Willie Mae Melendrez lived most of her childhood life in Olongapo City, Philippines. She came to know the Lord through the testimony of her older brother when she was in fourth grade. She was 14 years old when she migrated to the United States to live with her aunt in Vallejo, California. After a few weeks of adjustment, her desire to serve led her to volunteer as a Sunday School teacher in the children’s ministry at a local Christ-centered church.
After high school, she decided to move to Jacksonville, Florida, to be with her father and sibling, where she started to attend the Charismatic Ecumenical Ministries International church. She found herself enrolling in the church’s International Bible Institute, and she graduated in the summer of 1999 in Biblical Studies. With her free time, she continued her ministry as a Sunday School teacher while also involving herself in the choir, media, praise and worship, hospitality, and care group ministries.
She went on several short-term mission trips from 2011 thru 2013, where the Lord led her to places like the Philippines and Cambodia, where she sponsored feeding programs, youth conferences, and prison, hospital, and orphan outreaches.
Her servant heart continues to burn with a desire to fulfill the very purpose God has created her for, which is to please the only begotten Son and give all the glory to God our Father.