Mike In Turkey – Final Thoughts

Mike has been in Izmir, Turkey attending MTW’s LEAD conference. LEAD is a worldwide leadership training for MTW’s mission Team Leaders and national patterns. Mike is now preparing to travel back to Honduras.

In attendance were 14 MTW office staff, 33 national partners and 87 MTW missionary Team Leaders. It was exciting to see 134 leader/servants from around the world serve each other.

Each day we put in nearly 12-hour days. The mornings began with our group spending one-hour in prayer, reading and singing in a myriad of different languages and styles. Dr. Paul Koistra, the Director of MTW, provided daily lectures on the topic of leadership. Dr. Richard Pratt also provided daily lectures of service and grace. Dr. Pratt is the President and Fonder of Third Millennium ministry.

Our afternoons were full with panel discussions and breakout groups. In the panels we received some very challenging input from the nationals we work with. In the breakout sessions we attempted to solve some of the problems we heard about.

While Turkey was a long way for Mike to travel it was very central for many other MTW Team Leaders (Europe, Asia, Africa & Enterprise). However, there is no other way to receive this diverse of an education and insight without a worldwide gathering. It would be impossible to hear this level of input any other way.

The worship and organization were top notch and the teaching will benefit our work in Honduras and the work of other missionaries around the world. It was wonderful for Mike to meet with and learn from missionaries with 30+ years of field experience.

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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