Michael and Lori Rosenbauer
Serving in South Africa
From: United States of America
Who we are:Michael and Lori met as children when their parents were attending the same Bible school in New York State, and later became high school sweethearts. After marrying in 1981, they lived in Texas for 7 years and in Maine for 25 years.
Michael has served in church ministries such as teaching Sunday School classes, leading small group Bible studies, and serving as deacon, elder, and assisting with youth group. He also served with two short term mission teams in Ecuador.
Lori has served as a pregnancy center counselor, children's program director at Bible Study Fellowship, church nursery director, in music ministry, and home school support group leader. The Rosenbauers also had the joy of foster parenting 28 babies over an eight year span.
In 1999, they adopted their two youngest daughters from Ethiopia. Through adopting, and the words of Jesus and the prophets, the conviction grew within Mike and Lori that they needed to be directly involved in addressing the physical and spiritual needs of vulnerable children; particularly those whose lives, families, and communities have been destroyed by the AIDS pandemic. When they found an opportunity on the SIM website in 2010 to serve at Lily of the Valley Children's Village, they saw it as answer to their prayer for God's leading.
Michael and Lori are the parents of four children. Their oldest and youngest daughters, Kaleena and Eden, live in Texas. Their son Kaleb and daughter Eliana reside in Maine. Eliana and Eden ministered along with their parents in South Africa during their first short term, November 2013 - July 2014. After graduating high school, they returned to the U.S. with their parents. Mike and Lori returned to South Africa in 2015 for long term service at Lily of the Valley Children's Village.
What we do:We serve at Lily of the Valley Children's Village in KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa. It is our privilege to participate in providing long term care of Zulu speaking children infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. With Mike in the role of Village Manager and Lori focusing on early childhood development, we help to maintain a safe, warm and nurturing home for up to 120 children in Lily of the Valley's care. Our mission, and the mission of Lily of the Valley, is to impact the culture for Christ by investing in children and young people who will be equipped as salt, light, and servant leaders among the Zulu people.
Involved with:Children and Youth
Current Funding: 90%