Don Rogers is the founder and International Director of ELI which began in Kenya and has now expanded to the neighboring countries of Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Southern Sudan. Don’s short-term trip to Tanzania in 1989 was the first of many that eventually led to the founding of ELI in 1994. He pioneered the work by developing relationships with key national Christian leaders, working with them to establish Skills for Life Training Centers, Christian schools, orphanages, and health ministries. 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 U.S., dividing time according to the needs of the ministry. Kenya is a “home base” and Don travels to Tanzania, D.R. Congo, and South Sudan as needed and also enjoys researching with our African leaders and applying new appropriate technologies and business ideas. Amy loves ministering to the women in the village and our 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 expand the growing network of supporting partners and churches. Working with the staff in our Upland, California, office and helping to equip short-term teams traveling to Africa is also part of their ministry.
Don graduated from Azusa Pacific University – B.A. Religion with Minors in Psychology and Christian Education. Don received his M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary with a focus on Cross Cultural Missions. Prior to ELI Don served with Youth For Christ in Southern California as well as in the church as youth and senior pastor. He is an ordained minister with the Free Methodist Church.