Memorials

Welcome to YWAM Memorial
How do we regularly remember and honor those who have died in service to the Lord through YWAM? Some of us have the custom to go and visit a cemetery or memorial garden where our friends and loved ones have been laid to rest. We may bring flowers or not but we spend some time. We give thanks to God for our friends or family, their service, their lives, their love, their impact upon people and upon us, their friendship and we remember with prayer those whom they have left behind.

It makes it difficult for us to do this geographically or to have a place that we can visit, as we are in a global mission working in more than 190+ countries. However, it is important to be able to remember and appropriately honor our friends and co-workers. This is what this YWAM-Memorial page is all about. It is a place to spend a few moments to remember, to reconnect with our threads in history, to give thanks to God and to reflect on the lives of our friends.

So, this webpage is for you. To share a few moments, you can leave some thoughts if you want, some memories, a picture or two, to be quiet, to put on some music but it is ok just to stay for a while. Thank you for remembering, for being here and for your service to the Lord. Our YWAM family and friends who have gone before us have joined a great cloud of witnesses who encourage us on in our love and service to God and in our love and service to our neighbors till all see and hear of God’s love.

Stephen Goode
Bangkok, Thailand


Roger Ayité

Roger Ayité passed away August 15, 2021 Roger was born and raised in Togo, West Africa. Roger served in Africa and Europe for many years. He was one of the main leaders in counseling in the region of West Africa. His gifting in counseling has impacted so many and he called a heart of peace …

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CARLOS URQUIA

Jucumero hondureño amante de los desafíos y de la gente. Un visionario y evangelista, que comenzó sus días en JuCUM Mendoza donde hizo su EDE junto a su esposa Melissa y tres de sus cinco hijos. Levanto una comunidad misionera sembrando una visión por Honduras y también por los no alcanzados. Sirvió a su generación …

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Julio Domingo Nuñez

Definimos a Julio como un hombre de Dios, amante de la Biblia ” ¨valiente porque aprendió a conquistar sus miedos”¨ dijo uno de sus cuatro hijos. Pastor de corazón, hombre temeroso de Dios y muy esforzado. Estuvo casado por 30 años con Mónica Signorelli y sus hijos Ignacio, Beto, Brenda y Heber todos sirviendo al …

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OLGA NOEMI ROJAS

Queremos recordar a Olguita, una hija de Dios, enamorada de su amado, guerrera e intercesora, tía y hermana de muchos. También madre del corazón de tantos jóvenes y niños. Sirvió en nuestra misión por 25 años, en diferentes comunidades misioneras vivió, pero realmente una jucumera apasionada de toda Argentina. Conocí a Olguita cuando vine a …

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Aurora Amira Campos

Misionera argentina destacada en Honduras. Hizo su EDE en abril de 2010 en Mendoza, Argentina. Y desde ahí escucho al Señor y estuvo dispuesta a organizar todo para salir a cumplir su llamado. Sirvió en JuCUM Siguatepeque al lado de un Pionero, Carlos Urquía. QEPD Amó esa nación con un amor genuino, porque fue muy …

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Wedge Ezra Alman

Wedge Ezra Alman’s Obiturary: Wedrell (“Wedge”) Ezra Alman, 88, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Lindale, Texas following an extended illness. He leaves his wife of 66 years, Shirley Jacqueline (Campbell) Alman; his son, Robert Wedrell Alman of Castaic, California; his daughter Crystal Ann (Alman) Morse and husband Phillip of Dawsonville, Georgia ; his son, …

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OLGA NOEMI ROJAS

Nació en Buenos Aires el 23 de agosto de 1957. Partió a la presencia del Señor el 3 de junio de 2017. Queremos recordar a Olguita, una hija de Dios, enamorada de su amado, guerrera e intercesora, tía y hermana de muchos. También madre del corazón de tantos jóvenes y niños. Sirvió en nuestra misión …

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Wedge Ezra Alman

Most of the time when you think of a man reaching his 90s, you think about a life of a retiree who has spent the last 20 to 25 years enjoying life without worrying about a job and having endless sunsets sitting on his porch after the last doctor’s appointment. That is not the case …

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Floyd McClung

Floyd McClung, International Missions Leader and Author, Dies at 75 Floyd Lee McClung, Jr., global missions leader, bestselling author and international speaker, died on Saturday, May 29, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa, after an extended illness he had battled since 2016, and which had left him incapacitated, hospitalized and unable to speak for over …

