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    It all started with a vision - a vision of waves of young people who hit the shores of every country, every continent of the world with the message of Christ. Over 40 years later, Youth With A Mission, under the leadership of our founder Loren Cunningham, has now become a mission organization with over 17,000 full time volunteer staff, serving over 700 locations in more than 135 countries. Our mandate and motto is "To know God and to make Him known."


    YWAM's waves hit the shores of the Philippines more than 30 years ago. One crest of those present-day waves is the Mobile Discipleship Ministry. In 1993, Doug Sharpe and family, together with the Mobile Discipleship Team set out to pioneer a training center in Talisay City, Cebu. From the very first day when they set foot on the property in Carmen Village, Talisay City, it has been an adventure of faith!

   The MDM Base was established on the foundations of worship and intercession, creating a lifestyle that continues to this very day.  It is during these times of seeking the Lord's face, that the Lord speaks and challenges the staff and leaders to cooperate with Him and His work. Base ministry opportunities and expansion and growth have all been birthed during these times.

    Even before the Mobile Discipleship Team left Manila for Cebu, the Lord was at work to lead them into their inheritance. Upon finding the property in Carmen Village, the team entered into a rental contract with an option to purchase after three years. Nothing in the team’s bank account indicated that this could be a remote possibility but they had God's word. There were times when their faith wavered but a strong admonition from the Lord to "obey or miss His blessing" encouraged them to keep believing that what the Lord has promised would surely come to pass.

    One month prior to the deadline, the team had less than 30% of the purchase price. Every day, miracles were seen as the Lord slowly brought in the finances. On July 3, 1996, exactly three years to the day when the team moved into the property on 3rd St., the leaders were able to sign a deed of sale and present the full amount of PhP2.4 million in purchase of the property. A small feat for the Lord but a large investment of faith for the team!

    Even prior to the purchase of the property, developments were already started to accommodate the staff and students for the various base ministries. With expanding training programs and ministries, there was need for more classroom and staff quarters. With a gift of $1,000US from friends in Ireland, the team was once again challenged to put their faith to a test. With this seed money, the first phase of the building project began in January, 1999 and by August of the same year, the first floor was completed. In 2000, a building team from the YWAM Island Mercy Ship chose Cebu for their outreach location. It was God’s go signal to start building again. With less money in the bank than when the team started the first floor, they went ahead in faith to build the second and third floors. The second floor which has quarters for long-term staff and a guest room was completed in June, 2001. The third floor was finished and dedicated on November 2003, culminating over four years of step-by-step obedience and faith.