Back in the summer of 2009, I went on a missions / outreach trip to Creel, Mexico. I led a group of 20 students and parents / leaders from Destiny Foursquare Church and partnered with Black Buffalo Global Ministries​ to work with them at their Aljaba Children’s Home and do an outreach with the Tarahumaran natives. It was the most amazing trip I had ever experienced cross-culturally to-date and I think back on the experience frequently. It was my last across-the-border trip as a youth pastor. See highlights from “I Heart: MEXICO” here.


This Saturday, I am leaving for Honduras! It is kind of a last-minute opportunity for me — filling in for another individual that had to drop out unexpectedly. Financially, I couldn’t afford a trip like this right now, but the trip has already been accounted for, so it is truly an amazing blessing for me to get to be a part of this! We will be partnering with the beloved Tiffany Mares of Via Love International, who was sent out as a missionary from our church in January.

Honduras 2015 Team

And what’s better, the trip is with the amazing Echo ELN students! I love these guys. A lot! It’s going to be an incredibly life-changing trip! I can already tell.


Would you agree with me in prayer as we get ready to depart this Saturday?

Read more about the trip over at

Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District