Friday, May 9, 2014

Early May Mission Trips Update 2014!

Hello Team! We hope this update finds you well!

Rachel and I are just putting the finishing touches on our upcoming mission trips. Our Peru trip is May 10th-25th. The Philippines mission trip is June 4th-20th.

We wanted to give you a quick update on the trip and some bio’s on our students who are joining us.

We are absolutely stoked to be able to take these students to the ends of the earth to serve alongside their brothers and sisters in Christ from other nations in order to reach villages in the high mountains of Peru and the Philippines with the Gospel.

For Peru, our team of 9 will head into the Huayhuash Mountains between 9,000-16,000 ft. in elevation visiting high mountain villages as we go. We’ll share the Gospel, give out Bibles, and show the Jesus Film with the unreached people in the region.

For the Philippines, our team of around 15 will spend most of our time immersing and sharing the Gospel in the village of Badeo which we will have to spend a full day backpacking to. With us, we will carry Bibles in the local language, discipleship materials, medical supplies, and school supplies.

For more info on the trips and the bios on each team member, you can click on the following links.



Thank you so much for your support! Keep on praying! -M & R

FLC Team Bios:

Rachel Horton is originally from Kendall, Kansas. She’ll be on the Peru mission trip. She is an adventure education major spending most of her semesters outdoors. God raised her full support for the mission trip in just one night through a silent auction her family put on for her. For more info on Rachel, feel free to check out the following link:

Jessica Vose is a Fort Lewis College graduate. She will be on the Peru mission trip. She now works at Mercury System Payments in Durango. During her time at FLC, she spent a lot of it studying abroad. Despite her experience traveling overseas, this will be her first out of country mission trip. For more info on Jessica, feel free to check out the following link:

Sarah Mellberg is from the Colorado Springs area. She’ll be on our Philippines mission trip. This past year, she was the roommate of Meagan Prins who went to the Philippines with us last year. Guess, the excitement Meagan had after getting back rubbed off on Sarah. Fun fact: This will be her first time on an airplane. For more info on Sarah, feel free to check out the following link:

Prayer Requests:

-That God would open doors for the Gospel to be received and understood.

-That the Holy Spirit would be working on the hearts of the local villagers.

-That God would keep our teams safe and healthy.

-That God would give us strength and keep us in good spirits despite a possible lack of sleep.

Peru Dispatches Link

Just wanted to put a link up where you can follow the Peru team's daily updates through the dispatches we will post online.  They will start May 10th, the day the trip heads out for Peru.

End of the School Year Christian Challenge Update 2014!

Dear Family & Friends,

It’s been an amazing semester that has now come to an end. Looking back, there is plenty to praise God for. Christian Challenge continues to grow. As a staff, we are discipling right around 30 students one-on-one. It was an encouraging semester as students who had disappeared for awhile got plugged back into discipleship.

Our dinner and discussions went great as well. I think my favorite topic was when we discussed the persecuted church around the world. We turned the lights out, read scripture by candlelight and could only whisper to communicate. It gave the students a new perspective on what some Christians around the world have to live daily. Makes us realize how blessed we are.

Continuing on, finals week is now over. Graduation has passed. We’ve since had our end of the year local staff retreat and our state director meetings in Colorado Springs to plan for the next year.

We’re now back from that and gearing up for the summer mission trips we’re taking students on. Those occur May 10th-25th and June 4th-20th. Getting back after those, we have some student weddings. We’ll be heading up to Denver at some point as I have some doctor’s appointments up there.

Rachel and I will fill in the rest of our summer support raising wherever God opens doors for us. We might even make our way down to Louisiana. Thank you all for making these past two semesters possible with your prayer and financial support! Keep praying for FLC!

Love you guys, Mike and Rachel


"L": He probably would have fallen somewhere between atheist and agnostic when we met him. He was a student who was investigating and searching. We met him after he was invited to Christian Challenge by a group of our girls. Since then, he has become really involved with the ministry coming to almost everything we do. With that, we’ve been able to have great spiritual discussions with him and work through many of the questions he has.

"M": We met her at the beginning of the year on the whitewater rafting and inflatable kayaking trip we put together. Rachel tried to follow up but never heard anything back until students returned after the Christmas break. Since then, Rachel has been able to start discipling her, and she has really been growing.


-Praise: We now have our monthly living expenses raised! Still need to raise our ministry fund but we’re excited with what God has brought in!

-Pray that we find some rest and recovery time this summer between support raising, the mission trips, and continuing to meet with students.

-For our students, that they continue to grow in Christ and make good choices over the summer.

-Pray for safety on our mission trips and that they would be fruitful.