Mike’s father died in a coalmining accident, and his mother ran off with his pension. Since then, Mike has been with his grandparents. Life was difficult for them, and Mike had no hope for more than a meager existence. He came home to Living Hope in November of 2009. Mike is very happy to be here and says that the difference is so great, it is like heaven and earth. He has formed a close friendship with two others boys. Mike is a good, hardworking student, and hopes to learn English and how to sing.