Monterrey, Mexico – Day 4 of 4

As I (Mike) sit in Mexico City, awaiting my flight back home to Costa Rica I am considering what this trip to Monterrey, Mexico accomplished.
 
Here are some reflections on my trip:
 
Mike Pettengill, Sean McCann and Mark ThompsonTime with Team Honduras – At this conference I spent some quality time with Mark Thompson (Team Leader) and Sean McCann (Teammate). These are two great men.  All of us have spent quality time together in the past, but, the three of us have never been in the same room at the same time. This was a wonderful opportunity to strategize, talk, laugh and pray. I trust both these men with my life and my family. It was great to spend time together.
 
Time with experienced missionaries – In attendance there were 20 other missionaries from Latin America. Almost all these men are team leaders, and some of them have 30+ years of experience, mistakes and knowledge as missionaries. Talking with them and listening to them was invaluable. Several of them took a personal interest in our efforts in Honduras. Some committed to come to Honduras and help us for short periods. Making contacts with this wealth of knowledge was invaluable.
 
Training – We sat through some great lectures by some experienced missionaries and some nationals. One of the highlights for me was when the group took several hours for each country leader to stand up and talk about some of their projects, resources and ministries. What an idea fest. Considering, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, you can be assured we will flatter the heck out of some of these successful missionaries.
 
This Leadership Conference was a great idea. It educated, built a sense of community and provided resources. I am pleased that MTW organized it and honored to have participated.
 
If you want to learn more about why was in Monterrey, Mexico go here.

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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