Who are we?

Mel Welch Co-founder Director

Mel with some kids in Chingamija resettlement camp

Mel has been ministering in Mozambique since 2006 seeking to bring the love of God in word and action to the poor and vulnerable. Mel trained as a languages teacher and after 12 years decided to follow her heart to be a minister of God’s grace and compassion among the poor, the elderly, the sick and vulnerable. She completed a BA in Biblical and Intercultural Studies at All Nations Christian College, Ware and in 2006 joined Mandy on a short term mission trip to central Mozambique. In 2007 along with ministry partner Mandy she followed God’s call to full-time mission work in the Inhambane province starting to serve alongside a Mozambican pastor and his church in Vilanculos. In 2009-2012 she undertook a long-distance part-time MA in Mission at Mattersey Hall Bible College. Mel has preached and taught the bible in the rural villages for years, where there is little formal bible training available for poorly resourced pastors and leaders. Her heart is to train young national Christians in Transforming Mission and her prayer, that they will become spirit-filled transformers of a new generation.

Bible training in the village of Chiruala

Mandy Hunter Co-founder Director

Mandy worked as a midwife in the UK for over 30 years and was Labour Ward Coordinator for many of those. In 1996 she started to go on short term mission trips to various parts of Africa training poor rural health workers and TBA’s (Traditional Birth Attendants). She completed a course in Tropical Medicine in Liverpool. She has a compassionate heart and desires to see the poor and needy, who become sick, touched and healed by God’s practical love. Mandy works alongside Mozambican Christians sharing her knowledge and enabling them to respond to and treat the sick in their villages which are far from the hospital.

Mandy seeing the sick in the village assisted by Orlando and Joana

Charis Team Mozambique – Ministerio da Graca

Frederico, Ezekiel, Orlando, Flavia, Bento, Sergio

Mel and Mandy serve together with Mozambican Christians. The Church of Jesus Christ is global and Jesus’ final prayer was that we might ‘be one’ as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One. In humility and love we serve God and the people together with the gifts we have been given. Ministerio da Graca is a missional worshipping community with a heart for ‘the least’ and a passion to see lives changed through transforming mission.

Sergio is our MG Team Leader and MG Ministries Co-ordinator. He is university educated and has studied at ALICT ( African Leaders Institute for Community Transformation) in SA and has a passion to see individuals and communities transformed by God’s powerful love through compassionate service and discipleship of a new generation.

Bento is our MG Bible/Missions Teacher and Co-ordinator of MG widows and orphans ministry. He has served with Charis for many years and has a compassionate heart for the most vulnerable and a passion to see people and rural communities transformed by God’s love and His powerful word.

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Orlando is a gifted worship leader, who writes his own songs and plays guitar and piano. He serves as MG Children’s Worker and Worship Co-ordinator and has a vision to take our Kid’s Club to more and more villages to see many more children have a real spiritual encounter with Jesus through worship and by making the bible come alive as well as training those who are gifted to become worship leaders.

Frederico is a gifted evangelist and prayer warrior. Frederico is a local church leader and has many years experience of preaching and pastoral leadership.

Flavia is a wonderful cook and has a servant heart, who cares for all our visitors and much more. She is also a gifted Sunday School teacher.

Ezekiel is our MG Centre caretaker and gardener. He works hard to create a pleasant green space at our Centre as well as growing many vegetables in our MG Centre garden.

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