About me

My name is Melanie, I was born in 1978.  I´m Dutch but have been living in Brazil since 2001, I have been married since 2003 with the love of my life, his name is Jander and he´s from the SouthEast of brazil. Close to a city called Belo Horizonte, that´s also where we met, when I came working as a volunteer in a shelter for HIV-Aids children of Youth With a Mission where he was working as staff. We got married 3,5 years after met for the first time! This picture is of our wedding in Brazil, 4 months later we had another weddingparty, this time in Holland!!!!!

After we got married we moved to the Northeast of Brazil to a city called Aquiraz, about 30 kms of the state capital Fortaleza.

We are still working with Youth with a Mission.  My husband is working on a farm with kids who used te be living on the streets, also he does streetwork weekly and evangelism in youthprisons.
I have started up a ministry for pregnant teenagers, we´re doing preventionprograms in poor areas, and offer support to pregnant teenagers and teen moms. You can read more on our ministry blog: 

In 2006  our son Efraim came into our lifes. We adopted him, and we got to bring him home when he was only 2 days old, he is a real joy to us!!!
You can read more about our daily life in Misions on our personal Blog:

I have been crafty since I can remember, as a child i already made clothes for my dolls, made stuffed animals  and did a lot with FIMO. In the ministry I have been able to use my creativity in giving courses like candle making, soap making, decoupage, cold porcelain, painting, scrapbook and jewelry! I have been addicted to digital scrapboooking from 2007 , but the past few months I have been doing more other things. Often friends ask me to make invites for birthdays, babyshowers and weddinginvitations and that's something I love to do! I really enjoy making personalized gifts. Some of the items are sold to help us in our financial support.

Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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