We ask that you pray that the visas be approved with enough time to board the planes on January 14th. We ask that you pray for the safety of the group as it travels in less then hospitable surroundings. And, we ask that you pray that Erin and her teammates are provided with opportunities to share Christ’s love through word and deed. We will keep you informed.
To Myanmar or not to Myanmar? That is the question.
Erin is currently scheduled to go on a medical missions trip to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) from January 14th to January 30th. Erin will be traveling with twelve other nurses and doctors. The group is scheduled to go into the remote countryside and run a medical clinic for poor, rural individuals who have little or no access to health services. The group has their bags packed and airline tickets are purchased.
Sounds like a great trip, right? Here is the problem. The Myanmar government has not yet approved the travel visas for the group. No reason has been given for the delay and no timetable has been provided for approval of the travel visas. However, we have a hunch. Myanmar is 89% Buddhist. The Myanmar government is hostile to both Christians and Americans.
About MikeMike, 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.
Mike Pettengill: Pastor Ted Hamilton addressing the new @mtwglobal missionaries at the Launch Celebration Lunch at @wscal in Escondi… https://t.co/W1DNMZwmnu
Mike Pettengill: Erin talking about “Missionary/Itineration Stress” at the @mtwglobal Launch training at @wscal https://t.co/cmHNrRgCCJ
Mike Pettengill: This week Mike & our staff are putting seven new @mtwglobal missionaries through the 5-day Launch training at… https://t.co/WoNgoysdzz