We’re Mike and Renee. Missionaries in Africa from 1997 to 2014, we now live in the Atlanta area and continue to serve with Africa Inland Mission. These pages offer some of our stories, family updates, and perspectives on the missionary life.

50 Things

50 things I love about my wife (written on May 28th 2015 – Our 20th anniversary)

The Delorenzo clan on a new trajectory – Spring 2015

So here we are. Americans again. Forty-three years old and starting over. After becoming to a certain degree “Africans”, we now feel like the proverbial square peg in a round hole. Out of step with American culture and values. Living in a borrowed home and driving a borrowed car. Feeling vulnerable. Feeling lost. Our feet decisively planted on Georgia’s red clay soil, and half our hearts still in Africa.

Snow, and Letting go

I cherished every run, realizing that time, sadly, was not standing still. In fact, lately it feels as though it’s sped up some.

October update ~ home again

After what has turned out to be a “career” on the field, I have never been so inspired by God’s heart for Africa as I am today, and yet at the same time, never felt so inadequate to the task.

The Power of Story

Looking forward, I see a hard road ahead for the finishing work of the Great Commission. And I believe there ought to be storytellers walking it alongside the church planters, Bible translators, disciple-makers, and others. If for no other reason than to simply “make much of God”, to declare His glory.

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Between Heaven and Earth

Mike’s essays from 12 years as a missionary pilot in Africa.