Michael grew up in the tropical Philippine Islands, where his parents and grandparents served as missionaries. As a young adult, he became disillusioned with God and drifted away from church. Thankfully, God never gave up on him and graciously orchestrated events in his life to eventually bring him back to his Heavenly Father.
Shaleena had a wildly divergent childhood, growing up partially in the farm country of the American Midwest and partially in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Her dad pastored churches in Kansas between two stints as a missionary in the South Pacific, both of which were cut short due to extreme health issues.
With their parents as long-time close friends, Micheal and Shaleena knew each other most of their lives. They have been married for 14 years and parent an incredible little boy named Atlas! In 2012, while serving at Overland Park Baptist, God led them to let go of a growing construction business and surrender to full-time ministry. Their pastor, Tracy Roby, asked Mike to join the staff, while simultaneously finishing his degree at Boston Baptist College.
Their heart for missionaries, world travel, and cross-cultural ministry coalesced in the summer of 2021 into a specific call to serve with George and Luisa Dimakos at Voice of Truth refugee ministry, a thriving outreach of Athens Baptist Church in the capitol of Greece. Michael stepped down as associate pastor in December 2021, and a month later, they departed for Athens to begin serving.
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Digital preschool & kindergarten materials/curriculum for Atlas Double Check
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Collapsible/portable dish drying rack
Collapsible food storage containers
Reusable food storage bags
Women’s exercise resistance bands (the thick ones)
Size 8 women’s comfortable and quality tennis shoes (New Balance, Saucony, Asics) Double Check
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Tropical Smoothie gift cards
Heavenly Hunks gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chips
Green and/or Chai tea (bags or loose leaf)
UNREAL dark chocolate coconut bars
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