Assistant English Teacher

Marcos teaching the alphabetFor years we have been frustrated by Marcos Antonio. He is a very smart 17-year-old Honduran who lives in the super-poor community of Armenia Bonito. Not only is he smart, but also he is one of the best English speakers in the community. But, like many language learners he is embarrassed by his bad pronunciation, so he seldom practices. In spite of much harassment he has seldom attended our English classes, not because they are too easy, but because he doesn’t like to be wrong.

It appears a solution has been found. In recent months Marcos has been helping Mike teach our weekly English class in Armenia Bonito. And, just the other day he asked if he could help each week and be an official teacher. This accomplishes so many benefits. Marcos is now attending every class and hearing and practicing proper English pronunciation and he is helping others in his community. We simply love when Hondurans Marcos giving a testhelp Hondurans.

Our ultimate goal is not for gringos to bring all that is good to Hondurans. Our goal is to provide the skills needed to Hondurans so they can help themselves and their neighbors. Marcos, in his new role as Assistant English Teacher, is gaining valuable skills of English and teaching.

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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