Smiths in Peru November Update! (new video & family needs included)

Dear Faithful Friends:
With only several weeks left in 2013, we are finishing up our first year with the Apprenticeship Program. The goal of the Apprenticeship Program is to form a church planting team to be sent out in a few years. All three apprentices have grown in their knowledge of the Bible, deepened their walk with Jesus, and developed better leadership skills. Esdras told me that the program has really deepened his love for God and the church. I am very excited to see what God has done in such little time! 

  • To see an introduction video to the Apprenticeship Program, click on the You Tube video above or go here . 
  • Also, check out how this year has gone so far, check out this recent interview.
Prayer Notes

  • Please pray that the future church planting team would continue to take form, deepen friendships,  expand their vision, and development a more robust theology.
  • Our family is behind on financial support. Our prayer is that God would raise $14,000 by the end of this year to meet our annual budget. In the past, God has provided for our needs through unexpected gifts from many of you. We still depend on your support in order to be able to minister the gospel in Peru. 
Support the Smiths
A one-time gift of $30 or $50 can go a long way! If you would like to contribute to our family, here are the ways you can give:
  • You can send a check to the following address, with a memo note saying “Smith Family Support”:
Christian Missionary Society
P.O. Box 14563
Greenville, SC, 29610-4563
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Allen & Sandi Smith
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Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR visits us in Peru!!


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We have had an incredible short term team season this year!  One of our highlights was having Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR here for the first time.  They are one of our amazing supporting churches that faithfully and generously gives financially, prays for us, sends us care packages and keeps up with us throughout the year.  They were such servants and only God knows all the seeds that were planted during their hard working week with us.  They served through word and deed in our new Arevalo hospital on the outskirts of our city.  Here are some  highlights from the week. . .

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An encouraging visit from our church planting partners!

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A couple of weeks ago, we had a very encouraging visit from Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Hernando, MS). This church has been partnering with Cristo Rey since it’s beginning and now coming along side as we look to form a church planting team to plant in another city.  They are a new church themselves, planted by Pastor Clint Wilcke (right) five years ago, so they know well the challenges.  Clint has also been one of Allen’s mentors and accountability partners for the past 10 years, so it is great to have him involved in the work here.  Bob Barber (middle) who is vice president of our CMS board is a founding member of Christ Covenant and also knows the ends and outs of church planting and was a huge encouragement to the pastors, apprentices and university ministry.

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Our girls hanging with the “teenage” girls from the Christ Covenant team.

Thanks Christ Covenant!

From the coast to the Andes. . .

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Year after year, we have the privilege of having a team of 30 plus medical staff from First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS come and serve in Peru.  They serve long and hard all week long helping many patients in the Cajamarca  and the outer lying Andes communities.  Allen enjoys joining them each year to translate and offer pastoral  counseling  to the patients. It was a great week, but we are thankful to have him back on the coast with us.

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Allen  prefers to take a 8 hour overnight bus ride up the Andes each year to get the best dental care from Dr. Danny Story.

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Photo credit to Steve Hill (top 4) & Caleb Sutton (bottom pic)  for these pictures

IPC Memphis Senior High!

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After a week of manual labor working construction on one of our churches, the team came over for pizza and a dance party fusion. We invited a Peruvian couple from one of our churches to demonstrate and teach some classic Latin American dances and the team demonstrated some of their “American” dance moves:-).  A fun end to a great week!

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Pray for this team as they travel back to Memphis through the night tonight!