What is YWAM Ruurikkala?
Ruurikkala’s story began in 2005 when God gave the following vision to a young Finnish man named Roope Laukkonen: “Ruurikkala is a place of God’s presence and a training center”. This is when the prayer battle began. As a result of the prayers God released Kartano Ruurikkala, the old vicarage of Evijärvi which was a hotel at the time, for the use of YWAM Finland in 2008.
(YWAM Finland is part of a global mission organisation called Youth With A Mission, YWAM)
Under the leadership of Roope and his wife Sanna-Maria, Ruurikkala quickly became known throughout Finland as a Christian training base, where the Word of God, the fear of the Lord and the presence of the Holy Spirit were in the core, and strong teaching was given through various seminars, camps and Discipleship Training Schools (DTS).
Over the years, thousands of young people and young adults have participated in Ruurikkala’s events. Almost 300 students from Finland and around the world have participated in Discipleship Training Schools and other long courses. More than 200 students have been trained and sent on short-term missions. There’s been up to 25 voluntary staff members serving in Ruurikkala at a time.
In 2015 God spoke of a “pruning season” which was ahead. During this pruning season both operations and Ruurikkala’s staff and leaders were pruned in many ways. As a result of this process all operations were put to a break in late 2019.
In the summer of 2019, Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM, visited Ruurikkala and asked a question: “Has God ever spoken to you about the University of the Nations (U of N) campus taking place in Ruurikkala?” In the video below, you can listen to what happened after Loren posed the question…
What is new?
YWAM Ruurikkala’s vision since 2008 is “to be a place for God’s presence and a training center to know God and to make Him known in Finland, Israel and the nations!“. In the years to come, we continue to build our ministry on the original vision with an expanded and deepened understanding.
University of the Nations
YWAM’s University of the Nations (U of N) operates in 650 locations in 160 countries, providing programs in approximately 100 languages around the world. The U of N is committed to teach and develop men and women spiritually, culturally, intellectually and professionally.
As a student in the U of N, you are nurtured as a whole person. You learn in a discipling environment where growth in character and walking in the ways of the Lord are fundamental. You study only one subject at a time in a 12-week modular system, each course approached from a Christian perspective.
The U of N aims to equip students to serve in all spheres of society and in all nations. The goal of the U of N is to teach students how to apply biblical truth practically and to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Read more about U of N
Family Laukkonen at U of N Campus at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii