We see it all the time: young adults who work as interns or summer staff at Mount Hermon who are then launched into a life of ministry. Things are no different for Cody and Katie Rogers!
Cody and Katie met at Mount Hermon as interns in 2011. Several months later, they began dating and the next year they got married (this seems to happen a lot around here). Katie worked in our adventure and recreation department, using her passion for sports to run Mount Hermon’s youth and adult basketball leagues and facilitate activities for Family Camp. Cody spent his internship in our creative services department, designing themes and creating videos for both youth and family camps.
Shortly after their wedding, Cody and Katie felt the call to pursue overseas missions. As a college student at Azusa Pacific, Katie had spent time in South Africa, working with a local missions organization called Walk In The Light. After weeks of prayer and consideration, they decided to return to South Africa to, once again, work with Walk In The Light.
“The timing and money we needed for the trip could not have worked out better. We felt like God had been blessing us so much, but not just for our own comfort and pleasure. We believe that he blesses us so we may be a blessing to others, and the best way to do that is to get out of our comfort zone, out of our security, out of the familiar.”
Together they have been using their skills and experience to serve both Walk In The Light and the local population in Haniville. “Haniville contains about 10,000 people living in extreme poverty. 60% of people are HIV positive and 39% are unemployed. While living at Walk In The Light, we helped transport people to clinics & hospitals, delivered food, & played with children.” Cody is also using his graphic design and video skills to build a website for the ministry to help them gain visibility and more donations.
As newlyweds, they are enjoying both the joys and challenges of serving in the mission field in a foreign country. “God is teaching us how to work together, and trust in him. Our first month was a bit different than we had anticipated but as we experienced things, we reminded each other (often) that just because it’s not how we planned it, doesn’t mean it’s not how God planned it. We have had to adjust and adapt, all the while trusting that he is in control. This has brought us closer as husband and wife, and is continuing to build a foundation for good communication and spiritual encouragement.”
Please join us in praying for Cody and Katie as they continue to serve in South Africa through the month of April!