3 billion people in the world are still waiting to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. You are blessed to be a blessing to the nations.


3 billion people in the world are still waiting to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. You are blessed to be a blessing to the nations.

This course is part of the University of Nations College of Humanities and International Studies and is registered as Foundations for Intercultural Studies (FIS).


(Full learning weeks)



The SOFM / FIS (Foundations for Intercultural Studies) exists to equip and release those who have a calling from God for long term ministry among unreached people groups.

This school will prepare you to move forward with vision, calling and in faith for the impossible whilst providing practical opportunities to put your training and faith into practice. In the past, England has been known for being a sending nation. We believe God wants to reignite its spiritual and missional heritage and you can be part of it.

Are you willing to respond to God’s call and go to nations and unreached people groups still waiting to hear of the Good News of Jesus Christ?


(3 months at YWAM Harpenden)  

Our learning week will be a mix of classroom learning, ministry times, self-led learning and research, as well as continuing to form good spiritual disciplines and habits.


 Some of the other areas we will focus on are:

  • — Biblical and Historical basis of mission
    — Intercultural adjustment and communication
    — Learning Jesus’s Leadership model in pioneering
    — Sharing the gospel with those from other faiths
    — Disciple Making Movements.
    — Language and cultural learning
    — Individual projects related to an unreached people group
    — Practicalities of living on the mission field



(3 months — 2 years in the UK or in the nations)

Internships are highly encouraged as part of the SOFM. The school leader and staff will walk with you as you hear from God about where, who and how, while providing encouragement and support that will continue through to the end of the internship. If you already feel drawn to a specific location or people group, then please let us know.


We will be offering two options:

— A 3-month internship for those who want to explore a location and/or team to see if it’s a good fit before going longer term

— A 2-year internship for those who are ready to be launched into full-time missions to where God is calling you to go


Before doing SOFM, I thought that cross-cultural missions was about having a plane ticket to another country, going to poor places, speaking a little bit of the local language, and sharing a short message among the unreached.


However, this is just the surface. Being a cross-cultural missionary is actually about coming in low and being relational; it’s getting into people’s kitchens—that’s the heart of the home where you have deep and meaningful conversations. It’s speaking the truth into people’s hearts—their felt needs—because each person has eternity written on their hearts—and giving them access to the gospel in a way they understand.


Ultimately, I learned cross-cultural missions is about being an example of Jesus Christ in that culture and leading others to obey Him as we obey Him.

— Josh, School of Frontier Missions 2023


Arrival Date: Wednesday, 18 September, 2024
Departure Date: Saturday, 14 December, 2024

Cost: £2950 + £200 trip fees + Internship fees (TBC depending on your location and length of time)




Arenla Tyson

Arenla Tyson

Arenla Tyson is married with two wonderful kids and has a passion to see unreached people groups reach! Arenla first began her journey with YWAM over 20 years ago in the year 2000. After completing her DTS, she then went on to do SOFM and staff SOFM.

In 2004 Arenla was part of the first long term YWAM team ever to be sent out to a country in south east Asia  from her home country India. Arenla served faithfully there for 15 years reaching out to the people and saw many come to faith in Jesus! In particular God put a minority group on her heart and led her to successfully navigate the mountainous region to find and bring the light of the gospel to them.

Arenla has so much tried and tested God-given experience, revelation and wisdom to impart and is excited to equip you to be more effective than you ever felt possible. Catch hold of God’s heart for the unreached people groups of the world, catch hold of your future. 

Laura Mudd

Laura Mudd

Laura Mudd will be co leading the SOFM/FIS. She and her family have served in the Middle East and Europe for over 20 years.

She has two teenage children and loves laughing and being outside with her family. They have a huge heart for the Muslim world, young people finding their calling, Bibleless peoples, and of course good food from around the world.


If you have any questions regarding this school, please email: