MTW, West Coast – Update #6

So, Mike, tell us how we can pray for you and Erin…

How do you and Erin feel about moving back to the U.S.?
For the last 10-years we have lived in the third-world. We have daily seen poverty, death, and disease. We love America, and we are excited to move back, but we are much more scared than you might imagine. We haven’t lived near convenience, wealth, reliable infrastructure, quality health care, and consumerism in a long time. The reverse culture shock and the thought of leaving our ministry is already giving us anxiety and survivors guilt. Pray our emotional transition is smooth.

What will be difficult about the new ministry?
Within the first year Mike has to really get to know the Christian community in the region. He will visit 150+ churches, dozens of seminaries, attend hundreds of meetings, and meet thousands of new brothers and sisters. In short, an introverts nightmare.  Pray Mike can endure the heavy travel schedule and the expected road weariness.

Will you be well received?
Missions is central to the gospel, but many churches and pastors don’t give it the focus it deserves. Part of Mike’s job is to raise awareness of the Great Commission amidst the noise of the world. Many Christians view missions and evangelism, not as the central mission of the church, but as just another program for congregants to choose from. Some churches don’t consider missions at all. Pray our message is received with the God glorifying focus it is intended.

Will you be working alone?
There are already dozens of missions-minded pastors, churches, laypeople, and professors who have been beating the missions drum on the West Coast for years. It will be such a joy to come alongside them, connect them, and provide resources to help them better glorify God through missions. We have already communicated with dozens of people who are eager to be part of our new ministry. Pray we can unite laborers under a unified missions banner for God’s glory.

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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