Meet Vony Menno, your hands and feet on the ground
Many of us will look back over the past year and a half and remember the many things we missed out on: Easter services, vacations, graduations, mission trips. But let's also remember that your love for your neighbors continued to travel all across the world, even while you stayed close to home, thanks to dedicated LWR staff.
Oktolina Refornita Alu Menno, who goes by Vony, lives in Indonesia with her father and siblings and loves to sing in her church’s choir. She is also your hands and feet on the ground, having joined LWR staff in February 2020 — just weeks before the pandemic was declared.
Making adjustments to continue serving during the COVID-19 pandemic
Vony's job is to teach communities better ways to manage their land to reduce climate change. Traditional, inefficient practices have caused major deforestation and the burning of savannas to make way for crops and livestock. Vony teaches them better ways to farm to ensure families can grow more food and increase their income, while also promoting conservation.
Normally, she would focus her time organizing trainings with community members, farmers groups and local government leaders. But just weeks into her time at LWR, she had to expand her work to educate people on COVID prevention and safety protocols, ensure meeting areas had space for social distancing and provide masks, hand sanitizer, handwashing equipment and temperature checks at every meeting.