YWAM Lapland began in Rovaniemi in 1992. First, it was mainly King’s Kids Ministry. There were young YWAMer parents who wanted to disciple their children and bring the Gospel to their city. There were many kids and adults involved in the King’s Kids Ministry. They were serving both the local community and reaching out all the way to Northern Russia and Romania with skit-dramas, music and dance. YWAM Lapland has been organising various conferences and seminars, like Prayer Conferences, Arctic Explosion, Impact Tour and Highway Conferences. Many people were reached and touched by these events.
In 2006 we organised our first Cross Borders Discipleship Training School (DTS). We wanted to educate young people with the Word of God and send them to serve Him in all spheres of society and some even overseas as missionaries. As part of training, we took teams on outreaches to the Americas, Romania, Iceland and Russia. Nowadays, we have sent teams all over the world in places like Africa and Asia. We prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance and He sends us to places where we are needed the most.
Since 2011 have a YWAM base at Suokorte street. Besides an annual DTS, we run a Bible Core Course, which is a 3-month Inductive Bible Study Method course.
We cooperate with local churches in organising seminars, for example. We want to challenge, influence and provide for local people to be salt and light in their communities.