7 1/2 Years In Honduras Comes To A Close

On Monday Erin and Mike left Hondruas for likely the final time. We flew from San Pedro Sula to Atlanta. We will spend the next seven-weeks on the East Coast (of the US), before we depart for Equatorial Guinea on March 30th.

treeOur family launched a new ministry for MTW in La Ceiba, Honduras over 7 1/2 years ago. When the three of us arrived in Honduras on June 25, 2008 there was nobody to greet us at the airport, and there was no fanfare. We didn’t know where we were going to live, nor where we were going to minister.

Seven and a half years later we left behind a thriving ministry of 14 adult missionaries ministering alongside dozens of Hondurans in two cities. While Mike was the Team Leader of Team Honduras our ministry launched four churches, a high school, a seminary, a medical clinic, a home for single teenage moms and a ministry to homeless children. In our 7 1/2 years in Honduras Mike interviewed, hired and trained over 35 missionaries. During the same period, Erin (an R.N.) treated over 10,000 patients. In our time in Honduras our team hosted 85 short-term mission teams consisting of 860 short-term missionaries from over 40 different churches. We left the ministry in the capable hands of John Clow and Aaron Halbert and the rest of Team Honduras.

Edited_ImageEasyImageEditor_20151225_65On February 8th, 2016 we departed Honduras 2,785 days after we arrived. We left the same way we arrived, with no fanfare, exactly like we wanted. It is our prayer that in the past 7 1/2 years God was glorified in Honduras and that we showed the grace and mercy of Christ to many. Praise God for the opportunity he gave us to serve in Honduras.

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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