Bye Elias

EliasBack on July 1st Elias moved into our home. Elias is a three-year-old Honduran boy and was introduced to us when he and his mom moved into Puerta de Esperanza, our home of single teenage moms. Our teammates, the Clows, have legal custody of Elias. When the Clows started their six-month furlough in July they were prohibited by the US government from taking Elias with them. Elias moved into our home for six-months.

Our daughter is 17-years-old, so it had been a while since we had a toddler in our home. Our house was Elias’ fourth home in three years. Despite all the change he is surprisingly healthy and well adjusted. When Elias moved in with us he and Mike (who Elias calls “Chino”) gravitated toward each other and truly bonded.

On December 31st the Clows concluded their six-month furlough and returned home to Honduras. As planned, Elias has moved back in with the Clows. Their family is reunited and we couldn’t be happier for them. But, as can be expected, our family fell in love with Elias over the past six months and we miss him. The Clows only live three blocks away and we see them almost daily. We will continue to see Elias regularly and will get lots of chances to hang out.

Please pray for the Clows as they adjust back to life in Honduras. Pray for Elias as he adjusts back to life with the Clows. And, pray for us as we miss our little buddy.

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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