Don and Amy Rogers – Founder / Intl. Director
Don is the founder and International Director of ELI, which began in Kenya and has now expanded to Tanzania, DR Congo and South Sudan. A short-term trip to Tanzania in 1989 was the first of many that eventually led Don to establish ELI in 1994. The work was pioneered by developing relationships with key national leaders to establish Skills for Life Training Centers, Christian schools, and children’s homes. The strategy for empowerment integrates Biblical teaching with dynamic ideas and skills that help the poor address the challenges oppressing their lives spiritually, physically and economically. Don serves with his family, both in East Africa and the United States, dividing time according to the needs of the ministry. When Kenya is the “home base,” Don travels to Tanzania, DR Congo and South Sudan as needed, providing input/guidance to the overall ministry and integrating new appropriate technologies and business ideas. Amy loves ministering to the women in the village, and the boys relish the adventure of living in the “great outdoors.” Don and Amy invest strategic blocks of time in the U.S., sharing the vision of ELI with individuals and groups in order to ignite world changers and connect with supporting partners. The Rogers also work alongside the office staff in Upland, CA and help equip short-term teams traveling to Africa. Don graduated from Azusa Pacific University and received his M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary with a focus in Cross-Cultural Missions. Prior to ELI, Don served with Youth For Christ in Southern California, as well as the church as youth and senior pastor. He is an ordained minister with the Free Methodist Church.
On the “GIFT INFORMATION” section select “Staff” and then “Don and Amy Rogers”. Thank you!
YAKOBO YASINI – DIRECTOR, ELI TANZANIA
Yakobo Yasini is a diligent and passionate servant of God in Tanzania. God has used Yakobo to build relationships with countless people throughout the country. He is the catalyst that connects people with trainings and opens the doors for visiting teachers and strategists to come and facilitate the farmer field trainings. Yakobo and an agricultural assistant who work together to train and follow-up on past students, pastors, and farmers trained throughout the year. He also maintains the Training Center based in Kalemela, Tanzania (Near Bunda).
ANDREW BELKO – WATER WELLS
Andrew has been serving with ELI full-time overseas since 2013 in both Kenya and Tanzania. He first became involved on a short-term trip. Currently his passion is to develop sustainable well drilling teams that honor God in Tanzania. In late 2018 he relocated back to the USA but travels to Mwanza, Tanzania frequently as he actively engages with fresh water drilling.
SAMUEL TEIMUGE – DIRECTOR, ELI KENYA
Samuel Teimuge is married to Rhoda and is a master communicator and catalyst. God used Samuel to help start ELI in Kenya and to establish the Ukweli Training and Development Center in Ilula, where Skills For Life are taught with passion in the classroom as well as in the demonstration farm. Samuel and the Ukweli team are not restricted to the center alone – in fact, you will often find them in villages throughout Kenya carrying out surveys, holding open-air campaigns, planting trees, starting businesses, helping rehabilitate alcoholics and proclaiming the message of God’s love for their nation and the world.
JOHN BUSIENEI – CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, KENYA
John Busienei is married to Veronica. John and Veronica felt a strong calling to the ELI ministry and began their work as the Directors of the Kipkaren Children’s Home. In 2016, “Bush” transitioned into the role of Chief Operations Officer for ELI Kenya. He is a liaison of communication between the Kenya and USA Boards. He also helps coordinate with all staff who work in our two Children’s Homes, two training centers, extension schools, Anti-Alcohol program, and Children’s ministry.
THE MOIBEN FAMILY – DIRECTORS, KIPKAREN CHILDREN’S HOME
Ezekiel and Noella have served in the Kipkaren ELI Children’s Home since it was founded in 2006. On the entry gate it is written, “Bringing the Fatherhood of God to the Fatherless.”
THE KOSGEI FAMILY – DIRECTORS, ILULA CHILDREN’S HOME (photo coming soon)
David and Priscah live in Eldoret, Kenya. They served as parents in Ilula Children’s Home from its establishment in 2005. With the retirement of our beloved inaugural directors Laban and Angelina Rono, the Kosgei’s were installed as the new directors.
Some say that Isaac Ruto is 6-foot, 12 inches tall! Isaac’s skills for training people reach even higher than his stature. He is a key ELI trainer, effectively reaching and teaching over 1,000 needy farmers in Tanzania and is expanding this same dynamic strategy of field farmer training in Kenya. This young family man has a passion to reach his own people with life-giving skills. “There is a calling on my life. I want to be used of God to see suffering people helped, especially the small-scale farmers. This is where I am seeing the greatest successes and family transformations. There are many paths one could take in life, but for me, helping others in this way is the most fulfilling, and I want to continue until people, communities and countries are changed.”
WENDY LUDOVICI TWYCROSS – PROJECT MANAGER, BUSINESS FOR LIFE
Wendy began her ministry with ELI in Tanzania in 1994. As an ethnomusicologist Wendy uses her skills to promote indigenous worship by facilitating songwriting workshops with local musicians. She also uses her background and experience in youth ministry to empower youth leaders to encourage and train young people to become followers of Jesus. In addition, Wendy has a deep concern for the poor and recognizes the need for economic empowerment. Her current focus is managing The Business For Life Project, which provides hands-on business training for poor and unemployed people and facilitates the process of them starting up their own small businesses. Wendy is married to Peter Twycross, and they are based in Nairobi, Kenya.
KALONDJI MUKENYA – DIRECTOR, ELI DR CONGO
Kalondji Mukenya works in a key position to help oversee ELI DR Congo. His main role is working as the “school promoter” in close collaboration with our staff at the school, as well as with parents in the community and with students. Kalondji was first trained in agronomy and has worked as a school teacher, high school principal, an evangelist and a pastor. He brings a great deal of experience and connection to the ministry. As a neighbor to the school and an active leader in the community, he brings a new dynamic to the work. As school promoter, he keeps hours at the school as well as meeting regularly with teachers, administration, the parents’ committee and conducting chapel for students.
God has used David Mutombo to help with the general operations of ELI DR Congo. Here is the important work of putting together budgets and contracts, management of personnel and maintaining good relations with the government. David holds a degree in labor management, has worked as a labor consultant for three years and also worked as a university professor and a public work inspector. David is married and has recently become a father for the first time.
ELI SOUTH SUDAN
ELI helped establish the Duk Mayen Primary School in 2005 which is overseen by a dynamic group of South Sudanese teachers.
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JIM CAYA – COO and DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION (photo coming soon)
Jim has engaged business within ministry contexts for over eight years. He has experience in five continents with his most notable contributions being in South East Asia and East Africa. Whether it be in social enterprise, organization development, or investment analysis, Jim’s desire has been to see leaders developed to strengthen the Kingdom. Most recently Jim spent the last couple of years living in Kenya helping to provide organizational sustainability to ELI through business ventures. As the Director of International Implementation he looks forward to helping the organization refine and strengthen its strategic approach to poverty alleviation and discipleship.