MTW, West Coast – Update #1

Following 10-years of serving as fulltime MTW missionaries on two continents, Mike and Erin are returning to live in the United States. But, we are NOT leaving missions. We have taken on a new challenge to raise up and prepare new missionaries to go out into the world. Here are answers to a few common questions to help you better understand:

What will you be doing?
Mission to the World (MTW) is opening a new office in California to train new missionaries from the West Coast. Mike has been asked to establish the new office, hire the staff, and lead the efforts to train and prepare new missionaries for the field from California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Do you still need my financial support?
Yes, we will be operating off of the financial support of churches and individuals. While we will no longer be serving on the foreign mission field, we will be responsible for identifying and training lots of new missionaries to go out and serve in foreign cultures. Our impact on global missions is greater now, than it has ever been. Please prayerfully consider continuing to support our efforts to impact the world with the gospel.

Where will you work?
We will be responsible for raising up new Reformed missionaries from parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona. We will frequently travel throughout that region visiting churches, church leaders, universities, and future missionaries to promote God’s Great Commission and raise interest in sending more missionaries.

Where will you live?
We don’t yet know exactly. But, we will be establishing a new home somewhere in California to correspond with the location of the new MTW office we will be opening there.

What are your immediate needs?
Ten-years ago, Mike and Erin sold our home and our worldly belongings to follow God onto the foreign mission field. We are now following God back to the U.S. to promote his global glory, and we have nothing with which to start a new life. In the U.S. we don’t own a car, a home, a bed, or plate. In our late 40s we will be starting a new life. If you would like to help us start a new home we have created a registry. Please consider buying something from THIS LIST and help us to begin our new life. The items you purchase will be sent to the home of Mike’s brother (address provided on wish list).

When will you start?
Mike and Erin will leave Equatorial Guinea in early August and begin their new chapter of fulltime service right away.

What is your primary purpose?
Our purpose is to recruit, train, and mentor new MTW missionaries. Simply put, our job is to put more missionaries into the world for the expansion of God’s glory.

Do you still need regular prayers?
Yes, more than you know. We will continue to send out regular prayer updates. We desperately need your prayers. Moving back to the U.S. culture after 10-years away is intimidating. In addition, our new responsibilities are daunting.

More information to come…

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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