Missionary Mike Hutchinson has returned to the United States for a well deserved Off Field Assignment (OFA). After flying from Togo, AF, to Atlanta, Mike joined up with his wife Lynn (also missionary in Togo, AF, on OFA) and they attended meetings at the home office of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Inc., located in Decatur, GA. This was a time that missionaries on OFA can share with the home office what is happening in their ministries on the mission field. Also, the national CBF staff took this opportunity to give a warm welcome to the missionaries as well as share with them CBF opportunities, programs, and events occurring in the United States and around the world.
Suzii Paynter, CBF Executive Coordinator, led this meeting and was very gracious with Mike, Lynn, and other missionaries in attendance by giving them as much time as needed at the end of the meeting to give their personal field experiences feedback to the group. Stephen Porter, CBF Global Missions Coordinator, then spent over an hour at the end of a very busy day talking “one-on-one” with Mike and Lynn about “anything and everything” CBF Global Missions. What a day to make Mike and Lynn feel very appreciated for all of the hard work they have been doing on the mission field in Togo.
After leaving Atlanta, Mike and Lynn took a circuitous route to visit family and supporting churches in Stone Mountain, GA; Nashville, TN; and Jasper, AL (new grandson/first grandchild), before returning to their home in Long Beach, MS.
Mike is a former CBF MS State Coordinator, leaving his post in MS in March 2013 to return to the mission field in Togo, West Africa. One of his responsibilities as MS state coordinator was to start a CBF fellowship on the MS Gulf Coast. St. Martin Baptist Fellowship (SMBF) was started in November 2011 in the home of Mike and Lynn in Gulfport, MS. While on OFA, they have been staying in their home in Long Beach and have been a welcomed addition to the attendance of SMBF over the past several weeks.