Wollongong, informally referred to as “The Gong” is a seaside city located in South Eastern Australia. Wollongong is noted for its industry, port activity and the quality of its physical setting, occupying a narrow coastal plain between an almost continuous chain of surf beaches and the cliff line of the rainforest-covered Illawarra escarpment.
Bruce, co-founder and leader of YWAM Wollongong, shares in the video above why this city is also a significant place for us as a missions movement. Bruce travelled through different countries and was confronted by the huge need in those places. He was challenged to ask, “Why here in Wollongong?” and God answered very clearly that this place was to be a missionary sending base.
//Called to Wollongong//
Since YWAM Wollongong was founded we have seen many people called by God to this place to be equipped for ministry and sent out into all the world. This is how some of these people have experienced Wollongong:
“The view from the escarpment on the way back from the airport is stunning. I like that you can be in the city, at the beach, and in the countryside all in one day.”
“I love that it’s a melting pot for people from all over the world to come and be in this beautiful place that God has created.”
“What I love about Wollongong is that it’s a coastal city. It’s not too busy but still a major city. I like all the restaurants and all the available water activities.”
“The botanical gardens are incredible. It’s like a little paradise.”
“I love all the bush walks around the area. It’s epic natural beauty.”
“I like that it’s got all you need from a big city but it has a small town feel.”
“It’s very multi-cultural and everyone is friendly. It has real sense of community spirit.”