About This Ministry


The God of the Bible is the God of today. It’s our passion to see the Kingdom of God announced and demonstrated with power to change our world. YWAM as a whole and Awaken as a community exists to see people come to knowledge of the truth found in surrender to Jesus Christ and their adoption as members of the Father’s family. Our community, based here in Kona, is committed to seeing disciples developed to carry that same DNA.

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Our Focus


What does this mean practically? We run training schools, bible schools, send outreach teams, send teachers, send community plants and host gatherings, all with this vision in mind. Here are some values we’ve identified that help our community embody this message. As you read them understand that we see these as parts of an integrated ecosystem, not a comprehensive checklist of separate ideas. The first few values are known as the three loves, everything else is building from their foundation.

Ministry Activities


Discipleship Training Schools – Six-month intensive course to instil the DNA of YWAM and Awaken

International Discipleship Training Schools – Awaken DTS schools hosted abroad on location

Bible Courses – Partnering with the Kona Bible department to equip people in spirit and truth

Staff Development – Leadership opportunities to build and pioneer new ministry expressions

Community Plants – Called to a specific place? Build and move with a long-term team

Gatherings – Held around the world to spark, encourage and impart our DNA long-term

Artisan Magazine – A team effort to produce an artistry and lifestyle magazine about humanity and Jesus

To get started, contact us to learn more about doing an Awaken Discipleship Training School (DTS). If DTS is not an option for you right now, reach out anyway to start a discussion about hosting an Awaken Gathering in your hometown. Lastly, if you’ve completed a DTS through Youth With A Mission (YWAM)  and are interested in staffing and other leadership opportunities, get in touch with our ministry leaders posted below.

Andrew and Terry York


Andrew and Terry have been working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for over two decades between them. They call Kona, Hawaii home, but spend much of their time in Seoul, South Korea. Andrew pioneered and has helped lead the Awaken community since it began. Terry is part of the campus leadership team and together they provide leadership to Awaken. They have a passion to see the church in America become all God intended, to see the Korea’s revived and reconciled to their relationship with the Father, and to see missional community plants sent all over the world.

Email: andrewawaken@gmail.com

Mike and Anna Brown


Mike and Anna Brown have been full-time staff with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Kona, Hawaii since they got married 3 years ago.  They have an almost two-year old daughter, Eternity, and a baby boy on the way!  Mike has been serving with YWAM for 11 years and has been to over 30 nations in that time. Anna is passionate about early childhood education. Their hearts are to see this generation understand that the God of the Bible really is the God of today! He’s active and alive and will be personally involved in each of our lives to the degree we let Him be!

Email: mikeawaken@gmail.com