English For Adults And School Supplies For Kids

On Saturday Madison and Mike taught our third adults only English class. The class worked on conversation. We gave them themes and then we held individual conversations with each person. Some students are more advance then others, but we talked with each person at their ability level. Our topics included: “Describe your home.”, “How do you cook rice and beans?”, “Who is Jesus?”, “How do you travel from here to downtown?” and more.

Mike getting a hug from a school teacherIn the afternoon Madison and Mike and our teammates the McCanns distributed our school supplies to the kids in Armenia Bonito. Over 70% of Honduras lives in poverty. In addition all students must provide their own school supplies. Due in part to this requirement only 1/3rd of the kids attend school beyond the sixth grade. Providing these school supplies makes education a real possibility for many of these kids.

Madison bringing school supplies to a churchIn previous months we asked our friends and supporters to send us school supplies or money to purchase supplies. The response was overwhelming. We were able to provide 20,350 school supplies into Armenia Bonito. Over 400 kids received all the school supplies they would need for the 2010 school year. The supplies went to three schools, three churches, one orphanage and the kids themselves. The 2010 school year begins in February and because of this effort many kids will be able to attend school who may not have otherwise had a chance.

Thanks so much to those of you who took part in this 2nd annual school supply drive.

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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