Isaac and Amber Rogers, along with their sons Cayden and Tyus, are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving in Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Rogers family has served with MAF for over 14 years.
After completing language school in Java, they served for 5 years in Papua. They then moved to Tarakan, North Kalimantan, and served for 5 months before moving to the floatplane base in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, for 5 years. In August 2017, the Rogers moved back to Tarakan to take on new roles. Amber became the head of the small mission school and also the 1st-3rd grade teacher. Isaac moved into the eclectic role of part-time pilot and part-time stay-at-home dad.
Isaac shares, “The airplane is an amazing tool to serve Christ in areas like Kalimantan! With our airplanes, we have the ability to serve isolated villages with little or no road access. We transport national pastors, evangelists, teachers, the sick, the rich and the poor in the hope that many may know Jesus as Savior.”
As a teacher, school headmaster, and teacher-mentor, Amber provides quality education for MAF staff children. Not every family is able to homeschool, and because Amber is teaching, several families are able to continue serving in Tarakan. Another benefit of providing a functional school and excellent teachers is that several of the MAF wives are free to serve in a variety of ways in and outside of MAF. Isaac says of his wife, “It’s been awesome for me to see the way the Lord prepared Amber for this role. Because she built a curriculum utilizing homeschool materials, families that move or furlough during the school year can continue their children’s education. This is a massive blessing to our teammates!”
Isaac was raised in Portland, OR, in a Christian home and gave his life to Christ after his sophomore year. After high school, he earned his associates degree in building construction technology. In 2001, while attending Portland Community College to earn his airframe and powerplant license, he discovered mission aviation and MAF. He already had his private pilot’s license and a heart for missions, and quickly realized that God was leading them to serve overseas. Isaac has also earned his instrument and commercial pilot’s license in order to serve as a pilot/mechanic overseas. From the high mountains of Papua to the rivers of Central Kalimantan, Isaac has flown over 6,000 flights in Indonesia.
Amber also grew up in the Portland area. At age five she began attending church with her mother and younger sister. Through the godly influence of her Sunday School teachers and her mother, she gave her life to the Lord and was baptized at age eight. Amber has had a heart for serving the Lord since she was young. Isaac and Amber met in junior high, and after three years of dating, were married in 1996. In 1999, Amber graduated from Cascade College in Portland, earning her B.S. in liberal studies and teaching credentials. She taught for over five years at Portland public schools before joining MAF, and homeschooled their two sons for over 7 years.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Isaac and Amber’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.