you!

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We need your help!

God has given us two strong weapons to fight the enemy powers: prayer and love. You can do both through the work YWAM by praying for us and our ministry, and by financially enabling us to go and love the people God want to send us to.

Ruurikkala is part of YWAM Finland, a mission organisation living and influencing in Holy Spirit’s guidance without any support from churches or governments. Ruurikkala needs supporters to enable us to do ministry. We challenge you to pray and ask God what He wants you to do!

SUPPORT RUURIKKALA: 

Prayer is a weapon given to us believers to be used. We are called to carry each before God in prayer, and to intercede for each other, so that God’s will would come true on Earth as it is in Heaven. Please pray for us and the ministry.

Financial supporters, individuals and companies, enable the ministry of YWAM Ruurikkala. Contact us if you want more information about supporting us!

You may use the following banking information to support YWAM Ruurikkala. Please always use the reference number.

Bank information

Account owner: YWAM Finland Ry
Account number: FI16 8000 1670 3434 83 (Danske Bank)
BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference: 10100 (Use this reference)

Fundraising Permission
Owner of the permission: YWAM Finland Ry
Identifier: POL-2015-12896
Granted by: Poliisihallitus, Arpajaishallinto
Execution period: 9.3.2016-13.1.2018
Execution area: All of Finland excluding Åland.

Ruurikkala wants to challenge, equip, and influence locally, nationally, and internationally.

Locally we work together with the city of Evijärvi as well as the local churches. We are influencing on different levels, and challenging with our mere presence and the love of Jesus.

It is on our hearts to see a new generation of children and youth loving God’s Word and His presence.

It is on our hearts to serve local people in numerous ways, e.g. through the delicacies of Pause Coffee House. 🙂

It is on our hearts to be a bridge between different denominations by fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ.

It is on our hearts to lead real, visible, and love-reflecting life!

Pause Coffee House, a cozy cafe serving excellent special coffees, was opened in Evijärvi in the Spring of 2017 to serve the locals and visitors alike.

Ruurikkala staff is serving at the cafe and welcomes you to stop by, enjoy yourself, and have a great cup of coffee!

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Ruurikkala is located in Evijärvi, Finland

Kirkkotie 401, 62500 Evijärvi.
Puh. 044 544 6054.
Email: ruurikkala@ywam.fi

Serving on Staff

There’s a mixed crowd of people from different countries, languages, cultures, and backgrounds serving in Ruurikkala. Our work is dynamic and we want to serve God with our gifts, supporting each other and lifting God high together.

Our work community is ever changing and new faces are always welcome to join our family. Everyone has their place in God’s plans, and if God is calling you to Ruurikkala, contact us using the form above! You can also get to know the staff a bit by checking out the section below.

Base Leadership

Roope & Sanna-Maria Laukkonen
Roope & Sanna-Maria LaukkonenBase Leaders
Roope and Sanna-Maria have been part of Ruurikkala from the beginning and carry on their hearts Ruurikkala, its ministry, staff, and God’s reality in our midst.

School Leaders

Samuel & Rachael Warne
Samuel & Rachael WarneCouples DTS Leaders
Samuel and Rachael (New Zealand) have been part of all the Couples DTSs in the history of YWAM both in Finland and in New Zealand. They carry a beautiful and brave heart for marriage work and discipling.
Roope Laukkonen
Roope LaukkonenHeart for Israel DTS & Summer DTS Leader
On top of serving as Operational Leader of YWAM Finland and a Base Leader of YWAM Ruurikkala, Roope leads both of these trainings. He loves to see people find their relationships with God, their calling and boldness to take a step forward!

Serving in Ruurikkala

Josh & Annukka Navis
Josh & Annukka NavisBase Staff
Josh (USA) and Annu met in Ruurikkala, got married, and felt called to serve Ruurikkala with their gifts and commitment. They are humble and genuine God’s servants.
Jan & Sinikka Nyberg
Jan & Sinikka NybergBase Staff
Jan and Sinikka have worked years with people struggling with addictions in Karismakoti started by YWAM in 1980. They carry deep wisdom and their presence in Ruurikkala is a real prayer answer!
Daniel & Janica Lindqvist
Daniel & Janica LindqvistBase Staff & Pause Coffee House
Daniel has been in Ruurikkala staff since 2009. He also met his Janica back then in Ruurikkala. Together they carry evangelism and arts in their heart.
Jesse & Johanna Känsäkoski
Jesse & Johanna KänsäkoskiBase Staff & Pause Coffee House
Jesse and Johanna have served in numerous roles at the base with a great heart and an admirable commitment!