The Levendals have three children: sons Judah, (b 2014) and Zach (b 2016) and a lovely daughter, Florence-Mae Thembisa,  who was (b 2019).

Vernel joined YWAM after graduating from Discipleship Training School, which he joined right out of secondary school. He mostly works with young people. He is passionate about Leadership Development, mobilising people into missions - and his beloved UK Premier League soccer team, Arsenal.

Katie’s background is in healthcare. She was a registered nurse in the UK before coming to serve with YWAM Cape Town in 2012. She is passionate about helping people to live in wholeness and reach their God-given potential.

In 2016 the Levendals moved to Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Province of South Africa to help pioneer YWAM and join the leadership team there. Jeffrey’s bay is one of the worst run and poorest regions. It is the province where Nelson Mandela and many other influential leaders came from who have impacted South Africa in such a positive way.

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Vernel and Katie Levendal

Vernel and Katie Levendal are missionaries with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in South Africa. YWAM is an international, inter-denominational organisation with the aim: to know God and make Him known. Vernel is South African and Katie hails from near Buxton in the UK. They met while working with YWAM in Cape Town and were married in 2012.

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Zach, Vernel, Katie, Judah and Florence-Mae.