I made plans for my life... and God laughed. After eight missions to Honduras and one to Kenya, I'm now a husband and father trying to figure out a little more each day what God has in store for me.
Mission from the Depths

Gazing at the breathtaking stars over the mountains, Michael Rhoades can’t believe how much his life has changed over the past few days. He never thought he’d find joy. He never thought he’d find peace. He never knew it could be so easy.

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Michael had spent most of his freshman year at Tulane University feeling alone amongst thousands of students. After turning to alcohol to forget his problems, he faces expulsion for a drunken mistake. He’s mercifully offered community service hours instead.

Later that day, he’s presented with an invitation that will change his life forever: join a mission trip to Honduras. The last thing he wants to do is spend spring break “doing good” with a bunch of strangers. But to erase the required hours in one fell swoop, he agrees to the trip.

Over the course of three missions to Honduras, Michael experiences the highest of highs and lowest of lows. He finds love, develops a relationship with God, and learns valuable life lessons. But then he becomes consumed by pride, gives in to temptation, and almost loses it all.

10% of all sales will go to build a new school in the mountain villages featured in the novel!
About Me
Tim Rinaldi

“Why had God suddenly moved so strongly in your life the past couple of years after not feeling His presence for so long?”

It was 2010 when a priest asked me that question after I explained how my faith became a much more important part of my life after joining a mission trip to Honduras with the Tulane Catholic Center. I went to Honduras expecting to do a lot of great things for the people, but was shocked by how much more they did for me. I learned true joy and peace from the people who seemingly had so little. I fell in love with the mission trip experience and by the time I left New Orleans I had been on eight missions to Honduras, one medical mission to the Dominican Republic, and a month-long service trip to Kenya.

For about twenty-four hours after the priest asked me that, I thought I might be meant to become a priest. Now married to my beautiful wife, Emily (whom I met because of one of the mission trips to Honduras), with our first child, Luke Francis, it’s safe to say that was not the answer.

Filled with so many joyful memories from the missions, I now believe I am called to help as many others experience that joy as I can. My goal for Mission from the Depths is to inspire my readers to be more thankful and committed to serving others and possibly even join mission trips of their own.

My Skills
Website Design

Website Design

Experienced with WordPress; I'll work with you to create a website in days that will attract new customers.

Cover Design

Cover Design

Experienced with vector design; I'll work with you to create a cover worthy of your work.

Branding

Branding

Need a new logo, slogan, mission statement, or marketing materials? I'll help you to adapt and thrive.

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

I'll help your startup or nonprofit to reach new clients and attract new donors.

Speaking

Speaking

I'd love to speak to your group about the many valuable life lessons I've learned on my mission trips!

Mission Work

Mission Work

It's my major passion; let me know how I can help your mission trip to grow and accomplish even more!