Second Week Of Training New Missionaries

On Sunday Mike and Erin went with their respective group of missionaries to different ethnic churches to worship and fellowship in a different culture and language. Erin’s group of four missionaries went to Bethelkerk, a Flemish speaking church. Mike’s group of five missionaries with to the Iranian Church of Brussles, a Farsi speaking church.

On Monday the training week began with the great Brussels Exercise. The new missionaries were divided into four groups and were tasked with a sort of Brussels scavenger hunt. After several hours of maneuvering mass transit and navigating multiple languages each group returned for a presentation of their experience.

Tuesday was a full-day of instruction about church planting by MTW’s Bill Yarbrough.

On Wednesday the entire group went out into Brussels to help serve the physical needs of the thousands of political refugees living on the streets of the city. We focused much of our time serving the Sudanese refugees who are awaiting a decision on their status for political asylum. We provided meals, played games with kids, gave out water, visited the elderly, and tended to the immigrants who were living in parks and sleeping on cardboard.

Thursday was a continuing of the church planting instruction by Bill Yarbrough.

The week concluded on Friday, with a silent spiritual retreat, where each new missionary learned about various ways of caring for oneself spiritually.

During the week both Mike and Erin had group mentoring meetings with their assigned missionaries. In addition, they had lots of one-on-one meetings with many missionaries. In addition to the group and individual counseling each missionary is required to write two papers each week and submit them to their coach for feedback. Mike and Erin each read and commented on eight missionary papers.

It is such a joy for Mike and Erin to mentor and coach this new missionaries and to better prepare them for success on the mission field.

About Mike

Mike, 48, 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 two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2008 to 2016 Mike served as a fulltime missionary with MTW's church planting team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Mike launched that ministry and served as the Team Leader most of his time in Honduras. Mike and his wife currently live in Central Africa where they launched yet another new missions ministry for MTW in Equatorial Guinea.
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