José Arrais worked for 10 years in the IT business as a sales account manager before he and his wife were challenged to completely change their life, moving to the countryside in southern Portugal to direct a christian project on a 28 hectares organic farm with a program for teenagers that come from the slums of the Lisbon area.
Later they were invited to start a church plant in a neighborhood north of Lisbon with Portugal Mennonite Brethren Conference.
José currently serves as the representative of Portugal in the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB), European Mennonites and Mennonite Central Committee’s European Round Table.
Since the summer of 2017, he has served as the Network Coordinator of Mennonite World Conference’s Missions Commission, enjoying the great many interactions with associations and organizations from many countries and the chance to fluently speak portuguese, english, french and spanish.
José has been married to his wife Paula for 31 years and has three children, two boys and one girl.