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Marcos and Silvana Jdnyczuk

From Kathy Davis – Year of Death 2021 English and Brazillian Portuguese below, Marcos and Silvana Jdnyczuk YWAM Brazil mourns the death of our beloved couple Marcos and Silvana Jdnyczuk. He was 52 and she was 48 years old. They served with YWAM for almost 30 Years. Marcos died on March 18th 2021 and Silvana …

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Peter Jordan

Eulogy Peter Michael Jordan 27 March, 1934 – 22 May, 2019 Peter Michael Jordan was born on the 27t​ h​ of March 1934 in the city of Chefoo, China, now known as Yantai, a coastal city on the shores of the Yellow Sea, to parents Laurence and Margaret Jordan. Dad’s parents had been called as …

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Ahmed Abdi Welli

On February 7, 2013 at 10am, Ahmed Abdi Welli, a Somalian Christian living in Kenya, was assassinated in the middle of the street while talking with a pastor in the city of Garissa. We suspect the Al Shebabs to be the origin of the attack. The pastor with whom he was found, Ibrahim Makunyi, was …

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Karin Lautrup Ramachandra

From Sam and Pat Sarvis – We have such wonderful memories of Karin. I think she may have been the first one we met when we went to Aran in 1981. Also the first one to meet us when we came back home with our first son Luke. The one who babysat him (or possibly …

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Sumalee “Mot” Phromtarawong

On 3 July 2017 Sumalee Phromtarawong – “Mot” – 53 year old – finished her race and the suffering is over and she is now being held by her Father God. She served faithfully in YWAM UK for 17 years and was looking forward to a new season here in Thailand…She is missed by her …

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Andy French

Andrew (Andy) French was born in 1964. He was tall and lanky, and had a love for detail. He was very concerned that students and YWAM bases be able to register with the University of the Nations (UofN) and receive credit. He was a key contributor in establishing a worldwide records system for the UofN. …

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Jorge Colmenares

He was a faithful and  servant leader of YWAM Medellin, Colombia. He serve during 28 years and Until his last minute he was so passionate for youth discipleship and missions mobilization. He has left a great legacy to many. We will continue building the vision he started.

SAMUEL DIAZ

Samuel was a full time missions worker for 18 years with YWAM Bucaramanga, Colombia. He was a pastor, counselor and passionate teacher. His faithful service and his love for missions were contagious. So many young people were touched by his life and words. His wife and children are committed to follow his example and to …

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Inger Kristensen

A HERO IS RETURNING HOME. Missionary Inger Kristensen died. on January 18, 2012 On July 7, 1973 Inger’s missionary career started in Youth With A Mission. In December 2010, she came home after finishing her task at YWAM´s health school at the University of the Nations (UofN) campus in Kona Hawaii. It was her last …

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Rina Riley (nee Burger)

Rina did her DTS at YWAM Windhoek. Rina was also involved with Mercy Ships and YWAM in South East Asia. She also spend some time at YWAM New York, YWAM Pretoria, YWAM Worcester and was part of the Beijing to London Movement. Rina will be remembered for her passion to inspire others to become involved …

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Don Neufeld

(1946-2013) Don did his first YWAM outreach with his wife, Gwen, at the Munich Olympics, on their honeymoon in 1972. In 1975 he took his wife and 8-month-old son to spend October to December on the Ark in Amsterdam and then to attend a DTS in Lausanne. The outreach at that time was to visit …

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Bob Lichty

On April 15, 2015, YWAM Spain awoke in mourning. Bob Lichty, one of the first missionaries in our mission, including in Spain, is with the Lord! Bob left a great legacy for future generations and we are eternally grateful for his dedication and passion for the kingdom of God!

Dr. Douglas D. Feaver

University Pioneer Dies…. Dr. Douglas D. Feaver, founder of the College of Humanities and International Studies at YWAM’s University of the Nations and a role model to generations of staff and students worldwide, died peacefully at his home in Bethlehem, PA, on April 6. He was 93. Douglas and Margaret Feaver joined the YWAM staff …

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Gary LaMonica

Gary LaMonica Passed away Jan. 17 2015   http://beautifultribute.com/gary-lamonica/

William “Bill” Manning

Thursday Morning, January 30th, 2014, William “Bill” Manning went home to be with the Lord. He was part of the leadership team for the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair outreach and with his family attended the 1971-72 Lausanne SOE. He faithfully served the Lord, until his death, in Lindsay California. Where he is survived by wife …

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Marius van Rooyen

Marius van Rooyen (2 June 1990 – 23 August 2013) This South African man made such an impact on many people. He will be remembered for his whole character. Known as the Rabbi, in admiration of his big example Jesus the Messiah. As much as he loved the Holy land he loved his own nation …

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Wilson

Um amigo para sempre. A friend forever. Wilson Ramos / Gaudencio (22 Dez 1973 – 19 Jul 2013) Wilson was a friend to many with whom he shared both his life and love for God. His legacy will continue both in Brazil and Africa and beyond.

