The Tea Table is a special feature where you have the chance to get to know our team on a more personal level. Pour yourself some tea (hot or sweet– we won’t judge) and enjoy. Have a question you’d like to ask our team? Just leave it in the comments below!
What is your name and how/where will you serve with CODE?
My name is Will Boggs and my wife and I will serve CODE by helping to build a network of connections around the world. Katie and I will focus on human trafficking ministries, but also connect to other types of ministries, missionaries, and churches to assist current and future CODE ministry partners. It is always important to have resources around the world when you travel and even nicer to have a connection to others. Our initial trip will take us to the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Turkey, Netherlands, Kenya, Rwanda, and Brazil. We are hoping to connect with ministries and people in these countries, but also in other surrounding countries.
You’re engaged! How did you propose and when will you get married?
I proposed on October 4th in Columbia, South Carolina. In the morning we went to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and had a picnic and walked around the beautiful property where I first asked her to be my girlfriend. The end of the day found us eating dinner back in Columbia before I proposed at a beautiful private garden with family and close friends nearby. After she said yes, we celebrated with the people at the garden before returning to a surprise party at her house with all of our friends. Our wedding date is set for August 8th at the beautiful Wavering Place Plantation in Columbia.
What is one food you can’t wait to eat when you get out on the mission field?
I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so one of my favorite things to eat overseas is called roti. It is a type of Indian bread filled with chocolate, bananas, strawberries, etc. and very popular throughout Asia. It has fresh fruit so I like to lie to myself and say it is somewhat healthy. Plus, it is served at food stalls, so it is normally very cheap and delicious!
When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 5, I– like many young boys– wanted to be a professional athlete. I have played sports (mainly basketball and soccer) my entire life and love to watch college and professional sports now. I wasn’t remotely close to developing the skills necessary to play in college, much less professionally, but I still love to play soccer and basketball with my friends today.
If you were being dropped off on a deserted island for a month, which book, movie, and album would you take with you? (Only one of each!)
Tough question here, and to avoid being overly cheesy, I will stay away from the Christian answer of the Bible. The book I would probably take is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because I love Harry Potter and could read it over and over again– plus if I am on a deserted island, it helps that the book is long. The movie I would have would be Now You See Me. It’s a great movie that has always kept me interested and isn’t too heavy. Finally, the album I would take with me would be Matt Wertz’s Weights & Wings. I love to listen to Matt Wertz over and over again, and it doesn’t hurt that this album has songs written and performed by some of my other favorites, Ben Rector and Dave Barnes, with Matt Wertz.
What is your favorite continent?
My favorite continent since I started traveling has always been Asia. I find that people throughout Asia tend to be very friendly, the food is very tasty, the culture is absolutely wonderful, and the countries have beautiful landscapes with breath taking tourist attractions sprinkled throughout. However, after traveling through some of Eastern Europe, I believe Europe could give Asia a good competition.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you on the World Race?
While in Malaysia, I became very attached to this cute little 3 year old Chinese girl named Mei Mei that came to the daycare ministry we worked with for the month. It was a few days before Christmas and the children were putting on a big Christmas show for the neighborhood. My responsibility for the show was to keep up with Mei Mei who happened to be Mary for the show. One song she had to sit up on the stage and hold a baby Jesus doll, but after throwing a tantrum and refusing to sit on the stage I had to jump into action as Joseph with this 3 year old Chinese girl in Malaysia as Mary for a Christmas show. Needless to say, it was a very bizarre show and depiction of Joseph and Mary.