Meet Our Teammate: Bethany Russell

Bethany RussellBethany is about to complete a one-year internship with us here in Honduras. She is a 24-year-old from Maryland and has a BA in Missions from Geneva College. Before coming to us Bethany had completed several mission trips and internships to Mexico and Belgium.

After spending last October in Costa Rica to brush up her Spanish Bethany arrived in Honduras in November of 2010. She will conclude her internship at the end of September and return to the U.S.

Bethany has been our primary ESL teacher in Armenia Bonito. She also was one of our discipleship instructors for our weekly girls discipleship program. While those are very important ministries, one of the most exciting ministries Bethany did was a weekly girls Bible study. She initiated the study on her own and spent some quality time with some of the older girls from Armenia Bonito.

Bethany is a favorite of the kids in Armenia Bonito. She has spent much time cultivating relationships and loving on the children in that community. Bethany’s quiet spirit, easy laugh and attentive ear are perfect tools to work with kids.

Our team and our family have appreciated and deeply love Bethany. She is a wonderful person and a hard worker. She has added so much to our ministry and we will miss her dearly. Bethany is welcome back to our home and our ministry anytime.

Please pray for Bethany as she transitions back to the U.S. and begins the next chapter of her walk with Christ.

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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