John R Bowles

Served the Lord with YWAM Perth from 1997 – Dec 2012 We are thankful to the Lord for a life well lived – a faithful husband, father and colleague to the end.

David McGirr

Died shortly after his DTS outreach in Western Australia on March 17th 1996. Much loved son, brother and friend. We still miss you.

Thom Michael Petty

Thom Michael Petty died of cancer in Chennai India on December 12, 2011. He was 50 years old. Thom came to Chennai in 1996 to start the ministry of Sparky’s American Restaurant which was a ministry under YWAM Chennai. Thom was a master Italian chef who previously owned several restaurants and cruise ships and gave …

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Leah Dettling

Leah (July 12, 1981 – January 24, 2010) served God in an amazing and inspiring way. It was on her heart to go to India. Although she couldn’t, others went in her stead. She left a lasting impression of God’s character on many.

Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom (April 15 1892 – April 15 1983) As an inspiration to many, including lots of YWAMers to whom she shared her story (many call her still tante/aunt Corrie), including the ones who were reaching out from the castle of YWAM Hurlach at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Together with her …

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Cynthia Sue Bloomer

From Tom Bloomer… 25 April 2012 After a sunny and cloudy, windy and cold, achingly beautiful April day, Cynthia breathed her last and danced into the presence of the Lord. The hospice nurse called me after 7 PM and said, ‘Drive carefully but come right away’. When we arrived three good friends were sitting with …

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Moala Fusitu’a

Peaceful depart this world to the loving Arms of Jesus….

Joanne Chan

A Seed With Many Fruit In memory of Joanne Chan, who went home to be with the Lord aged 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 For James and Sarah Chan, …

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Peter Hinge

Peter died after 5 year of courageous battle against cancer. He was the King’s Kids Leader for Eastern and Central Europe. Peter you are greatly missed! Peter was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 29, 1968. He lived a life of adventure, traveling to over 70 countries. His passion was to know God more and …

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John Okwuwa Azuka

John Okwuwa was born on the 8th of March 1953 into the family of Awka Uzochukwu. He hails from Uzochukwu famly, Umudarike Community, Ubahuekwem village, Ihiala Local Government Area in Anambra State. He was the fourth child and was the only son of his mother. He lost his dad at a tender age of eight …

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Wally Wenge

February 2, 1973 Wally, Norma and family boarded a flight to Lausanne, Switzerland and began their many faithful years of YWAM service. Wally was an extraordinary man, walking away from the pinnacle of his career to join YWAM. God was indeed number one in his life. He opened his heart and home to orphans and …

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Ebel Kremer

Died 25 February 2011, aged 36 By Vikki Wright “Truth is absolute!” declared Ebel Kremer, and he demonstrated it by dropping a Coca-Cola bottle onto the cement floor of the classroom.  The bottle shattered, we jumped, and Ebel grinned, saying, “Just as the truth of gravity is absolute, so the Truth of Jesus is absolute!”  …

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John Clark

John Clark, 1933-2004. John Clark was married to Valerie Clark and they had 4 kids: Andrew, Louise, Jeremy, and Jonathan. John and Val were very involved in YWAM in New Zealand from the 60’s but only joined officialy in 1983. They packed up their beautiful house in Auckland, New Zealand and took their family on …

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Ivo Futi Lauaki Papalii

Ivo came to Canada from Savaii, Samoa in December, 2007. After completing her DTS with Island Breeze Canada, she stayed on to be part of the team. She added an innocent sweetness to the IB family, and her smile and gentle ways will be missed by all who knew her. Today she is dancing in …

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Pastor Ed R. Scratch

Pastor Ed R. Scratch Went to be with Jesus on September 10, 1991 After 57 years of pastoral ministry with Enid his wife (now known as Mama Dar), ‘PS’ as he was affectionately known, first ministered in British Columbia, Canada where his only child Darlene (later Cunningham), was born. The family then moved on to …

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Beatrice Simion

Beatrice Simion, one of YWAM Romania and KKI (King’s Kids International)’s European leaders, passed away on the 1st of August from complications following a car accident that occurred on the 17th of July in Timisoara, Romania. Beatrice’s first school with YWAM was the 1997 PCYM (Principles of Children and Youth Ministry) in Budapest. She had …

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Jim Nizza

From Loren and Darlene Cunningham — TRIBUTE TO JIM NIZZA from Loren & Darlene Cunningham August 14, 2010 Curitiba, Brazil Truly a warrior has gone home! Jim and Barb Nizza stood as pillars among us at YWAM/UofN Kona, pointing with unwavering faithfulness to the goodness of God’s character and His will…no matter what! They loved …

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Malcolm Heath

In 1993, Malcolm with his wife Rosalie moved to Matamata (NZ) where they completed a YWAM Crossroad’s DTS. After that they joined Crossroads as staff. In September 1997 they moved to Canada and worked with YWAM Associates for several years. During that time (2000-2001) Malcolm was very ill with complications to Pancreatitis. Through God answering …

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Cynthia Jean Albrecht

Cynthia Jean Albrecht attended the January YWAM School of Evangelism in 1980 in Lausanne, Switzerland. After the lecture phase she traveled with the school to Greece and then on to Thailand to work in the refugee camps. She worked in a clothing distribution project to begin with and then ran the Soap Factory in Khao-I-Dang …

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Marjorie (Marj) Hansen

November 28th 1919 to December 9th 1991 Marj at the age of 66 years was a student on the first Cossroads DTS in Wellington (NZ) in 1986. Marj went on outreach to the South Pacific Islands. Following outreach Marj went to work with YWAM in Christchurch. She stayed at the base until it closed late …

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Joy Kivunike

Born: 6 July 2001 Died: 16 April 2010 Laid to rest 18 April 2010 at Butiki Mataala, Jinja District. Daughter to: James and Rose Kivunike (YWAM Uganda) Background on the passing of Joy. Early on Monday 12th April 2010, Joy left for school in a mini bus which normally picked her up each day for …

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Nina Kendrick

Eugenia Nina Corinna Rosamaria Virginae Paraskevopoulis Kendrick was born on August 20, 1945 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In June of 2008 Nina was diagnosed with stage four cancer. She battled for 19 months through prayer, diet, chemo, radiation and the unquenchable fighting spirit that she was known for. She entered the Presence of the Lord …

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Renee Dueck

Renée was born on March 18, 1984. On February 26, 2008, three weeks before her 24th birthday, Renee entered the presence of her heavenly Father. www.ReneeDueck.com

Doug Kinne

Doug Kinne, MD Medical Missionary – Finisher 1941—2000 Doug Kinne, had worked as a physician in Petoskey Michigan so long he said that, “kids I’d delivered as an Obstetrician were themselves going into missions.” But Doug and his wife Jan had a growing conviction that there was something more for them and so at age …

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Jeff Tyler

Jeff was on the training staff with YWAM Tyler as well as a member of their GAP team where he loved to share the Gospel through dance and creative expression. He was a wonderful example of Christ-likeness, an encourager and friend. Jeff contracted meningitis and died in the vibrant prime of his life, but he …

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Rudy Lack

A tribute from Darlene Cunningham Loren and I were in ChiangMai, Thailand celebrating YWAM’s 50th anniversary with our missions family when we heard the news that our dear friend and co-worker, Rudi Lack, had gone to be with the Lord on February 3, 2010. I was the first speaker the next morning for the anniversary …

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Kymberlee Elaina Hampe

Kymberlee Elaina Hampe was born Kim Gillis on Dec. 19, 1954 in Lafayette, LA.  After high school, Kym received an Associates Degree in Nursing and worked as an LPN in labor and delivery. In 1989 Kym moved to Salem, Oregon and completed a YWAM Crossroads DTS, after which she joined the staff of YWAM, Salem and primarily …

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Perez Hezron Lui

Perez Hezron Lui was born on April 28th, 1995 in Melbourne, Australia. He passed away at the age of 13 years, on Saturday, April 11th, 2009 in Canada while his family served as missionaries in Ywam, in Canada for the first nation people. He was a very clever and very strong boy. He loved to …

