Lee and Sharen Rickenbach, serving in Guatemala
Born – Lee: September 28, 1954, in Hot Springs, South Dakota
Shari: June 28, 1954, in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
Saved – Lee: “When I was 16 years old, God performed the miracle of salvation in my heart during the first revival I had ever attended in my life at the Holiness Chapel in my hometown in April of 1971. Later at Faith Bible School, the Holy Spirit came in his sanctifying power in January of 1973.”
Shari: “Growing up in a pastor’s home, I gave my heart to Jesus at an early age. During my childhood and teen years, I had different times of renewal, then was sanctified during a school revival in Montana in 1974.”
Calling – Lee: “At the time of my conversion in 1971, the Lord separated me from other life’s ambitions unto to the ministry of the Gospel. In the Fall of 1973, during a time of special prayer for the Fall Revival, I knew definitely the Lord more specifically called me to the field of Christian Education.”
Shari: “Since a small child, I’ve always had a desire to serve Jesus and work on the mission field. When I was only three I wanted to go with the little red Jeep that my Father had donated to Dennis and Emma Reiff’s work in Guatemala. Lee’s call has been my call and that has taken us to countries all around North and Central America.”
College – Lee: College of Faith Bible School, Mitchell, South Dakota, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, 1976; Freedom Seminary, Master of Christian Education, 1983; Freedom University, Doctor of Christian Education, 1989.
Shari: Attended the College of Faith Bible School, Mitchell, South Dakota, 1 year.
Ministry – Lee: Preached on Native American reservations in South Dakota while in college. Missionary at All Tribes Indian Mission Schools 1976-1983. Missionary with Evangelistic Faith Missions in Guatemala, Central America1984-1991. Academic Dean at Thompson Bible Institute, Ohio 1992-2005. Returned as missionary to E.F.M. and Guatemala 2005 to present. Now serving as Field Director, and Head Administrator of Hope Evangelical Bilingual Academy in Jalapa.
Shari: Participated in Native American ministries in Montana. Missionary at All Tribes Indian Mission Schools 1976-1983. Missionary with Evangelistic Faith Missions in Guatemala, Central America1984-1991. Returned as missionary to E.F.M. and Guatemala, 2005 to present. Now serving as Supervisor of Lower Learning Center of Hope Evangelical Bilingual Academy. Homeschooled her four children for 15 years. Recognized by Accelerated Christian Education as having one of the best Kindergarten – First Grade classrooms in Central America, 2012 and 2013.