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ABOUT

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Wayfinders Africa was established in 2019 in response to the ongoing humanitarian dilemma among the refugees in Mozambique's Maratane refugee camp.

Misson

Wayfinders Africa is a faith-based non-profit that provides resources and training to enable refugees and disadvantaged people in the Nampula Province of Mozambique to solve their problems and to thrive through practical and sustainable health, educational, economic and spiritual solutions.

Our Goals

  • Eliminate Preventable Diseases

    • provide access to clean water​

    • train in hygiene and sanitation

  • Reduce Hunger

    • create home gardens​

    • train in sustainable agricultural techniques

  • Grow the Church

    • provide bibles in their own language

    • training for local evangelists

  MEET THE FOUNDERS & US BOARD MEMBERS  

Each year Pastor Rex Brewer and his wife Brenda Brewer lead a multi-church team of Christian servants to Maratane on trips ranging from several weeks to several months. With the assistance of local leaders and US-based subject-area specialists, they coordinate training, seminars, and events all aimed at improving health and nutrition, enhancing self-reliance, and advancing the effectiveness of the local church.

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BRENDA BREWER

CO-FOUNDER &

PROGRAM DIRECTOR & 

BOARD PRESIDENT

With advanced degrees, fluency in French and Portuguese, and 40 years of international business development expertise, Brenda brings knowledge, passion and heart to her role leading WayFindersAfrica.

 

Eleven years before co-founding WayFIndersAfrica in 2019, Brenda and her husband Rex helped refugees assimilate in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

 

She enjoys adventure, traveling, learning new languages and serving others while being their advocate and encourager.

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REX BREWER

CO-FOUNDER &

STORYTELLER

Pastor Rex Brewer was ordained by the Wesleyan Church in 2013. His experience includes refugee ministry, refugee youth ministry and international church planting.  His biography encompasses service in the United States Navy, public high school teaching and entrepreneurial exploits in publishing and in the restaurant industry.

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LOU HAVEMAN

TREASURER

Lou Haveman was born in Chicago but grew up on a Michigan dairy farm.  He spent 22 years in Africa working as an missionary agronomist and then as Africa director for World Renew.  He spent fifteen years as a real estate broker and investor before returning to Africa and eventually starting a clean and safe water business.  He has two children, and eight grandchildren.

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RICH AVERY

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Rich has a passion for helping under-resourced people and communities thrive and become self-sustaining. Ordained by the Wesleyan Church denomination in 2005, Rich served Kentwood Community Church for nearly 20 years, mostly as global outreach pastor, and the Wesleyan Church for five years as director of the Wesleyan Native Ministries. In 2020 he launched More Than a Pastor to help pastors grow their income and build financial security. Rich is married with five children. He has traveled to Mozambique on Wayfinders trips many times and loves seeing the impact of our partnerships first-hand.

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SHEILA ADDISON

BOARD SECRETARY

Sheila has a heart for those who are "othered" and worked in ministries serving those for 17 years. She continues to carry that heart through to her volunteer work. 

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SCOTT ADDISON

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Dr. Scott Addison MD is a family physician who practices in Muskegon, Michigan.  He received his medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Scott also volunteers as director of Global Partners Health Network, whose aim is to amplify the healing power of The Wesleyan Church

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ANGELA LAYRER

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Angela has utilized her advanced nursing degrees over the past 20 years to work in inpatient care, community health, public health including refugee clinic work, and opening new adolescent health centers in low income public schools. Mission work has been a desire of her heart for many years. Angela felt blessed to travel with a medical team to Mozambique and desires to return regularly to help meet their needs.

  MOZAMBIQUE TEAM & EAJ/CHE BOARD  

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REV RAMASANI SALEMANI

PRESIDENT EAJ, MARATANE

PASTOR, MARATANE Assembly of God CHURCH

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MR. L'HOMME

AGRONOMIST

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WELL COLLECTOR TEAM

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WELL COLLECTOR

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