On Saturday, October 13th we are hosting a free missions training event at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church in Tucson, AZ. The event will be a day-long training on the topic of immigration and refugees. We will explore what the Bible says about this topic and what is the role of the local church and the Christian disciple.
Mike will host the event and we are bringing in two subject matter experts to explore the Christian response to immigration and refugees. The event is open and free, but seats are limited. If you would like to attend this exciting event please register HERE. See you there.
On Thursday and Friday Mike attended the two-day meeting of the Arizona Presbytery. The gathering consisted of the pastors and church leaders of the PCA churches throughout Arizona.
Mike was given the opportunity to share about MTW’s work on the West Coast. Mike talked about the 1% program and invited the churches to sign up to pray for the 1%. Mike also talked about the immigration and refugee training we are putting on in Tucson on October 13th. He invited the churches to the event and asked them to invite their congregations.
During meal breaks and during social times Mike was able to reconnect with old friends and make new connections. This was the second time Mike visited the recently formed Arizona Presbytery. Mike also attended the inaugural meeting of the presbytery back in January.
March 3-11 Mike spent parts of nine-days in Arizona talking missions and promoting our ministry. He stayed centrally located near downtown Phoenix, but traveled all over the state. During the trip Mike went as far north as Flagstaff and as far south as Sierra Vista (only a few miles from the Mexico boarder), covering over 330 miles.
During Mike’s time in Arizona he talked missions with people at the following churches: Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, Church of the Resurrection in Flagstaff, King of Kings in Goodyear, Two Rivers Church in Gilbert, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, Grace Presbyterian in Sierra Vista, Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Chandler.
Mike was able to speak with pastors, missions committee chairs, and several people interested in pursuing missions. Mike spoke at two Sunday church services, including preaching and teaching Sunday school on the last day. It was a busy trip, with multiple meetings every day, but well worth the opportunity to have great missions conversations throughout Arizona.
Mike spent the last two-days sharing missions with Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, AZ. On Sunday Mike attended Roosevelt and was interviewed by the pastor during service to learn about our new ministry to raise up and train new missionaries. He shared about our work with local churches, mentoring new missionaries, and about our Witness: West Coast Missions Conference. After service Mike shared lunch with a group from Roosevelt who wanted to learn more about missions.
On Monday Mike shared dinner with the head of Roosevelt’s missions and outreach and a young man who is prayerfully considering fulltime missions. It was a joy to be able to talk about the privilege of following Christ onto the mission field.
Roosevelt Community Church has been heavily involved in our ministry and missions in general. It was great to be able to dive further into the Great Commission with them.
Mike spent a few days in Tucson, AZ meeting with churches and individuals about missions.
On Saturday evening Mike had dinner with the missions committee of Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church. Mike briefed the group on our new ministry, and we all talked about the future of missions at Rincon Mountain.
Sunday, Mike preached the morning message at Rincon Mountain. Mike’s message on God’s sovereignty was well received and had lots of conversations about the upcoming West Coast Missions Conference.
On Monday morning Mike met with the Pastor for the new Reformed University Fellowship ministry at Arizona University. In the evening Mike met with a group of 20 missions minded prayer warriors from Catalina Foothills Church. These folks have been praying for and supporting Mike and Erin for years.
Mike’s trip to Tucson was busy, but was a wonderful opportunity to expand God’s glory through missions.