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This page acts as a description of the tools used within YWAM Sendai that we feel are important to realize the basic operation of an efficient community.

We always aim to streamline processes and transfer between tools if it increases transparency, security, usability or means being able to change a tool for an open-source alternative.


The backbone of YWAM Sendai communication is the Matrix protocol--an open network for secure, decentralized communication.

We have installed bridges from all of our rooms on Matrix to Discord. Our main public room is also bridged to Telegram.

To connect with our community, you can use one of the following apps:

If you are joining us as staff, please use either Discord or Element.

Element tutorial for YWAM Sendai community members

  1. Log into Element or make a new user and go directly to the YWAM Sendai community.
  2. Join the YWAM Sendai community
  3. On the community page, click the gear icon on top slightly right and enable publish this community on your profile (you will get a cool YWAM Sendai flair when posting in one of our rooms on Element from now on!)
  4. Join whichever rooms you like, all YWAM Sendai rooms can be found via main room search as well.

Short Element user manual and best practices

  • Address all people in a room with: @room
  • You can share rooms in chats with #roomname.
  • With standard room settings you will be able to invite other people to the room as a user
  • To make a new-line while typing, use shift-enter


If you run into any problems, or need to ask a question, pop Gary a message: