Lori lived in Ortonville from second through twelfth grade and was a member of New Life Community Baptist Church. She participated in NLCBC youth group mission trips to Mexico and Brazil, introducing her to missions and expanding her understanding of God and his love for the world.
Lori spent two summers doing short- term ministry in Japan during her college years, and studied for one semester at Tokyo Christian University located in Tokyo. Lori Taught Mk’s in Japan for two years in a sort of “one room schoolhouse.” These experiences have led her to love the Japanese people and given her a passion for helping missionary kids.
Lori is a graduate of Bethel College (now University) in Elementary Education, and completed her Masters in Intercultural Studies through Hope International University. While doing her Masters work she kept connected with the dynamics of cross-cultural life and work by serving as the International Studies Program Coordinator at Bethel University.
Missionary families need capable, qualified teachers to help with the education of their children, and to help them bridge the gap between the culture of the country these kids grow up in and their passport culture. Lori will teach in an MK school in Japan and be a teacher and mentor for younger missionary kids. She will also connect with the Japanese through her involvement in a local church and outreach activities.
Lori has been serving in Japan since 2007. To follow her journey to Japan visit her blog .