Random Thoughts From A Missionary’s Head – Part 2 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 #2…
 
Sean, Lindsey and Lucy McCann are our teammates on Team Honduras.  They are a great family from North Carolina who will be joining us in San Jose, Costa Rica on February 12th.
 
McCanns in New York CityWe have had a phone relationship with them for over a year, but, back in July we were able to spend a month with them in New York City during one of our missions trainings.  We were just a nervous to meet them as they were to meet us.  And, as God would have it, they are great people and we appear to be very compatible.  Don’t get me wrong…we are different: South v. California, boisterous and obnoxious v. reserved, tattoos and bald head v. clean cut. But, that is really what I’m writing about.
 
Sean, Lindsey and Lucy McCannIt appears to me that as we get to know the McCanns we have discovered that we are all very different, but, exactly the same.  This is the beauty of what the Lord does. He has taken two totally different families with different backgrounds and cultures and placed the exact same heart in them. We already trust each other, lean on each other, confide in each other and love each other.
 
Please don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying that we were made to be instant best friends…only time will tell that.  What I am saying is that God has already shown us that He loves us so much that He will make the people who are destined to be the closest to us very compatible.  Compatible with the same open and willing heart to serve Him, trust Him and love Him.  I am sure that we will fight with, disagree with, and upset the McCanns.  But, the glory of all this is that we know we have a common heart to fall back on.  We all love God and want to serve and glorify Him.  The focus of this writing is that God loves us so much that when we trust Him and rely upon Him, He will give us EXACTLY what we need to succeed in our goal to glorify Him.
 
If you want to read the previous Random Thoughts go here.
 
Come back in the next day or two to further explore the scarred 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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