Roger and Jan both grew up overseas and met while attending Moody Bible Institute. They were married while Roger worked on his engineering degree and were privileged to have three children. Following a career in management and involvement in lay ministry, early retirement led them into a ministry to global workers.
Their primary ministry focus is traveling to visit global workers, primarily in remote areas, with the goal of coming alongside and bringing encouragement in every facet of their lives. This could include joining them in their ministry, team building, debriefing, performing menial tasks every day life might overlooks, helping process everyday life and providing mentoring (personal and marriage) as needed but primarily living life with them.
Roger and Jan both had parents in ministry and have friends, siblings, children and other family members who are global workers. Their involvement with global workers has included prayer, marriage enrichment, physical visits, team building, debriefing, and physical, spiritual, and emotional support. Their home has been a home for global workers for short and extended stays.
The desire to continue ministry during retirement was clearly revealed through a visit alongside a couple/family in 2017 and has been confirmed many times since then. Following one trip we were told “Having people who understand the struggles we face living in a third world country and in a different culture encouraged us greatly. Being able to share their hearts and to be encouraged by folks who know what we are going through. Truly a blessing.”
A team shared “Thank you Jan and Roger for challenging us and helping us grow as a team and individually”. Another family shared “We were so blessed to have you here for two weeks. You quickly became friends. You had so much to offer, a life of experience and wisdom, and anointed by the Holy Spirit for ministry. You have a place in our hearts. Thank you so much.”
Roger and Jan have three grown children and nine grandchildren living in Roanoke, VA, Irmo, SC and Siberia, Russia.