Erin Going To Haiti

On Thursday, January 28th Erin will leave Honduras bound for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. As a member of MTW’s Disaster Response Ministry she will bring the love of Christ to the Haitians through word and deed. Her Spanish, her 15 years as a nurse and her comfort level will be tested.

She will be working at the Dikini Camp, which is a 10,000 person refugee camp located six miles from the epicenter of the 7.0 earthquake that struck on January 12th. As many as 200,000 people have died and many more are injured and remain untreated. Erin and the rest of her 14-person team will operate a wound and trauma clinic to address the physical and spiritual needs of the hundreds of thousands who still have not received care.

She will be sleeping on the ground at what used to be the Quisqueya School. She will be gone for at least 10 days and likely more. Depending on available technology we will attempt to post pictures and stories daily.

There is plenty you can do to help:

Pray – Erin’s flights into Haiti are confirmed, but no return travel has yet been found. Much looting and violence has been reported. There have been more then 40 aftershocks. Thousands of bodies still litter the streets.

Financial – To make contribution towards Erin’s relief efforts in Haiti simply go to this link, scroll down to “Pettengill, Mike & Erin”, click on “donate” and follow the prompts.

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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