Travis & Emily Mitten
Travis and Emily Mitten joined Bible Basics in 2005. They live with their family in Siguatepeque, Honduras in Central America. Travis is involved in teaching and training the leaders of local churches, who for various reasons are not able to attend a formal Bible institute or seminary. Generally, the biggest obstacle for these men to receive training is the fact that they have secular jobs and are not able to leave these jobs in order to take classes. Therefore, the Mittens have arranged their teaching ministry so that they can meet with small groups of men in various locations on a schedule which allows the men to keep working. The usual format is to meet with them once a week for three to four hours.
Travis uses a curriculum of ten courses developed in the late 1980’s called “Biblical Training Centre for Pastors” (BTCP). BTCP was designed specifically to meet the challenges of equipping local pastors and church leaders in developing nations. The ten courses require a combined 520 class hours to complete and are essentially equivalent to a Bible college degree. Each course is published as a bound book meaning that the men will be able to use the manuals as resources for years to come. It also means that the students themselves, upon completing the courses, will have in their hands the materials needed to train other men in their churches and communities. The Mittens desire to help start and strengthen a national movement of indigenous pastors establishing their own “training centers” throughout Honduras and Central America.
This video show some of what has been going on with their ministry in 2015. It's pretty exciting!
Travis and Emily are both graduates of Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. They were married in 1995, and have been blessed by God with four wonderful daughters. For nearly ten years, Travis was pastor of Keystone Bible Church in Odessa, FL, not far from the headquarters of Bible Basics International. This close proximity allowed for the Mittens to develop friendships within BBI even before God led them to join the mission in November of 2005.