Great First Short-Term Mission Team

On Wednesday our short-term medical team from Grace Community Church in Mobile, AL hosted their third medical clinic. The clinic was held at the church Iglesia Fuente de Vida. This church is pastored by Santiago Hgomo Edu, who is a professor in our seminary’s lower level program and a student in our master’s program.

Dr. Debbie and Erin treated 70 patients on the day. Lots of kids received treatment.

On Thursday the team helped us host the fourth and final medical clinic. This clinic was at the church Iglesia Reino de Dios. Victor Ando Edu is one of Mike’s students and is the pastor of this brand new church. Victor’s church is very rural, very poor, and very small. Pastor Victor is fighting the good fight in a hard community. Across the street from Victor’s church is a witch and a healer who tell the neighbors not to attend Victor’s church or they will die. While hosting the clinic we provided medical care to the witch and also encountered a demon possessed person, which resulted in an exorcism at the clinic.

In addition to the medical work, John and James helped Mike organize the seminary library. They put in lots of hours cleaning, organizing, and shelving thousands of theology books.

In four days of clinics over 250 people received free medical care and God’s free mercy. What a blessing it was to have the team from Grace here with us.

About Mike

Mike, 48, 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 two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2008 to 2016 Mike served as a fulltime missionary with MTW's church planting team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Mike launched that ministry and served as the Team Leader most of his time in Honduras. Mike and his wife currently live in Central Africa where they launched yet another new missions ministry for MTW in Equatorial Guinea.
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