Orphans Unlimited Board of Directors
President & CEO
Brenda, a Texas horse woman with a flair for adventure, gave up her horse ranch in Gonzales to accept God’s divine challenge for her life: “To combine her ranching, nursing, and ability to rough it into a unique rescue program for orphans in remote parts of Africa.”
During her 22 years of ministry in Mozambique, Brenda, founder and CEO of Orphans Unlimited, has built and managed two orphanages, 21 churches, a medical clinic, and a feeding center to stop malnutrition in babies. A job skills training program for orphans and widows will continue in 2013.
Brenda’s desire is to bring God’s love, hope, and a future to these children who were “left behind” after 17 years of civil war. The Minister of Social Services proclaimed that her program is “a model that other organizations should copy.”
My name is Norman Cessna, but I prefer the nick name my brother gave me of “Bud”. I was born in the last two months of World War II in New Orleans. It was where; I spent my first five years of my life. My family and I, in 1950, moved to a small Western town of Wendover: half in Utah and half in Nevada. I lived in several Nevada towns and a mining camp. In one of these Nevada towns is where God first touched my heart. Our Lord used the movie: The Ten Commandments. However, I didn’t accept the Lord at that time. In 1963 my family moved to Texas. It wasn’t until I was on leave from the army in 1966 that I accepted our Lord as my savior.
Ardie Nelson was born and raised in the midwest USA. She was saved by grace through faith at age 16. After college she began ministry with youth and exercised her call to feed God’s word to God’s people. She has been sharing the word of God with people of all ages for over 45 years. She has lived in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, British Columbia, and Texas. Her journey has taken her on travels on four continents. Her life’s motto has been “Faith leads to adventure.” Faith in Jesus Christ makes all the difference in her life and she loves to share that faith in fellowship with others. Writing has become a passion and a call to continue sharing God’s word with people who hunger for that word. She is married to Walt. Their daughter Sara, son-in-law Jonathan and granddaughters Nava and Eden are missionaries in Belize Central America.
Born August 29, 1940
I was raised in a Christian home…Southern Baptist during the school year and Methodist during the summers. Missing Church and Sunday School was not an option. I spent about about one and a half years in Venezuela during elementary School.
I became a short term missionary starting in Mexico in the 1990s continuing into the 2000’s when I moved to Columbus, Texas. I met Brenda in 2005 when she came to the First Baptist Church of Columbus. In 2007, I was convicted of a need in Mozambique. I made my first trip to Mozambique in May of 2007 for three months. I learned about storing food–about 420 tons of it and making bricks. In 2009, I made a Church building trip to Canada, then in 2011, I returned to Mozambique in January for three months–distributing food this time.
My primary concern is evangelism and discipling new believers. Orphans Unlimited provides a wonderful example of God’s love working through Christians in Mozambique.
My favorite scriptures are James 1:22 through James 2:26. Brenda is one tough lady who knows and shows God’s power and protection and she is the energizer bunny–runs on less sleep than anyone I know.
My name is Pat Joyce. My husband Ed and I have been married since 1958, most of our lives. We have a son and daughter; four awesome grandchildren and a new great grandchild. We live in Wharton, Texas which is just southwest of Houston about 40 miles from the coast.
I met the Lord April 4, 1974 …