Sena and Jane Ounate-Lare, Togo
Sena is from Togo, West Africa and Jane is English. They have three children, Joshua, Eloise and Johan. After studying at All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire, they worked with the pastoral team of Eglise de Belleville in Paris, until 2004 when they moved to Togo, and then in 2012 moved to be on staff at St Aldates as our International Pastor.
In Togo, Sena and his family were based in Dapaong, a town in the very north of Togo, with a vision to reach out to students and educated workers in the town. Dapaong has a population of around 30,000. A large proportion of these people are animist, and the worship of idols and ancestors has a very significant place in their world-view. There is a growing Muslim influence in the area with strong financial backing from outside countries. There is a unified Christian presence, which is in need of support in the face of these challenges.
Sena worked with a Togolese Church, M.I.J. (Ministère International de Jesus), who began planting churches in unreached villages around Dapaong about 15 years ago, and was deeply involved in much community development work.
Now based on staff at St Aldates, they have a vision to reach out to the International students of Oxford with the gospel, creating a dynamic community where people can meet with God and one another.