Our Presbyterian Church In La Fe

photoLa Fe is one of the poorest communities in all of La Ceiba. Our teammates Mike and Ashley Troxell worked daily in La Fe for two years until they left for furlough in November. Before the Troxells went on furlough they selected Ovidio as the pastor of our church plant in La Fe. Mike Troxell spent lots of time praying with and discipling Ovidio. Those weekly discipling duties have fallen on Mike Pettengill until the Troxells return to La Ceiba in May.

Ovido’s new church is called Iglesia La Fe de Hermosa (Beautiful Church of La Fe). Ovidio is leading three services a week in the humble building he constructed out of tree branches, 2”x4”s and corrugated tin. He preaches and plays the guitar at each service. Last week 40 adults and photo 2children attended one service. It looks like we may need to expand their humble little church building only weeks after it was constructed.

We have supplied the church with dozens of Bibles, chairs and the materials needed to construct their temple. Pastor Ovidio has been given dozens of Spanish language theology books written by Piper, Sproul, Spurgeon, etc. Mike helps Ovidio pray through and talk through theological, logistical and personal issues.

This is a humble beginning in a super-poor community. Please be in prayer for pastor Ovidio, our Presbyterian church plant and the people of La Fe.

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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