Orlando Days 2018

Our first week on the job was a baptism by fire. We spent the first week of August in all day meetings with our national team and about 20 of our field staff. The goal was to address many of the challenges in our ministry that are causing some of our staff to feel stretched [...]


  It was morning in late July and we had 5 days left of support raising before we left Fishers for good. A few weeks before, we had moved all of our belongings into our new Orlando home and after a week of moving in, we returned to Fishers to attempt to complete our financial [...]

Our New Role Video

This video will walk you through why we are moving to Orlando and what we will be doing there.   Learn more at themichals.com


While I’m writing this letter, I just got an alert that Noblesville Middle School (just North of Fishers)has a school shooting today. I don’t have much information about the situation yet but it is a sobering reminder of the needs of the students in our public schools. This one is very close to home. I [...]

2 Weeks to Go!

It’s actually 1 1/2 weeks!!! I can’t believe that we are about to leave Fishers and move this whole clan 15 hours south to hot, humid, sunny Orlando. The past few weeks have been spent saying goodbye to a lot of great friends, enjoying a number of “lasts” and wrestling with packing and getting rid [...]

Things are getting Real!

For about 6 months now we have been preparing for this move to Orlando and it’s closing in on us. We have sold our house and bought one in Orlando. We have reserved a moving truck to arrive in early June, and when it drives away on June 8th, so do we! There are lot [...]


As the spring starts to raise it’s beautiful head here in Indiana, we are entering into a new season. While we are still involved in the ministry at Fishers, there are 4 things that we are beginning to focus our hearts and minds on… We just had pictures taken yesterday and will be putting our [...]

Schools in Crisis

In 1999 God used the school shootings in Columbine High School to point Dawn toward a lifetime of ministry to teenagers. Almost 20 years later, it’s still happening. After the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many in our country are saying, “enough is enough!”. While changing laws and policies will help, I am aware [...]

The Conference that Almost Didn’t Happen

“I’m sorry Mark but the roads are just too slippery out there.  We’re not going to let our daughter come to the conference”.  I was getting a number of texts like that last Friday afternoon.  The weather was bad enough to cancel school on the day that our buses were supposed to leave for our [...]

Daniel’s Story

Daniel was adopted at a young age as was his sister.  Last year, his sister, still in high school, became pregnant with a baby girl.  Daniel felt like this little girl was his first real family.  His birth mother had abandoned him, his birth father had declined all opportunities to meet with him.  He was [...]