We ask that you pray for the following: 1) that the travel visas are approved by this Thursday, 2) that Erin and her group are safe and effective while in Myanmar, and, 3) that if the visas are not received and the trip is canceled that all people involved view this as a clear sign from our sovereign God that they were never meant to be in Myanmar. Please pray that God receives the glory no matter what the result. We will keep you informed.
Myanmar Trip Still Up In the Air
Erin is scheduled to leave on January 14th for a two week medical missions trip to Myanmar. The Myanmar government has still not approved the travel visas for Erin and her group. Everyone has their airline tickets and their bags are packed, but if they do not receive the travel visas by this Thursday (1/11) the trip is canceled.
The team submitted the visa requests nearly six weeks ago. The Myanmar government is being very tight lipped as to why it is taking so long and if they plan to approve them in time for the group to leave. Myanmar is 89% Buddhist and the Myanmar government is notoriously hostile to both Christians and Americans.
About MikeMike, 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.
Mike Pettengill: Pastor Ted Hamilton addressing the new @mtwglobal missionaries at the Launch Celebration Lunch at @wscal in Escondi… https://t.co/W1DNMZwmnu
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