Home Sweet Home
YWAM Muizenberg // A multi-cultural community who embraces, equips, and launches all people into all nations to reveal Christ and His Kingdom.
Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa, it hosts a surfing community centered on the popular ‘Surfer’s Corner’ and it is home to one of the fastest growing cross-cultural YWAM Campus’ in Southern Africa. (Pronounced “WHY-wham”).
YWAM Muizenberg is “home sweet home” to nearly two hundred local and international YWAM staff and students -the YWAMers- contributing to Muizenberg’s already diverse population.
Muizenberg has become more than just a fun summer destination where learning to surf is the number one activity. Our YWAM Muizenberg campus or “The Base” as known by many is located 400 metres equal to 6-minutes walking distance from the beach. If you move away from the beach, you will discover some distinctly unique characters in “The Village” at Palmer Road. Book shops, bric-a-brac and eateries all reflect a home-grown culture that makes Muizenberg a one of a kind neighborhood to enjoy all year round.
It was in 1989 when God gathered a group of people with a vision to reach the lost and to serve Cape Town. With the values of community, reconciliation, equipping, and pioneering as their key foundations, they established YWAM Muizenberg to invest in those who desired to demonstrate the love of Jesus to all people and all nations. That continues being the nucleus of who we are, what we believe in and that is our heartbeat.
“I am a big believer in the roaring lambs philosophy of showing our faith through our actions, not just our words. That’s what I admire about YWAM — they take this philosophy worldwide!”
Michael W. Smith, musician
Muizenberg or “Muiz” as it is affectionately known to locals has significantly grown as a suburb and so has our Campus. We believe that God wants to establish His Kingdom here on Earth. We desire to introduce God’s Kingdom into the communities of Muizenberg and surrounding areas in order to facilitate restoration and transformation through a holistic approach –If God is not Lord of IT ALL, God is not Lord AT ALL. The communities we work within are affected by crime, HIV/AIDS, poverty, domestic violence, fatherlessness, addiction, and many other ailments. Our goal is to meet these people through various innovative means that will enable us to bring God’s transformative power into their lives and communities.
Today we have twenty-two fully engaged ministries serving not only in Muizenberg but in the surrounding communities as well.
You can do a bit of everything in Muizenberg. Take the “St James walk” along the seashore from Muizenberg to St James, home to the cluster of the well known and oft-photographed colorful bathing boxes. Say hi or “Aweh bru” (Common greeting, equivalent to Hi bro) to every man and his dog on Zandvlei walking along the water’s edge of the vlei. Ride a skate/long-board on the different venues. Enjoy the ever fascinating drive at the “Boyes Drive” or simply get ready to be wowed by the divine view of the whole suburb from the high point of Muizenberg peak. We ought not to forget the “Blue Bird Garage Market”. It calls itself a ‘one-stop Friday evening venue dedicated to the procurement of gourmet dishes, ingredients, fresh food, artisan products and bespoke goods’. This sums it up quite well.
As a Campus we reflect the beautiful diversity of South Africa and 30+ nationalities around the world. Our hope is to represent the Rainbow Nation we live in and God’s desire for unity and reconciliation. We serve the communities of Muizenberg and Cape Town while releasing people to go and serve throughout South Africa and other countries around the world.
Dick Bashta “From one who has partnered with and known YWAMers in mission for 20+ years: YWAM to me speaks of youthful innovation and energy! A ‘can do’ attitude, a commitment to strategic frontiers! YWAM speaks of cultivating and releasing every believer in their Great Commission calling! YWAM to me exemplifies teamwork, real relationships, sincerity and humility toward the harvest.”
Executive Director, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse.