Lydia Teera, 34, is Wycliffe Africa’s first Ugandan missionary based in Entebbe, Uganda.
Doug Wicks, Uganda’s partnership director for the work of Bible translation, linguistics, and literacy training in Uganda and Tanzania explains, “Rather than receiving expatriate missionaries from other countries, Lydia’s church has decided to support and send out Lydia to serve the Ugandan churches and minister to them — specifically in getting Ugandans access to Scripture in a language they can best receive and understand.”
Wicks describes Lydia as “highly reliable, totally committed, faithful and dedicated to seeing the lives of Africans changed by the Word, just as her life was changed.”
When Lydia was 17 her father died of AIDS. A year later, her stepmother also died from the disease.
Lydia is one of ten children, so her brothers and sisters were separated and now live scattered throughout Uganda and the United States. Lydia’s pastor in Entebbe took her in and began to disciple her.
“She could have worked in many occupations because she is such a gifted individual, but she chose instead to follow the Great Commission and wanted to be sent out by her church,” Wicks says.