On October 6, 2023, at the age of 88, Loren Cunningham, the visionary founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), passed away peacefully in his residence in Kona, Hawaii. His passing has filled his family and acquaintances with profound grief. Cunningham’s leadership legacy and commitment to empowering youth through YWAM will forever be remembered.
Who Was Loren Cunningham?
Loren Cunningham was born in Taft, California, on June 30, 1935. He went on to have a distinguished academic career, receiving three bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree in administration of education, and even three honorary doctorates during the course of his life.
Not only was he an academic, but he was also a prolific novelist, having written six books that were read by people all over the world. His most well-known work, “Is That Really You, God?” has been rendered into more than 150 other tongues, making it possible for people from every region of the world to read it.
In addition to his contributions to the world of literature, Loren Cunningham was instrumental in the establishment of the University of the Nations (UofN) and served as the institution’s first worldwide chancellor.
Since its inception in 1978, the University of Nebraska has undergone significant expansion, resulting in the addition of approximately 600 new classes and seminars to its roster of available academic opportunities.
The fact that these educational opportunities are made available at over 800 venues and campuses spread over 163 nations reflects Loren’s commitment to the advancement of education and empowerment on a worldwide scale.
Loren Cunningham Cause of Death
Loren Cunningham, 88 years old, passed away peacefully in his Kona, Hawaii, home at 4:20 a.m. today. The precise cause of his death remains unknown. The tragic news of his passing was confirmed by YWAM Kona, who shared the announcement on their official Facebook page.
Alongside this announcement, Kris Vallotton also paid tribute to Loren Cunningham.
Today we lost one of the greatest heroes of faith in modern history, Loren Cunningham. He is the founder of YWAM, which is probably the greatest missionary organization in the history of the world. I have personally been so impacted by this man’s life. I love him so much and will miss him deeply.
– Wrote by Kris Vallotton
Obituary And Funeral Arrangements
We regret to inform you that Loren Cunningham, the visionary founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 88 at his home in Kona, Hawaii. Loren Cunningham’s incredible journey has made an unforgettable impression on the globe, characterized by unshakeable faith and persistent dedication to serve others.
Loren is survived by his wife, Darlene, their children, Karen and David, as well as Judy Cunningham, and three adored grandchildren, Madi, Kenna, and Liam. His family, as well as the whole YWAM community, are devastated by this tragic loss.
Below is the official Franklin Graham Twitter post:
I just learned that Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) passed away. What an incredible life this man lived. Loren allowed God to use him, and he was a force for the Gospel for decades. Loren is experiencing the promise of Jesus right now— “I am the… pic.twitter.com/LpkjFl8ZRG
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) October 7, 2023
Loren Cunningham’s life demonstrated the power of a dream and the impact that one person can have on countless lives. At the age of 20, he created YWAM with the goal of equipping young people to share the message of love, hope, and faith throughout the world.
YWAM now has a presence in over 180 countries, with thousands of volunteers participating in missions and humanitarian work. Loren’s dedication to serving the underprivileged, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and his unwavering conviction in God’s plan for each individual encouraged many people to pursue their own missions and make a difference in the lives of others. Loren Cunningham’s death is being mourned, but his amazing legacy is being celebrated.
His dedication to empowering kids, vision for global missions, and steadfast faith in God’s mandate will continue to inspire future generations. Loren’s spirit will live on in the hearts of those he touched, and his global effect will be felt through the countless lives affected by YWAM.
Let us renew our commitment to making the world a better place, one act of love and service at a time, in honor of Loren Cunningham’s memory. His legacy calls on us to continue on the torch of compassion and faith that he carried for so many years.
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