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Lonita Lohse

Status: Furlough
Location: Oceania
Field: Papua New Guinea


Lonita was blessed to be raised in a Christian home in rural Alaska. When she was fifteen years old, she put her faith in Christ. Thinking the Lord was leading her to a career in scientific research, she graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005 with a BS in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. This was God’s hand at work in her life.

In 2009, she felt the Lord calling her to the mission field. Shortly afterward, He allowed her to go to Africa for two short mission trips, but she did not feel that He wanted her to serve there on a long-term basis.

In 2013, the Lord gave her the opportunity to teach with Matthew and Rebekah Crain at South Simbu Christian Academy in Aibai, Papua New Guinea (PNG). During her four-years there, the Lord called her to become a career missionary to PNG.

When Lonita completes her deputation ministry, she will return to Aibai and continue her work under the guidance of Michael and Janice Berbin. She looks forward to carrying on her personal ministry with the ladies and young people of PNG, but especially discipling the students through her teaching at South Simbu Christian Academy, where the goal is to give nationals an education they can use in their church ministries.

To view Lonita's photo gallery, click the picture below.