Online Seminar Introduction to Children at Risk 

There is a growing need around the world to help children at risk. We normally offer the Children at Risk School for those willing to be trained in this area, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is temporarily (almost) impossible to travel internationally to do this school.* 

So, believing there will be many oppor-tunities to minister to children at risk after the corona crisis subsides and the world opens up again, we are offering an online seminar: “Introduction to Children at Risk”.

This seminar is for Christians who are passio-nate about reaching children, families and communities at risk, including street children, refugee children, kids from broken families, orphans, children living in slums, children with HIV/AIDS, and other children with different needs and challenges in their lives.


It is both for those who have completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS), the basic school of YWAM and the University of the Nations, and for people who have not done a DTS, but who have a heart for children and want more training. 


This seminar is registered as an Extension Course with the University of the Nations, and participants will receive 1 UofN credit upon successful completion.

Topics of the teachings:


  1. God's Heart for Children I - How does God see children? Understanding more of God’s love, justice, mercy, and compassion.

  2. God's Heart for Children II -  Characteristics of wholesome children, what went wrong, and how can we help the children on their way to restoration.

  3. Biblical worldview and community development - How our belief system affects our view of children and poverty and how can we work with them in a wholistic and non-paternalistic way.

  4. Child development and how to help children to reach their full potential.

  5. Understanding the different groups of children at risk, and strategies to work with them, their families, and their communities.

  6. Family based care versus institutional care, why and how to promote adoption and foster care.




1. Johan and Jeannette Lukasse, both from Holland, lived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for 36 years, where they started, together with their staff, a YWAM base consisting of seven shelters for children in need and four community development centers in slums. After handing over the leadership, they now work primarily in training staff worldwide on reaching children in need. They have three biological and two adopted children with special needs and are the proud grandparents of 8 children. Jeannette is the author of the book: “A cry from the streets.”


2. Michelle Chaves, from Brazil, trained in K-12 and Special Education, has been working as a YWAM missionary in Belo Horizonte for the past 12 years, focusing on children at risk, community development and human trafficking prevention.  She has authored a human trafficking prevention curriculum for use in schools, called Libertodos, which has been used in Brazil and other countries. She also serves on the government Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Migration Committee for the State of Minas Gerais, and represents, together with Johan Lukasse, the Children at Risk stream in the University of the Nation’s College of Education. 


3. Barbara Ruegger, from Switzerland, has been working in YWAM/King’s Kids with children and youth for almost thirty years, many of which were in India. She is now working as part of King's Kids International Leadership team, and networking with many other groups and organizations, such as ‘World Without Orphans’ (WWO), where she is part of the European Facilitation team. Barbara has a PhD in Holistic Child Development with a research on institutionalized children. 


Dates: 15-26 of June 2020


Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: Classes, consisting of lectures, practical application, and question time, totaling 3 hours per day. Meeting times: 13:00-16:00 (GMT+0)

Wednesdays and Fridays: Personal study, for which we will provide material to read or watch, and assignments to complete. 


In total, you can expect to spend a minimum of 3-4 hours a day for 2 weeks, which is the time commitment for the seminar.


Platforms:  Zoom and Google Classroom.


Language: English. 


Cost: USD 5 (five US dollars).


Minimum requirements:

- Be 18 years or older.

- Be a committed Christian.

- Have sufficient English.

- Have never been convicted of an offense concerning any kind of abuse against a child (a person under 18 years old), and have never abused a child.

Steps to participate: 


1. Pay the USD 5,- fee through the link to the PayPal account:

2. Submit a copy of your proof of payment (PayPal transfer confirmation) to

3. Fill out and submit your application. Click here to complete your application.

4. Receive a confirmation email that you have been accepted as a participant with all the information needed to access the course.

Application and payment DUE by 8th of June 2020. 

Application is now closed!

This seminar is now closed for any new students, as we have finished the processing of new applications. BUT we can put you on a waiting list for the next seminar, (probably later on in this year). Click here!


Johan and Jeannette Lukasse

Michelle Chaves   


Belo Horizonte, Brazil


 *(Some national travel might open up soon, so if you live in Brazil, South Africa, Australia or Holland you might check out your national YWAM bases, to find out when they are planning the next in-person Children at Risk School).

Children at Risk Schools

Youth With A Mission, University of the Nations, info:  

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