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Josicleuton Lopes (Fofo)

Fofo served our base (YWAM Muizenberg) for almost a year as a cook. A sometimes thankless job, and in this recession, it was an increasingly difficult task to cook for numerous missionaries on a very tight budget. He served because he had a desire to be a missionary to Africa, and considered being a cook …

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Rod Wilson

ROD WILSON, WHALE ONAGA OF THE CHEROKEE NATIONDECEMBER 16, 1943-APRIL 12, 2009 Rod passed away on Easter Morning after six months in hospitals struggling from a Brainsteam Hemorrhage. His ability to think was clear but struggled with many of his involuntary movements. There were many other complications along the way number one being infections. Rod …

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Claudia Ventanas

Claudia Ventanas was one of the pioneers of the Cartagena base, in Colombia. She was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She was strongly commited to the service of the Lord. She had such servant heart. She challegenged everyone that met her for her obedience to God even in times of hardships. Her realationship with the Lord …

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Michael Mbewe

09/12/63 – 01/04/09 Michael (Mike) Mbewe was born in Chegutu, Zimbabwe, the 6th in a family of seven. His parents were farm labourers on a huge commercial farm. Mike went to to school in the local town up to 6th grade, then had to stop during the war when it was dangerous to walk 16km …

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Silas Dongardive

The Memorial Service that was on held on 28th July 2001, The service was led by Elizabeth and Steve Cocharane-YWAM -Pune. "Be Faithful Until death and I will give you the crown of life !” (revelation; 2:10) Birth : 19th May 1961 Went to be with the Lord: 10th May 2001 Rev. Silas S. Dongardive, …

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Eileen Stanley

Eileen and her son (grandson), Matt, came to Crossroads DTS in the summer of 1984. She went on outreach to Southeast Asia, went to Counseling School, and spent time in Hawaii, and Kalispell, MT, base. She then moved to California and Melbourne, Florida. Sometime after 1997, she moved to a Nursing Home because she had …

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Andrea Galbraith

Andrew and Andrea Galbraith served 5 years in northern Pakistan in a remote village about two hours from the rest of their team. They lived among the people of the area – teaching English, working in the schools, providing seminars on jam & jelly making, tutoring children in their home, sharing the love of Jesus …

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Susan Secrist

Susan Secrist came to Lausanne in 1972 to serve as secretary to Wally Wenge. Her education and experience as a business college teacher equipped her well for this role. She participated in several outreaches while based in Switzerland. After a couple years she went to Sunland, CA and continued helping Wally from the base there. …

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Jeff Littleton

July 8, 2009 Jeff was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 18, 1943 and died July 8, 2009 in Penang, Malaysia. He had a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. He and Diane are graduates of Bethany School of Missions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and are members of Bethany Missionary Church. Jeff and …

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Theresa (Ruby) Henkel

Theresa (Ruby) Henkel was called home to be with the Lord June 14th, 2009 at about 2:40 am. Her 2-½ year old fight with breast cancer is over. At the time of her departure from this planet Theresa was on staff with YWAM Orlando, Florida (USA). Theresa’s involvement with YWAM dates back to the early …

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E. J. John

Enoch Jonathan John went to be with the Lord in the early hours of Sunday, July 13th, 2008. He was 55 and had been working in YWAM Pune since his marriage to Suman in December 1995. They were our neighbours and friends during the early years of our own marriage, when we lived in the …

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Kevin Darrough

Dear all, 11 January 2009 Earlier this evening Kevin Darrough went to be with the Lord after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Linda and I were privileged to be with him shortly before he passed away, read some Scripture, and prayed with him. He was suffering intensely the last few days but now …

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Vatana Chhun

Vatana was born in Battambang, Cambodia in March 1988. His aunt raised him and his siblings. She told Vatana about Jesus and began to take him to church when he was a young boy. Vatana began to love God in a deep way. He also grew in his love for the lost, music, and soccer. …

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Marja Woensdregt

Marja was born on May 8, 1954 and she passed away on July 14, 2004 On the card at her funeral was the quote: Her life was giving! And the Bible verse: Deut. 33:27 After serving in Holland at a Christian Organization, Marja had a desire to do mission work. She did a DTS in …

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Alan Williams

Alan born in Liverpool England, was a merchant marine seaman who immigrated to New Zealand and was converted to Christ in his hotel room while reading a tract. He was radically changed and as a born evangelist proceeded to try and win his sea mates at every opportunity. He joined Open Air Campaigners a street …

