Are you sensing a trend yet? I just now realized it myself. The folks that I have featured so far are friends that I met while living in Los Angeles. Lena is another one of those friends.
I met Lena through young adult/singles ministry at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley. I remember sitting on the back patio of a friend’s house, for some group function, talking with Lena about her move to Uganda. She was working out the details of her condo (to sell? to rent?) and we were swapping notes (at the time, my house in Nashville was being rented). If memory serves me correctly, she had also recently found out that her teaching position was being eliminated, which became another sign that in fact she was moving in the right direction.
Lena had been to Uganda on mission trips and was moved to serve there full-time. She joined New Missions Systems International (NMSI) in 2008 and left for her new home about the same I moved back to Nashville in 2009.
In Uganda, she works in partnership with Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM). ARM is an indigenous NGO that started to train up a new generation of Christian leaders. Lena is currently working on a multi-level leadership curriculum to meet the needs of ARM’s 8,000+ sponsored children. It was a project that was to last a few months and now will last five years! Lena is also responsible for coordinating the development of leadership materials into a variety of local language, to better met the needs of the non-English speaking population of Uganda.
She is also diving into learning the Luganda language. Lena has a Luganda language class on Tuesday afternoons and works in an office surrounding by native speakers. I’m praying that she will feel more and more confident in the language within no time.
I happily support Lena each month. I just love how God spoke to her heart, so she picked up and went. And she is such an inspiration and encouragement to me now as I do my own fundraising.
Lena and I emailed recently and I asked what her prayer needs were right now. If you think about it, could you pray that:
1. Work: That God will continue to lead and direct her at work and that all that is done is what he desires for the organization
2. Her work permit: It is coming time to renew it; pray that it will be short and easy
3. Trip to the States (Oct/Nov): That it will be a refreshing time to catch up with everyone and be renewed before returning to Uganda
Lena is in need of a few new donors to make up for the loss of several donors in this new year. To make a tax-deductible donation, go here.