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Lorella Rouster

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After helping found ECM in 1985 and serving with her husband John for 18 years as International Co-Director, Lorella is now dedicating her time and energy to Congolese children and families as an ECM missionary.

In past years, Lorella trained “Teachers of teachers” to multiply Bible teachers for children in Congo. All training is now in the hands of the Congolese. Through their efforts, over 4,500 Sunday schools and other children’s ministries have been developed in Central Africa, reaching an estimated 370,000 children weekly.

Now in her 70’s, Lorella says she has received her final assignment from God–writing Kituba-language Bible lessons for children to enable Sunday school teachers to evangelize and disciple the new generation in Congo. She has completed Genesis, Jonah, Acts, and selected stories from the Life of Christ. Her goal is to cover create a library of lessons covering all the major events of the Bible and covering a teaching period of about 10 years. Her potential audience is about 3 million children!

In addition, Congolese staff are translating these lessons into French, Lingala, and Tshiluba. (Seeking French to Swahili translators!) Once a year, Lorella travels to Congo to see teachers using these lessons and to confer with Congolese staff for training, evaluation, strategizing, and most important, prayer! John has officially “retired” from ECM, but volunteers actively and lifts much of Lorella’s household load to give her more time for developing lessons.

Lorella also serves as Congo Projects Advisor (by e-mail and through the annual gatherings in Congo) and is responsible for continuing professional development of the Congo staff. She has written her first book, “God Uses Crooked Sticks” about her family’s 30+ & counting adventure of serving and learning with Jesus in Africa. (Cost $20 postpaid for a personally signed copy. All proceeds support the Congo Ministry, helping with staff salaries and benefits.) Look for “God Uses Crooked Sticks” on ECM’s website marketplace.

Lorella is seeking to raise funds for a Ministry budget of $29,500 per year. This covers the printing, transport, and distribution of her Bible lessons into “Teachers’ Resource Libraries” that loan Sunday school lessons, operating as a lending library. This permits the lessons to be taught over and over by different churches enabling maximum use. It also includes the three-week ministry trip to Congo for her and John, and the cost of gathering the Congolese staff and supporting them during their annual assembly.

How you can partner with Lorella:

As the founders & original visionaries for Every Child Ministries, John & Lorella have served with ECM since the beginning in 1985. With her husband John, Lorella served as African Field Director, Director of Teacher Training, and as International Co-Director. John retired in 2016, but Lorella continues to serve as a literature missionary to Congolese children. She considers her present ministry, creating a Whole-Bible series of lessons for children in Kituba as her final assignment, and she is giving herself to it with passion.

Write to Lorella at to:

• Order a copy of her book, “God Uses Crooked Sticks” (also available on website marketplace)
• Invite her to speak at your church or group setting on a variety of missionary topics
• Partner with her on a children’s project for VBS or Sunday school classes supporting children’s ministry in Congo

How you can bless Lorella:

• Lorella needs prayer partners! Email Lorella at to receive her monthly news & prayer letter to guide your prayers.
• She also needs gifts for her Ministry Budget for the creation and distribution of literature to Teachers’ Resource Libraries in Congo, and for her annual ministry trips to Congo. Designate gifts for this purpose “The Mwinda Project” or give to the project online

Examples of what your gift can accomplish:

• $10 can print and deliver one Bible lesson book to Congo. Placed in a Teachers’ Resource Library, it will be used over and over!
• $70 can buy enough markers to visualize Bible verses and pictures for a year.
• $160 can pay for 20 heavy-duty tubs for transport & storage of Bible lessons.
• $200 can transport one 50# tub of materials to Congo.
• $1,000 can pay Congo staff expenses for their annual gathering with Lorella.
• $5,500 can provide John & Lorella’s total expenses for one annual ministry trip.
• Gifts of all amounts are helpful and appreciated.