Jim and Lisa Nave are the founders of YWAM Swaziland. Jim was born in Oregon, and Lisa was born in California.  They have three children; Kathryn, Michael and Emily.


In 2000, Lisa traveled to S. Africa to attend her great-grandfathers 100th year birthday party. During this time she came into contact with Teen Challenge Ministries in Swaziland, where she would end up volunteering for 1 year. During this time Lisa cultivated a heart for the Swazi people and kept a vision of YWAM someday coming to Swaziland.

In 2002 Jim and Lisa married and stepped out of missions for a year and a half. However, during this time, they led a church team back to Swaziland. This was Jim’s first time in Africa. In 2003, they moved to Kona, Hawaii to serve Youth With A Mission’s, University of the Nations and to begin to get their feet back into world missions. With their vision to bring YWAM to Swaziland, they were prayed for and released to move to S. Africa.

2005/JAN Jim & Lisa asked Loren about existing YWAM works in Swaziland – was told nothing was happening yet. Pioneering needed. Started discussing, praying about possibility of pioneering YWAM into Swaziland.

2005/MARCH Commissioned, sent from Kona, blessings from Loren & Darlene Cunningham.

2005/JULY Applied and accepted to LTS (Leadership Training) in Muizenberg – money for airfare provided.

2005 JULY 15th Moved to YWAM Worcester.

2005/AUG-OCT Prayed with groups for Swaziland. Got the words about needing to be invited – entering the nation from above.

Jim Nave gets vision of Swazi warrior standing over Swaziland, looking out over the nations. God wants the Swazis to take their part in the council of God. Send Swazis into the nations.

2005/DEC The first outreach team to Swaziland – Bulembu.

2006/MAY 8th Led intercession for the YWAM Muizenberg base. Shared about the needs of Swaziland, finished with the vision of YWAM Swaziland.

2006/OCT 6th The Nave’s moved to Swaziland and on first day looking for a house – found the perfect family home, a direct answer to prayer!

2007/JAN-MAY Start of YWAM Swaziland

Setup and preparation for the first DTS (Discipleship Training School) – speakers, students and staff. Building relationship in community and churches.

2007/JULY First DTS YWAM Swaziland

Students: Matt Demaris, Andrea Childs, Hlengiwe Shongwe, Christine Gustawson, Petros Kunene, Elizabeth Kunene, Adric Sutton, Amanda McMillan, Elvis Ebene

2007/MAY 7th Dave Stroud came to Swaziland to do pastoral visit. Met individually with each staff.

2008/JAN-MAY Second DTS YWAM Swaziland

Students: Tim Kunene, Hanisen, Justino Jone, Cherise Ford.

Staffs: Jim and Lisa Nave, Petros and Elizabeth Kunene, Matt Demaris, Gladness Kweka, Elvis.

2008/NOV-DEC Jim and Lisa traveled around SA and visited northern bases, building relationships.

Regional staff conference at Kruger base, incredible time, all our staff attended and got fresh excitement and vision for various ministries within YWAM and future possibilities.

2009/JULY Found a very nice place, a very beautiful property.  Contacted the owner of the property, Dr. Compton, wrote to him and basically described what YWAM is and what YWAM is doing in Swaziland.

Dr. Compton replayed within 1 day and said our proposal sounded interesting and that he would respond in 3 days with an answer. He replayed favorably, and the Nave family moved onto the property after 3 weeks.

2009/AUG Received Articles of Association and Memorandum for section 21 – NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION status.

2010/MARCH Ran the first SBS (School of Biblical Studies) at YWAM – SD.

2010/JUNE Holy Spirit week. Received prophetic words about the base from Paul & Andre.

2011/SEPT 25th Leadership of the base passed to Luciano Duarte.

2011/SEPT – Sixth DTS in YWAM Swaziland

Students: Mangaliso Walter Dlamini (SZ), Brittany Duncan (USA), Abigail Sawtell (USA), Emmanuel Kiki (Benin), Terence Dludlu (SZ), Phumlile Dlamini (SZ)

Staff: Dan McCoy, Ane Mary Duarte, Sanele Dlamini

2013/1st JULY – Seventh DTS.

Students: Anne Van der Zaag (Holland), Jenna Horlock (Canada), Mulungisi Kunene (SZ), Sebenzile Kunene (SZ), Nokuthula Shongwe (SZ), Melusi Sifundza (SZ), David Woodworth (USA), Xolani Stanely Hlophe (SZ).

Staff: Dan & Amy McCoy (USA), Charles Odediran (Nigeria), Maurice Dlamini (SZ), Sanele Dlamini (SZ), Phumlile Dlamini (SZ)

2014/1st SEPT . – Eight DTS

Students: Dennis Brock (USA), Sibiya  Emmanuel Nkosinati (SWAZILAND), Birgitte Van der Zaag (THE NETHERLANDS), Angel Sibonile Mavimbela (SWAZILAND).

Staff: Maurice Dlamini (SWAZILAND), Charles Odediran (NIGERIA), Paulo and Eliete Gomes (BRAZIL), Michenubia Santos (BRAZIL), Luciano Duarte (BRAZIL).


2007/JULY – DTS – St. Marks

2008/JAN – DTS – St. Marks

2008/JULY – DTS – St. Marks

2009/JULY – DTS – Compton Farm

2010/JAN – SBS – Compton Farm

2010/JULY – DTS – Compton Farm

2011/JAN – SBS – Compton Farm

2011/SEPT – DTS – Compton Farm

2013/JULY – DTS – Compton Farm

2014/SEPT – DTS – Compton Farm