At A Crossroads – Looking Back And Looking Ahead

at a crossroadsSo, here we sit, only two weeks until we leave Costa Rica and fly to Honduras.  It is so odd.  For over three years we have been planning for the day we step foot on Honduras soil and start our ministry work.  That day is June 25th.  Everything behind us has prepared us for that moment…everything ahead of us is why we were born.

what are you crazyWe sold our house in July ’06, quit our jobs in December ’06 and moved to Costa Rica in August ’07.  From friends, family and casual acquaintances we have received responses ranging from – “Wow, you guys are incredible.” to, “What are you crazy?  Why would you do that?”  The truth sits in the middle, but, we believe going was our only option.  When God says, “Go”, it doesn’t take a smart man, a brave man or a pious man to say, “ok”.

failureWe have been asked many times, “What does failure in Honduras look like?” There is no failure.  If you seek God’s glory, hear His calling, pray for His guidance, follow His leading, and constantly work to implement His plan…how can you fail?  His plan is perfect.  Even if your experience results in your death or coming home early, but, you sought His glory in every step, you have not failed.

Team HondurasOne of the most exciting parts about what we have seen is that God has surrounded us with over 700 prayer partners and over 140 financial supporters.  These people are Team Honduras.  God has called each of us to participate in the Great Commission.  God calls us all to go (be missionaries) or send (support missionaries).  Our work simply does not take place without the sacrifice of others.  Each prayer and check writer is just as responsible for what happens in Honduras as we are.

The PettengillsWhen it is all over we do not want anyone to say that we were good people or self-sacrificing.  We are not in it for us.  We believe that we have sacrificed nothing.  Everything we had was given to us by God, so giving it up to do what He called us to do is no sacrifice.  We only do what we are all called to do – listen and obey.  It is for God’s glory that we take every step and for God’s glory we applaud.

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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