My Story

Yes, this is standard for me - coffee cup in face.
                                                              Yes, this is standard for me – coffee cup in face.

If you want to get to know me, read my blog… Or just keep reading below.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Muizenberg in South Africa. Little did I know where my entrance into YWAM in 2006 would lead!

As a child, I was intrigued by countries, cultures, maps… and of course, adventure! I went on my first missions trip to Bosnia through my school, Simpson University (Redding, CA). Afterward, my life was happily consumed with youth ministry at Risen King Community Church (C&MA). Then after several years serving in discipleship, evangelism, and dance ministry with YWAM Montana’s training schools to Africa, Asia, and Europe, I completed YWAM’s School of Biblical Studies in South Africa to equip me further for missions. I cannot go without saying that it’s one of the most valuable Bible schools I’ve ever done. I returned to the Cape Town area of South Africa for ministry and have been involved in a variety of things including empowering people affected by poverty and injustice, community development, evangelism and discipleship, coming alongside ministry organizations with prayer, vision, and writing, and staffing communications for YWAM Muizenberg’s training schools and ministries.

Recently, I went through what I call my Season of Discovery, entering into prayer and reflection – and asking God who I am created to be and re-discovering my passions. I began to mentor again and realized my heart for one-on-one discipleship as my office became my “counseling room,” as one coworker coined it. At first, I didn’t know how to process people’s trauma (which many South Africans have experienced but haven’t talked through or received healing), but I experienced God’s grace and help in dark situations. I also recognized there was more healing, wholeness, and freedom God desires to bring to people and my lack and need for training in these areas. This led me form my mission statement:

I develop people to know their identity in Christ

and to be empowered for all God has for them,

released into living radically, loving others, and glorifying God.

Currently, I serve with Bethesda House, a ministry of YWAM Muizenberg, where I am being further training in what God has been revealing to me. Bethesda means “the pace of the outpouring and mercy.” We exist to see people encounter God and to be restored and equipped to transform communities with the Kingdom of God through worship, prayer, evangelism, restorative ministry, and training to South Africa and the nations.

Our doors are open to a diverse community including Africans, Westerners, the homeless, new age, etc. I love how I can talk with someone in words they understand ask God what He wants to speak to them – because He is pursuer of their hearts. Some of them are drawn through our doors and remark, “I don’t know why I came in.” Here are some testimonies of how God has met with people!

“All heaviness and running away from God is gone in my life.”

~ A girl who walked in off the street ~

“Since the day I was prayed for 3 years ago, I have been completely delivered from my drug addiction, and I am still clean to this day.”

~ Roshana street lady ~

I so desire that ALL may be set free

to worship God with their whole being and whole lives.

And I love it!

If you are still not bored and want to learn more about me and my history in South Africa, I have another blog with old posts:




2 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Hi Shannon, love hearing your stories. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Your honesty and transparency is refreshing . We always treasure the times you came to see us at the Henderson Hilton. Keep living and loving the abundant lifestyle. Blessings from the Henderson’s, your other home away from home. P.S If you need a video for your site, drop box me photos and footage of what you are doing and I will produce and edit it for you. It can be from your iPhone or any camera. Okay Bless You

    1. Ah thanks for your encouragement! I love the Henderson Hilton and all the family of course. And I will let you know if I need a video – the funny thing is that being on video is not my cup of tea but may be beneficial sometime. 🙂 Blessings and please give my hi and hugs to all!

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