Uel & Shannelle Lim
As a married couple, Uel & Shannelle bring a breadth of ministry and life experiences. They share a passion for God’s work in ministry, the mission field and the marketplace, and desire to see this generation raised up and equipped to walk in their full potential.
Uel grew up in a missionary family, spending the majority of his childhood on the Doulos ship and in Spain. Shannelle got saved in 2005 at a youth camp, the same year Uel properly encountered the Lord. (Fun fact: We went to our first RICE Rally together that year and have a really embarrassing picture together!)
They started leading youth straight out of high school, becoming youth workers/leaders in 2009 at Wesley Mission, growing in their leadership, pastoral and preaching capabilities. After getting married in 2012, they spent time at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, joined an evangelism school with YWAM Circuit Riders in LA and moved to Tokyo for a few months ministering and serving local churches, in particular a church plant called Cornerstone Tokyo.
Upon returning to Sydney, they realised that although missions had always been a desire, that God was planting them here in Sydney to do His work. They continued online studies through IHOP-KC and pioneered a youth & young adults group in the church they had planted themselves in (Glory International).
In the midst of all that, they were catapulted onto Australian TV screens and found themselves in a great place of influence and opportunity to represent Him in the public eye. My Kitchen Rules opened up doors in the media, in churches and in business, and they started their own cafe Kin By Us in 2015. They saw the opportunity to take many young people under their wing by employing them, and many were being saved and discipled in the process. Their (now) young adults group quickly transformed, with services being held in the cafe itself and finding a reach well beyond church walls.
They were given an opportunity to sell the business in mid 2017, giving them the ability to spend this season with their newborn son Zion, and scoping out “what’s next”. This year they transitioned out of their church, and their group has become much more organic, meeting in a house church environment. Their desire and passion continues to be discipling and equipping the next generation for the work of the kingdom wherever God places them and to see the glory of God manifested in power through simple obedience, surrender and faithfulness.