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Chip Gonsalves

Teacher

Chip and Crystal have been married for 20 years. As of 1998, they had been living happily in Florida after Chip had finally completed his 15 years of preparation to be a vascular surgeon. A vascular surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and management of diseases the vascular system, specifically, arteries and veins. Chip Gonsalves was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, grew up in Andover and was the first in his family to attend college. Read More →

 
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Paulo Lima

Teacher

Paulo Lima was born in Sao Leopoldo, RS, Brasil in December 7, 1971. He is the third child out of 11. He heard God's word for the first time at age 9-10 and at age 11, he realized he wanted to be a Christian and a missionary.

Paulo received Christ as my Lord and Savior at age 18 on January 4, 1990 [Reference: John 1:12]. He was baptized by immersion with the Holy Spirit and fire in February 1990 [Reference: Acts 2]. Paulo did a seminar on theology from 1990 to 1991 and in the year 1992, he did public evangelism. In 1993, he started a church in rural areas. In 1994, he got married to Solange Lima. From 1995 to 1996, he studied for a Bachelors degree in Theological Ministry. In October of 1996, Paulo and his family moved to Bolivia to become missionaries [Reference: Valley de los Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia]. 

In the year 2000, they went back to Brasil and Paulo studied in a school for missionaries. From 2001 to 2003, he was a pastor in rural areas [Reference: RS, Brasil]. Paulo and his family moved to Hartford, CT to help plant churches in 2003 and the next spring moved to Lowell, MA

He became a chaplain with United Chaplain International and finished his  studies to become a Bachelor in theological Ministry from 2005 to 2009. In 2012, we founded AMEGA Mission. Reference: Association for Missionary Evangelism in Gambia Africa. In the summer of 2017, Paulo became partners with Fusion. 

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Levenia Furusa Mavingire

Elder

For anyone who knows Levenia Furusa Mavingire; when they hear about her, the first thing that comes to mind is a scene of her running or driving children to or from school, or, a scene of her feeding the destitute on the streets of Lowell.

If there are people who get involved in their communities; say ‘kudos’ to this woman. Levenia is something else. Levenia is a people person. You find her in church bringing sandwiches for the congregation every Sunday morning; or at a women’s gathering giving them some hope and encouragement; or at a school discussing with a teacher about one of her foster children’s needs; or attending one of the city council town meetings.  Believe you me; the list of activities Levenia is involved in goes on and on.  Many times she is driving her big box truck written Dwelling House of Hope (Helping Hands) on both sides. Levenia has a lot of energy, sometimes we wonder where she get all that energy from.

Levenia moved to Lowell MA from Zimbabwe in 1995.  Even in Zimbabwe she was always giving someone a helping hand. There are many attributes Levenia got from her father, Mr. John Furusa, who was a missionary in Zimbabwe, Africa.  He was a man of everyone in need.  A man who loved God and spent most of his life being a businessman and doing God’s work at the same time.  Mr. Furusa gave his money away.  He gave his love and time to people he served.  So is this lovely lady; just like her dad.  By the time she leaves this world, Levenia is sure to leave a legacy.

Levenia initially studied Business; but like most people she found that she was not quite in her niche and switched to Human Services.

Bio adopted from Dwelling House of Hope