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In A Hospital And At A Mission Conference

For four whirlwind days Erin is on the central coast of California. She is visiting her mother in the hospital in San Jose and participating in a mission conference in Paso Robles.

Penny, Erin’s mom, has been in the hospital for almost two months. She has been in and out of the Intensive Care Unit while the doctors address several serious problems. Knowing that Erin’s mom was in such poor health made it very hard for us to drive back to Honduras six weeks ago. But, having this opportunity to check in on her again does Erin’s heart well.

After Erin spends a day visiting her mom in the hospital she will drive three hours to Paso Robles to a three-day mission conference at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Erin will be making several presentations at Covenant’s first ever mission conference. Covenant has been such an active part of our ministry that attending their first mission conference was a priority for us.

It is always difficult for our family to be separated, but visiting Erin’s sick mom and promoting our ministry are great reasons to endure. Please be in prayer for Erin and her mom.

It Was Like Watching A Train Wreck And I Couldn’t Turn Away

On Sunday we attended church, shared about Honduras and had lunch with some great folks at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian in Tucson. Tucson is about 2 ½ hours from where we are temporarily living in Phoenix.

After church Dave, a Christian mechanic, swapped vehicles with us so he could take a week to do some work on our Honduran truck…for free…score 1 for Dave.

Our family was headed back to Phoenix in Dave’s loaner car when his vehicle gasped, wheezed, shuttered and broke down. There we were 1 ½ hours outside of Tucson, an hour from Phoenix, sitting in the center divide, in the desert, with a dead car.

Dave's car...deadMike called Dave, “Hi uh, Dave, yeah, I killed your car.” After a little thinking and praying Dave called us back and said, “Ok, I’m gonna jump in my RV and drive to where you are. We’ll tow the car into Phoenix and I’ll get you home.”…really?…score 1 for Dave.

So, there our little family sat in the hot sun, on a busy freeway, between four lanes of dangerous traffic. A county sheriff pulled over to check on us. While the cop and Mike were talking we other dead carheard, “screech, screech, spin, crash”. We all looked up to see that as a car was driving past its tire blew, it skidded out of control and came to an abrupt stop in the center divide with a broken axle about a hundred feet from us…ok…that was weird.

Three hours later Dave showed up in his RV. The sun had set and it was pitch dark. Dave raced to hook the car up to the RV in the dark alongside a dangerous freeway. All was set and off we went…Dave, our hero…score 1 for Dave.

Immediately after pulling onto the freeway cars began passing us, honking, and flashing their lights. Dave said in his typical calm tone as he looked in the side mirror, “Wow, there’s lots of sparks and nice tiresmoke flying back there.” We pulled to the side of the road and saw that the tire on the car was flat. It appeared that we left the emergency break on the car, which popped the tire and ground the steel wheel down several inches.

We changed the tire, hopped on the freeway and Dave got us back to Phoenix an hour later. At 9:30pm we pulled into our neighborhood. Dave exclaimed, “You guys look like you need dinner. Let me buy you something to eat.”…really Dave?…we just killed your car…score 1 for Dave.

Dave spent the night at our home and in the morning said, “Well, you guys need a car, so I’m going to get you a rental car until I fix your truck.”…really Dave?…you’re fixing our truck for free, we killed your car, you drove us home, bought us dinner and our reward is a free rental car…score 1 for Dave.

So, in the midst of one of our cruddiest days in a long time God sent His angle. It appears God is out of the fat little angels with harps and wings and He has now resorted to using 50 year old, longhaired mechanics from Tucson as angels…score 1 for God.

Praise God. And, thank you Dave!

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.

Great Mission Conference In Scottsdale

Saturday and Sunday our family attended a great mission conference put on by Covenant Community Church in Scottsdale, AZ. This was the third year in a row that Mike attended CovCom’s mission conference. The keynote speak was well-known author and seminary professor Dr. Michael A. Milton.

Mike addressing the group at CovComOur family delivered three mission presentations about our work in Honduras. Each presentation was well attended and had lots of input and questions from the audience. In the first two presentations our topic was about the direction of our ministry. The topic for our final presentation was for us to describe our call to the mission field.

There were over 100 attendees at the conference. We hosted an information booth, passed out packets and gained two dozen new prayer partners. We were afforded the opportunity to intimately share our ministry with dozens of Great Commission minded people.

It Feels Weird

Our family has been in the U.S. on furlough since September. On Friday we concluded a 4-day trip to Honduras and flew back to the US. It feels so odd to be heading back to the U.S. to conclude the final six weeks of our time on furlough.

We love the U.S. and really enjoy sharing our ministry with people. But, this short trip did much to remind all of us that we really want to be back in Honduras. It is simply one of those things where we KNOW that God has called us to be in Honduras, but that we just can’t be there right now. We love living and serving and working in Honduras and we really look forward to returning.

The good news is that we know that our ministry is in great hands. The McCanns, the Clows, Leo and Behtany are all wonderful and capable missionaries.

Please be in prayer for us that we remain 100% dedicated to our current job of raising awareness and support for our work in Honduras. We want to remain focused and dedicated to our call no matter where that is. The next six weeks we are called to glorify God in the U.S. and after that we can return to Honduras.