John and Lorella Rouster

ECM Missionaries Since: 1985          Ministry: Missionaries in Residence          Based in: Indiana, USA

On January 1, 2015, John & Lorella, founders of ECM and International Directors for 18 years, stepped into a new position,“Missionaries in Residence.”  While living close to ECM's home office in NW Indiana, they continue to serve African children in a variety of ways. In October 2016, John officially retired from the ministry, but continues as a dedicated volunteer. Lorella continues as a member of the ECM staff.

Lorella’s ministries:

  • Serving as project advisor (by e-mail and through short-term trips as health allows) for the francophone projects including Congo, Brazzaville, and Benin, and for two English-speaking projects in Ghana and two in Uganda that are geared to stop child trafficking.
  • Development of Sunday school literature and other literature in the Kituba language.
  • Development of Teachers’ Resource Libraries for distribution of Sunday school materials in Congo.  Goal:  Two new centers each year, plus adding new materials to 6 existing libraries.
  • Training of staff and other Christian leaders in Christian education and child trafficking issues.
  • Occasional speaking on behalf of the mission.

John’s ministries:

  • Donor & volunteer contacts
  • Grounds work & building maintenance at Mission Central
  • “Wherever & whatever needed” ministry of helps
  • Occasional speaking on behalf of the mission.

John’s health no longer permits him to travel to Africa, but Lorella hopes to continue her regular ministry trips as soon as health permits (pain and mobility issues).  Trips or not, the Rousters keep very busy serving African children.

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