meet our Missionaries

Luke & Lydia Valenti

We are Luke and Lydia Valenti, from Oregon and serving as missionaries in Southeast Albania. Luke has been serving here since 2009 and now leads a church plant in a village. Lydia spent the summer in 2013 living with an Albanian family and helping both at a day center for street kids and with the village ministry. She joined Luke for long-term missions after their wedding in 2014. Our focus is church planting and discipleship.

Ways to be involved

Pray for God to move in the hearts of the Albanian people and draw them to Himself!  
Please pray for us also, that we will minister faithfully in the work God has given us, and that we will grow in our marriage. Thank you for praying for us and joining with us in prayer as we go!

Be a sender!
We are in need of new financial partners for our ongoing work in rural Albania. If God puts it on your heart to partner with us each month or with a one-time gift, you can do that online or by mail.

To give online, click here (the Open Air Campaigners Donation page)
. Look for the "categories and funds" dropdown menu and choose "Valenti, Luke and Lydia" 

Mike Mercer - Compassion First

Compassion First (CF) was founded in August of 2007 to discover how it could best serve survivors of child sexual trafficking. It was our specific desire to work in countries or regions not already served by other care providers.

As of now, CF’s primary operations for aftercare are provided through Sarah's House, CF’s aftercare transitional center in Indonesia. Sarah’s House is a 24-hour secure, staffed facility that is operated by Compassion First Indonesia. The home opened May of 2010 and received its first client in August of 2010. The program within the home is completely funded and operated by CF.

Program expansions came with our Cemetery Outreach in Surabaya in 2013 and services for adult trafficking survivors in Oregon in 2015. A development office focused on further in-country development and expansion opened in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2016.


Jani Hedegaard – Youth With A Mission (YWAM)

Jani Hedegaard began serving with YWM in Chico California in June 2015. After going to YWAMChico for her Discipleship Training School, God laid on her heart the need for a preschool to be started on their base. As a Preschool Teacher for many years, she received His call gladly! Then on her Outreach to Yei, South Sudan she became involved with the preschool at their YWAM base and realized God wanted to make that school a “sister” school to the one in Chico. He truly wants to raise up little ones around the world for His kingdom!

Ways to be involved

Pray that both schools will be well established and basic needs supplied.

Join in the 20/20 vision of being one of twenty people who give a sustaining gift of $20 a month. All monies received will be equally divided between Yei and Chico preschools.

Initially funds will be needed for remodeling of a building for Chico preschool.

Be a supporter!

As a missionary, she is looking for those who are committed to prayerfully and/or financially enabling her to teach the missionary children on the Chico base as well as travel back to Africa on a regular basis. She is also hoping to go with a team to China next year and possibly make school connections. 

To give online, click here, click Donate, then Support a Missionary. On the “Choose a missionary” line, drop down to find “Preschools” or “Jani Hedegaard”. Gifts are tax-deductible.