MTW, West Coast – Update #1

Following 10-years of serving as fulltime MTW missionaries on two continents, Mike and Erin are returning to live in the United States. But, we are NOT leaving missions. We have taken on a new challenge to raise up and prepare new missionaries to go out into the world. Here are answers to a few common questions to help you better understand:

What will you be doing?
Mission to the World (MTW) is opening a new office in California to train new missionaries from the West Coast. Mike has been asked to establish the new office, hire the staff, and lead the efforts to train and prepare new missionaries for the field from California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Do you still need my financial support?
Yes, we will be operating off of the financial support of churches and individuals. While we will no longer be serving on the foreign mission field, we will be responsible for identifying and training lots of new missionaries to go out and serve in foreign cultures. Our impact on global missions is greater now, than it has ever been. Please prayerfully consider continuing to support our efforts to impact the world with the gospel.

Where will you work?
We will be responsible for raising up new Reformed missionaries from parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona. We will frequently travel throughout that region visiting churches, church leaders, universities, and future missionaries to promote God’s Great Commission and raise interest in sending more missionaries.

Where will you live?
We don’t yet know exactly. But, we will be establishing a new home somewhere in California to correspond with the location of the new MTW office we will be opening there.

What are your immediate needs?
Ten-years ago, Mike and Erin sold our home and our worldly belongings to follow God onto the foreign mission field. We are now following God back to the U.S. to promote his global glory, and we have nothing with which to start a new life. In the U.S. we don’t own a car, a home, a bed, or plate. In our late 40s we will be starting a new life. If you would like to help us start a new home we have created a registry. Please consider buying something from THIS LIST and help us to begin our new life. The items you purchase will be sent to the home of Mike’s brother (address provided on wish list).

When will you start?
Mike and Erin will leave Equatorial Guinea in early August and begin their new chapter of fulltime service right away.

What is your primary purpose?
Our purpose is to recruit, train, and mentor new MTW missionaries. Simply put, our job is to put more missionaries into the world for the expansion of God’s glory.

Do you still need regular prayers?
Yes, more than you know. We will continue to send out regular prayer updates. We desperately need your prayers. Moving back to the U.S. culture after 10-years away is intimidating. In addition, our new responsibilities are daunting.

More information to come…