Youth With A Mission
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a worldwide Christian movement operating in more than 1,000 locations in over 180 countries, with over 25,000 full-time staff since 1960. YWAM is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to care, connect, serve, and build with individuals and communities. YWAM is decentralized in structure and financially autonomous. This allows each center to adapt and to serve the specific needs of the community.
Located approximately 95 miles south of the San Ysidro border crossing (San Diego), Rancho Abierto is a missions outpost and part of the Global Reach initiative of YWAM Chico, CA and part of the YWAM Family of Ministries. Rancho Abierto is about reaching the nations and transforming communities by developing mission-minded families and launching healthy families into international missions through the YWAM Family Discipleship Training School (FDTS). Intentionally designed for married couples, this school provides a foundation for marriages and families who want to discover God’s purpose for their family.
"For a great and effective door has opened to me..." 1 Cor. 16:9 (NKJV)
After selling their home in Southern California in 2005, the McCoy's moved to Baja California, Mexico with their five children and were part of Hands of Mercy (HoM), a house building ministry, that is still actively serving families in the greater Ensenada area. In 2011, the McCoy's moved to Thailand with e3 Partners and gained experience leading short-term ministry teams in South Asia. In 2014, they moved to South Asia full-time with Commission to Every Nation (CTEN) and led a team that brought the gospel and biblical storytelling to remote villages where the message and the name of Jesus were unknown. In 2017, Brian, Sue and Shaina McCoy returned to North America with a vision to pioneer a Family Discipleship Training School (FDTS) at Rancho Abierto with the goal of training families to reach the nations. In preparation for this new season, the McCoy’s attended a Family DTS on the campus of the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii in 2017 and then served as staff for the 5 month Family DTS in 2018 and lead an outreach to the Philippines. In April of 2019, the McCoy's had the privilege of leading a Family DTS in Kona. They believe the Lord has now reopened the ranch for its original ministry of equipping families for missions and have returned to their home in Baja California, Mexico to pursue this vision.
Brian and Sue have four adult children, three of whom are married, and three granddaughters. They continue to serve with CTEN and live full-time in a tiny house and yurt at Rancho Abierto and homeschool their fifth child, Shaina.