Homeless Kids In La Ceiba

Kate talkingRecently Mike went out with our teammate Kate DeFuniak in search of elusive homeless kids. For nearly five hours we drove around downtown La Ceiba and talked with kids who live on the streets.

Some interactions ended with a nervous kid running from the scene. Many of these kids crave the independence and don’t trust adults. Perceiving that we were there to take them back to Social Services, inject them with medicine or worse, they ran.

Mike talkingBut, other kids felt more comfortable with us. They talked through the window of our truck and some even jumped in back for a short ride. Slowly as the kids felt more comfortable we would park the car and slowly emerge. With several kids we purchased them lunch, had long conversations, gave them medicine and even hugged and loved on their dirty, skinny little bodies.

The Bible clearly commands us to care for these homeless kids (Isaiah 58:7, Luke 14:13-14, Leviticus 25:35-36). They are the destitute and forgotten souls in a culture full of destitute and forgotten souls. In the long run God has great plans for these kids. But for now we are happy to give them a meal and a hug where we can. As you and your family settle down this evening after a long day, please take a moment to pray that Ronald, Bryan, Jimmy and Melvin are safe on the streets of La Ceiba.

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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