Tim & Catherine Rogers
Children: Titus, Alathia & Jude
Tim Rogers C/O MAF
3170 Airmans Dr., Fort Pierce, FL 34946-9131
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Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) shares the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed. Tim and Catherine are serving in Haiti, where Tim flies and maintains aircraft as a pilot/mechanic. Catherine currently cares for their two children, as well as providing medical care from their home. MAF in Haiti flies a fleet of 3 aircraft providing aviation support to over 30 different Christian and humanitarian aid organizations; transporting mission teams, medical teams, pastors, teachers, and supplies such as food, water, and medicine to 16 dirt and grass airstrips in Haiti.
Personal Journey - Call to Christ
Tim: I was raised in a small farming community in upstate NY. I grew up in a bible believing family and was led to Christ when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was plainly explained that I was a sinner in need of a Savior and I knelt at a folding chair, confessed my sins, and put my faith in Christ.
Catherine: I grew up in Pensacola, FL. I professed Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of eleven through Bible study with my brother. He baptized me in the camp pool that summer.
Call to Missions Service
Tim: My interest in missions was fueled by the numerous missionaries that would come and speak at our church and talk about the joy of serving Christ and how "the fields were ripe for harvest." During a summer camp when I was 12 years old, I was challenged by a missionary to commit my life to Christ's service and that is what I did! That same fall I was baptized and publicly confessed Christ as my Savior. As a teenager I enjoyed reading biographies and was introduced to mission aviation through two books. One was "a vision with wings" and the other was a biography about Nate Saint. As I read, God began to give me a real desire for reaching the lost through the tool of aviation. I started flying at 16 yrs. old. Being from a large family, my parents didn't have the money to support my new habit so I began praying for work. I prayed "Lord if you want me to fly, would you show me through giving me a job where I can earn enough to take 1 lesson a week. Shortly after that, God supplied a job working on a farm where I made just enough money to fly for 1 hour a week, an exact answer to my prayer! At 17, I joined a special response team called Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT). I was trained in Paramedics, Firefighting, Police Scuba search and recovery diving, land search and rescue, flight, and disaster relief. At 18, the Lord really opened my eyes and heart towards disaster victims through serving in several flood reliefs, and tornado relief. It was the first time that I saw severely hurting people and how open they were to the Lord. Through working in E.R.s as a medic, serving in disaster response, flying freight, working as an aircraft maintenance technician, and living through one of the worst hurricanes Pensacola has ever seen, I know God has prepared me for serving with MAF in Haiti and He continues to confirm His will in our lives here in Haiti.
Catherine: My exposure to overseas missions had been very limited in my growing up and college years. All the missionaries I knew of were male preachers and since I was focused on medicine I didn’t see how I could be used as a foreign missionary. Until meeting Tim in 2000 I had never considered overseas missions because I was never going to be a “male preacher!” Tim told me about a very practical mission organization that he was pursuing to serve the Lord. It used airplanes to help share the gospel and meet physical needs. This was eye opening for me! I learned about numerous other ministries that helped meet physical and medical needs in the name of Christ. Marrying Tim I knew that service in overseas missions was likely in our future and the Lord revealed how, as a Physician Assistant, I could serve Christ. I have been blessed to work in Infectious Disease, specifically HIV, Hepatitis and TB medicine. Working with HIV+ patients has grown my compassion for their suffering. Looking back on the past five years of my work career I never could have planned how well this training and experience could prepare me for ministering in Haiti. I am currently seeking medical ministries to partner with in the rural areas of Haiti. I see patients on a regular basis out of our house in Port au Prince, however I am interested in providing medical care to those who rarely get to see a healthcare professional due to the remoteness of where they live.
Fruits of Our Labor
Since 1986, MAF has enabled the work and maximized the effectiveness of Christian workers and agencies in Haiti. MAF missionary families and Haitian staff members fly and maintain three aircraft, servicing over 14 airstrips from a base of operations in Port-au-Prince. In the past year MAF Haiti has seen God work in several incredible ways:
- Executed 1,740 flights
- Transported 6,330 passengers
- Delivered 437,070 pounds of cargo
- Our family's security as we live and operate in a developing country.
- Wisdom in parenting.
- Wisdom in "how to help."
- Tim's safety as he flies and commutes in a somewhat dangerous environment
- Future opportunities for Catherine to use her medical training in a more rural setting.
We are currently fully supported thanks to the generous support of our family and friends!