Erin in North Africa, Part 2

Erin has landed in her destination in North Africa. She has sent the following update:
 
Well, after much travel time yesterday, we finally found our way into the Capitol City. We slept about 5 hours last night, and are ready to take on the day. Today is a sightseeing day as the next flight out to where we are going to serve (rural area) isn’t until tomorrow. 
 
I had a little trouble getting through customs – The customs agent stopped me and started to give me the 3rd degree on what my piano keyboard was going to be used for. I couldn’t exactly tell him I was going to use it to sing hymns. He was very stubborn, and we think he was trying to find out if I was going to use it for religious purposes, or to start a band. Either way he had to decide if he was going to let me keep it or not. Ultimately, he let me keep it. I had to be very careful to not mention missions, Christianity or Christ. While this country is open to Americans, it is 90% Muslim and very oppressive to Christians.
 
Haven’t seen much of the city as we arrived at 4:00am. But – we plan on going out to visit some sites today. Not much time, I’ll try and e-mail again when I get in tonight or tomorrow before we leave for the rural area. The sightseeing will be fun, but the 16 of us can not wait to get out to the rural area and set up camp. That is why we are here!
 
To get an overview of what Erin is doing in North Africa go to this blog entry.

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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