God’s Plan?

Many of you have been following Erin’s recent journey in her desire to participate in a short-term medical mission trip. She was scheduled to depart for Myanmar on January 14th. But, the Myanmar government wouldn’t approve the travel visas, and the group never departed. We had many discussions with friends about God’s sovereignty and His plan. Why would God not want a group of medical missionaries to share their abilities and Christ’s love with a country that is 89% Buddhist?
 
By no means do we claim that we know the answer to that question. But, here are some interesting things that have been revealed since the trip to Myanmar was canceled:
 
January 12th – The UN Security Council vetoed a US draft resolution urging Myanmar’s rulers to free all political detainees and end military sexual violence.
 
January 19th – Erin was approved to participate in a two week medical mission trip to North Africa.
 
January 21st – The UK’s Telegraph uncovers a memo from the Myanmar government titled “Program to destroy the Christian religion in Burma (Myanmar)” calling for the imprisonment of any Christian caught evangelizing.
 
January 22nd – India announces that they will provide weapons to Myanmar in violation of the U.S. lead arms embargo on Myanmar.
 
January 23rd – In his State of the Union speech, President Bush called for concerted action to help restore democracy in Myanmar.
 
Many of us prayed that God would open the doors to Myanmar and allow the medical trip to take place. Praise God that sometimes He answers our prayers with a resounding NO.

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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