Yesterday we celebrated Allen’s 37th birthday! At the end of a great day, he was TOTALLY taken off guard with a surprise party throw by many of his Peruvian friends and mission team. In good Peruvian style, they showered him with gifts of encouraging words, each sharing how he has impacted their life and how they see God working through him.
And any good birthday party here includes cake in the face!
Happy Birthday Allen! You are loved my many!
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, last year I excepted my friend Carolina’s (pictured above) request that I be the photographer for her event planning business. It has been such a fun blessing to have this creative outlet of working beside such a talented person. Since she plans mostly children’s birthday parties, it is a very fun job! Earlier this week, her youngest daughter turned one! Carolina threw an incredible party with an “ice cream shop” theme.
Celebrating is one of the fun ways we get to live “in community” with others.
We are so very thankful for this family, they have been such great friends to our whole family!
Tonight was a special night of remembering the last 7 words of Christ. We had a beautiful candle light service in our living room with our Cristo Rey church congregation and many of our neighbors. The service moved our oldest daughter, Abigail, to tears. She was truly waited down with the thought that the Son of God suffered for her sins. She could not imagine how Mary must have felt watching her dear son suffer on the cross. All the more can she (and we) can rejoice Sunday morning!
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for a neighborhood Easter party our missional community group is putting on next Saturday. The vision is to not only serve our community with a fun event, but also have the opportunity to befriend and invite more of our neighbors to our missional cell group. We are firm believers in the power of the prayers of the saints and we feel so blessed to have so many praying supporters.
Allen and two of his wonderful “Timothys” planning games, making the invitations and getting ready to tell the most marvelous story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The girls and I took care of putting candy in 500 plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Fun times!
We were all very excited to begin the 2013 school year here in Peru. I really like how the school year coincides with the calendar. It begins the beginning of March and ends just before Christmas. So with the celebrating of Christmas and the new year, we also celebrate the beginning of summer break. We have a had a wonderful summer filled a visit from Dadeo (Allen’s father ), an adventurous trip to Machu Picchu, summer camp provided by Twin Lakes, many great days with our friends at the beach & pool, roller blading in the park with the other missionary kids and some fun art and photography projects.
We are thankful for the great summer, but my girls (like their parents) are always ready to get back into a good routine. Allen and I begin this Thursday meeting with our core group of neighbors to brainstorm and pray about possible events and projects that we can do to get to know our neighbors better as a means to incorporate them into our missional cell group this year.
Thank you God for giving us two great Peruvian schools for our girls to attend.
We pray our family will bless & love many people this year because we have been so blessed and loved.
Our family SO enjoyed having the talented photojournalist, Jesse Abbott, in our home earlier this month. He came to Peru working with Silent Images, an incredible NPO that provides photography and videography services to other nonprofit organizations seeking to tell stories of hope in the midst of persecution, poverty, or oppression. These stories and images are used to educate people about global and domestic needs, empowering them to go, give, and pray. Before arriving in Trujillo, he and his videographer partner, Lydia, had shot a story on sex trafficking in the jungle and after he left our house he was off to cover a skateboarding ministry in Ecuador.
A BIG thanks to Silent Images for coming to Peru to serve us! And thanks for the fun family pics Jesse snapped of our family for the Peru Mission website.
Last weekend our “Cristo Rey” church held a conference of training and getting everyone excited about relaunching our missional cell groups around the city. We would appreciate your prayers for the Golf cell group (in our home) and the other groups around Trujillo that we would start with strong core groups that would unit to reach our neighborhoods for Christ. And that these missional groups would multiple to start more missional cell groups by the end of the year. And, most importantly, that these groups would be a means to bring more lost people into a Christian community and to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Sweet summer days in the backyard. These past few weeks I have witnessed two budding artist. Now to figure out what to do with all our artwork! I am thinking of brightening up our back patio.
Going on a double date with two of his sweethearts. Oh what a busy man Allen is for Valentines, but he loves it!
Peru has a very sentimental culture, they love Valentine’s Day here.
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Greetings from Peru!
We hope that you are off to a good start to this new year.
We have just uploaded our most recent video update. We invite you to see what God is doing in our ministry and family here in Trujillo, Peru.
Feel free to share it with your friends. We are exciting to see what God is going to do this year!
Here are some ways you might pray for us:
- that we would be consistent in our personal and family devotions.
- that we would be intentional with non-Christian friendship so that we might see many of them be converted this year.
- that we would be better encouragers in our family and among our mission team.
- that God would bless Allen’s leadership at Cristo Rey Church and with the new church planting apprentices.
Some fun ways to keep up with us this year (other than this blog):
Twitter: @SandiLSmith @allensmith76
Instagram: @sandismith @allensmith
Give us an old fashion phone call : 901-399-0463 (Home)
Grace and peace,
Allen, Sandi, Abigail, Adeline, Mary Allen & Eva
Leadership Development Director for Peru Mission