No To More And Yes To Less

This week we held our regular free medical clinic in Armenia Bonito. We were astounded to see about 100 people standing at the door waiting for us when we arrived in the morning. Unfortunately, because of finances, time and lack of personnel we can only treat 40-50 patients at each clinic.

One of Mike’s jobs is to act has the Administrator for our efforts in our clinics. That means it was his job to determine which 40 we would see and which 60 we would turn away. This is a hard job each week, but particularly hard on this day. It is very Honduran to ignore order and lines and instead mob to the front. However, some people had been waiting to be seen for almost four hours. We can’t determine who is most needy at the door so we simply ask everyone to get in line according to the order they arrived…HA…fat chance. It took an hour to sort it all out. Even then more then half of the people were turned away upset.

snake at clinicWe did get a nice bit of levity and distraction when one of the local teens showed up at the clinic with a young boa constrictor he had just captured 100 feet from our clinic. All the boys gathered around, most of the girls ran away, but everyone was wide eyed when Mike took the still living boa and walked around the clinic with it in his hands and around his neck. We needed that bit of light heartedness to break up a stressful morning.

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.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply