Construction Starting On Our Church In La Fe

On Friday Mike had a weekly discipleship meeting with our newest Honduran church planting pastor. Pastor Ovidio was brought on board by Mike and Ashley Troxell, but while they are on furlough Mike P. will continue their work with Ovidio in the community of La Fe.

OvidioBefore discussing theology and music ministry Mike and Ovidio visited the site of Ovidio’s future church building. At 225 sq. ft. this structure will be meager by US standards. It will have crude wooden posts (already anchored into the ground) and will have no walls. The roof will be the important part as it will protect the congregants from the oppressive heat and the 130” of annual rainfall in La Ceiba. The roof will be a simple design with 2”x4” wood beams and a corrugated tin covering.

We are purchasing the materials for construction. Until then, Ovidio will continue to lead his 12-person study out of a neighbor’s home. They are meeting three days a week. Ovidio leads the studies and plays the guitar. He is actively looking for future church leaders from within the community of La Fe.

Please pray for our newest church plant in La Fe. Pray for pastor Ovidio and pray for wisdom as we continue to support and guide this new church.

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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