Faith Lutheran Church Supports International Missions

Through our prayers and designated financial support, we help send devoted missionaries and mercy workers out to tell others in both word and deeds the Good News about Jesus, and to strengthen our church partners in doing the same. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) missionaries and mercy workers are funded entirely through the designated donations of God’s people who choose to give specifically for that purpose.

Rev. Mark and Stefanie Rabe serve the Lord as LCMS missionaries 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 and Stefanie have four beautiful children – Noah, Gabriella, Julianna and Matthias – who join them on the mission field.

Faith Lutheran Church has supported the Rabe family with prayers and financial support for many years. Our connection with them grew even stronger when Pastor Poock arrived, as he and Rev. Rabe attended seminary together and their families are close friends. May the Lord continue to bless the work of the Rabe family in Ethiopia.

A Message from the Rabe Family:

To God’s People at Faith!

Since day one you all have been our generous supporters for which we thank God! You have welcomed us and brought us into your family of faith. And now, for almost five years Faith has prayed for, encouraged and generously supported our service through the Office of International Mission as theological educator at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa where we of train and equip pastors, teachers, and future leaders for Christ’s Church.

It is such a comfort and blessing to know that we are prayed for and supported in such abundance. Such knowledge carries us through as we serve in a culture and context that is different from our own. While we are adapting and growing closer to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ethiopia it is a great comfort to know that you are part of that great crowd of witnesses that surround us in encouragement and faith!

We thank God for you!

Mark, Stefanie, Noah, Gabriella, Julianna and Matthias Rabe

Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF)

Faith Lutheran Church (FLC) has provided contributions to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) to support their mission to translate, publish, distribute, and introduce books that are Bible-based, Christ-centered and Reformation-driven. Due to the work of LHF in more than 80 countries and 100 languages, thousands of people have come to faith in Christ because they’ve been able to read books like The Good News About Jesus or Luther’s Small Catechism in their own languages. LHF has published the catechism in more than 90 languages with dozens more requested. Young children are learning about Jesus from A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories translated into their own language.

In the past decade, LHF has published and distributed over 1,000 titles and 3 million Lutheran books to pastors, seminary students, missionaries, and churches – all at no cost to them, through mission gifts such as the contribution from FLC. Funding from FLC has supported translation of the Small Catechism into the languages of Gedeo, Kafa, Kambaata, and Tigre that are used in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

To learn more about the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, visit their website at www.LHFmissions.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LutheranHeritage

Operation Christmas Child

Faith Lutheran Church annually participates in Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization affiliated with Franklin Graham’s Christian missionary organization. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Bible story booklets are included in the shoebox along with the other items. They ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 168 million children in more than 100 countries. Last year Faith Lutheran contributed 125 filled shoeboxes to the effort. For more information, please contact: Alice Bowen or the Church Office.