Who We Are
Patrick and Lena Wensel are from Bel Air, Maryland where Patrick worked as a software engineer and Lena a small animal practitioner. Lena earned her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Lena first connected with CVM on short-term mission trips to Kenya and Mongolia, realizing the unique outreach opportunities that veterinary medicine offered. After much prayer, God confirmed Patrick and Lena’s willingness to join CVM long-term in Costa Rica during the summer of 2013.
The Wensels now feel called to serve Christ in Tanzania. Lena’s focus will be on training local animal health care workers to improve the health of their livestock. Patrick will faithfully support Lena’s projects whilst providing Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and church planting training to the community. Together, Patrick and Lena’s goal is to share Christ’s love in a holistic manner, serving the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of the Tanzanian people.
Patrick and Lena have partnered with Christian Missionary Fellowship International, an organization that has been serving transformational communities for over 60 years. The Wensels will be an active part of their Church Planter Team focusing on planting and discipling young churches within unreached people groups. Patrick and Lena will be involved in many other projects including a widows and orphans program, micro-enterprise development, building and construction activities, animal healthcare worker training, and child education.