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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your title at Youth With A Mission?

There are not many titles used at Youth With A Mission. We practice a flat leadership structure and emphasize servant-hearted leadership. If we were to get technical we work under the global leader with Special Projects. What does that mean? Most of our lives we have started new works and handed them off to young people to lead as quickly as possible. We are continuing that by starting new initiatives that help further the health and effectiveness of Youth With A Mission and their mandate to spread the gospel of Jesus to the entire world. One aspect of that is the training of long-term missionary staff, directors, country leaders and regional representatives. We are curating our lifetime of experience to help those experiencing challenges on the field.

How do Missionaries get paid?

Christians are mandated in scripture to provide for the needs of ministers including missionaries. Romans 10:14-15 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except THEY BE SENT.” Being sent in the original language means to outfit someone with what they would need for a long journey. Almost all missionaries globally fundraise for most if not all of their income. Every person in YWAM from top to bottom lives on the generous donations of fellow Christians, friends, family and sometimes churches.

Jesus had women who supported his ministry regularly out of their own means (Luke 8:1-3) and Paul himself only made tents for income for 3-4 years of his 30 years in ministry and even during that time believers were sending money with Timothy to Paul to continue the work (2 Corinthians 11:9–12). If you do not have a missionary you are partnering with, we encourage you first to consider a family member or friend you have on the field, to become a monthly partner. If you don’t know anyone, pray about partnering with us!

Where do you live and serve as a missionary?

That is an excellent question! Since December of 2020 when we landed in Kailua-Kona in the Pacific Islands we have lived in one-room dorms, other people’s furnished apartments, and in rooms at over 30 ywam campuses all around the world. In 2023 alone, we lived in 60 different locations. Most missionaries go to a certain country or location and stay there. Our call is a bit different as we are called to the nations to help YWAM globally. In that call from the Lord, we plan on traveling to a different continent each year ministering at as many campuses and outreaches as we can in that region. Our home sending base is Kailua-Kona which is the largest YWAM campus in the world so we rotate through there multiple times each year and serve on that campus training the long-term missionaries that are going out to all of the nations.

Why is your name Juan Carlos Ricardo and you look white and Mombo’s name is different too?

Juan’s name was given to him as it was all of his father’s favorite names even though Juan is a mix of Scottish, German and Choctaw (First Nations.) Mombo is a nickname. Her birth name is Tracy Lucia. This nickname came from the song “Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano”. She is Italian American and has been going by this nickname for over a decade as a term of endearment from internationals and young people.

I know Mombo was very ill for many years, is she okay to travel the way you do?

Mombo experienced supernatural healing in June of 2019. After 12 hours of prayer and fasting, the sickness literally left her body. She has been free ever since from major medical issues. We do exercise caution though to keep her strong as we are frequently on the go. Thanks for your continued prayers for our health and strength as we continue in the call from the Lord over this year and into the future. We use this testimony to train on healing prayer, avoiding burnout and how to live a long-term, sustainable lifestyle on the field.