Dan and Sylvia Rogers, along with their children Jonathan, Andrew, Heidi, and Lori, served in Suriname, Haiti, Honduras, and Ecuador, as a pilot/mechanic family before returning to serve at MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.
Presently, Dan works in the hangar, where he oversees the fabrication shop and works with volunteers who serve MAF in Nampa, making tools for MAF’s overseas bases. From time to time, Dan travels to MAF bases for special maintenance projects. Over the years while working in Nampa, Dan has made several trips to various overseas MAF bases to help in special maintenance projects. Two of the most recent trips were to Uganda to help in an avionics upgrade and to Papua, Indonesia to help retrieve an airplane that had landing gear damage on landing.
Dan was born in Sudan, and lived in Somalia and Ethiopia, as the son of missionaries who served with SIM. He was able to finish high school in Henderson, NE. Dan recognized God’s call to missions at an early age and by the time he attended high school, he knew he would serve as a missionary pilot. Consequently, he studied at Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He also attended the University of Nebraska and worked three years as an aircraft mechanic.
Sylvia (Friesen) was born in Henderson, Nebraska. She accepted the Lord at age 10 during an afternoon Bible club. Sylvia’s mom attended Grace College of the Bible at the same time as Dan’s mom. Their mothers kept in contact over the years, and the Rogers visited the Friesen home each furlough. Following high school, Sylvia also attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating with a B.A. degree in church music.
Dan and Sylvia chose Psalm 37:3-5 as their favorite verses while they were engaged. They married on July 5, 1975. Five years later, with training complete, they were accepted into MAF in June of 1980.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Dan and Sylvia’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.