Westside Missionaries: Ryan & Adriel Booker

G-Day Westside Church! It’s your Westside Missionaries Down Under—the Booker family. So glad you’ve come to check out what it is we do in Australia!

Ryan and Adriel are Westside’s longest supported missionaries (well, Adriel, that is) and we are so thankful for all these years of partnership for the sake of the Kingdom! Adriel joined Youth With A Mission in 2000 with the support and encouragement from Westside and has been serving in a missions capacity ever since.

During the last twenty years, a few very important things have changed. Adriel married Ryan in 2008 (who was also serving in YWAM for ten years prior), they had three beautiful sons, and they now lead a ministry of their own in the heart of inner city Sydney, along with their team of twelve staff and volunteers.

Twenty Years of Missions Work

The Bookers have led dozens of training programs—Discipleship Training Schools and Leadership Schools—and have served and mentored hundreds of young people as they find their way in life and missions. They have pioneered and led youth ministries (Youth Street, Mission Adventures, Impact Summer camps), helped launch a medial ship serving thousands in rural areas of Papua New Guinea, developed training programs for emerging leaders, run city-wide youth outreaches, supported 20,000 women for safer birth in developing nations, facilitated more than a hundred short term missions teams, mobilised dozens of local churches for city-wide collaborative projects in Perth, Townsville, and Cairo (Egypt), and remain sought after as itinerate teachers in YWAM training schools all over Australia and Asia. (We’ve also done our fair share of administrative and creative roles in YWAM through the years: accounting, communications, design, event management, hospitality, etc. We call these our “backbone” ministries because they support every other expression of ministry we do in our community and in the nations.) Adriel is also an author and leads an online ministry to support bereaved families.

YWAM Sydney Newtown

In 2015 the Bookers moved to inner city Sydney to plant a new YWAM ministry where they are currently focused on discipling young people, youth outreach, mobilising local folks for community care, teaching the Bible, and serving the Chinese student population through welcome, hospitality, and English support. (Sydney University is a ten minute walk from our house and has 26,000 international students enrolled in addition to their Australian student population. The need and opportunity is enormous.)

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