About

Pastos Verdes Story

Orlando and Lisa were both called separately into Mission in Mozambique in 1996/99. Both of them trained and worked with YWAM for many years in different locations, Orlando serving on base leadership, before meeting Lisa at a YWAM Bible School in 2004. Since marrying in 2005 they began to serve in the outskirts of Lichinga, Niassa Province.

They founded and registered the work under the charity Pastos Verdes (Green Pastures) in the UK and in Mozambique in 2006. The aim is to see the people of this community come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, to care for orphaned boys and those in need. After many years of building friendships in the village, many villagers are sharing their struggles and wanting to hear about God.

Once the building of the Children’s Home was completed it was opened in April 2017 with the first three boys. The numbers will slowly increase with each intake until reaching a capacity of sixteen boys.

Since 2016 Orlando and Lisa under Pastos Verdes, have received their first long term volunteers and thus have been able to set up more ministry projects now that we are a team of five.

The heart to reach people's physical needs alongside their spiritual ones is realised through our various programmes and outreaches. There are food and clothes projects, new borns, children’s and youth work, vocational training, basic health care, Bible storytelling, work with local pastors and local churches, and care of orphans.

Team

ORLANDO & LISA MUERASSE

They met whilst training with YWAM in 2004 and married the following year. Orlando is Mozambican, Lisa is British, and they have two children. Their sending church is St Mary Bredin, Canterbury. They founded Pastos Verdes in 2005. Orlando’s heart is to encourage the local pastors and reach out to the men in our community. His practical skills draw local men to work alongside him, learning new skills and sharing the gospel. Lisa’s heart for children led her to start the Children’s Club, and have the vision for the Children’s Home.

GUY & MARY BECKINGHAM

Guy and Mary started working with Pastos Verdes in December 2015. They have three adult children in the UK. Their background in fostering and Mary as an early years manager has led them to continue working with children in Mozambique. Mary enjoys working with children with disabilities, with Guy teaching English and giving literacy help. Guy’s experience as a finance director is a welcome addition as he oversees the Pastos Verdes accounts! Their sending church is Oak Community Church, St Paul’s Cray.

CLARE JACKSON

Clare joined the team in July 2016. She’s long had a heart to serve overseas working with children, and is pleased to be part of the Pastos Verdes team. Her mission experiences of serving in South America and management skills in retail have enabled her to take on the role of Children’s Home supervisor. She’s enjoying seeing the boys develop in faith and character. Her sending churches are Canterbury Baptist Church and Billericay Baptist Church.

Trustees

The trustees of the U.K. charity are: Don Mclaren (Chairman), Lizzie Oakley (Secretary), Graham Bough (Treasurer), Tom Mclaren, Nick Ratcliffe and Keith Ackland.