Church Building For Our First Church Plant

photo 1A little over a year ago, on January 2nd, 2013, pastor Jesús Caseres held the initial church service of our first ever Presbyterian church plant in Honduras. For over a year the First Presbyterian Church of La Ceiba has been meeting on wooden benches under the tin roof of our indoor soccer field in Armenia Bonito. We are now constructing a church building that this congregation will soon call home. The building will be on the same two-acre property as our high school and medical clinic.

photo 2As our Honduran construction workers finish their work on our high school they are moving one by one up the hill to work on the church building. Right now the workers are digging the trenches and hand-tying the rebar to create the foundation of the church building.

Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church of Honduras, started three new churches in La Ceiba in 2013. One church is renting a building in Danto and the second church is building a simple roof-only structure in La Fe. This church building in Armenia Bonito is the first church our denomination has built from the ground up.

When complete the church will be big enough for 150 people to worship. It will have a raised stage, an industrial kitchen, a storage area and an office for the pastor. Our teammate John Clow has designed the building and is supervising the construction. This will be one of the most well built churches in the region.

Please pray for the safety of our construction workers and please praise God for using Naperville Presbyterian Church to make this church building a reality.

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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