Blocks, Bowels And Bananas

Our short-term mission team from Grace Community Church of Mobile, AL is working hard. On Sunday the team attended two church services, toured La Ceiba and received some training. The weather was nice, but of course, you knew that wouldn’t last.

medical clinicMonday was a hot day. The team started the day with some light construction on a home renovation for a needy family. We removed a roof and a wall and replaced the old wood with new cinderblocks. Grace also staffed a medical clinic. They helped treat 45 patients including a few severe cases of diarrhea, bronchitis and infections. The team even made some house calls to some of the less mobile cases.

In the afternoon the team helped teach an English class to a dozen students. Having lots of people here to help our students with proper pronunciation is great.

Maddy's banana awardOur 15-year-old daughter is more than halfway done with her month-long cross-cultural internship in New York City. She has concluded her VBS in Queens and did a great job. At the end of the VBS she was given a banana award, “Bravest VBS Worker”, because she was brave enough to be a 15-year-old kid working in New York by herself. In the afternoons she continues to focus on the three missionary kids she is mentoring and is very exited to be preparing them to serve around the world.

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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