Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. The UK currently is weighing the degree of its integration with continental Europe. A member of the EU, it chose to remain outside of the EMU for the time being. Constitutional reform is also a significant issue in the UK. Regional assemblies with varying degrees of power opened in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 1999.
England has existed as a unified entity since the 10th century; the union between England and Wales was enacted under the Statute of Rhuddlan in 1284; in the Act of Union of 1707, England and Scotland agreed to permanent union as Great Britain; the legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland was implemented in 1801, with the adoption of the name the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 formalized a partition of Ireland; six northern Irish counties remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland and the current name of the country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was adopted in 1927
population: English 81.5%, Scottish 9.6%, Irish 2.4%, Welsh 1.9%
YWAM in UNITED KINGDOM & N.IRELAND:
YWAM England was founded in 1970. It works in partnership with local churches to reach, disciple, and mobilise a new generation for world mission, in global, urban, youth and marketplace settings.
Globally, YWAM England has nearly 300 missionaries on the field, working in a diverse range of projects that include relief and development, church-planting among unreached people groups, street children, community development, orphanages, and business as mission.
Our urban teams minister in cities and towns the length and breadth of the country, to the homeless, those involved in prostitution, ethnic minorities, families, the marginalised and vulnerable, and prisoners.
Our youth teams work to influence and empower the young people of this nation to follow Jesus through relevant evangelism (including music, arts and missions opportunities) and discipleship and leadership training.
Our marketplace initiative seeks to help Christians to live out their faith wherever they are - at home, in their workplace, on the campus and in their neighbourhood - and to use business as a missions tool.
With around 300 staff in over 20 locations at home, and supporting nearly 300 British missionaries overseas, YWAM England is the biggest missions-sending agency of its kind in England.
YWAM Scotland began in 1973 and currently has 4 bases with 50-60 staff. It's main areas of ministry are DTS and missions training, KK Child and Youth ministry, Pre-school ministry, Counseling ministries, Street Church, and Mercy Ministries - Aids sufferers in Edinburgh.
There are some new breakthroughs recently, especially regarding reaching out to young people. Play Peace street side Sunday school has been very effective in getting children to church who wouldn't normally go to church. Fire Starters, a monthly youth training event partnering with churches, is also very effective [100+]. New Youth Initiatives in Prestwick and Kilwinning are having an impact, as are cell church initiatives. YWAM Scotland targets 8 unreached people groups around the globe.
- for a new engagement with personal/friendship evangelism.
- for God to do new things amongst young people. Post modernity has had a major impact on young people.
- for youth strategies that YWAM is supporting in the nation.
- for on-going mobilisation of Brits into missions.