Meet Our Teammate: Kate DeFuniak

Kate DeFuniakKate arrived in La Ceiba on November 19th. She has joined our team for at least the next two years. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education: Spanish and a master’s degree in English as a Second Language. She is from Birmingham, Alabama where she worked as an elementary school teacher.

Before serving fulltime in Honduras Kate previously participated in several extended mission ventures in Mexico and Peru. She is fluent in Spanish and has been walking with Christ for 11 years.

Kate is gifted in the areas of missions, teaching, mercy and service. The Lord has been preparing her, even before she was a Christian, for her work in Honduras. Her primary ministry in La Ceiba is to work with homeless kids. Kate has started and will run our new StreetChild program.

Our team and the people of Honduras are very fortunate to have Kate caring for the children nobody else cares for. She genuinely loves the less fortunate. Kate has a great desire to provide the Christ’s mercy and justice to the poor.

Please pray for Kate as she battles the emotional rollercoaster of starting such a difficult ministry in a foreign country.

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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