Honduras Vision Trip Part II

Patients waiting to be seen at Atlantida General HospitalMike and our three brothers from Grace Community Church are just finishing up our second day in La Ceiba, Honduras. What a great and busy day we had.
 
We started the day by visiting Atlantida General Hospital. This is the public hospital that sees 120,000 patients a year (there are only 150,000 people in La Ceiba). We met with the Administrator, several staff and several doctors. We toured the hospital and learned numerous ways we may be able to help. The hospital is poor, under funded, understaffed and known for its poor quality.
 
Boys jumping in the ocean on a hot dayNext we traveled out to Arminia Bonito and visited Ninos de las Luz. This is a boys orphanage run by a Christian couple in one of the poorest neighborhoods in La Ceiba. This orphanage was started 10 years ago and is very open to receiving assistance from outside sources like us.
 
We went into Central Penal. This is the local prison in La Ceiba that holds more then 500 prisoners. We talked with several prisoners about the receptiveness of us coming in to teach ESL or Bible courses. This looks like a promising ministry in the future.
 
The streets of Delicias in La CeibaWe drove through two nicer neighborhoods; Sause and Naranjal, and two poorer neighborhoods; Armenia Bonito and Delicias. This was a great way to see the living conditions of all the people and explore possible ministry locations.
 
More exciting things are planned for tomorrow. If you want to learn more about this trip go 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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