PCOM and Village Pres MOPS is excited to introduce our speaker for this week (October 13th)! You will not want to miss this special event featuring this mom with a heart for Mothers of Preschoolers:
Jana Alayra is an artist with whom many can identify. She is a wife, mother, and friend, busy with the daily routine of tending to the lives of her three young daughters and producer husband, Ron. In the midst of this ordinary life, Jana answers the call to a unique ministry of leading worship, both to adults and children. Whether leading a small group with her guitar, or singing for a thousand children and their families, Jana's enthusiasm and love for Christ are evident, sincere and inspiring. When people leave one of Jana's concerts or testimonials, they often say that not only were they entertained and encouraged, but they felt they made a new friend.
Jana is, as one emcee recently said during an introduction "as real as they get," sharing openly about the pain and sorrows in her life as well as Christ’s victory through it all. Her humor and hope are truly encouraging. Hers is a unique ministry of sorrow, celebration, and faith. To know her story and to watch her lead people in praise is a true testimony of God’s power and faithfulness.
Jana taught herself to play the guitar at the age of 10, and began leading worship shortly after becoming a Christian in high school through a youth group called Young Life. After college, she relocated to San Diego, CA, where she was asked to lead worship for a mega-college/career group. Working later as the children's director at a Christian conference center, Jana met a popular children's artist named Mary Rice Hopkins, and served as her musical partner for 10 years. Simultaneously, she began recording collections of her original adult praise music in 1989. Her projects today include: “Free Indeed” (1989), “Here in Your Hands” (1992) – both produced by Denny Bouchard; and “There Will Come A Day” (1995) – produced by John Andrew Schreiner. “No Place Like Home”, produced by Jana’s husband, Ron Alayra, has just been released (2001).
Jana has an inspiring and natural connection with children. In the past several years, Jana and her husband Ron, have recorded two collections of her original children’s praise music—“Jump into the Light (1995) and “Dig Down Deep” (1997). The songs on these two collections are being used in churches and groups all across the country and internationally. Currently Jana and Ron are recording their 3rd children’s CD that is due out late early Fall of 2002.
As catchy and refreshing as the CDs are, an important component to Jana's ministry is to see her interact with the children. After many requests, Ron and Jana created a live concert video featuring 14 songs from both “Jump into the Light” and “Dig Down Deep,” filmed at Saddleback Church in Mission Viejo, CA. Ron, Jana, and the band have been busy keeping up with requests from around the nation. In the Spring of 2003, Jana and the band will record their 2nd live in concert video that should be available in Summer of 2003.
Jana is a mother of four young children (one of whom died in a car accident in May of 1996). An instant connection is made with the young moms as she shares her sense of humor and her heart. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups nationwide have invited Jana to come and share her music and testimony. She was the worship leader for the MOPS, Int’l regional conferences, and their National Convention in 2000 & 2001. She is a frequent guest speaker/singer at women’s conferences, retreats, and banquets. Jana has also been a featured artist at several national conventions. Few walk away from her presentation without being deeply touched. Jana’s music can be heard on various Christian radio stations across the country and is now available in Christian bookstores as well. All facets of their ministry continue to grow and expand.
Jana, her husband Ron, and their three girls live in Irvine, California.