Wayumi (“why-you-me”) is Ethnos360’s vision-imparting training program located at a former missionary training facility in central Pennsylvania.
The facilities and the missionary staff have many years of experience training missionaries (and bush pilots!) to send to unreached people groups all around the world.
Short-term mission teams or groups of people come for a weekend or a week of learning about God’s heart for the world, His purpose for the church, and the task of reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel.
Participants are exposed to the Biblical basis of mission and stories of how the Gospel has been delivered to remote people groups. They receive an introduction to the challenges of learning unwritten languages, deciphering unknown cultures, translating scripture, delivering truth in contrast to an entrenched worldview, and implementing patterns of discipleship through foundational Bible teaching. All of this is presented in the context of planting maturing churches among people groups who have little or no knowledge of the God of the Bible.
One of the highlights of the Wayumi experience is visiting a tribal village to learn some language and culture. Students quickly realize there is more to church planting in cross-cultural contexts than they had previously understood.
Through the Bible teaching and revealing of our own worldview, we hope that all of us grow closer to God’s view of the world. It’s His reality that is truly real. It is His values that should shape our decisions, investments, and actions in life.
Every group I have taken with me to a Wayumi experience has been deeply impacted with increased knowledge of God’s eternal purpose for their earthly living.
One young lady jumped out of the van upon our return and announced to her youth pastor, “I’m going to be a missionary!”
Months and years later some participants are steadfast in preparing for serving in ministry. It has been our joy to note participants who have gone on from Wayumi to complete training at the Ethnos360 Bible Institutes, as well as the Ethnos360 Missionary Training Center, and are now on the mission field working to reach one of the many language groups in need of missionaries. Other participants have taken an active role in their church to send and support new missionaries.
If you or your church members are looking to strengthen relationships, engage people about eternal purposes for earthly living, gain information about tribal church planting or deepen their walk with God, I highly recommend that you organize a visit to Wayumi.
- Wayumi Expedition – summer – Sr. High teens
- Wayumi Course – collegiate
- Wayumi Weekend Retreats – whole church
- Wayumi Winter Quest – 3 days – youth groups – 7th-12th grades (Minimum 25 people)
- Wayumi Adventure – K-6th grade – 3-4 hour program on Wednesdays upon request
- Wayumi Church Leaders Retreat – Tues-Thurs – Spring & Fall.
Wayumi is designed to teach people about God’s heart for the world and the people groups who are waiting to hear the Good News.
Worldview evangelism, heart-language teaching, cross-cultural communication, learning unwritten languages, linguistics, Bible translation, literacy, foundational Bible teaching, intentional discipleship toward maturity, personal sacrifice, dependence upon God, perseverance by faith, teamwork, and logistical support teams are introduced during the Wayumi events.
Would you like to bring a team to learn how to support, send, or be career missionaries?
Call the Wayumi staff to communicate about bringing your friends.
See more at wayumi.com
(updated 20190221, 20230325)