Mike In Turkey – Part 3

All this week Mike is in Izmir, Turkey attending Mission To the World’s worldwide leadership training. Every Team Leader from each MTW mission team in the world will be in attendance. The conference is a time for training, evaluation and study to better prepare MTW’s Team Leaders for their mission work.

On Wednesday all of the missionaries and national partners divided into eight small groups and were asked to discuss and report on a few questions. We had discussions about very difficult topics – What is MTW doing right? What is MTW doing wrong? How can MTW improve? What has MTW done to benefit your work? These are difficult questions to discuss when your supervisors are around, but, the group came up with constructive input.

EphesusThe entire group took several hours and toured the ruins of Ephesus. Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. The Apostle Paul lived in Ephesus, working with the congregation and organized missionary activity into the hinterlands. He wrote the letter 1 Corinthians from Ephesus. Later Paul wrote the Epistle to the Ephesians while he was in prison in Rome. Ephesus was one of the seven cities addressed in Revelation (Revelation 2:1–7).

One of our most valuable exercises has been hearing from national partners. They were asked to give insight as to how MTW missionaries were doing in their countries. Through individual reports and panel discussions these nationals, who have experience working with North American missionaries, provided extremely helpful analyses of the work, attitudes and involvement of missionaries working in their countries. Some of their statements were critical and hard to listen to, but very useful guidelines for areas of improvement.

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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