Honduras Vision Trip Part IV

Today Mike and our three brothers from Grace Community Church concluded our four day trip to La Ceiba, Honduras.
 
The streets of Armenia BonitoOur original objective was to better understand the needs of the people in La Ceiba and learn how God can use us to fulfill His plan. After our brief trip we clearly gained a better understanding of the needs of La Ceiba. But, by no means do we believe we know it all. We know that it will take many months, even years, of intimate interaction with the people of La Ceiba before we begin to comprehend the most basic of needs.
 
Baby waiting to be treated at Atlandia hosptialHowever, this trip was clearly a positive step and greatly helps us formulate a better outlook of how we can impact those that call La Ceiba home. Erin and Mike believe that we are called for a lifetime of service in Honduras, so we intend on doing everything we can to continue to prepare ourselves for that journey.
 
The beauty of La CeibaWhile in La Ceiba we had meetings with five missionaries, viewed four neighborhoods, toured three hospitals, looked at two orphanage projects, entered one local prison and walked through one senior center. Personnel at almost every location were very willing to provide guided tours and answer our many questions. This is the type of research you can only do in person.
 
In the end it is difficult to envision a better use of our time. This will give us so much information to help us to better prepare our hearts and provide us with a better understanding of the resources we will need. 

Many thanks to our brothers and sisters at Grace Community Church for their substantive role in making this trip happen.

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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