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

Smith Family Video Update: January 2013

To view the best quality, change the bottom right-hand dial settings to 720p HD

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

Woman dies at 99, leaves behind 1,400 descendents

I hardly ever post popular news, but this is too interesting to pass up. The news feed reads…

The commandment to “be fruitful and multiply” the Krishevsky family follows quite closely. Last Saturday, the great grandmother, Rachel Krishevsky passed away at the age of 99, leaving behind no less than 1,400 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren.

Go here for the entire article. Talk about a multigenerational vision!

HT: John Ferguson, church planter in Calgary Canada.

Earthquake in Peru

I woke up this morning to a flurry of emails asking me about Peru’s natural disaster. A powerful 8.0 earthquake hit 165 miles south of Lima, near the city of Ica & Pisco. The death toll is now over 330. Pisco is reported to be destroyed by 80%.

Two of our team members, the Fergusons and Caleb Sutton, were in Lima when the earthquake struck. I called Wes Baker and he said that everyone on our team is fine. Supposedly the earthquake was even felt hundreds of miles in the northern city of Trujillo. Here is a first hand account from Heather Ferguson:

“Well, we were in Lima – on a little vacation – in the earthquake – on the 6th floor of our hotel, standing with the kids in the doorway of our room wondering if we should make a run for the stairs or just stay. We just stayed until it stopped. I don’t know what else to say right now – we knew it was a big deal, but we had no idea. Nothing came tumbling down around us. There were pieces of plaster in the hall outside of our room, but nothing major. Nobody that we saw was hurt – but Ica – wow. We had beeen talking about going to Ica during this trip to see the sea lions. We just never got around to planning that leg of the trip, so therefore, no Ica. Wow.”

Also, Caleb reports his experience,

“I’m back, and I’m fine. I was in Miraflores when it all went down. It was kind of funny because I was walking and I didn’t notice the ground moving until I looked up and saw the powerlines waving and shaking. When I stopped I felt the ground moving. My greatest fear was that the powerlines would collapse. God really protected that city.”

Since we experienced a 7.0 earthquake in Lima last October, we know how scary it can be. Please pray that the gospel would have advance during the aftermath of this disaster.