Maddy And Josh Got Married

On Saturday our 22-year-old daughter got married. Our missionary kid from Honduras married a missionary kid from China. The two of them met several years ago at John Brown University. They were best friends before they were boyfriend and girlfriend. They were in the same group of great fiends, and all those friends from college served as their bridal party.

The wedding was held at an orchard in Apple Hill, in Placerville, in Northern California. The ceremony started at 10am in a beautiful outdoor setting in the woods, next to a pond, surrounded by geese. Maddy’s betrothed, Josh, had his whole extended family of uncles, cousins, and grandparents fly in from Oklahoma, and other parts East. Maddy had cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and family friends come in from all over the west coast.

Mike and Josh’s dad (Chris) performed the ceremony. It was a blend of many cultures. Mike preached in English, Maddy prayed in Spanish, Josh prayed in Mandarin, and they performed a traditional Chinese sand ceremony to represent the unification of the two families. The wedding was a beautiful mixing of Josh and Maddy’s hippie spirit and love for cultures. The wedding party was barefoot and free-spirited.

The food was wonderfully prepared by Mike’s sister and brother-in-law, the photographs were taking by Mike’s best friend, and the music was performed by Erin’s best friends. The cake was custom made, Erin handmade the paper flowers, and the decorations were a very outdoorsy collection of moss, rocks, branches and bark to add to the hippie spirit of the wedding party.

The service was centered around Christ with preaching, praying, and worship music. God was glorified through this ceremony. It was a wonderful event. Lots of friends and family made it very special and Erin and Mike couldn’t be more proud of the newlyweds. In mid-August, the two of them will return to Arkansas to allow Maddy to finish her final semester, and then the two of them will head off to a still-to-be-determined grad school. Please pray for Maddy and Josh Place as they start their new lives together.

 

 

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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