Rachel Gabler is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church sharing her gifts and skills with educational and aviation ministries in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
For five years, beginning in 2007, she and her husband Dan, also a missionary, were based in White River, South Africa, and from 1999 to 2007 were at the Kafakumba Training Center in Zambia, where Rachel was in ministry with The United Methodist Church in that country. During the years in South Africa, she returned to Zambia twice per year to conduct training seminars.
Initially (1997–1998), as a Volunteer in Mission in the DRC, Rachel served in Christian education and administrative support in Nyembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the North Katanga Conference of The United Methodist Church, and from 1999 to 2007 in that same ministry in Zambia as a missionary.
Still earlier, the Gablers served as missionaries in Bolivia, where Rachel grew up. She also served in Mozambique with World Vision as an administrative officer, and as a human resources manager in Maputo and Tete.
The Gablers agree that being missionaries is so exciting and fulfilling that they cannot understand why everyone doesn’t want to be one! “Granted, everyone is supposed to be a missionary where they are, but to go to another country is a lot more interesting.” They are grateful that God has allowed them to do this.
The Gablers have two adult children, Naomi Gustafson and Nathan Gabler, and four grandsons, all of whom live in the United States.
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