Getting to know Andrea
History & Interests
Andrea was born and raised in East Belfast. Before she joined LMI’s staff in 2004, she worked for the Ulster Chemists’ Association (UCA) for twelve years, and for a significant amount of that time was Secretary of the organisation. Throughout her time at UCA, Andrea honed and developed her administrative skills, which have proved to be a tremendous blessing and help to LMI.
Andrea has served in children’s ministry and is an active member of her church. She is one of three siblings and enjoys gardening, listening to music and meeting up with friends.
As Office Manager, Andrea undertakes an organisational and administrative role in the mission. She also serves in LMI’s Finance Department, where she occupies a key position. In addition to the practical knowledge and expertise she brings to LMI, Andrea also plays a vital part in ensuring that all the staff and volunteers are supported and cared for, providing much help and support to the LMI team. Her kind and caring nature aptly equip her for such a task.
Andrea’s journey with the mission began in 2000, when she started working as a volunteer in the evenings in our Albertbridge Office. Gradually her involvement increased from assisting with office administration to accompanying Mission Co-founder and Director, Yvonne McClean, around the world as she undertook mission awareness and ministry responsibilities. From Canada to Nigeria, from Uganda to Eastern Europe, Andrea and Yvonne ministered to many women, church leaders and congregations.
Although her current role is based in the office, Andrea has spoken in ladies’ meetings and been part of LMI overseas teams conducting children’s and women’s ministry. This has taken her to many churches in the UK and to different countries – all in the service of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In August 2015, Andrea was appointed to the LMI Executive Committee and currently holds the position of Secretary.
Favourite Bible Verse
‘There are various bible verses that have become so meaningful at certain times of my life. Those that bring comfort and give hope, but I always tend to be drawn to one in particular if I am really pushed for a verse that speaks to me personally. Philippians 2:12-16:
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life …” (NIV)
These verses tell me that God is working in me for a reason and that reason is to fulfil His good purpose. Stars shining brightly in the sky is a powerful sight on a clear night, and I believe there is nothing better to explain how Christians should be in this world in which we live. In the midst of darkness there is light and that light is within us to shine in the places on earth where God has placed us.’