To clarify: WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN HONDURAS. We are in San Jose, Costa Rica attending language school. Thank you to those who have expressed concern for our personal safety.
Hurricane Felix – Update III
Please pray for Honduras. Hurricane Felix made landfall early Tuesday as a Category 5 storm with winds reaching 160 mph. Felix has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, with winds up to 40 miles per hour. It is now forecast to dump up to 25 inches of rain on parts of Honduras where residents in poor, low-lying areas can expect life-threatening flash floods and mud slides before the storm dissipates sometime today.
The eastern coast, where Felix landed, is sparsely populated by the Miskito Indians, and is reachable only by air or sea. At least three people were killed, thousands of homes destroyed, and over 12,000 were sent looking for shelter as Felix pushed over Nicaragua and Honduras. Thank you for your prayers. The Lord has seen fit to spare Hondruas from the great disaster that many had anticipated. Please continue to pray for those who look to be impacted by the heavy rains in the next few days.
About MikeMike, 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.
Mike Pettengill: Pastor Ted Hamilton addressing the new @mtwglobal missionaries at the Launch Celebration Lunch at @wscal in Escondi… https://t.co/W1DNMZwmnu
Mike Pettengill: Erin talking about “Missionary/Itineration Stress” at the @mtwglobal Launch training at @wscal https://t.co/cmHNrRgCCJ
Mike Pettengill: This week Mike & our staff are putting seven new @mtwglobal missionaries through the 5-day Launch training at… https://t.co/WoNgoysdzz