Uriah and Naomi both started doing missionary work with YWAM in 2003.
Uriah spent 6 years focused on Cambodia where he started what became an international English School in Phnom penh, led a team to begin a Ywam community in Kampong Cham, and then spent a year working with CMA helping to start a ministry training center for young leaders in a rural part of Kampong Cham.
From 2009-2015 Uriah spent some time taking a crack at business in the US and started the first iPhone repair service in Portland Oregon. Longing for adventure and tired of the grind Uriah closed Nw Iphone Repair services selling off what was left before working briefly as a wildland firefighter based out of John Day Oregon. As he fought fires throughout the Pacific NW that summer God began to speak to him about returning to missions.
in 2015 at the invitation of a Ywam leader in Kona Hawaii Uriah returned to the mission he had left 6 years earlier. Over the next 3 years he started another Ywam location in the bordertown of Poipet Cambodia where he currently provides leadership to around 15 full time staff. He’s passionate about leadership development, starting new things, and using social media to reach the hearts of people with the truth that’s changed his life.
After completing her initial missions training in 2003, Naomi went on to complete a degree in Elementary Education and receive her certification as a teacher. She also completed Biblical and Theological training as is a licensed and ordained pastor with the International Foursquare Church.
In 2007 Naomi moved to Chad, Africa where she served as a leader at the YWAM base there through community outreach and leading Discipleship Training Schools. She also did teacher training in remote villages and helped to start an elementary school.
In 2012 she moved to Malaysia to help start a school for Burmese refugees. Within a year, the school was recognized and awarded by the UN. With a heart to continue helping Burmese people, Naomi moved to Myanmar (Burma) in 2014 where she served on the national YWAM leadership team and started an elementary school and teacher training center. From this training three new schools have started.
In 2017 Naomi and Uriah met in Poipet as she led a team from Myanmar to a YWAM conference in Cambodia. in February of 2019 they were married and are now serving as leaders together in Poipet.