YWAM Middle East


Tent making and Business as Missions

In some of the nations of the Middle East it is very difficult to stay without having either employment or being involved in business. This is most important in the richer nations of the Gulf (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Oman).
To minister in these nations YWAMers find employment or start their own business. This allows them to stay in the nation. It also gives natural connections with the people they work with and the communities they live in.
YWAMers then gather on weekends or other occasions for encouragement, worship, prayer and fun.
YWAM can only offer limited help finding employment or starting a business in the Middle East. Most job opportunities in the Gulf need to be applied for in the persons’ home country. Information about these jobs can be found through newspapers or websites.
Starting a business in the Middle East will be a challenging and difficult process. Keeping it going and making it profitable will be even more challenging. It is good if those planning to pursue starting a business in the Middle East have prior experience in business in their home country.
If God is calling you to be involved in tent- making or business you may need to pursue further education, training or experience in your home country in your field of work. Though this may seem less ‘spiritual’ than being in ministry or spiritual training, it may be essential preparation for ministry in some communities in the Middle East.
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Sports Ministry

Though football, also known as ‘soccer’, reigns supreme as the sport of the Middle East, the young people of the region are falling in love with sports and recreational activities of all kinds. From Tae Kwon Do to Basketball, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Ten Pin Bowling, or even Ballet – people are keen to try it out. This opens so many doors for social interaction through coaching, tournaments and leagues, sports camps and schools etc. Those involved have the opportunity to model and teach kingdom values of teamwork, care and respect. They also have many opportunities to share where these values come from and share about the one who really can teach us these things.
YWAMers in the Middle East are currently involved with:

  • Team Building activities,
  • Soccer coaching (including coaching and tournaments for street kids),
  • Basketball coaching,
  • Tae Kwon Do,
  • Swimming training,
  • Volley Ball,
  • Tennis,
  • American Football,
  • Table Tennis
  • Running a gym.

    But the opportunities for further ministry are endless.
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Children are everywhere - they make up around half the population of the Middle East.  Children are highly valued in Middle Eastern culture.
Children are vulnerable to family and social problems, war and trauma, sickness and malnutrition.
Children are products of generational thinking and cultural cycles.

BUT Children are impressionable and teachable, love to play and learn and explore.

YWAM's preschool ministry has been active in the Middle East since the 1980s, in Egypt and Cyprus. A number of preschools currently operating in Egypt have their roots in YWAM preschools.  YWAM also pioneered preschools in Jordan that are now run by local societies. We currently have biblical curriculum preschools in Egypt and Lebanon.  

The Middle East is a field ripe for the planting. We have millions of children waiting to be taught about life, and led in the ways of God.  WE NEED YOU!   We have ministry opportunities among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.   And we are opening local preschools and training local teachers throughout the region.

Training for preschool ministry is offered outside the region.  Depending on your current educational training and experience, we suggest you do the Foundations in Education or the School of Early Childhood Studies and the Preschool in a Suitcase training.  See the ywam.org website for training programs and locations.
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Refugee Ministry

SYRIAN REFUGEES: The Bread of Life
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Therefore, we must conclude that because of our relationship with Jesus, we are also, “the bread of life.”
Bread plays a very minor role in the context of Western life; the grains that make bread are merely one of the five food groups. In some sense, one could surmise that our relationship with Christ can become just one of the segments, or food groups, in our busy lives.
However, here in the Middle East where Jesus lived, bread is essential to life. The lowly loaf, or pita, is eaten with everything from breakfast until dinner and is available to everyone. For Jesus to say, “I am the bread of life,” has a lot more meaning attached than we from the West might initially grasp.
Recently here in Mafraq, Jordan, I met a lady, a mother, who is also a Syrian refugee. She had just witnessed the death of her son reported on television, fighting a civil war in their nation where many lives are being senselessly lost. He was killed four days ago, but they had only just heard.
More than 3,000,000 Syrian refugees are living in makeshift camps and houses in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey. We have teams of people giving aid and building relationships by way of food distribution and other household necessities. Every day our teams visit families bring food parcels. Giving more than just food, our teams spend time with the Syrian families listening to their stories and praying for them.
We are to be “the bread of life” for people like these in times of desperation. We give, we speak, we pray, but most of all we communicate the love of Jesus.
Can you make yourself available to be “bread” for people?
People and teams are needed in these nations near the Syrian border to assist and love the refugees. Both long term and short-term opportunities exist to serve the Syrian people. These people deal not only with the grief of fleeing their country, but the loved ones they have lost to this war, and the culture shock of living in a country that is not their own.
This opportunity is not only for those who can go. Everyone can be involved in praying for the people of Syria in this time of desperate need.
Please also consider donating towards helping continue this precious work in the lives of the Syrian people. Your gift would help support the food or basic household needs for the people and the staff involved in these ministries.
If you are interested in joining the work here or bringing a team, please enquire to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for further information.
Please consider if you are to be involved in this defining moment in history. We have an open door to care for these people. It is time again for the “Good Samaritan.”

Kings Kids

King’s Kids International (KKI) is an international movement (and ministry of YWAM), embracing a kingdom lifestyle that is family-based and generationally linked. We serve in partnership with families, churches and other likeminded organizations.

Our founding scripture is Deuteronomy 6: 6 – 7  “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

King's kids in the Middle East runs:
discipleship programs,
prayer and worship days and camps,
training for kids and youth workers including a 3 three month training "Principles in Child and Youth Ministry School (PCYM)."

Our purpose is to mobilize, equip, reach out and care for children, youth and their families, in order to lead them into their destiny of knowing God in a proven way, bringing Him joy, and making Him and His Kingdom known.

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