Get to Know the VanProoyen Family

Hi, we're Mike and Pretty VanProoyen. We minister in the Philippines.


Ministry Description

I serve as the Field Director of Word of Life Philippines. I work closely with the directors of our Local Church Ministries, Campus Ministry, Camping Ministry, Bible Institute and Evangelism Ministry providing leadership and guidance. I am involved in speaking in Camps and Conferences, leadership seminars, Gospel seminars and many others. Personal evangelism is the most exciting part of my ministry. I am involved in leading evangelistic ministry trips throughout the Philippines several times each year.

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About Mike

I grew up in a Christian home with parents who both knew the Lord. They brought me to church every Sunday and encouraged me to be involved in the young people’s activities that took place weekly within the church. My parents sent me to Christian Schools which taught me about the Christian life.
When I was 18 years old, I went on a mission trip to the Philippines to help the ministry of Word of Life paint the cabins at their camp. While I was there, I began to observe the lives of the missionaries and Bible Institute students who were on the campus where we were working. As I observed them I noticed a joy and passion for the things of the Lord that I had never experienced before. It began to dawn on me that something was not right in my own spiritual life. When I returned to the states after that mission trip I could not stop thinking about what I had seen and observed about the lives and testimony of the people I met in the Philippines. I finally realized on a Tuesday night at 6:30pm what they had that I didn’t—a relationship with Jesus Christ. I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ at that moment. I had been caught up in cultural Christianity and had never experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
After trusting in Christ as my Savior my life was drastically changed. I immediately had a burning desire to study His word. God opened the door for me to study at the Word of Life Bible Institute in the Philippines. Through the study and application of is Word, God is now shaping and molding me into the person He wants me to be.

About Pretty

I accepted Christ as my personal savior at the age of fourteen. In 2001 my sister invited me to Word of Life to go to the Bible Institute. On October 26, 2002, I dedicated my life to full-time ministry. After graduating I went to Malaysia as a missionary for six months. When I returned to the Philippines I was asked to join the Word of Life staff in the camping ministry. In 2006, I met Mike when he was at the Bible Institute. I thank the Lord for the ministry of Word of Life Philippines and the impact they have had on my life.

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” -- Acts 20:24

Contact Information

Skype: mike.pretty.vanprooyen
Word of Life Camp
Brgy. Perez
Calauan, Laguna 4012

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