YWAM Mazatlan


Recent Posts by Kara:

Why YWAM Ships Is For Everyone

If you’re like me, the idea of getting on a ship and heading off to an isolated or hard to reach location can seem really daunting. I was born and raised in the cornfields of MidWest America and it wasn’t until I did a YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) when I was 18 that I lived near the sea. I had always loved the ocean but I never even dreamed that I would be on a boat in the middle of it.  

Is a Gap Year worth it?: Interview with a YWAM DTS student and her mom

Is a Gap Year really worth it? We often get emails and phone calls from parents who are wondering whether or not a YWAM DTS is right for their child right after high school. But, I think they should be looking into college, not missions! Is it safe? What is a DTS even about? Those are some of the concerns that we get from parents who are just trying to make sure that their kid is making the right decision. We’ve decided to put your fears to rest by interviewing a daughter, Micah, who went off to DTS last January, and her mother, Heather, who had some questions and concerns when she was about to leave for DTS and take a Gap Year after high school.

Topics: ywam dts gap year

This is Carnaval.

Thousands of people crowding the streets of Mazatlán, from the ocean view of the malecón to the historic Plaza Machado near downtown. Stages, big and small, placed strategically, hosting artists of all different kinds of music, sending waves of deafening melodies through the streets. Wide-eyed tourists from all over Mexico and other parts of the world experiencing the wildness of the dancing, bars, events. The smell of carne asada tacos from the popular taco stand at 2 in the morning.

Topics: carnaval outreach

YWAM DTS: The Family I Never Knew I Needed

What am I getting myself into? The main question in my head from the moment I stepped off the airplane and touched ground in Mazatlan for my YWAM DTS. I had long awaited and prepared for this moment of my life, and now that it was here I wasn’t sure what to think. Honestly, I was nervous out of my mind. 


They built him a Homes of Hope house, and his response blew them away


In the United States, we treasure our Thanksgiving weekend as the beginning of the busy holiday season. It’s a few precious days set aside for kids to come home from college, for the smell of pumpkin pie and turkey drifts through the house, and for crisp, cold weather. We spend a lot of time talking about what we’re thankful for—friends, family, a home, safety, freedom—but how often do we really show it?

The YWAM DTS Journey: The Stain and The Bleach


Have you ever decided that you were going to wear your brand new white shirt out to eat? I mean, it's the coolest shirt ever, it's pure and clean. It makes you stand out in the crowd and there's this aura of glory that seems to follow it.

YWAM W.I.S.E. School: On Earth as in Heaven

Our yearly Carnaval ministry is a perfect example of using Worship, Intercession, Spiritual Warfare, and Evangelism (W.I.S.E.) together to change the atmosphere and reach out to the thousands of people that come to Mazatlán for Carnaval. 

Topics: WISE School

YWAM DTS Venturing into the Dark Places of El Salvador


Our entire YWAM DTS team jammed into one van and drove out to a community named Gerado Barrios, renowned for housing one of the biggest communities of gangsters in El Salvador. The police are constantly on the look out for gang members, meaning that many members of our team had to cover up tattoos to avoid being confused for different rival gang members. 

Topics: ywam dts

Become a missionary because it's worth it

I recently had the privilege of spending a few days working with a team of four families that had flown all the way to Mexico from New Zealand to build a home with Homes of Hope to bless a family in need. For three full days, we worked beneath the blazing sun: drilling, painting, and hammering to build a brand new home for a deserving family that had been living in a shack for 23 years. 

Why is it important to go on mission trips?

Have you ever considered going on mission trips but aren't sure if it's worth the time and money? Maybe it's hard for you to imagine yourself actually making a difference in someones life? We are here to tell you that yes, you can and will make a difference in many lives if you decide to go on mission trips. Not convinced? Keep reading and see why we feel mission trips are worthwhile.