Madison The Missionary

MadisonSo, what happens when you rip a kid from her home, friends and family and raise her in a third world country? In spite of our best efforts to screw up our daughter, it looks like our Madison is turning out to be a wonderful person. Here is a little update on our girl.

Maddy, who turns sixteen in two months, is in 10th grade at her Honduran bilingual school. She is one of only three gringos in her entire high school. Last semester she had the highest GPA in 10th grade, despite half of her classes being taught in Spanish.

This year Maddy has been very active in extracurricular activities. She participates on the Knowledge Bowl team (an academic competition) and she is involved in the Model United Nations where she represents Russia. She is also the founder and leader of a student run club called P.U.R.I.T.Y. (Prevent Underage Relations In Teenage Youth).

Her passion rests in art and computer graphics. She draws, creates animation, produces videos, etc. She maintains a blog where she posts some of her work. Art is her passion and her focus for the future.

Already she is thinking about college. She is very interested in studying Graphic Design at Azusa Pacific University; a small Christian college in Southern California. To that end she is scheduled to make her first attempts at the ACT this April and the SAT in May…both are administered here in La Cieba.

Last summer she spent the month of July serving in New York City as a cross-cultural missionary. This summer she will again take a mission trip, this time in Belize for several weeks.

She is a great young lady and has a strong heart for Christ and serving others. Please be in prayer for her in the months to come.

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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