Boston's Spiritual Heritage:
The location of the first Bible printed on American soil is where Harvard University now stands. It was printed in the Algonquin language (a Native American language) by John Eliot, a missionary to the Algonquin people. This action gave the Algonquin people the gospel, as well as a writing system for their language, two things which did not exist prior to Eliot's work.
Boston is a city of great historical and spiritual significance. To this day, the city has a sense of great destiny. Hundreds of years ago, people from other nations came to Boston with an appetite for adventure and a desperation for religious freedom. Colonies were set up to be God-honoring societies.
Boston was known as a “beacon on a hill” and a “lighthouse to the nations.”
Harvard University was originally founded to train ministers and missionaries for the advancement of the Christian faith in the New World. “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning,” stated the Harvard College Mission Statement 1636.
Today, the same world-renowned university pulls in bright minds from around the globe to train them to be leaders in every area of society.
When YWAM Boston’s founders landed here in 2006, they had a great sense of God’s purposes for this great city. They felt God’s aching heart to see Boston returned to its roots to be a beacon of Truth. God brought them to where it all began in America to once again see a nation and the world follow in its footsteps towards the Truth.