MTW, West Coast – Update #3

So, Mike, tell us what life will be like for you and Erin…

Where are you going to live?
We don’t know the exact answer to this question just yet. Of the 129 PCA churches in California, Arizona, and Nevada, 110 of them are in California. So, we will certainly be living in California, but we don’t yet know what city.

How will you furnish your home?
In 2006 we quit our jobs, got rid of all our furniture, and sold our home. We are moving from Africa with six duffle bags of clothes, and that is it. In our late 40s we are starting all over. We don’t own a home, a bed, a plate, or chair. When we decide where to live, we will have to start from scratch. This is a big stress for us, but there is a way you can help. Please prayerfully consider going to this WISH LIST and buying a few basic home items to help us start our new life. Mail the to the address provided, which is the home of Mike’s brother. When we get settled we’ll furnish our home with your blessings.

What part will Erin play?
Erin will remain active in the ministry. She will contribute lots of time helping to mentor and train new missionaries.

Can you afford to live in California?
We will not be able to afford the lifestyle we had in California back in 2006. We will start off by renting an apartment and we will only be able to purchase one car. It will be a stretch, but we know God will provide all we need.

Will it be weird for you to live in the U.S.?
Probably. The U.S. is very different then the places we have lived in the past 10 years. The change in lifestyle and culture will take some getting used to. We anticipate reverse culture shock. But, frankly, our hearts have changed, and we don’t really want to fit in like we used to. We will be strangers in a strange land. Please be in prayer that the change is not overwhelming and we can learn to serve God in this new context.

About Mike

Mike, 48, 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 two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2008 to 2016 Mike served as a fulltime missionary with MTW's church planting team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Mike launched that ministry and served as the Team Leader most of his time in Honduras. Mike and his wife currently live in Central Africa where they launched yet another new missions ministry for MTW in Equatorial Guinea.

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