Oh These Kids

I love working with Honduran kids. But, some of these kids are so naughty. Some days they are disrespectful, rude and flat out annoying. Some of them steal just because, lie more often than they tell the truth, and have mouths like sailors.

Some days I am at my wits’ end and the last thing I want to do is see another Honduran kid. But, then I remember things like this:

     – The average Honduran makes $3,000/year
     – 50% of kids are born to single parent homes
     – The average age for first time moms is 15.3 years
     – 80% of birth certificates have no father
     – The average Honduran has 6.1 years of school

Then I remember the reason they act like animals is because most of them raised themselves and nobody tells them they are anything better. The reason why they don’t behave is because they don’t know their dad and their mom is always working. The reason they don’t know how to play fair is because they have been raising their baby brother and they have no experience playing with other kids. The reason they all turn to the streets is because nobody they know has ever done anything else.

These cute little monsters own my heart. I want to adopt them all and take them away from the poverty, pain and abuse. But, that is not the answer. Many people have told me, “If I could only take this kid back to the U.S. with me.” Happiness is not found in an SUV, in the Walmart or in the suburbs. I know plenty of unhappy people who live that life. Happiness comes when these kids learn their only true joy comes in Christ. If they have hope in Christ they have everything…even in physical poverty.

Today, please pray the following for the kids of Armenia Bonito, our hearts and this ministry:

We remember these kids are God’s gift to us. (Psalms 127:3-5)
We train these kids well. (Proverbs 22:6)
They continue to desire to know the truth. (Matthew 21:15-16)
That these kids are saved by Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 3:14-15)

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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