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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:
- The Random Stuff – From Coffee Addiction to Childhood Dreams – Get to Know a Little More About Me
- My Beginnings in South Africa – History Part I
- A Year of Discovery – My History in South Africa Part II
- How South Africa is Becoming Home for me (on the YWAM Muizenberg Blog, a blog I started and edit).