We currently live and work out of YWAM Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, B.C, Canada! If you're visiting the PNW / West Coast, send us an email or call us. Our contact details are below on every page. We would love to arrange a time to have a coffee or enjoy a meal together!
Our family has been radically impacted by the reality of God's grace and love! As a result, we are committed to making Jesus the center of our family and lifestyle. We reach out to the wayward and brokenhearted locally and globally to share the message of hope and demonstrate acts of generosity and mercy. Our family is consecrated to the purpose of knowing God and making God known! This is the call to action for Youth With A Mission (YWAM), which we joyfully serve in as full time volunteers.
Livé joined YWAM in 2001, Tessa in 2005, and Mateo in 2013. We met in Newcastle, Australia in 2005. We got married in 2011, in Canada. Countries with YWAM bases that we have served at over the years have been in New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Canada, and USA. We have a passion for training and mentoring young people to grow in their faith and express God's love to their families and the world. The Discipleship Training School is a big heart piece for us! It's the most important school that we run in YWAM for raising up generations of sold out Christians that will follow Jesus to the ends of the earth. We have staffed and led more than 10 of these schools and witnessed some of the craziest healing and transformation in peoples lives! This is the type of ministry that we can easily spend the rest of our lives doing.
Currently both of us serve on the leadership team for YWAM Nanaimo here on Vancouver Island, B.C, Canada. We have been pioneering this YWAM community since July 2018. The focus of our ministry here has been to reach young adults and university students with the love of God. Currently we are serving alongside other ministries here in Nanaimo including Youth For Christ and University Christian Minisitries.
Sanerivé aka Livé
Born: USA in April
YWAM Experience: Since 2001; DTS and SOE in Newcastle; Navigation School in Kona; UofN Workshop in Kona; Staff in New Zealand, Newcastle, Turner Valley, Tahiti, Kona and Nanaimo.
Loves: Photography, Reading, Discovering new apps.
Ministry: Daddy, Leadership, Small Groups.
Fun Fact: My favorite holiday is 4th of July, I love freedom and fireworks!
Born: Canada in April
YWAM Experience: Since 2005; DTS in Newcastle; Slingshot; UofN Workshop in Kona; Staff in Newcastle, Turner Valley, Tahiti, Kona & Nanaimo.
Loves: Coffee, Baking, Organic Food, and Interior Design.
Ministry: Mommy, Leadership, Hospitality, Admin.
Fun Fact: I would love to one day open another Café
Born: Canada in February
YWAM Experience: Since 2013; UofN Preschool in Kona
Loves: Puzzles, Minions, and Swimming
Ministry: Smiling, Laughing
Fun Fact: Mateo likes holding babies! He often asks us for a baby brother or a sister, sometimes both. Another fun fact, before he was 2 years old he had lived in 3 different countries.
Discipleship Training School
Most commonly known as the DTS, this is YWAM's most essential school! Tessa and I love to staff and lead DTS. It's our foundational school that welcomes international students from all walks of life and church backgrounds. People in this school desire to grow in their relationship with God and to be equipped with a biblical worldview and an infectious faith that proclaims and reveals the love of God to the world. There is a lot of effort that goes into leading these schools. It takes a commitment of 8 months to prepare and lead it in the day to day schedule. Leading the students (ages 17-60) during 3 months of lectures followed by 2-3 months of an overseas field assignment in some of the most remote regions of the world or cities with the most needs to meet.
Our leadership team for YWAM Nanaimo is currently in the pioneering stages. Each week we meet together as a team, pray, worship and work thought self leadership teachings.
Teaching & mentoring
Livé loves teaching on the topic of "Calling and Vision" for DTS. His goal is to inform people of their universal calling to relationship with God to their personal calling of how they can serve others with their particular talents and gifts in the body of Christ. It's not enough to live day to day, God desires to reveal than conceal His plans. He equips people for prayerfully writing out their personal vision and planning their life with God. He also likes to teach on the epistle to the Ephesians by Paul. Tessa and Livé both love to mentor new staff and upcoming leaders.
serving alongside other minsitries
One thing the Lord spoke to us about coming to Vancouver Island was to serve existing ministries and focus on building relationships. We are currently serving alongside Youth For Christ and University Christian Ministries as well as attend 5 prayer meetings each week with different churches, ministries etc.
YWAM Nanaimo exists to form Kingdom communities that reveal God's glory to all people, through all cultures by empowering them to discover, pursue and create with God!
We are a tribe of people from different walks of life that God has called together to pioneer a missional community in the Pacific Northwest that reveals the King and His Kingdom. As we prayed about where to start on Vancouver Island, we got the words "hub" and "gathering place" and we determined that Nanaimo would be where we would pioneer a new YWAM ministry on the west coast of Canada. We're eager to join in the work God has already been doing in Nanaimo! Our goals are ultimately to make disciples of Jesus that love God, follow His ways, and love people in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island and the nations!
Videos about YWAM & DTS
This is a brief 69 second video that will inform you about what YWAM is.
This is our latest favorite video about the Discipleship Training School! YWAM North Cascades created this amazing video! What makes it amazing is that it captures and conveys the culture and spirit of the DTS on a global level. The representation is indeed sprawling for a lot YWAM locations that run DTS. These are the schools that we will always be a part of running no matter how old we get!