Missionary, Mozambique, M.Div. '01.
Since Rodger Schmidt and his wife Lynne arrived in Mozambique, Southeast Africa in June 2003, they have learned the Portuguese language and have been involved in preaching, teaching and leading worship. The Schmitdts are also participating in a new church plant in Djuba, a region of over 300,000 people, still without an evangelical church. As part of their plan to train national leadership, their goal is to begin baptism and discipleship classes, Biblical foundation for marriage training and the development of a leadership team in the new church. However, one of the greatest joys has been simply building incarnational relationships and entering into the lives of the people. “The Mozambican people have taught us that no one should ever struggle alone.” said Roger. “In this culture when someone has any form of difficulty it is unthinkable to keep it to oneself. Our Western, independent thinking has been challenged and we have been humbled by the way Mozambicans selflessly come alongside their family, friends, neighbors or even strangers.”