Getting to Know... Al Raber
Al is planning to begin his assignment in the Amazon River Basin of Brazil in 2015. Right now he is putting together his Missionary Support Team (MST), raising funds, training, and preparing to go. If you’d like to partner with Al in God’s work in this unreached area of the world, please visit donate.rmmweb.org.
Can you tell us a little about your growing up years?I was born into a large Amish family in Holmes County, Ohio. I am the second to youngest of twelve children. I attended elementary school thru the 8th grade and then began to work in my father’s sawmill at the age of fifteen. Growing up we were never farmers but always had various animals on our property, like horses, steers, dogs, and chickens. We always kept a large garden which we tended to religiously every morning during the summer months. We were never rich nor poor as dad, mom and all of us worked hard to keep food on our table.
How did you come to know Jesus?Early in my life, I was introduced to God and his Word in the Amish church we attended, but I rejected God for a ten year period of my life. During that time, I went through the “rumspringa” (a rebellious adolescent) phase in my life. As alcohol and other worldly pleasures left me empty inside, I began to seek a deeper purpose for my life. Through several influential people, I came to give my life to Christ in the summer of 1999.