Good English Class And Kids Club Blessing

Madison leading greetingsOn Monday Madison and Mike taught a English class with over 20 students. Some of the students have been having trouble keeping up, so we went back to basics for a one weak breather. We worked on salutations, numbers, colors, days and months. The students enjoyed the brief step backwards.

On Tuesday Mike organized our 2nd Veggie Tales themed Kids Club. The plan was to schedule the games, craft and message around the presentation of a 30-minute Veggie Tales movie in Spanish. Mike went to set everything up…and…no power was available in Armenia Bonito’s town hall. Can’t play a DVD without power.  Completely caught off guard, it was now time to improvise. Clearly we were going to scrap the Veggie Tales theme and save all that for next week. But, now we were left with no plan and few options for a Kids Club that was scheduled to start in two minutes.

We played some games and Mike decided to give an impromptu lesson on "prayer" and then told the kids we would conclude by hosting a kids only prayer meeting. That didn’t go over too well. Several audible groans were heard. We started with 35 kids and that quickly dropped to 20, and then down to 15 before we even bowed our heads. As we prayed one kid left, then two more. By the time we had prayed for 25 minutes we were down to six kids from 35. What a bust…or was it? How many times have you seen six preteen kids pray for 25 minutes straight? The more we thought about it the cooler it was. Six young kids stayed on their knees for 25 minutes praying to our Father. Yep, pretty successful event indeed.

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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