Erin Helping In Costa Rica

photo 4On Sunday Erin returned to Honduras after a five day trip to Costa Rica. She was asked by the MTW missions team in Costa Rica to help come plan for the expanding of their medical/mercy ministries. Erin stayed with Rodney and Jana Dávila, the Team Leaders for MTW’s ministry there.

Erin spent parts of five days training missionaries, Costa Rican medical personnel and Costa Rican church planters on the creation of mobile and permanent medical clinics. She assessed their situation and gave them lots of feedback. They did lots of driving and had many meetings.

After Erin arrived on Wednesday she met with pastor Moises and photo 5missionary Rodney to learn about their vision for the church implementing medical/mercy ministries to advance the kingdom in Costa Rica.

On Thursday she met with a medical student, a nurse, Rodney and pastor Moises. They all drove two hours to meet with a Dr. Nancy, a Costa Rican who plans on organizing and administering medical outreach for the church. Dr. Nancy works out of a hospital located in Puntarenas.

On Friday Moises, Rodney and Erin drove three and a half hours and visited their two church plants to assess the feasibility of those churches hosting mobile medical clinics in their communities. They also explored the surrounding neighborhoods.

meetingSaturday Erin met with 25 church members from Moises’ church about the possibility of the church getting involved in this endeavor. The meeting included medical personnel, church leadership and church laypeople. Erin provided the group with detailed input and evaluation on their possible ministry expansion.

Erin has organized over 500 mobile medical clinics and has built a medical clinic from the ground up. We have many successes and failures. Erin lending her knowledge and experiences to another ministry is a great way to show unity in the body of Christ and to advance God’s glory around the globe.

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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