MTW, West Coast – Update #5

So, Mike, tell us about the future of the ministry you are leaving in Central Africa…

In what state are you leaving the work in E.G.?
The IBCP seminary has been in existence for 25-years. For the first time in its history the board of directors is comprised completely of Africans. The land and building are paid off. The professors are all experienced Guinean pastors who are graduate of the seminary.

Erin trained four national nurses to run a free clinic and teach public health education. She gave lots of experience and medical supplies to allow the nurses to replicate her work.

How is the seminary doing?
The seminary has two campuses, one in the capital city of Malabo and one where we lived, in Bata. The Malabo campus is small and has strong leadership and is financially viable. The Bata campus is larger. It has a strong leadership team, but struggles financially.

What do you see God doing there after you leave?
For the first time the seminary will be dependent completely on national leadership and national financing. This change will stretch the board, but they are ready to accept the challenge. This will enable the seminary to truly have theological education taught by Guineans, to Guineans, and supported by Guinean church. The seminary will adopt a more African methodology and culture.

How can we pray for your soon-to-be former mission field?
The quality of the board and professors is not in question. That is their strong suit. The organization, administration, and financing of the seminary will be challenged. Pray God fortifies the Guinean board of directors to plan, budget, and lead well, without loosing their truly African flare.

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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