Youth with a Mission is an organization that mobilizes people with a heart for mission into the world. Over the years a number of mission minded people have embraced our community and we have partnered with them to see the dream filled.
Here you will find people from our community that we are currently partnering with.
YWAM GLOBAL GATEWAY | OLVIER, BC
Enoch is from South Korea, has a major in Theology and minored in Mission Theology. He has been working with YWAM for over 13 years; in South Korea, India and Canada. He is currently working on getting his Masters in Community Development. Jen has also been working with YWAM for over 8 years and has taken a number of YWAM Schools.
They have 4 children, Hannah, Esther, Joanah & Sarah. They have been serving YWAM in Canada together for the past 8+ years. They started at the former YWAM Okanagan base, then were lead to help re-pioneer YWAM Eagles Nest Ranch in Medicine Hat, Alberta as part of the leadership team. Then in 2010 God led them back to Kelowna to pioneer a new base here, YWAM Global Gateway. This base has recently moved to Oliver, BC were they are presently serving as Directors.
YWAM Global Gateway is located in Oliver, BC where we began a rent to own of a 13.6 acre lodge property in April 2013. We began operating as a YWAM location in 2011. YWAM Global Gateway has a heart to see a multiplication of ministries, to partner with other ministries and help provide training and tangible resources to help their visions and goals be met, so they can walk in all God has for them. We are currently walking with some of the local churches and have partnered with a ministry in India where we have sent 2 teams to help serve and train so they can do the ministries God has called them too.
Many doors have opened and allowed for a mini Discipleship Training Seminar to take place. We currently have 15 staff and have run Discipleship Training Schools and English for Missions (ESL) programs. We have monthly worship times and Ladies Bible study. We have also opened our facility for other locations to run their programs in. This is just the beginning and we are excited to see what all doors God opens.
YWAM LIFE HARVEST NETWORK | KELOWNA, BC
Carl & Kathy Thompson
Carl and Kathy have been involved with Missions and YWAM in many different nations for over thirty years.
They helped pioneer YWAM Jamaica establishing Stone's Hope base and travelled through the Caribbean, Cuba and also China.
In the 1990’s Carl was on the KCC Board of Directors, led MTI Bible School , hosted several small groups, was very involved in evangelism and continued to make trips and stay involved with personal discipleship.
The Thompsons moved to the Dominican Republic, in 1999, where they helped establish a new YWAM base with the focus on establishing churches and training leaders in the rural areas where there was no evangelical witness. All of these works focused on raising up local leaders to lead the ministries. These leaders not only led their local churches but discipled others for leadership. Many of the original leaders have moved on and are leaders in churches in the larger urban areas but did not fail to leave behind strong leadership for the churches as they left.
They returned to Canada in 2010 where they continued in ministry including an extended period of disaster relief work following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, teaching and training in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mexico.
Today they have established the ministry of Life Harvest Network providing discipleship, and training in Biblical worldview, sustainability, organic agriculture, nutrition, and natural medicine. Along with co-workers from Organics 4 Orphans, they have pioneered the Organic Agri-nutritional Trainers School (OATS) which trains trainers to facilitate strategies to transform individuals, villages and communities through solid Biblical teaching and practical farming, nutrition and natural medicine to become healthy communities that can care for their own poor and orphaned. With well over one hundred communities trained we are seeing a movement beginning that truly has potential to transform nations. They have travelled as consultants for a numbers of NGOs to help them with finding sustainable means for long term projects.
Working together as a couple allows them to minister freely to both men and women. There is a great hunger to learn among the young adults and it is very important at this time to pass on what we have to the next generation so that they can build strong futures for their communities.
The young Liberian men who came to train with us in Kenya last fall are bringing new hope to people and communities as they begin the six projects which we have initially selected on which to focus their efforts. Most are schools, some with over 200 children who will all participate in creating bio-intensive gardens that will provide highly nutritious food for their school and from there take this knowledge to the community for the good of all.
They will be trained to create and care for these gardens, how to use the produce to prepare highly nutritious food and to plant natural herbs that can treat most of the disease found in their country. They will also be trained in income generation using the locally available resources to bring God's abundance to their communities.
YWAM THAILAND | MATTHEW THOMPSON
PO Box 85 Bandu, Chiang Rai, Thailand 57100
One thing have I asked of the Lord,this will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever, that I may gaze upon the beauty of the Lord in His sanctuary. -Psalm 27:4
“You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” – Psalm 27:8
Though born in Canada in 1992, Matthew grew up in the Dominican Republic as a YWAM Missionary Kid. During his DTS in Chiang Rai, Thailand in early 2010, he heard the call of God to serve in Thailand long term. Matthew joined YWAM Chiang Rai Base as staff in August 2011, working hard to learn the language and culture before studying the SBS in 2012. “The best season of my life” he said, reflecting on the transformation that God worked in his life during that school. Since then, Matthew studied TESOL to learn to teach English and helped start new initiatives to help the staff of the YWAM Chiang Rai Base grow in their language abilities and leadership skills. In 2013, he helped to lead this team on outreach to Laos, Uganda, and South Sudan. He continues to operate in roles of leadership and staff development as he seeks to bring God's Kingdom to Thailand and the nations.
Matthew’s passion is to know God and make Him known. He is especially interested in helping people discover their calling and be equipped to live it out. He believes that God is calling him to the areas of leadership, discipleship, and evangelism, with the goal of leading by example and equipping others to reach those who have never heard the Gospel. He enjoys building relationships with people in the community and practicing his Thai through the sharing of the love of Jesus. He also enjoys sports, cooking, and reading.
YWAM AUSTRALIA | AMY THOMPSON
Born in Canada and raised in the Dominican Republic as a missionary kid with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Amy (19) developed a love for travel from an early age. She went to Airlie Beach, Australia for her Discipleship Training School (DTS) in October 2013 and was called back for a School of Evangelism (SOE) in May 2014. "It has been a year of incredible transformation that is hard to describe, but my life now couldn't be any more different than it was a year ago and I'm so thankful," says Amy as she reflects on all that God taught her through that time.
Amy is passionate about knowing God and making Him known. She is interested in helping people discover their identity in God and enjoys sharing His love with those she meets. She believes that she is being called to work with young people and families, but is happy to go wherever God calls her around the world. She also enjoys music, reading, and working in the kitchen.