Andy and Kati Walsh - Brazil

South America has always been part of our lives and close to our hearts. Andy, a dual British/Argentine citizen, and Katiane (Kati), from Brazil, have lived in Leeds since 2014. In 2019 our daughter, Eva, was born.

We first got to know each other and were married in Florianopolis, southern Brazil, where we have a local connection. Having returned to Brazil on several occasions, we have felt God calling us to work alongside local churches and the most marginalised sectors of the community there.

Call

To bring the light of the gospel to marginalised sectors of the community through the unifying support of the local church in Florianopolis.

Role

To establish and deliver a sustainable, social justice project that transforms communities by empowering and equipping young people to develop skills, character and confidence and thereby realising their full potential.

More about Andy and Kati Walsh

Economic inequality and precarious housing conditions are prevalent social issues in Brazil and are among the worst in the world. Without opportunities we are afforded in the UK, young people face real social disadvantage and many resort to crime, drug use and gang involvement. We are called to those who face social exclusion, including those living in favelas, to support people to realise their potential through a life-changing hope in Jesus.

Kati, who is a lawyer, has many years’ experience of mentoring young people – particularly teenage girls who are susceptible to abuse and exploitation. Andy has a 20-year track record of working in and managing government-funded projects to help tackle homelessness and drug-related crime, and initiatives to help people to secure employment. In Leeds, Andy presently works in a senior management position for a national housing association that provides housing solutions and specialist services for young people and adults who are socially excluded due to disabilities, mental health issues and homelessness.

With the support provided by Church Mission Society we will be working together with local churches and NGOs to help children and adults practically, socially and spiritually.

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