Interview with Wendy
Wendy is devoting some time until mid-June to serve with us in Ouesso, and we’re so privileged to have her with us. Here’s a photo of her teaching the students about being a good employee. Let’s get to know her better through this interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Wendy Ossaga, I am a missionary with a taxation and law degree background, and I have 4 years of experience in a financial company as a manager.
Where are you from?
I am from Gabon, it’s a country located in the west coast of Central Africa.
Gabon, same as our co-founder Henri Samoutou! Where were you before (for missions, work or study)?
From 2012 to March 2016, I was working in Alios Finance Gabon. From April 2016 to December 2021 I was volunteering in a charity in Hong Kong called Gateway Services Asia Ltd (and that’s how I met Joyce and Henri Samoutou in Hong Kong!). During the whole of 2021, I also travelled to Zimbabwe, Egypt, and Cameroon to do some volunteer missions work, such as teaching curriculum from the University of the Nations, and attending international conferences.
Since our co-founder Joyce Samoutou-Wong and many of our supporters are from Hong Kong, we’re curious why you chose to go there?
Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by Chinese, Chinese culture, everything Chinese, I was reading books, watching documentaries, dressing up in Chinese clothes — all about Chinese. When the time came for me to go for missions, the direction was quite obvious that it will be “go meet the Chinese”, and I did so without hesitation, despite the cost of leaving my job, family, comfort zone and everything familiar, to dive into a whole new life and environment. Hong Kong opened its arms wide to me and in less than 3 months, I got my identity card, which was another proof that my place was there for that season. Serving the Chinese has been one of my callings and I will do that as much as I can.
What is your role in New Sight?
I am working in administration, doing various tasks according to the needs, such as children’s magazine distribution follow up, writing reports, empowering the students, and translation.
What are looking forward to?
I am looking forward to seeing New Sight established deeply in Ouesso, seeing children, young people and women be empowered through the children’s magazine and our activities, and seeing the building of the hospital.
What will you miss while in Congo?
I think mainly the easy access to some resources.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read books, study the local language Lingala, talk with family and friends, explore the town, make new friends, watch movies, write novels, and see and think about activities to empower people.
Please share with us your prayer requests / things you hope will happen.
I pray to be here when the Interim Surgical Centre opens and I hope it is soon. I pray for the New Sight Eye Hospital to be a blessing for the Congolese and other nations. I pray that we can have more and more impact in the community through regular activities.