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, subscribe to my missionary updates…

and keep reading below for just a small picture into my journey until now.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a missionary with Youth With A Mission (Y.W.A.M.) in South Africa. Little did I know where my entrance into YWAM over a decade ago 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 Christian university. Afterwards, my life was happily consumed with volunteering for my church, mostly in youth ministry for the several years. Next God led me to staff  YWAM, a Christian missionary organization, doing discipleship, evangelism, and dance ministry through YWAM’s training schools. During this time, I was so blessed to lead missions’ trips around the world! Then I completed YWAM’s School of Biblical Studies in South Africa in order to equip me further in the Bible and in missions. I cannot go without saying that it’s one of the most valuable and intensive Bible schools I’ve ever done. I returned to the Cape Town area of South Africa as a full-time, volunteer missionary and served in ministry and community development. Some areas I have been involved in include empowering people affected by poverty and injustice, evangelism and discipleship, coming alongside ministry organizations with prayer, vision, and writing, and staffing communications for YWAM Muizenberg’s training schools and ministries.

Then I came into a time, which I call my “Season of Discovery,” where I entered into prayer and reflection – and asked God who I am created to be and also re-discovering my passions. I 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 (or even my own), but I experienced God’s immense grace and help in dark situations. I recognized there was more healing, wholeness, and freedom God desires to bring to people and also my lack and need for training in these areas. This led me to form my current 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. 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 and prayer, community events, evangelism, restorative ministry, and training to South Africa and the nations.

Our doors are open to a diverse community across Cape Town. We desire that both church/ministry leaders and believers in their spheres are awakened to “carry the Kingdom with them and to displace darkness, aligning others spiritually, and influencing leaders.” 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!

Thank you for taking the time to read just a bit of my story! I hope you’ll journey with me.

Shannon

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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