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.
New Zealand Council
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 joined the NZ Mukti Mission Council in mid- 2014 and was appointed Chairman in May 2018. She has two beautiful young daughters and She is a mother of two young daughters and a wife to Daniel, who has given up his Deputy Principal position to pursue his PhD studies in Education.
Penny joined the NZ Office staff in 2010 and became the Secretary in 2018. She works part-time at the office in her home in Wanaka and loves promoting Mukti in NZ.
Penny has an M.Sc in Chemistry. She also works in her church office for a few hours each week and after 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.
Praful Rambhai (B.E., PhD.)
Praful joined the NZ Council of the Ramabai Mukti Mission in 1992 and served as the Chairman until May 2018.
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.
When the Australian Director, Glenda de Jager, and her husband visited NZ recently the NZ Council got together for an informal dinner.