This is Who We Are


Alexa paulsen
worship director

Alexa Paulsen has been working with Yasha since the Fall of 2013. She is the daughter of Director and Founders Shawn and Raun Lohry. Alexa earned a bachelors degree in Theology and a minor in Spanish at Southeastern University. Alexa enjoys leading worship and doing ministry with her husband Nick, as well as training and equipping others to walk in their destiny as worship leaders.


Shawn Lohry
co-founder / executive director

Shawn Lohry currently serves as founder and director of Yasha Ministries and Siouxland Prayer Alliance alongside her wonderful husband Raun Lohry. Shawn and Raun founded Yasha with a vision to create a place in the Siouxland region that would be a house of healing, worship and prayer bringing salvation and deliverance to many. She carries a genuine passion for Jesus that is contagious and touching to all she encounters. Shawn's desire is to see an entire generation be healed, trained, and equipped as the Sons and Daughters of God they were created to be, then launched into the world with regional, national and worldwide transformation the result. She has been joyfully married to Raun for 37 years; she is the mother to her son and four daughters,  four sons-in-love and one daughter-in-love, and 9 grandbabies. Shawn also speaks at various conferences, churches, and events, carrying with her a burning heart for the Kingdom and a tangible longing to see it released everywhere she goes.




Raun Lohry

Raun is the principle administrator (which really means he is the bookkeeper...) for Yasha Foundation. Yasha Foundation is the funding entity for Yasha Ministries.  My desire is to see the kingdom of heaven come alive in a practical way; so, we created a safe place for people to come and experience healing, worship, and prayer – Yasha Ministries.  It has been very fulfilling seeing the dream come to life and people experiencing freedom in Christ.


Diane Widner
Ministry staff / Worship leader

Diane connected with Shawn in around 2009 when she started attending Siouxland Prayer Alliance and is now the scheduling person for this ongoing prayer ministry. 
She was a business owner for over 30 years and has been on staff here at Yasha since 2013 and serves in a variety of roles at Yasha including worship leader, and prayer facilitator.' Her passion is to see God's people step into their calling! Diane is a mother of 2 amazing young men, Lucas and Alex.


june small
ministry staff

June came from a Nursing Administration background. She was widowed in 2012 and moved to Sioux City from Nebraska. Wanting to continue to help people, she started at Yasha by taking the Sozo/Inner Healing training and then volunteered as a staff person. June came on staff in 2015 and serves as a trained Sozo/Inner Healing Prayer facilitator. She also functions in other supportive roles. Her heart is to see people healed and set free physically, emotionally and spiritually.  June has 2 grown children and five amazing grandchildren.


barb widner
Volunteer staff

Barb has been involved with Yasha since it's beginning. In 2017 she joined the Yasha team as an intercessor. Barb's main passion is for people to come into a personal relationship with Christ. She is employed at New Prospectives, and is gifted in ministering to special needs people. She has gone on several missions journeys and is an accredited Missionary Associate with the Assemblies of God. She was widowed in 2013 and has 3 adult daughters plus 4 beautiful granddaughters.



ministry staff

Sue has been with Yasha since it's inception in 2013. She serves as a trained Sozo prayer facilitator, as well as in other supportive roles. Her passion is to see the Body of Christ exist together in community as we  function in the unique giftings Holy Spirit has given each of us. She and her husband Fred have five children and five grandchildren. They enjoy living on their acreage, working to restore the land to it's original intent.