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Kathy Russell

Kathy Russell

Who: Kathy Russell

Where: Mozambique

How long: Since 2012

Principal ministries: Justice

Kathy completed her training at BMS' International Mission Centre and in June 2013 she moved to Mozambique.

Kathy is a solicitor (currently non-practicing) who previously worked in the areas of child protection and family law. She hopes to use her skills to help develop the justice and advocacy ministries being spearheaded by the Mozambique Christian lawyers and churches.

Home church: Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol



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Posted: 13/09/2015 - 21:54

Pace of life in Beira was quite relaxed - tranquil even compared to life here in Maputo. Beira people tell me the capital city is ‘muito agitado’ very busy - they’re right! People bustling between appointments, chapas (local mini buses) hardly stopping to allow passengers to hop on or off (with conductors calling out ‘chop chop’) and time flying too - it’s 2 ½ months since I arrived and I feel I’m running to keep up!


What’s happened in this time? Well, mainly I’ve been working to just meet people - network - for the Association of Mozambican Christian Advocates (AMAC). I’ve been continuing to work...

Posted: 01/07/2015 - 21:01

Here pictured, is the first Portuguese copy of Law and Justice Bible Studies, written by the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, UK and now translated into Portuguese through funding by them for the Association of Mozambican Christian Lawyers (AMAC). Holding the copy is Isaque (Legal Assistant of AMAC) and two of our Church friends who designed the cover and printed it for us. The studies have been helping lawyers in the UK to understand their role as Christians in the justice system for years and the version you see is now being proof read by Mozambican lawyers to check it fits the realities of life in Mozambique and soon it will be in use here.


As I make a move to...

Posted: 31/05/2015 - 15:17

We’ve had a real milestone - the Association of Mozambican Christian Advocates (AMAC) in Beira presented their first two community legal education seminars without non-Mozambican presenters. I went along to support - and take photos, but wasn’t needed beyond that.
Both were in a community about 12 km from the city - in a Baptist Church in Manga. The first was on a Saturday morning to parents of children who attend PEPE - a Church run pre-school -about child rights and protection. The young lawyer employed by AMAC, Isaque, and 3 other lawyers and I attended and as the roads were terrible, we walked...

Posted: 07/04/2015 - 20:43

After some months away it’s lovely to be back in Beira to the warm welcomes – and the ‘tinha saudades para ti’ – I missed you - from friends, colleagues, Church and even the people who sell newspapers and bananas near my work place and home.


Not such a warm welcome from the electricity, sadly Beira has been experiencing long and regular power cuts, and many days and nights are spent without electricity. Now we seem to be having a lot more time with power than without, a real blessing. It has been, however, very hot and humid and no fans (air-conditioning isn’t part of our lives) has made working and living quite draining.


Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:17

In April I had the pleasure of letting you know that Isaque Bonga was appointed as the first legal assistant for the Association of Mozambican Christian lawyers in Beira (AMAC – the A is ‘advogados’ - lawyers). He’s doing well in his work – seeing and assisting new clients, providing community legal education seminars and increasing the membership and the regular fellowship.


On 1 September, we welcomed Arsénio Chiconela as the first legal assistant in Maputo. Like Isaque, he has completed his law degree and has experience in what we would call a 'training contract’, but like Isaque, has some ongoing work to do to become...

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Latest activity

13th September 2015
New Blog entry "City bustle" added
Kathy Russell
8th September 2015
New Video "A story from Kathy" added
Amy Hippsley
9th July 2015
New News Article "Legal movements in Mozambique" added
1st July 2015
New Blog entry "New season of life - Maputo" added
Kathy Russell
4th June 2015
New News Article "Kathy calls her lawyers" added
Chris Hall
31st May 2015
New Blog entry "Mixed Month of May" added
Kathy Russell
21st May 2015
Chris Hall
29th April 2015
New Letter "April 2015" added
Kathy Russell
7th April 2015
New Blog entry "Back to Beira" added
Kathy Russell
29th January 2015
New News Article "Turn right at the goat" added
Chris Hall
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