About us

PhotogenX YWAM Bad Blankenburg, is a new base of Youth with a Mission Germany. We're located in the small town of Bad Blankenburg in the middle of Germany. As YWAM we continue God's calling for this building that he gave in 1925 when four men of God laid the foundation for this former Christian printing press. Unfortunately, in 1972 the communist government took over the building to use it as a secular printing press. Now, after over 40 years, God is restoring its original calling to be a place from which the good news of Jesus Christ is spread out through modern media! We as YWAM Bad Blankenburg seek to call out young people to stand up for the poor and the people in need. We fight for justice by helping through mercy ministries. Walking in the calling of photogenX, we also use media as a tool to speak out for those who have no voice.



Help for migrants and refugees

Welcoming refugees in Germany! That is the core of our ministry in Bad Blankenburg and our region. Most of the refugees come from Eritrea, Syria and Afghanistan. We are a local initiative welcoming refugees and helping them to quickly get settled in their new environment and helping them to find a new home here. A part of our work is offering German courses, accompanying them to the public authorities and doctors, as well as helping kids with their homework. We make connections with people in the region to take them into a godparenthood with one on one relationships. We establish connections with companies which can offer internships to help the refugees to get their first impressions of the German working environment and to make their first work experiences in Germany.



Discipleship Training School

The Discipleship Training School (YWAM DTS) seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives you an opportunity to discover your passions and your part in God’s purposes for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus in new ways with a different perspective.
The course is a full-time program and lasts five or six months. It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. In the lecture phase, you will learn more about God and His world. You’ll learn not only from lectures but also from community living and practical training. The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned in the classroom through an intense, cross-cultural experience.l


Grow your relationship with God. Be transformed. Bring hope to the nations.


As photogenX we have the calling to use media to communicate God's heart for the world and the needs of people. In joining the 'Voice for the Voiceless DTS' you will gain understanding about God's heart for this world and grow in compassion as we focus on refugees. Throughout the teachings you will gain a deeper understanding of God's love for the poor and needy. You will be challenged to make a difference in this world by going out and taking the good news of Jesus to these people - Be a messenger of hope!

Course Content

The school will be in English and in German. The a Voice for the Voiceless DTS will have 2 tracks, sport and media, to choose from where you'll get trained to use on outreach. With sport you'll get trained to coach, to plan sessions, run a soccer clinic, etc. With media you'll learn how to raise awareness and tell others' story through photography, writing, etc. Some of the DTS topics you can expect:
//God's heart for the refugees//
//Forgiveness and repentance//
//Nature and character of God//


After spending 12 weeks of the a Voice for the Voiceless DTS in classroom hearing lectures, walking further steps with God and becoming equipped, you will leave the YWAM base for 12 weeks and head out into the world in small teams of 8-10 people to put into practice everything you learned. The main thrust of outreach is to make God known. We will do this through many different avenues such as evangelism, teaching in youth groups or meeting practical needs, supported through the skills you learned during the lecture phase! We work closely with local contacts and translators in remote places of the world. We will go to unreached people groups, to the poorest of the poor and to people who are in need of the life giving message of Jesus Christ. For this DTS we will focus on European nations and other areas where refugees are.

University of the Nations

After you've finished the a Voice for the Voiceless DTS, a whole new world of missions will open up in front of you. The DTS is the basic course at the University of the Nations (U of N), an international University located in over 140 nations. By finishing this course you will have the opportunity to either start working full-time with YWAM, the largest missions movement in the world with over 1.000 ministry locations in almost 200 countries of this world, or to continue further studies with the University. You may choose to pursue one of the Associate, Bachelor or Masters degrees available at the U of N.


There are no prerequisites for the DTS. A desire to go deeper with God and a passion to change this world is all!


19 September 2016 to 8 March 2017. Arrival day for V4VDTS is Friday 16 September.


This is ONLY for the lecture phase. Outreach fees are not included in lecture fees and cost €1800 (depending on outreach location).
€1800 - A Nations
€1600 - B Nations
€1400 - C Nations
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Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

PROVERBS 31:8 - 9



Hide the Word of God in your heart. Experience the Bible like never before.


Word By Heart has one driving ambition — Jesus. This school will enable you to see Jesus in a unique and personal way. It will also enable you to speak of Him through your own language, humour and personality using the exact words of the Gospels. Often people who follow Jesus wish they would have been able to literally walk with him. To see the withered hand made whole or walk with him on the water. Although space and time do intervene, Word By Heart enables you to experience Him through your own imagination. Once you have seen Jesus in this way, your natural memory will be unlocked. These stories will become so personal to you that you will simply remember them and then retell them as if they happened to you — using the exact words of Scripture.


First and formost you need a good sense of humour and a resolves to learn an entire gospel. You must also have completed a Discipleship Training Course (DTS/CDTS) before applying for the school.


On satisfactory completion of the lecture phase the student will be awarded 12 credits and at the end of the field assignment the student will be awarded 12 additional credits for a full 12 week outreach. These credits can be applied to a degree in Christian Ministries, Communication and the Arts.


For those who would like to get a taste of the school but cannot commit to the full 12 weeks, seminar students are welcome to join us for anywhere between 1-6 weeks. Each week we will be applying the principals of the school to a new chunk of scripture that will yield a presentation of 5-7 minutes long. Cost: €200 per week (inc. food & accommodation)

Course Content

In the first 3-month lecture phase you will learn one of the four gospels by memory. It will be abridged to a maximum 90-minute presentation. At the end of the three months, you will present your gospel to a live audience. The best way we remember something is by experiencing it. Word by Heart taps into this natural memory process by teaching you to recreate and experience biblical events, rather than just drumming words into your memory.
Learn in Your Own Language
Cultural diversity is an enriching part of our school. Although the lecture phase is given in English, we would really encourage you to learn the Gospel in your own language as this is the language of your heart and your most your most natural route of expression. Not only is this easier to learn, but it equips you to communicate the Bible to people from your own culture. We imagine people doing this in Mandarin, Hindi, Portuguese, Arabic, English, French, German and many more, opening up the Word of God to every person in the world. However, if you feel strongly about using English, or another foreign language you are fluent in, we would love to discuss it with you.


Outreach is optional, but all WBH students are highly encouraged to go on outreach, giving themselves an essential opportunity to apply their work in a real audience setting. Our aim is for as many people as possible to hear the Word of God, releasing it to nourish souls as it has nourished ours in the process of learning it. This has the added bonus of allowing the hard work of the lecture phase to take root in the heart of the student, enabling their presentation to improve with each telling. Outreaches are student led so they can be uniquely designed by each student, allowing them to share with audiences who speak their language. To receive UofN credit, there are certain requirements that must be met, together with a small admin fee. We will of course guide you through the process and support in any way we can. Lastly, please note that the school dates advertised are for lecture phase only, outreach will be organised separately. We would love to discuss the outreach phase with you during the application process, and we will have ongoing discussion through the school.


27 June 2016 to 16 September 2016. Arrival day for Word By Heart is Sunday 26 June.


€2250 - A Nations
€1999 - B Nations
€1700 - C Nations