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
Lindsay grew up aware of Mukti as her family sponsored girls and her mother, Christine Hood, was on the council for 25 years and working in the office for 8. Lindsay is a secondary school teacher by profession and has almost completed her PhD focussing on teachers’ professional development.
Lindsay lives in Tauranga with her husband Tony who works for YWAM ships and has two beautiful young daughters. She is looking forward to working with the NZ Mukti Council and carrying on with the work that her mum cared so much about.
Operations and Donor Relations Manager
Penny joined the NZ Office staff in 2010 and moved into her new role in 2018. She works part-time at the office in her home in Auckland. Penny is now the sole paid employee and loves all the many and varied roles that are required. She especially loves promoting Mukti in NZ.
Penny has an M.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry. After years of working in a church office, 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. She has 4 adult daughters.
Mehul has been on the Board of NZ Mukti Council for over 15 years and is constantly encouraged by the profound impact that Mukti India has on the lives of the some of the most vulnerable in India.
Mehul has degrees in Science and Commerce and he has worked across multiple industries both as an employee and as an independent consultant. Mehul resides in Auckland with his wife Neesha and three growing children.
Sarah is 21 and from Chennai, South India. She is currently in Auckland studying for a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Commerce. Sarah is passionate about working with and for non-profits in New Zealand and abroad. She works and volunteers with Samaritans Purse (NZ), Steps Home (Chennai), Rajan Nursery and Primary School (Chennai) and National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NZ). Mukti Mission is very close to Sarah’s heart and she is a keen worker in the space of the girl child, young woman and impoverished people groups in India.
Additionally, her fiancé and his sister were adopted from Mukti Mission as babies hence her ties to and respect for the Mission is immense. She is grateful for how Mukti has added blessings to her in this way. She loves her new role at Mukti, managing the social media communications that go out to our Mukti family. Keep an eye out, and make sure you have followed us on Instagram and Facebook!