2016 Year In Review

2016 has to be one of our most difficult and emotionally trying years for the Pettengill family. There were so many changes and difficult times and moving from our home in Honduras to Africa thinned out our support group and made communication difficult.

Here are some of the highlights from 2016:

January
We concluded our Honduras farewell tour with friends and teammates. Erin spent the month in Belgium training new MTW missionaries.

February
After 7 1/2 years of living in La Ceiba, Honduras we said goodbye. We attended Orality training and Leadership training with MTW. We visited churches in AL and PA.

March
Erin’s Dad unexpectedly passed away. We visited churches in PA and GA. We attended Coaching training and helped train new missionaries. We departed for Equatorial Guinea.

April
We started setting up our new home and began meeting with fellow missionaries. We began addressing our water needs and started exploring our new home town.

May
Erin and Mike began taking Fang language lessons. Our daughter, Maddy came to spend the summer with us. We helped to host a visiting professor at our seminary.

June
Our only missionary teammates left to the US for furlough. We helped organize the seminary graduation. Our family took a four-day ministry visit to Nsork. Mike’s first book was published.

July
Our family took a four-day ministry visit to Cogo. Mike started supervising construction projects around the seminary.

August
Our family took a three-day ministry visit to Malabo. Erin went back to the US for some medical issues and visited a church in SC.

September
Mike began preaching at chapel three times a week and started teaching two biblical English classes at our seminary. We hosted a visiting professor at our seminary.

October
Following four-months of visiting a different church each week we selected an African church home. Erin began hosting medical clinics at local churches.

November
Erin treated 200 kids at an elementary school clinic. Erin taught on AIDS at a local Christian conference. Mike taught Church History II at our seminary. Mike taught on missions at a local Christian conference.

December
Erin taught “AIDS and the Response of the Church” at our seminary in Malabo. Mike taught a class on the Book of Acts at our seminary in Malabo. Erin continued hosting regular medical clinics at local churches.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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