YWAM Yilan began as a God-given dream in 2014, where YWAM Montana and YWAM Taipei partnered together to pioneer three new ministry base locations in the least reached parts of Taiwan. Yilan is one of these target locations, because it has only 5% of Christian population. That very vision came to fruition in 2017, as a team of ten individuals from five different nations moved from their comfort zones to see this ministry born in Yilan, Taiwan.
We exist to use surfing as bridge, to evangelize and disciple our local surf community and impact the surf communities in Asia. In moving to Yilan we believe God has given us a vision to see a community center built to reach the surfing community. The center will consist of a skate park, a coffee shop and training classrooms. It will serve as our base to run disciple training programs and a place where people can come explore the value of oneself through the Bible.
We have been developing ministries of our own, such as hosting Bible reading groups, fun events for surfers, and maybe one day a Surfers Discipleship Training School. Meanwhile we work closely with Christian Surfers International and partner with local surf groups to teach children about water safety and the fun of surfing. We also have staff that participated in events such as surf coaching training, chaplaincy training and judging for competitions.
Without a doubt we also value local churches and partner with them to serve the community. With the advantage of a multicultural volunteer team, we are able provide cultural exchanges as well as serve through Bible teaching, children ministries, and sometimes even cooking. As much as we can, we also volunteer our time to serve the elderly, children and the needy in the region. The work ranges from setting up the facilities, cleaning, running after school activities or organizing resources to give out.
We welcome short term teams and individuals who share our vision to serve alongside us and strengthen our ministry efforts in practical ways. Feel free to contact us for more information.