About this Campus
Several years ago Pastor Dino was in Zimbabwe, Africa doing some mission work with Dave Ohlerking of Children’s Cup. A missionary partnered with Children’s Cup, Dave Van Rensburg, was giving them a tour of facilities in Zimbabwe. At one point he pointed toward a small range of mountains to the east and explained that just over those hills lay Mozambique, where thousands and thousands of refugees fled to during the civil war in the 1980s. As he explained the situation, Pastor Dino felt in his heart that God would have HPC become involved in Mozambique one day.
Pastor Dino held his dream of reaching out to Mozambique in his heart for several years until the door was opened for Healing Place Church to start the process of acquiring land in the Nkobe community. After a few years of reaching out to the community and gathering land, we were able to build a church on the highest point in the area. As a symbol of the beacon of hope we are called to be to the world, the church was painted bright yellow and orange. Today, we have partnered with two amazing organizations at that campus: Children’s Cup runs one of their Care Point programs at that campus and Mission of Mercy operates part their child sponsoring program out of that location as well.
Worship at the Mozambique campus is done both in Portuguese, the national language, and Shangaan, the local language. They translate the message at every service from Portuguese to Shangan. The culture is steeped in traditions of witchcraft and ancestral worship, but the people are beginning to embrace what God has to offer in life.
The campus is named in honor of Terry Melancon, a Baton Rouge police officer who attended Healing Place Church. His family had in their hearts to do something in Africa in his honor after he was killed in the line of duty in 2005.
Isaac and Carol Williams are the Campus Pastors there and share the heart to be a healing place for a hurting world, only their passion is for the nation of Mozambique. Just one year after opening, the Healing Place Church Campus in Mozambique had over 500 attending, a group primarily made up of young people. The church is steadily growing past capacity and becoming a bigger and bigger part of the community every day…like every Healing Place Church campus, the core values of reaching, serving, giving and building are alive in Mozambique!