Who We Are

Our Family…

Max is humble and kind, loyal and devoted to those closest to him. He loves to learn and ask questions, always exploring new ideas. He loves people and quickly immerses himself into learning new language and culture wherever he may be. He loves playing guitar and listening to music, reading, traveling, playing board games, and eating good food.


Cambria is an artist. Creativity constantly flows from her, whether by pen, brush or camera; she is able to capture and express the beauty that she sees around her. She is a deep well of wisdom. Her heart of compassion and mercy enable her to meet people where they are at and love them well. She has a heart for counseling and mentorship.


We met while staffing together with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Kona, Hawaii in 2011. We were selected to lead a group of nine students on outreach to Battambang, Cambodia for three months to share about Jesus, teach English, and provide clean water to rural villages.


During this time we developed a deep friendship which eventually developed into a romance.
On August 31st, 2013 we got married and became the Melcherts. We have made our lives and our home in Cape Town, South Africa as missionaries with YWAM.


We are now a family of five! Andrew joined our family March 2017, and Rowan 18 months later in September 2018. Callum made us parents to three boys in January 2021!



You can find out more about our work in the What We Do tab.


We live off of the support of our generous donors who partner with us to sustain our work and ministry. If you are interested in joining our team, click on the partner with us tab to find out more about how you can get involved!