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Our History

Why Nicaragua? 

Can God use a nation which has been devastated by civil wars, natural disasters,

and poverty? YES, HE CAN! God has put special gifts into the Nicaraguan people.

Nicaragua's youth are bright, visionary and industrious. God's desire is to raise

them up and equip them with Biblical truth to disciple their own nation and other


Our Beginnings

YWAM Nicaragua began in December of 1989 when God called Don and Barb Johnson and their young family. Pioneering consisted of much discipleship, evangelism and Bible distribution in homes, writing and distributing Christian worldview teaching, and community development. Afterwards, the first Missionary Training school began in 1993.


The aim of the Discipleship Training School is to build a generation of Nicaraguan and other Youth with a Christian Worldview, with Christian Character, and with Biblical Truth to disciple Nicaragua and other nations. Students have ministered to indigenous groups in Central America and Mexico. Missionaries trained in Nicaragua have ministered in India, Cuba, Morocco, Colombia, Brazil, and Greece. 

The Goal of YWAM is to:

  • Model missions,

  • Multiply the Biblical principles in our training programs, and

  • Mobilize missionaries to other areas.

Modeling, Multiplying, Mobilizing Missionaries


A veteran YWAM family, Don and Barb Johnson, along with staff are influencing a generation of Nicaraguans. Implementing sports teams, mime presentations in universities and high schools, and children’s ministries.

They write and distribute literature with a Christian world view and help poor start their own businesses.



YWAM Nicaragua ran its first Missionary Training school in 1993. Eight of the nine students are still in ministry today. Numerous schools have followed. The students have displayed extraordinary adaptability in the most difficult outreach circumstances in order to see the lost come to Christ. The following tools are being used to multiply workers for the Harvest:

  • Discipleship Training Schools

  • Condensed Bible School

  • Schools of Evangelism and Development

  • Church Seminars

  • King’s Kids Ministry

  • Children’s Ministry

  • Staff Internship Program


The church in Nicaragua is being presented with many challenges. YWAM is working to develop Nicaragua to be a blessing. Workers trained in Nicaragua are serving in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico. Our desire is to plant a permanent team in North Africa and send more short term teams into Cuba.

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Tel: +(505) 2534-2125    Cel +(505) 8887-2183

Km 42 carretera Sur 200 metros al Este de la Gasolinera Esso

Diriamba, Nicaragua

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