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Edwin “Tubby” Hillson

Edwin Hillson was known as “Tubby” from his days as a young man in the Royal Navy, and the nickname stuck throughout his life. Born in 1927 and brought up in the East End of London, he started work in the City as a messenger boy, then trained as an accountant, rising to become a …

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Pat “Tricia” Hillson

Patricia Hillson was born in Lincoln UK in 1928, the younger of two sisters. Her father was a jeweller and her mother a teacher, and Pat followed in her mother’s footsteps as a lifelong teacher of small children. She met the love of her life Tubby on a youth club trip to visit the sights …

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Marie Francoise Boinot-Collu

Françoise was born in France, Bergerac, on the 5th of January 1947, but she grew up in Dijon. We meet each others in Mexico city, where she was living since 3 years, from 79-81. At this time she was teaching french at the university. We meet in may 81, and we decided to spend our …

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Rodney Mascillion Simeus

Rodney suddenly died in August 2002 only after deciding to return to full time missions. Rodney faithfully and lovingly served at YWAM Maui for a number of years. He was known as the “Hatian Creation” by his friends. Rodney was never afraid to be himself or to laugh at all that came his way. His …

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Jeremy Earnshaw

From YWAM Newcastle via planetywam.net On Monday 16th June 2008 YWAM Newcastle experienced a terrible tragedy. Two of our staff were walking along the coastline on their day off when a freak wave washed them into the water. One was winched to safety by rescue helicopter but despite extensive search and rescue efforts by several …

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Michael John Evans

On Saturday, 14th January 1978 died in a car accident near Tunbridge Wells in the UK. At that time, Mick was one of the longest serving YWAMers in Britain. He was a printer and contributed so much to the communication and growth of YWAM in the UK in the 1970’s.

Robert Herr Seigrist

On Saturday, 14th of January 1978, Bob died in a car accident near Tunbridge Wells in the UK. He was a member of the Media department in YWAM UK and a native of Pennsylvania in the USA. Bob attended his School in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1976.

Beryl Bramley

Beryl joined YWAM at Ifield Hall, Crawley, Sussex UK in 1973. She served faithfully through various YWAM ministries until her struggle with cancer ended in 1991. She was a pioneer, involved in many aspects of ministry, usually very pracitical. Beryl led the team which prepared Holmsted Manor in Sussex for the first YWAM school to …

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Gilbert Lalinpuia C. Lalkhama

He was in born in Mizoram. He had two elder siblings. He visioned to lead young people to the Lord through Worship. He led many to the Lord not only through his involvement in missions but also through his life. He did his DTS in Bangalore, India in 2006 and staffed in three DTS’. He …

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Steve Hisey

After many years of faithful service to the Lord, Steve Hisey went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday May 10th, 2008. He and his family served with Youth With A Mission for 26 years. In 1979, after ministry training schools in Kailua-Kona HI, he was a part of the first Far East …

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Grant Kelly

Grant was one of the first IWT staff for the New Zealand IWT Campaigns who had completed his lecture phase of training in Auckland, NZ & was on his internship in Leithbridge, Canada preparing for the city-wide IWT campaign in 2002. While traveling back from Calgary to Leithbridge he was involved in a tragic car …

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Rosalie Anne Pedder

Rosalie grew up in the south of New Zealand in a Catholic family. She had 13 years of convent schooling in an all-girls school. Later she attended the University of Otago (then Christchurch Teacher’s College) for secondary training and graduated with a Batchelor of Arts Degree. For 10 years Rosalie taught in New Zealand public …

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Stephanie Free

From the Eulogy given in the USA and Thailand by Vickie Franciscus, Stephanie’s daughter. My mom was born Stephanie Magdalene Sobota. She always hated her middle name and might not behappy that I am sharing it with you, but I think under the circumstances she won’t mind. She was the only child of Slovak Immigrants …

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Ralph T. Olson

Ralph attended that mega SOE in Hilo, Hawaii under the leadership of Loren and Darlene Cunningham, Paul Hawkins, Warren and Gayle Keapproth. His son Jeremy was born during that SOE making him the first baby born in Ywam, Hawaii. Ralph and his wife Yolanda first came as staff in March 31, 1974, did a summer …

