Melvin & Sharon
Melvin & Sharon Kelly from Northern Ireland are OMS missionaries to Mozambique. Sharon, originally from Kilrea, Co. Londonderry grew up in a Christian home and committed her life to Christ at the age of six. Since she was a teenager, she has had an active involvement in outreach at home and short term mission overseas. She taught Geography at Ballymena Academy until she felt God’s call to work for the Wash Basin, a Christian community centre in Ahoghill. She was involved in a variety of discipleship, pastoral and outreach ministries, which included leading a GAP year programme, an English ministry to ethnic minorities and woman’s evangelistic outreach. It was through the Wash Basin that Sharon first came into contact with OMS International. During her ministry there she organized and led four teams to Mexico City. Melvin, from Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone was also brought up in Christian home. At the age of eleven, he became a follower of Jesus. He matured in his walk with God and developed a passion for mission while at university, where he was actively involved in the Christian Union. After graduation, Melvin worked for the Belfast based company, Farrans Construction until God called him to use his construction training and experience to serve Him in Mozambique. He joined the Mozambique OMS team in April 2004, where he spent almost three years overseeing construction projects, including the Maputo Bible Seminary. After Melvin and Sharon got married in August 2007, they desired to seek God’s will for the future. As part of this desire, they spent three and a half months in Mozambique from August to December 2008. Upon their return from Mozambique they felt God’s leading to return to Mozambique to serve for as long as the Lord required. Melvin and Sharon’s passion is to see Christ transform lives and communities in Mozambique, in partnership with the church, through the establishment of strategic sustainable ministries, reaching out into their communities with the transforming message of the Gospel. An integral part of this vision was the birth of the TLC (Transforming Lives and Communities) charity which is the umbrella for Girassol charity shop in Antrim which aims to shine Christ’s light in both Antrim and Mozambique. The money generated from Girassol helps fund ministry in Mozambique. In December 2009 Melvin and Sharon were blessed by the arrival of twins Abigail and Joshua. On 20th September 2010 the family moved to Mozambique. Noah (March 2012) and Lydia (November 2013) have since brought much blessing to the Kelly family. Melvin is currently Team Leader and is developing ‘Helping Hands’. Sharon is involved in partnering with Nkateko. Maõs Ajudando (Helping Hands) is a ministry of Igreja Evangelica Palavra Viva (The church of the Living Word), with whom OMS partners in Mozambique. Helping Hands desires to empower the church to reach out in both word and deed to people living with disability. This group of people are among the most marginalised in Mozambique. Currently Carlos Njango and Melvin co-ordinate the program, training and mobilizing church volunteers to befriend those in their communities living with disability and their families. A workshop has been established at the Khongolote church where wheelchairs are modified and repaired. Two workers, Victor and João, are employed. Wheelchairs have been imported from Northern Ireland and are being donated through the church to those in need. Nkateko, which means blessing, exists to see Christ transform lives and communities in Mozambique through discipleship, entrepreneurship and practical skill training. Its three objectives are:- To foster a Biblical understanding of how we are blessed by God to be a blessing to others. To create a sense of community where participants share and support one another. To empower participants as they develop skills and use their creative abilities to support themselves, their families, their community and the church. The items that the ladies make are sold both inside and outside the country. (www.nkateko.co.uk; find us on Facebook- nkatekotlc) Melvin and Sharon value your prayers as they serve in Mozambique. You can access their prayer letters on their blog melvinandsharonkelly.blogspot.com.