Melissa grew up in Brazil as an International Worker’s Kid and received the call at a young age to also be an International Worker someday. She has been on several trips to different places in Brazil and Africa to be better trained for future ministry.

Melissa studied Nursing at Nyack College in New York, where she met her fiancé, Kenny. While at Nyack, she enjoyed being a part of the International Student Union to plan events and connect with people from around the world. After graduating in 2015, she worked in Ohio at a hospital with the intention of serving and ministering to broken people. She loves Jesus and wants other people to have the same joy in Him, and how He accepts us no matter where we are from (Ephesians 2:19).

An opportunity to serve at Appleton Alliance Church arose as a resident intern, and she jumped at the chance for a new adventure. She is currently studying for her master’s from Crown College, in order to be better prepared theologically to serve here and overseas. Melissa loves learning languages, making new friends, trying new things, photography, and making jewelry. 

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