About Mike

Mike, 48, grew up in rural, Northern California. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, attended 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 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). 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 Mission to the World (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 two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2008 to 2016 Mike served as a fulltime missionary with MTW's church planting team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Mike launched that ministry and served as the Team Leader most of his time in Honduras. Mike and his wife currently live in Central Africa where they launched yet another new missions ministry for MTW in Equatorial Guinea.
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What A Bad Short-Term Missionary Looks Like

A person who sacrifices their time, finances, and energy to glorify God around the globe is to be thanked for their sacrifice in participating in God’s Great Commission. Scripture tells us God has a mission for the church to reach the lost. All Christian disciples are to play a part, be it goer, sender, or […]

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Mike Teaching New Testament At Seminary

Mike is teaching “Introduction to the New Testament” at our seminary in Bata. The class is being attended by 20 evangelical pastors and church leaders. The course provides an overview of the 27 books of the NT. Mike is using lectures, small group discussion, reading, research papers, student presentations, and exams to provide a basic overview […]

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Missions Training And Evaluation Before You Go

Missionaries who have it set in their heart they are going to the mission field are very anxious and can’t wait to get started. The excitement and willingness to serve is a good thing. Too often, this desire to get on the field quickly supersedes the wisdom of being properly prepared before a missionary leaves […]

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Erin Treats 900 Kids For Parasites

Erin visited the Nazareen school recently and treated 900 kids. Erin treated all the kids for abdominal parasites and provided vitamin A (helps with eyesight) for another 240 kids. The school is run by pastor Daniel who is a leader, professor, and student at our theological seminary. Two Guinean nurses volunteered to help Erin. Most of the families of […]

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Our MTW Boss Visits Us

Our MTW boss came for a visit. Bill Yarbrough is the International Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and this past week he came to spend time with us for four days. Bill has worked intimately with missionaries for a long time throughout Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Bill has been all over the world serving and […]

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Serving The Poor At A Medical Clinic

On Thursday Erin hosted a free medical clinic at a church called “House of Prayer for all the Nations.” This church is pastored by Luis Ovono Mba Añegue. Pastor Luis is a leader at our IBCP seminary Erin was helped by a national nurse who volunteers his time to aide his culture. Erin started the […]

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Rain Relief Arrives

On March 11 our 1,000 gallon rain water storage tank sprung a leak spilling all of our drinking and showering water on the ground. For the next four days we only had the water we already had carried into our house (about 20 gallons). No rain fell for four days. We were pretty stressed as he […]

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