New Houses For The Poorest

Each summer we bring short-term mission teams down to help us with projects. Each summer we use those teams to help us build houses for the poorest families in Armenia Bonito. Our goal this summer is to build brand new homes for the three most needy families in Armenia Bonito.

Mike and our teammate John went out looking for the poorest of the 300 homes in Armenia Bonito. We saw some incredibly sad situations. There are so many families in need and it is painful to say “no” to anyone. But, the reality is that this is one small aspect of our ministry and we don’t have the time, manpower, or financial resources to build more.

Each house we looked at was no more then a shack of sticks or scrap metal. They have dirt floors and often have families of four or five sleeping in one room together. Some have no running water or electricity.

Through our experience and John’s design we have refined our house building so that we can build a new 400 sq. ft. home with a cement floor, cinderblock walls, doors, wooden windows, electricity, water, a septic tank, two bedrooms, an indoor toilet and a small living room, all for only about $1,400. It takes inexperienced short-term mission teams about a month per house.

Please pray for John and Mike as we attempt to narrow our choices down to three. And, please pray for the families who don’t get a new home this summer.

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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