Ramabai Mukti Mission, India
Lorraine and Anil Francis (B. Com., Dip Computing)
Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director
Living and working in Mumbai, Lorraine and Anil Francis were living and working in Mumbai when one Sunday at church they heard about the work of Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission among the orphaned children, abused women, widows and those needing protection. They were challenged, and stepping out in faith, joined Mukti in 1988.
In 2010 Lorraine became the Mission Director and Anil the Deputy Director. Lorraine, a former communications/publications manager studied in the UK and is loved by the Mukti family, who value her leadership and wise council. Anil has a B Com and a diploma in computing and completed Biblical and Intercultural studies in the UK. He manages the finances and oversees the administration and development of Mukti.
Markas Deshmukh (B.A., L.L.B., L.L.M.)
Chairman of the Board of Governors
Markas’ mother came to Mukti on January 28th, 1961, Markas was born in Mukti in September. His mother served the Lord there until He took her to be with Himself in 1996. A boy who was born in Mukti is now its Chairman! In his report for the 125th Celebrations Markas wrote “My heart is filled with gratitude to God for His faithfulness and His love towards Mukti Mission for all these years. I know that this organization has stood at a prominent place in Kedgaon as a worthy witness to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
New Zealand Council
Praful Rambhai (B.E., PhD.)
Praful joined the NZ Council of the Ramabai Mukti Mission in 1992 and continues to serve as the Board Chairman.
Praful currently fellowships at the Manukau City Baptist Church in Auckland. Until recently he was a member of the Auckland Indian Christian Fellowship which was established in 1976. He was one of the two founding members and served as an Elder of the fellowship for 15 Years.
Praful graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Auckland in 1972 and completed his Doctorate in 1976. Most of his working career in local government and was employed in various management roles within the Manukau City Council including as the Council’s Structural Engineer and Director of Community and Economic Development.
Praful is married to Saroj and has three children. Praful and Saroj’s parents are from the Surat District in the State of Gujarat in India.
Praful enjoys serving the Lord Jesus Christ and sharing the good news with others.
New Zealand Office
Sylvia started her working life at NZI as an addressograph operator and was there when the first computer was brought into the country. She returned to the insurance industry when her family became teenagers. Sylvia has also been employed in an English language school as the home stay/office co-ordinator. She has seen many changes to office procedures and brought her various skills to the Mukti office in January 1999 and proceeded to revolutionise the office.
Sylvia has three adult children and seven grandchildren. Her much-loved husband, Cyril, passed away in early 2015.
Promotions & Sponsorship Secretary
Penny joined the NZ Office staff in 2010, works part-time and is an avid Mukti advocate.
Penny has an M.Sc in Chemistry. Her husband, Peter, is a Baptist Pastor and after many years of leading small groups, running courses, preaching on occasion and generally working in the church, Penny has brought many of the skills necessary in promoting Mukti. Peter and Penny have 4 adult daughters.
Susie has been the personnel manager with Interserve NZ since January 2013. In this role she gets the chance to walk alongside people who are eager to serve cross-culturally. Before Interserve, Susie worked for many years in management roles in hospitality (1998-2011); in 2009 she decided to change career and studied organisational psychology, which has led to her current role.
Susie has served on the NZ Mukti Mission Council since mid- 2014 and thoroughly enjoys it.
She is a mother of a busy toddler (20 months) and a wife to Daniel, who has recently given up his Deputy Principal position to pursue his PhD studies in Education.
When the Australian Director, Glenda de Jager, and her husband visited NZ recently the NZ Council got together for an informal dinner.