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Lauren Stovall: Pandemic, War, & a Surprise (VIDEO)

By Tom Mills, Dec 6, 2022

In February of 2020, new missionary Lauren Stovall moved to Odesa, Ukraine, to begin her ministry. Just a few weeks later, the pandemic hit and the country went into lockdown. It was a challenging start to missionary service, particularly as a single woman in a new city. Two years later, in February 2022, a newly engaged Lauren (she’ll share that story!) fled to Romania as Russia attacked Ukraine. 

Lauren’s ministry has not looked like she initially expected, but God has used her in mighty ways, helping lead women’s Bible studies, strengthening the church, sharing her faith, and now ministering to Ukrainian refugees among others in Brasov, Romania—all while she walks through her own challenges and grief and adjusts to a new life in a new city once again. Watch the video to hear Lauren's story about how God has met her in the chaos, and her unexpected romance and recent wedding. 

Follow mtwglobal on YouTube to watch the full series as Lauren was commissioned by her church, departed for the field, landed in Ukraine, and started her ministry. 

Watch all six videos in the series:

#1 Meet Lauren Stovall https://vimeo.com/363850442
#2 Finding Prayer Partners and Supporters  https://vimeo.com/378642777
#3 Home Church Sendoff https://vimeo.com/518253673
#4 Leaving for Ukraine https://vimeo.com/518743067
#5 Odessa Arrival https://vimeo.com/577786117
#6 Pandemic, War, & a Surprise https://vimeo.com/771776059

Tom Mills
Tom Mills is a content creator for Mission to the World. He is a graduate of Wheaton College. Tom loves meeting and interviewing believers all over the world, capturing stories of God's global church.
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