Rev. Mark and Stefanie Rabe serve the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Ethiopia. Mark teaches at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This seminary is dedicated to training faithful Lutheran pastors and other church workers to serve in Ethiopia.
Mark was born in Portland, Ore., and his home congregation is Trinity Lutheran Church, Albany, Ga. He received a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Concordia University, Portland, Ore., and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Before serving in Ethiopia, Mark served as pastor at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oroville, Calif. (2001-2010); taught at Atemo Bible College and Matongo Lutheran Theological College, Kenya (2010-2012); and most recently, served as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Albany, Ga. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking and biking.
Stefanie was born in Encino, Calif., and was raised in Vernonia, Ore. Her home congregation is also Trinity Lutheran Church, Albany, Ga. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Portland, Ore. Prior to becoming a missionary, Stefanie worked in secretarial and accounts payable positions. Stefanie’s hobbies include traveling, hiking, crocheting and reading. Mark and Stefanie have four beautiful children – Noah, Gabriella, Julianna and Matthias – who join them on the mission field.
Please pray for Mark, Stefanie and their children as they serve in Ethiopia. Pray God gives their entire family strength and peace as they transition back to overseas mission work, learning the culture and the language. Pray also for their continued health and safety. Ask God to be with Stefanie and the children as she homeschools them. Please pray for the church in Ethiopia and for the faculty, staff and students at Mekane Yesus Seminary. Ask God to give Mark His wisdom and guidance as he teaches these students and helps them prepare to become faithful Lutheran pastors, lay evangelists and other professional church workers. Please also pray the hearts of people here in the United States are moved to pray for and to financially support the Rabes so they can “go with” this family on their journey of faith. Let us give thanks to God that Mark, Stefanie and their family have answered the call to serve His people in Ethiopia.