On December 9, YWAM Lausanne welcomed nearly 700 people from all over Europe to celebrate the life of our founder Loren Cunningham. His wife Darlene was unable to make the trip for health reasons, but David Cunningham, their son, was present with his wife and three children.
In the morning, we enjoyed a magnificent commemorative ceremony at the church in Oron, with praise, testimonies, videos and various tributes that reminded us with great emotion of the legacy of faith that Loren has left us.
YWAM Lausanne then welcomed all those who wished to join us for a meal and a convivial afternoon, where we planted an apple tree in memory of Loren, to remind us of our call to bear fruit, where we were able to visit the base and its new buildings, where we visited a magnificent exhibition recalling the broad outlines of Loren's life, where we were able to listen to the reading of portions of his latest book, see friends again, evoke memories...
It was a moving moment that reminded us of where we've come from and where we're going. Loren Cunningham, a 21-year-old who received a vision from God to mobilize youth to know God and make Him known, has given birth to a global movement of over 20,000 volunteers from nearly 200 nations, with teams and bases in nearly 1,300 locations and short-, medium- and long-term actions in every country in the world... Loren's spiritual and visionary legacy is still very much alive among us, and we wish to take up the torch and continue the race, because even today, the harvest is great and the workers are few. Loren has done a lot, but there is still so much to do. With your support, we'll continue what he started.