Are You Going On A Mission Trip This Summer?

imageOne of the primary ways we can prop up and create a sustainable church planting movement throughout the globe is by providing theological resources for church planters, lay leaders and pastors to do their jobs. Quality theological books, conferences and DVDs are hard to find outside the US. Much is made these days about helping that hurts and self-sustaining ministry. Placing a theology book in the hands of a national church leader is one impactful way we can help the national leaders help their own churches.

In recent years I have seen how The Gospel Coalition‘s (TGC) Packing Hope program works and how deeply it impacts indigenous church leaders here in Hondures. TGC translates gospel centered, grace driven theology books, prints them, then makes them available for FREE for short-term missionaries traveling to foreign lands. All you need to do is pay the shipping to your house and promise you are going to use the resource outside the US. You can then receive dozens of free books to take with you on your mission trip.

photo 4Take a look at the resources available here. The books are available in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Swedish, Nepali, Manipuri, Bengali, Oriya, Khmer, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, French, Urdu, Russian, Swahili, Japanese, Chinese, Albanian, and Arabic. Authors include Keller, Carson, Piper, Sproul and more.

If you are going on a mission trip this summer, my experience tells me, taking translated theology books is one way to make a huge impact with very little effort. This translation ministry has helped our missions work in Honduras and it can benefit where you are serving this summer. You will be amazed at how excited you will make national pastors and missionaries with the gift of quality theology books in their language.

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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