Gringo VBS In Honduras

Our merry band of missionaries here in Honduras consists of eight adults and five kids. Our kids frequently work by our sides as we serve the people of Honduras. But, often our own kids get neglected as we spend long hours working with Hondurans. Our mission team realized some of our own kids hadn’t experienced a vacation bible school (VBS) in nearly four years. So, our team agreed that we would organize a gringo VBS for our own kids.

bible lessonThis past week we hosted our first ever gringo VBS in Honduras. It took place over four days and lasted two hours each day. The theme was “The Life Of Jesus.” Each morning our kids were treated to games, songs, bible study and crafts. The daily themes of our VBS were “Jesus in the Old Testament”, “the life of Jesus”, “the crucifixion of Jesus” and “the resurrection of Jesus”.

songsErin organized the daily games. The kids had an absolute blast. Ashlee and Shannon led the kids each day in singing. The kids loved their infectious passion. Mike directed the kids each morning through an original bible study. The kids were very attentive. Kate and Kathy took the kids through a new craft each day. Each daily craft reflected the study of that morning. And, Kathy provided yummy snacks for the kids.

It is important to remember that while God has sent us to serve the people of Honduras, we should never forget our most important ministry…the raising of our own families in a godly way. Thanks to each of our teammates for loving our kids so much.

To watch a brief video of our gringo VBS click HERE.

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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