Missions & Outreach
Brian & Holly Underhill
We financially support (monthly) Brian and Holly Underhill & family as they minister in Pontianak, Indonesia through WorldVenture.
You can find out more information about their family and ministry here: http://www.worldventure/underhill
Since 1980, Dan and Sylvia Rogers have served with MAF in Surinam, Haiti, Honduras, Ecuador, and now, at Headquarters in Nampa, Idaho. While serving overseas, Dan served as pilot mechanic. Presently, he assists in the fabrication shop, part of the maintenance shop at the MAF hangar. There he oversees volunteers that serve MAF in Nampa, making tools for MAF’s overseas bases. From time to time, Dan travels to MAF locations overseas for special maintenance projects on the planes. One such trip was to Tarakan, Indonesia for an installation of a cargo pod on a Kodiak. Another more recent trip was back in Surinam for an installation of a new engine and an airframe inspection on NAV, a Cessna 206 that Dan flew on first assignment with MAF in Surinam in 1983. For Dan and Sylvia, a recent two-month stint in Surinam was their 5th time in the country, serving with MAF. While there, they celebrated 30 years since their first arrival in Surinam! Together, Dan and Sylvia have raised 4 children, Jonathan, Andrew, Heidi and Lori. Dan and Sylvia also enjoyed leading a couple’s group in Ecuador, encouraging them in their marriage relationships. Sylvia has given much hospitality to work-team visitors, led church choirs, taught school music, and given many piano lessons. Dan, the son of missionaries, Bill and Esther Rogers, who served with SIM, was born in Sudan, and lived in Somalia and Ethiopia, finishing high-school in Henderson, NE. He 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), daughter of a farmer Clarence E Friesen, was born in Henderson, Nebraska. She accepted the Lord at age 10 during an afternoon Bible club. Sylvia’s mom, Gladys, attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, NE at the same time as Dan’s mom, Esther. Their mothers kept 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 in Henderson, NE. Five years later, with training complete, they applied, and were accepted into MAF in June of 1980.
We financially support (monthly) the wonderful work of God through Training Leaders International and Ethan Larson. Ethan Larson is an International Trainer for Training Leaders International. He grew up in a Christian home, and his Father was a pastor and church planter in Canada and the United States. He became a Christian at an early age and though straying some in his teens he was challenged by Christians he met in college to surrender all to Christ. Though he was headed for a career in foreign policy, God changed the direction of his life, and he began pursuing the ministry and eventually foreign missions.
After attending a ministry school in California, Ethan served as a youth pastor for two years in Twin Falls, Idaho, then as an assistant pastor for seven years in Boise, Idaho where he oversaw a Bible College program, and adult education ministries. In the late 1990’s Ethan took a number of short term mission trips to Eastern Europe and was moved by the critical need for leadership training and theological formation among the churches being planted there. In 2004 he moved his family to Ukraine to work with a church planting team, and later to Hungary to teach at a Bible College.
He has a Bachelors in History, and Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, degrees from Lutheran Brethren Bible College, Calvary Chapel School of Ministry in Costa Mesa, CA, and a Masters in Theology from Lutheran Brethren Seminary.
Ethan lives in central Minnesota with his dear wife, Elysia, and their four children, Gretchen, Peter John, Elizabeth, and Amy. Ethan enjoys cycling, the outdoors, and playing with his kids.
You can find out more about Training Leaders International here: http://trainingleadersinternational.org
We also support missionaries to Eurasia, whose contact information must be withheld for security reasons.