Lorena was born and raised with her younger brother in a family of evangelical Christians in a mining town at the entrance of the Danube in Romania, in the southwest of the country.
After graduating high school, Lorena attends the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Faculty of Electro-energetics. She graduated in June 1989 and returned to her hometown as an engineer at the copper mine. At the beginning of 1991, she returned to Timisoara as a design engineer at the Institute for Energy Studies and Design. Shortly after returning to Timisoara, she joined a group of young people from the church who delivered food and clothing to street children and then joined as a volunteer the team of the first center for street children in Romania, Onesimus’ Brothers Home (OBH), founded by Jesus Hope of Romania (JHOR). In May 1993, at the invitation and challenge of pastor Eugen Groza, she gave up her career as an engineer and joined the JHOR team full-time.
In the fall of 1997, accompanying the OBH social worker in a social investigation, Lorena and her colleague discovered a 5-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother with strangers, neglected and abused by one of the adults in the house, and that Romania did not have a legal system to protect a child in situations of abuse. God puts it on their hearts to open a center for girls victims of abuse, understanding at the same time that this requires legislative changes. This was moment zero for what would become the Deborah House. God directs her to people and organizations that help in researching the phenomenon of child abuse, legislative changes, and last but not least financial resources. At the beginning of 2001, Lorena joined Eugen Groza and Emil Toader, and together, they founded the Missio Link International Foundation, for which the establishment of Deborah House became a priority project. In MLI, Lorena has served as CAR coordinator and, since 2017, as Executive Director.
In May 1996, Lorena married Daniel Rusovan, and together they had a son Paul-Daniel. For Daniel and Paul, MLI has not been just their wife and mother’s workplace. It has become the extended family where they serve and are served.