Missionary Spotlight Update: Mike Rhodes*

Hmong woman

“My entire team is made up [of] Hmong refugees,” said Mike Rhodes*, a church planter with his wife and 4 children in East Asia. All the people on his team left Laos as children. They lived in a refugee camp in Thailand. Later, they settled and received their education in the United States. In addition, every one of them “found Jesus after American Christians opened their hearts and their homes.”

That love and hospitality, shown during the late 1970s and early 1980s, continues to impact the world today. Burdened for their people group, plus others who need to know Jesus, these Hmong refugees returned to Asia.

In addition to evangelism, Mike and his team disciple people like Mark*. A village leader, Mark remained strong in his faith, although that meant losing his government position. Mark’s example led to more than 100 believers in his village, plus dozens of believers in a nearby village.

Based on his team members’ experiences, Mike said, “I cannot help but think that some of the current Muslim background refugees might do the same thing . . . if Southern Baptists would open their hearts and homes to them today.”

*Names changed.

Mike Rhodes is featured, along with wife Kelly, in the July 2019 Missions Mosaic Missionary Spotlight article.

Diana Derringer serves with her husband as a friendship family to international university students. Her blog, Words, Wit, and Wisdom: Life Lessons from English Expressions, explains unusual English expressions for people with a non-English background. For more information, visit DianaDerringer.com.

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