Skjærgårdsheimen is a vibrant centre for missions situated on the idyllic island of Flekkerøy located about 13 km outside the city of Kristiansand. The place has had various owners since it was built in 1903, but was bought by YWAM Kristiansand in the Summer of 1994. Since then the whole centre has been renovated and has expanded its facilities as well as its ministries.
YWAM’s work in the southern part of Norway was started by Geir and Elin Fagerbakke in 1989. During those early years we were located at Klepp and Skottevig campsites. The Fagerbakkes lead the base until the spring of 2000, when the leadership position was handed over to Ståle and Marianne Braseth. Today the centre has more than 25 workers on base and 30+ long term missionaries out in the field. We also have many other people involved in different ways – all with one goal, to fulfil the Great Commission.
Since 1994 more than 1000 people have been students at the various schools that have been run at this centre. Every September we start our six month DTS (Discipleship Training School) and every year other University of the Nations (U of N) courses are being held.
The PCYM (Principles of Child and Youth Ministries), the SOIWSW (School of Intercession, Worship and Spiritual Warfare), the IECS (Introduction to Ethno-Linguistics and Cultural Studies) and the IBC (Introduction to Biblical Counselling) have been offered as some of our training programs as well as LTS (Leadership Training Seminar). Our current schools in addition to DTS are: BSN (Bible School for the Nations), SOFM (School of Frontier Mission) and WBH (Word by Heart).
The centre is filled with activity and life all year around and seminars and weekends for couples, family camps, Mission Adventures and teams ministering among youth are also an important part of the big picture at the base.
To know God and to make Him known
As a part of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), we hold certain foundational values at our core. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM — our DNA. They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s Word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:
We are called to praise and worship God alone.
We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.
We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.
We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form.
We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.
YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others.
Loren Cunningham was 20 years old when, during a time of prayer, he received a vision from the Lord. In this “mental movie” he saw a map of the world with waves crashing on to the shores. But, as he watched, the waves became young people and covered all the continents of the world. These young people were everywhere; out on the streets, proclaiming the good news of Jesus, bringing light in to the darkness, reaching out to the hopeless and giving them a living hope, everywhere, caring for people. The waves are still flooding the nations…
Gifts and Donations
If you would like to support our work financially, you can make a gift to the following Norwegian bank account:
3000 07 60672
We are blessed to have a group of base partners who God has called to pray for and support our ministry practically and financially. If you are interested in joining this group, please get in touch to find out more. By investing NOK 300,- per month you can help to support the running of the base and the fulfilment of the vision God has given us. All our support partners receive regular updates about the ministry and are invited to a yearly weekend gathering where we celebrate and enjoy good food both for body, soul and spirit.
Our work is continually growing and we look forward to receiving new partners to join us. Get in touch to find out more about this partnership!
With warm regards in Jesus Christ!
Marianne & Ståle Braseth, base leaders