Andre was born in São Paulo, Brazil and grew up in a third generation Christian family. He is by profession an advertising person - multimedia designer and Daniela is a lawyer. In 2007, shortly after marrying, the young couple was sent by their home church to Portugal as full-time missionaries to work reaching and pastoring the children in Portugal.
Andre is children's pastor and one of two pastors at All Nations International Community Church in Carvoeiro - Algarve in the south of Portugal. In 2014 Andre and Daniela together with Awana Clubs International started ministry in Portugal.
Andre & Daniela live with their two daughters in Portimão, Portugal. The Mendes together with Awana volunteers are using God's resources to reach and discipleship children, start new clubs, and train and mentor leaders from local churches to do the same. They serve as Awana coordinators through Leader-Based Strategy ministry model. Even though they serve in a voluntary capacity, there are still ministry expenses related to their work. If you would like to make a donation to the ministry of Awana Portugal please click on the donate tab to the right.