Zealous Senders

This is the part of mission work that most missionaries loathe…asking for money. For the few of you who are still reading – 1) I am surprised, and 2) prepare to be entertained. My gift to you, oh dedicated reader, is to shock you. Here it goes…I am not like most missionaries. I love asking for money.

I enjoy asking for money because it gives me the chance to share with others the opportunity to glorify God by supporting His amazing work in Honduras. John Piper said, “There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient.” The senders are equally as called to send missionaries as the goers are called to go. Your calling to support missions is just as profound as my call to move to Honduras. So, when we are asking you to support our work financially, we are providing you with the opportunity to do what every Christian has been called to do – send.

In Matthew 28:19-20 & Acts 1:8 God clearly establishes that He intends for us to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel. We are commanded to “make disciples.” The local church (read: all Christians) has the command to preach the Gospel in its own geographical area (Jerusalem), in its region (all Judea), to other regions (Samaria) and to the “end of the earth.”

God established that the people He had set apart to serve Him (pastors, missionaries, etc) would be supported financially by other Christians. (Numbers 18:8-14, 21, 24)

Many times in the New Testament (Philippians 4:10-16; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5) we see that fellow Christians gave sacrificially to support Paul’s missionary work.

The people of Jesus’ time financially supported Him and His workers. (Luke 8:3)

The Pettengill family needs new individuals, families and churches to partner with us. Our greatest need is regular, predictable, monthly financial support. Monthly support allows us to budget and plan. Please prayerfully consider partnering with our Honduran ministry by giving monthly. You can join our team by printing THIS FORM, filling it out and mailing it in.

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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