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Author Archives: Melanie Viana

About Melanie Viana

Alex and Melanie Viana will be commissioned at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church to serve as short term missionaries to Mozambique, Africa with Covenant World Mission. They anticipate training local pastors in Bible, Theology, and leadership development. Vianas will also assist in the development of a self-sustainment business. They are currently raising funds and hope to arrive in Mozambique this fall. While Melanie grew up in a Christian home, she ‘went through the motions’ and thought that the harsh punishment at home reflected God’s view of her. She heard missionary stories, but harbored anger toward God and anybody connected with the church. At the age of 16, Melanie attended a Christian camp in Oregon where she heard for the first time that God loved her. Through experiences of joy or darkness, Melanie knew His unconditional love and committed herself to serve Him. Alex grew up at Rolling Hills Covenant and became a Christian during junior high at Alpine Camp (Blue Jay CA). His father is Bolivian and grew up with Covenant missionary Eldon Johnson. The two men eventually moved to the States and began a Hispanic church in Los Angeles. Alex worked with/helped lead the (Rolling Hills Covenant) high school group, and thought he would always live in the USA. When Global Ministry began, Alex went to Mozambique with a group from their church. While there, God worked in his heart, showing him the need for his presence in an overseas setting. For the last six years, Alex and Melanie have led the Global Ministry at Life Covenant (Torrance CA), a ministry focused in the country of Mozambique. Begun in mud huts without electricity or water, the ministry now includes two orphanages with water, electricity, and teaching facilities. A group of believers meets at each orphanage. The ministry is all Mozambican-led by leaders with a passion for caring for orphans, addressing the needs of poverty and injustice, evangelism to identified unreached people groups, and the development of biblicaly sound churches. To date, nine churches have been planted, and two more are in process. With the goal of living into a holistic ministry, Global Ministry has begun several self-sustainment projects. Gardens have been planted, and local people maintain a chicken farm and a corn and rice milling business. Because Global Ministry is led by all Mozambicans, Alex and Melanie will be their first full time missionaries. Most local pastors have just a 6th grade education and little or no theology or Bible education, so Alex and Melanie will help provide that training. Alex says, “Entire communities have been brought into new life. This is the most fun we have ever had in ministry!” Alex studied business at California State U-Dominguez Hills, and has run his own manufacturing business for over 30 years. Melanie received her BA from Multnomah Bible College (2004, Biblical Education, Portland OR) and her MA from Fuller Theological Seminary (2009, Theology, Pasadena, CA). Alex and Melanie are founding members of Life Covenant Church in Torrance, CA. Birthdays: Alex July 30 Joshua June 26, 2009 Melanie May 28 Joseph June 26, 2009 Anniversary: June 28, 1997

Peace …


Philippians 4:6-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in

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It’s what we do…

Picture of Mel walking with kids



We are often asked “So… what do you do at the Melanie Center?”  Well, one of the things we get to do is love on precious kiddos from our community.  Here in this picture Melanie is walking hand …

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An Open Letter to Friends and Family


There is a part of me that wants to open this letter by using a very old fashioned word … BELOVED … To my BELOVED friends and family – It sounds so odd, but it is so much closer to …

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Choose Your People

Many years ago I was visiting Rome with my husband Alex. One day we were waiting in line to get into the Vatican for the grand tour. The line was pretty long and wrapped around the walls that surrounded the …

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A Time To Pray !!!


I’m searching to try to find words to express my heart. How can I share the heartache of knowing that all across Mozambique children are suffering and dying from hunger. It is estimated that 80% of Mozambican children suffer from …

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Then There was a Mill


Today we opened a mill. This may seem like a small and simple thing, but it is actually a huge and life changing thing here in Mozambique. A mill can make a difference.

It makes a difference to the mother …

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The Problem of Hunger



Little girl criyng for more food (3)

What you are seeing is the problem of hunger.  To say that hunger is a problem here in Mozambique is a grotesque understatement.  You see, this little girl is crying because she wants more food.  She didn’t get …

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Lets Play

Melanie Center #1 Playground


Imagine the air filled with squeals of laughter.  Now, look around and you will see dozens of children laughing and playing.  What’s the reason for all of this joy???  It’s new playground equipment!  Yes, the Melanie Center in Beira …

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Ready – Set – Go!!!!






We got them!  We got them!  We got them!  We finally purchased our tickets and we’re on our way to Mozambique … TO LIVE !!!  (Alright, I’m a little excited.)

It seems like we’ve been waiting …

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Holy Smokes!!!

There are so many times that I am absolutely blown away by God’s goodness and faithful action in our lives and this is one of those times!  Jesus told his disciples that they would do greater things, He told them …

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