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Amino Family

A Memorial to the late Amino Family – Heki, Priscilla, son Samuel , and their unborn child Friends and family in Papua New Guinea, together with a larger YWAM community worldwide, are mourning the loss of the Amino family. Heki Amino, his wife Priscilla, son Samuel, and their unborn child died in a tragic house …

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Alphonse Rwiririza

LOCAL LEADERS HONOR "TRUE MISSIONARY" KILLED BY ARMED RAIDERS GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND officials, and local community leaders paid tribute to the life and work of a missionary leader who was killed by armed raiders. Alphonse Rwiririza, the national director of Youth With A Mission died after being shot twice when robbers broke into his home …

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Howard Malmstadt

Malmstadt Memories from the International YWAMer On July 7, 2003, Howard Malmstadt, the co-founder of YWAM’s University of the Nations, went to be with the Lord. Howard was 81. A scientist of such renown that he was offered the presidency of a large USA university, Howard, at the age of 55, left his position at …

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Toni Viana

At 9:30pm on March 14 2004, Toni Viana was shot three times in the head in front of a church in Recife, Brazil where he was ministering with a group of DTS students. Incredible Toni survived the trip to the hospital where he was rushed into emergency surgery which lasted 6 hours. It was amazing …

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Jedidiah Hogan

Jedidiah was born on November 2nd, 1994 in a home birth in his family’s apartment in Erdenet, Mongolia – the first foreign baby ever born in the city. Jedidiah was born into a YWAM family to Brian and Louise Hogan serving on a multinational YWAM church planting team in Erdenet. His birth ushered in a …

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Joan Edwards

After completing her YWAM training school, Joan came to Thailand in 1982 from the UK. She was a widow with two grown sons and had such a heart to serve. She was a faithful office staff in Bangkok before moving to the Thai-Cambodian border to serve the Khmer refugees. She had such powerful, simple faith …

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David Davou Choji

>David Davou Choji (popularly known as Big D) was born to the family of Hon. Vincent G. Choji (JP) on the 22nd day of May, 1977 at the Jos University Teaching Hospital. He attended Mago Model Primary School, Rock Haven, Jos from 1984 to 1990. His secondary education was at St. Murumba College and Ecwa …

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Brianna Esswein

Brianna, from Cypress, California, grew up in a Christian home and gave her life to the Lord in February of 1996. A few months later she took first mission trip to Mexico. It was a life-changing experience of reaching out to people in need who didn’t know anything about Jesus. Soon after, Bri committed her …

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Nancy Marie Ross

Nancy Marie Ross was born on July 16, 1955 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of 4 daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy and Reba Brown. She grew up as the daughter of a Southern Baptist minister. There was a custom in the Brown household that on Saturday evening at dinner everyone had …

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Tiffany Johnson

From Caryn It is difficult to do justice to someone when you have known them less than a year, but Tiffany became dear to me, so I will try. We met last March in Hawaii where we both had the privilege to serve in Hospitality for some meetings that Loren & Darlene were running for …

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Phil Crouse

From the International YWAMer Phil Crouse grew up in Western Pennsylvania and later moved to Alaska with his mother and step-father. He also has a brother and a sister. Friends say that Phil was a master of languages. He spoke German fluently and was proud of his German heritage. He was studying Russian and was …

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Maris Dzelzs

From YWAM Latvia memorial page. YWAM Latvia mourns the loss of our national director, Maris Dzelzs, 48, who passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in Latvia on December 10, 2007. Maris and his wife Judite founded YWAM Latvia in 1993, along with the help of YWAM Slavic Ministries and the YWAM Salem, Oregon center. …

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Moises Neves

From YWAM International Moises Neves, founder and national leader of King’s Kids Brazil, passed away on February 7 as a result of a January 28 car accident in Brazil. His daughter, Melina, survived the accident. Neves had been in an induced coma in critical condition until his passing last Thursday. Neves leaves behind his wife, …

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Nelly van Acker

Nelly completed her YWAM training school in Holland and came to Thailand to serve the refugees in 1987. Her knowledge of bookkeeping was so needed and she executed her job with great commitment, quality and joy. She loved the challenge of solving problems and the quality of her work and her commitment never wavered in …

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Sudhakar Simeon

SUDHAKAR SIMEON, the Chief Functionary of YWAM India Trust and YWAM Chennai City Coordinator died the morning of January 9th, 2006 when his bike was hit by a truck on the National Highway. He was on his way back from a meeting in Hyderabad when the accident took place in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, about 4 …

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Tony Lima

Tony Lima, que murió de un ataque al corazón a la edad de 38 años, era el director sudamericano de Misiones Fronterizas, un líder clave en Brasil y que mobilizaba con gran eficacia a la gente para las misiones. Tony Lima, a precious brother in the Lord, husband, and father of three died suddenly of …

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Elizabeth Mbewe

In December 2006, a base leader in Zambia, Elizabeth Mbewe, died suddenly of a rare condition which could not be treated because of a lack of basic health care. She was a single mother of three and, among her many leadership responsibilities, cared for more than 100 orphans.

