HISTORY OF YWAM LONDON
In the 70’s there were a lot of hippies going out to India, Nepal, and Afghanistan in search of truth. Instead many got dysentery, hepatitis and other ailments. Floyd McClung began a ministry called ‘Dilaram’ which took in the ill hippies, nursed them, talked to them about Jesus and many got saved. Several ‘Dilaram’ houses shot up in India, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Amsterdam and in November 1977 a Dilaram House began in London. A team of 11 people led by Paul and Mary Miller pioneered London’s Dilaram House.
In the late 70’s the Dilaram Ministries joined with YWAM to become a part of YWAM internationally. The London Dilaram house ran for 7 years under the leadership of Paul and Mary Miller and later Richard and Michelle Lahey-James.
The ministry involved outreach to the local community (Lewisham and Brockley area) plus Leicester Square, Hyde Park Speakers corner and Portobello Road.
In the summer a host of young people from different nations would come to join in the 6 to 9 week ‘Summer of Services’, living in rented accommodation in the Portobello Road area as well as camping in Tent City and church halls.
The main thrust of the Dilaram work was to amongst those who were in drug, alcohol and sexual addictions and young travelers.
In the early 80’s a team led by Lynn and Marti Green came to Putney (London) from the main YWAM training base in Sussex. Many folk joined them and further bases were established in Fulham, Notting Hill, Earls Court, Kings Cross, Soho, Clapham, Brixton and later the East End of London.
Over the years there has been a diversity of urban ministries, including outreach and friendship evangelism to the homeless, addicts, women in prostitution, homosexuals, young vulnerable people and ethnic minorities (particularly those from Islamic backgrounds). Alongside these ministries a number of church plants were established.
YWAM London has often hosted training schools, including Operation Year, DTS, Counselling schools, School of Biblical Studies and Perspectives Course. YWAM London has networked and partnered with numerous local churches creating joint projects like Door of Hope (work to Prostitutes) and Earls Court Project (later ECCP). YWAMers have enjoyed good relationships with local church and team members are encouraged to find a local church and become actively involved.