Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), passed away quietly on October 6th, 2023, at his home in Kona, Hawaii. He was 88 years old.
His family and friends are very sad about his passing. Cunningham is known for starting YWAM, an organization that helps young people, and his leadership and commitment to this cause will never be forgotten.
In a web statement, Cunningham’s staff said,
“Loren was the first person in history to travel to every sovereign nation on earth, all dependent countries, and more than 100 territories and islands for the sake of Christ and the Great Commission (Mark 16:15). Now he has added one more ‘stamp’ to his well-worn passport: HEAVEN!”
Facing Stage 4 Cancer
Cunningham was told in March that he had Stage 4 cancer, which had spread to his bones, lungs, and circulatory system. Despite this, he was determined to keep serving the Lord and other people as a priest until he was called home.
With great sadness, we announce Loren Cunningham, Founder of Youth With A Mission, died at 88 today at 4:20 AM in his sleep at home in Kona, Hawaii.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene, daughter Karen, son David and Judy Cunningham, three grandchildren, Madi, Kenna, and Liam. pic.twitter.com/xyiac1YCi7
— YWAM Kona (@YWAMkona) October 6, 2023
Loren Cunningham’s Lasting Impact: YWAM and Beyond
Cunningham was the first known Christian preacher to go to every country and kingdom. He was famous for loosening the rules on service by setting up a way for young people to help people around the world in a short amount of time.
He also led a lot of other ministry projects, such as YWAM Olympic Outreaches, YWAM Ships, the International Torch Run, Pray OMT, and Cardinal Points Prayer Days.
Cunningham was a global pastor who also started YWAM and the University of the Nations. He also wrote a lot of books. Is That Really You, God?, Making Jesus Lord, The Book that Transforms Nations—the Power of the Bible to Change Any Country, Why Not Women?, Winning God’s Way, and other books were written by him. His other goal was to end Bible poverty by translating the Bible into every tongue so that everyone could read God’s Word.
College of the Nations said in a press release that they plan to continue Cunningham’s work by saying, “He dedicated his life to global missions, and Loren’s legacy will continue to impact lives worldwide through the next generation of YWAM leaders committed to fulfilling the Great Commission.”
Cunningham’s wife Darlene, two children, daughter-in-law, and three grandkids will miss him enormously.
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