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!
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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
Twin Lakes Camp “way down south” has been a huge success once again this year! This is our 5th time to do a kids Summer camp in Peru and it has been a joy. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the first day, but in another post I will go into a little history of how the camp was birth and how the Lord has used it, no time this morning, I don’t want to be late for the last day of camp!
It was a great night bringing in 2013 with old and new friends, sharing our hopes for the coming year and thanking God for all the blessings and growth in 2012. May we more boldly live out and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ this year!
Eva waiting her turn to model.
Yesterday a neighbor asked me to take some pictures for an ad for her dress shop. She asked a few of our girls to model her beautiful dresses, they were thrilled.
December has been a very busy month for photography projects and also the beginning phases of stepping up my photography “hobby” to a “business”. I have recently partnered with a Peruvian friend who is an event planner in the city. She and her husband have been really great friends to Allen and I for the past several years. Ever since I did a photo shoot of their family, she has been encouraging me to become more formal with my photography. I’m not sure where God will lead me in this venture, but for now it surely is pushing me to grow in my skills and also is opening lots of doors for friendships, both great things!
Here are some of my favorite pics from a recent photo session with a cute 3 month old. Luuk is blessed to be from a multicultural family. His father is Peruvian and his mother is from Holland, they are neighbors and friends of ours here in Trujillo.
This week we sadly said goodbye to the Baker family as they left Peru to spend a year and a half in the U.S. on Home Missionary Assignment. They are some of our closest friends, so it was hard to see them go. As a way to say goodbye our family wrote/sang a 2nd rendition of “The Baker Song”.
Group hug after a choir practice getting ready for our Christmas service. We are so thankful for Veronica, who is one of Mary Allen’s school teachers and also a faithful member at Cristo Rey, who serves through music and kids ministry.
Our annual team picture. So very thankful for this group of people!
. . .and missing the ones not pictured (Mills, Hills & Tomas) and those arriving soon (Johnsons)
As another way to get to know our neighbors better, we opened our home up for a dinner party asking our missional cell group to invite their friends, neighbors and family.
Everything was set, and we waited. . . .
. . . .and they came!
Every seat in the house was full, many neighbors and guest we had not met before, it was a great night for all.