Hilary Rue

Hilary Rue, a member of the leadership team from The Kings Lodge in England was killed in a car accident just outside the gates of the YWAM property in November, 2005. From Kings Lodge This sad event has brought to an end the life of a woman who was held in high regard across YWAM …

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Francine Bonjour

19th March 1953 – 19th November 2001 My mum, Francine, was diagnosed with breast cancer during the summer of 1999. She had a mastectomy, and after 3 months of chemotherapy, was declared cancer-free. She realised that there were things she had always wanted to do with her life, and so she started a Psychology degree, …

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Rahim Dan Akazu

Rahim Dan Akazu was born to the family of Abui Akazu on the 4th of April, 1969 at Bomo Village in Bassa Local Government Area of Jos, Plateau State. He attended Ecwa Primary School and later Zawan Commercial Secondary School. He later attended Plateau State Polytechnic former Kuru Campus. He attended Jos Ecwa Theological Seminary. …

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Praise Judah Kalu

Praise Judah Uche Kalu was born on the 14th of March 1983 to the Family of Mr and Mrs Kalu. He is from Ebem Ohafia local government, Abia State. Praise started his formal education at the age of three years old. He attended LEA Primary School, Airport Abuja from 1986 – 1991 where he got …

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Ben Aniekeme

Ben Okon Aniekeme was born on the 18th of February 1987 to Mr and Mrs Okon Akpan Ben. Ben was a blessed, talented, gentle and humble person. He has always been very intelligent and very inquisitive. He did his nursery school in Dollister Nursery and Primary School. His primary school was Tanfua International Nursery and …

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Willfred Ihezie

Born in 1963 to the family of Pa Fintan and late Mrs. Felicia Ihezie. Willy as popularly known, is from Orsu Izombe, Oguta LGA of Imo State, Nigeria. He started his primary school at Aborsi Primary School Izombe in 9171, on completion of his secondary school education in 1981 at St. Peter Claver Seminary School …

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Anna Tan You Woon

Born: October 8, 1963Went to be with the Lord: October 27, 200037 years old. Anna was born and raised in Singapore, the youngest in her family. She became a believer in her teens and went on to finish University. Anna believed she would be a missionary one day. She went on to teach English Literature …

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Yakubu Synkoum

Yakubu Synkoum was born and educated in Garuwa, Cameroon, and did his DTS in Maiduguri, Nigeria in 2004. After completing his DTS he joined YWAM Maiduguri as staff and became a leader. Yakoubou loved music and released a CD, using the proceeds to aid the work at the base. He used his music for evangelism, …

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Delphine Lemaire

Delphine, born on November 25th 1978, to French parents and raised on a boat in Tahiti gave her heart to the Lord in her teenage years. Delphine loved her family dearly and her mother desired for her to follow God. It was through a YWAM team led by the Betts family that went to Tahiti …

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Tuy Sangpunta

Jeeranun Sangpunta, or “Tuy” as she was known to many of us, was born and raised in Suphanburi province 2.5 hours north of Bangkok in Central Thailand. She was raised in a Buddhist home and spent the first 17 years of here life growing up there, the youngest of 4 girls. She moved to Bangkok …

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Dengziki Paihte

Dengziki was a 42 year old Indian citizen from Mizoram. She had served in YWAM for 18-19 years. She did her DTS in Calcutta and served on staff there. She was one of the first South Asians to lead SOFMs and pioneered the way for many Northeastern Indians to be released into missions, particularly in …

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Ricardo Araújo

Ricardo entrou em JOCUM com 19 anos de idade. Morreu aos 28 apenas no começo de sua vida. Tinha paixão pelos povos não alcançados e pelo trabalho transcultural. Esteve na Mauritânia, no Senegal e na Amazônia, onde estava se preparando com a sua jovem esposa e um filhinho de apenas 6 meses para agarrar um …

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