PROFILE: MARIA ONI
Born and raised in Brazil, Maria (fondly known as Cidinha) is a down-to-earth person with a passion for life and over 25yrs humanitarian experience in international work.
She is married to Femi and have 3 children (their first child now in heaven).
She worked successfully as a full time humanitarian worker with Youth With A Mission for 10yrs: first with the homeless on the streets of Brazil and then with their discipleship training schools. She subsequently joined Global Recordings in 2000 working with language for indigenous tribes along the Amazon jungle. She along with her husband (Femi), pioneered the Discipleship Revolution: www.disciplersworkshop.com In 2019, Maria joined the WFTR team as an advisor to the Board of Trustees
Maria enjoys languages and is fluent in 3 languages. She has earned herself a following for a knack for creative cooking
Advisor, Water from the Rock (WFTR)
Primarily responsible for developing hospitality and translation for WFTR Currently tasked with translating WFTR materials into Portuguese
PERSONAL JOURNEY OF DEVELOPMENT
Developing a heart for the nations
Maria grew up in her native country of Brazil. Her love for travelling developed when her father was the President of the AA in Brazil. She recalls travelling with him across many cities, watching her father share how he was freed from a lifestyle of addiction & alcohol. Maria would eventually give up her dream of becoming a journalist to begin a life in missions at 18years old. First, she completed a discipleship training school with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). 30yrs later (with over 25years in full time international missional work), her love for travel has taken her to over a dozen nations and has enhanced her love for languages.
University of the Nation (U of N)
Obtained a Certificate in School of Health Missions and subsequently used this in her work with indigenous tribes along the Amazon River
SERVING IN HUMANITARIAN CAPACITY
Chair of the Board of Trustee for Blessed To Be A Blessing (BTBAB)
Maria was recently appointed as Acting Chair on the BTBAB Board of Trustees. Her role is to gather minds around the table in order to collaboratively develop the strategies for the work of BTBAB. BTBAB as an organization has trained and sent out over 30 short-term teams to the developing working, fully funded over 30 young people’s education or training, and help lift 5 villages out of poverty. BTBAB is a registered charity with the Charity Commission in England & Wales
Earlier Years Working among the poor (prior to BTBAB and WFTR)
1994 – 2007: For the first 10yrs of her humanitarian work, Maria served selflessly in helping the homeless and drug addicts off the streets of Brazil. The work involved running a respite home to provide shelter, food and providing basic vocational skills to enable people to transition back to contributing to society. She then moved to the Amazon jungle where she served with Global Recordings for 7yrs: during which she recorded indigenous languages to help create the alphabet to turn such languages into written ones.
She then moved to the Amazon jungle where she served with Global Recordings for 7yrs: during which she recorded indigenous languages to help create the alphabet to turn such languages into written ones.