To Lighthouse Trails:
Please make it very clear that Youth With A Mission (YWAM) was helping to head up The Send. In fact, YWAMers went to Lou Engle, and together they formed the idea for The Send.
As a very recent former YWAM staff who was naive to all things NAR and contemplative, I am now horrified to see this and thank God for giving us the discernment to leave. But, we NEED to warn our young people about YWAM. They are heavily involved in Lou Engle, Benny Hinn, IHOP, etc. They are teaching contemplative prayer and corporate imagery prayer. Not every base is, but you cannot be sure which do because they have destructuralized their organization, which means there is little to no accountability of each separate base.
The problem starts at the top. Andy Byrd, one of the main collaborators for The Send, is part of the leadership for the YWAM University of the Nations and YWAM Kona base. He has spoken at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministries : the Summit (Feb) and Bethel Church. Steve Cochran endorses Eugene Peterson, contemplative practices, syncretism and more. And that is just a couple.
YWAM is no longer a place to encourage our young people to get involved with. I would beg Lighthouse trails to research YWAM . . . thousands of people a year are being taught through YWAM . . . and thousands of young people will be deceived, as they already have through The Send and the collaborators that YWAM chose to use.
LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails has been extremely concerned about YWAM for several years now. Below is a list of some of our past research. If you know someone who is involved with YWAM or parents whose children are involved, please pass the letter above and these links on to them.
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