Please Pray for Mark Thompson

Mark ThompsonMark is the Leader for Team Honduras, and a dear friend of ours. Mark has spent this last week at home very ill. Mark’s doctor believes he has Dengue. While Mark’s test results are not back from the CDC his doctor is “99%” sure it is Dengue.
 
Dengue is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. It’s symptoms are high fever, severe headache, backache, joint pains, nausea and vomiting, eye pain, and rash. There is no treatment for Dengue. While Dengue is seldom fatal (less then 1%) the biggest concern is that once you have had Dengue you are now at a higher risk of contracting Dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is far more serious and potentially lethal.
 
One tends to catch Dengue in Central and South America, Africa and South Asia. Mark has spent the past seven years traveling extensively in those regions with MTW, and his future work will require him to spend more time in those areas. With an incubation period of 3 to 14 days it is likely that Mark contracted Dengue when he was in Mexico with Mike and Sean attending a Missions Conference.
 
As Mark is recovering we ask that you pray for his current and future health, his family, and the doctors that treat him. Mark embraces God’s sovereignty and is excited to continue serving Him.

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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