Random Thoughts From A Missionary’s Head – Part 1 of 4

I want to conclude the year with a few arbitrary streams of thought. I have chosen these four issues not because they were great. Quite the opposite. In the grand scheme of things they are four minor events that for some reason made a major impact on me in 2007. Here is #1…
 
Sanctuary of PraiseBack in January we visited Sanctuary of Praise for the first time. In fact, this was the first church we ever visited seeking support for our missions work. We absolutely fell in love with this congregation from the beginning.
 
They have only been in existence for four years and only have a congregation of about 30 people, yet, they are putting in a great effort to impact their local community and the world.
 
Mike at Sanctuary of Praise in JanuaryIn February, Sanctuary of Praise informed us that they would be supporting us through prayer and financially. What an absolute honor. In fact, they were the first church (not our own) to support us. This congregation which has so few resources cares so much about the kingdom that they wanted to help the people of Honduras by supporting us. This small congregation embodies the spirit of the widow and the two copper coins from Mark 12:41-44.
 
Since then we have visited this church again. In our two visits to this body they have fed us, given us gifts, loved on us and we have received dozens of supportive e-mails from them. They have given so much to us when they could barely support themselves.
 
No, this is not about money. It is about their impact, their faith, their God-glorifying confidence. Their faith has been an example to strengthen my faith. Their confidence that Christ would provide for them has forced alterations in my walk. These brothers and sisters have been so supportive of us that it has caused an embarrassment in my heart. Why could I have not spent a lifetime giving to others as Sanctuary of Praise has given to us? The only thing I can do is thank God for their Christ-like example and honor them by mimicking their love and charity.
 

Come back in the next day or two to further explore the bizarre psyche of this missionary.

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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