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Hi, we're Matthew and Leilani Melville. We minister in Portugal.

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Ministry Description

I have served as the Student Missions Coordinator from Oct 2007 - Sept 2016. I focused on mobilizing students to fill strategic needs on the mission field by going on short term trips and internships up to 2 years. I have been daily interacting with the Cross Cultural Interns and our missionaries on the field. I'm now transitioning to be the Ministry Coordinator in Portugal. So, in January 2017, I will be leading our family back to Portugal to be part of the team there. We are excited to be a part of what God is doing around the world. What a privilege to serve in this way!

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About Matthew

I was raised in a home where Jesus Christ was the focus. I was saved at the age of five years old when my mom shared with me how Jesus paid the penalty for my sin and I could be forgiven. I'm thankful for the role my parents played in guiding me toward the Lord and His word! I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in 1996. During my 2nd year, I dedicated my life to missions at the Missions Conference. The Lord then led me to a year with the Impact Team and 2 years in the Intern and Discipleship Program. I was accepted as a Word of Life (WOL) missionary to Portugal in 2001. Leilani and I got married in 2002 and moved to Portugal from 2004-2007. We then returned to Schroon Lake, NY to work with Student Missions. Over the past 9 years God has given me a tremendous opportunity to mobilize students to many different countries.

About Leilani

I was raised in a home where both my parents knew and loved the Lord and desired to raise their children to do the same! Praise the Lord that at the age of 11 I finally realized my need for a Savior! It was then that I put my faith and my trust in Christ alone for a relationship with God and an eternity with Him. The Lord continued his work in my life and at the age of 14 I dedicated my life to Him saying, "wherever you lead, whatever you want me to do I will obey your call" I did not know what that might mean but I was excited to find out! Well, it has been a wonderful adventure of serving Christ. After high school I went on a missions trip with WOL to the Philippines and Japan, what an awesome and eye opening experience to see the need for Christ around the world! I had the privilege of attending the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York and Florida for 2 years! Matthew and I had known each other for several years and God brought us together the year after I graduated from the Bible Institute! He had already been excepted at a WOL Missionary to the country of Portugal, so as God brought our hearts together He also grew a desire in me for the Portuguese people. We were married in April 2002 and moved over to Portugal in Nov 2004. God gave us 3 wonderful years of ministry in that country before He moved us back up to WOL Headquarters in Schroon Lake, New York. Praise the Lord he has given us six active and healthy kids, Peyton, Mois├ęs, Kahleia, Kaiana, Makaio & Ariella. We pray they grow to know the Lord and serve Him with their lives.

Psalm 96:3 "Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples."

Contact Information
Skype: matthewnlei
Word of Life
PO Box 600
Schroon Lake, NY 12870

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