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.