In Loving Memory of 2 Year Old Soldier for Jesus

Eliyah Singing      


Eliyah Michaela Rodgers was born on August 19, 2013. She looked just like her mother and her father nicknamed her “Juniorita.”

She loved to give and receive lots of hugs and kisses. She was as graceful as a flower and as playful as a bird. She had a spark in her eyes that revealed the love in her heart. Eliyah loved God and her family and joined with them in the effort of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her name is a testimony “Eliyah” which means my God is Jehovah and “Michaela” which means one who is like God - and she said it often. She loved to sing her name. She was a “little soldier” on the battlefield for the Lord.

Though her life was cut short on April 14, 2016 her legacy will live on. She was taken from our arms but remains in our hearts. We love her and miss her greatly, and in memory of her life will be even bolder in the furtherance of the everlasting gospel.

In fact, it was in 2001, after having a stillbirth (Carlise) at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, that Cary and Elene's life totally changed. We began studying the Bible like never before and found peace through the Word of God. This led to the beginning of our ministry, Pathway to Peace Ministries, in 2002 with the emphasis of uplifting Jesus Christ throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation for He is our Peace. During this tragedy, we continue to turn our eyes on Jesus and find peace in the precious promises of His Holy Bible.

Eliyah is survived by her parents Cary and Elene Rodgers; one sister, Carlene; and two brothers, Elijah and Nehemiah; grandparents, Otis and Teresa Rodgers and Fronie Mitchell; great grandparents Tom and Eudora Mitchell; a very special aunt, Carlene Moody; and many other relatives and friends. 


Eliyah's Funeral Printed Program

                                                            ELIYAH'S FUNERAL & EULOGY VIDEO                                                            






Bible Promises:

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


Psalm 30:5  ....weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.


Romans 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.


Little Martyrs (We will see you again, baby!):

"As we were traveling along, we met a company who also were gazing at the glories of the place. I noticed red as a border on their garments; their crowns were brilliant; their robes were pure white. As we greeted them, I asked Jesus who they were. He said they were martyrs that had been slain for Him. With them was an innumerable company of little ones; they also had a hem of red on their garments. Mount Zion was just before us, and on the mount was a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains, on which grew roses and lilies. And I saw the little ones climb, or, if they chose, use their little wings and fly, to the top of the mountains and pluck the never-fading flowers." Early Writings, pg. 19, Ellen G. White


Little Ones Put To Sleep Before Time of Trouble:

This promise is yours. You may be comforted and trust in the Lord. The Lord has often instructed me that many little ones are to be laid away before the time of trouble. We shall see our children again. We shall meet them and know them in the heavenly courts. Put your trust in the Lord, and be not afraid.--Letter 196, 1899.  {2SM 259.5}