Here’s our last instalment of the Meet the MOPS Board for 2013. Join us as we find out about the final two people who give so much to the ministry of MOPS in Australia by serving on the board.
Cherie Macchiusi– Deputy Chair – WA
I have been married to the most amazing man, Carlo, for the last 27 years and we have been blessed with two children; Luca (14) and Grace (10) who keep me in the car most days with their busy lives.
Besides my family and church commitments I work for MOPS. In my life B.C., I was a Primary School Teacher and Principal, so am now using those skills of teaching and administration in MOPS. I am a Mentor in my local group at New Life in Fremantle, Area Coordinator for WA and Deputy Chair for the MOPS Australia Board. So most weeks I can be found speaking at groups, meeting for prayer with my wonderful team of Regional Coordinators in WA, writing a talk, organising a training event, helping new groups to get started and hopefully finding time to have a coffee with a friend or finish reading a good book.
I have been on the Board since December 2003. I joined after Joan Gordon, National Director at the time, visited Nhulunbuy. Over the course of her stay we had many conversations about my further involvement in MOPS. I had been involved on the team in Nhulunbuy since moving there in 2000 and had seen how much of an impact it had had on my life and in the lives of women in the town. Attending the Qld Conferences had given me a vision of the bigger picture in MOPS and I was keen to help further the work of MOPS in Australia.
My time on the Board has been a real blessing. One of the things I love about MOPS is that at every level of the organisation we work as a team; it is such a picture of the Body of Christ. Any task would be too much alone but shared the burdens are halved and the joys doubled. The Board members I have worked alongside over the last 10 years have taught me much and blessed me abundantly with their wisdom, kindness, patience and love.
I choose to serve God through MOPS because my heart’s desire is to see women and their families come into the Kingdom. I believe MOPS is one of the greatest tools the church has to reach out into the community and draw families to Jesus. I encounter so many women who are blessed simply by having someone look after their children, make them a cup of coffee and allow them to finish a conversation. MOPS places great value on mums and their influential roles in their families and communities. I am also passionate about seeing Christian women become all that God intends for them to be. I love seeing leaders grow in confidence and ability. I love that at a time in their lives when women are often taking a break from regular work and commitments God uses it to train them in a new ministry equipping them for further work in His kingdom.
My prayer is that we will see many more MOPS groups begin in Australia simply because this means that many more mums and families are being given the opportunity to hear about Jesus and respond to His love for them.
I am married with four great kids and a beautiful wife Rachael. I grew up in East Fremantle in WA but after leaving school spent 2 years in the UK working in radio, I then spent the next 10 years working in Sydney media primarily on Triple and 2DayFm in the newsroom. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work on Olympics and gained great experience working during some tough times in NSW with bushfires, September 11 and many other events. I now live back in East Fremantle, work for the Fremantle Dockers, and love watching my kids Ben (11), Ally (6), Angel (3) and Holly (2) growing up before my eyes. I find the most joy in life spending time with Rach and the kids.
I am extremely proud of the commitment and dedication my wife shows towards MOPS as the Fremantle MOPS co-ordinator and I wanted to support her as much as I could, so when the opportunity arose to become a part of the National MOPS board I jumped at it. The passion she shows for MOPS was so infectious that I found myself wanting to help and assist her in any way I could.
I think the thing that excites me the most about MOPS is the way it engages with mums in the community and gives them an opportunity to be lifted up and recognised, not just by other MOPS mums but by the great vision God has for them. Whatever their circumstances Mums are welcomed and helped, I know for some mums it’s the only break they get from a busy life.