• Grace for ministry
  •  April 2019

    What a whirlwind of ministry and activity has taken place since our last prayer letter! We are eager to share with you all that God has been doing.

    As you know, Mike has been working for nearly two years on the Junior Boot Camp expansion project at the Wilds of North Carolina. Phase II, the girls’ housing area, has now been completed! It has already been used for one week of camp, the Carolina ACE convention. The next and final phase, the Sponsor dining hall, has now begun. The goal is to complete the renovation for sponsor dining before camp starts for the summer. At least four mission teams are scheduled to come and assist with this work, and we are looking forward to seeing things finished up! This entire project will allow 100 more campers to attend each week of the summer, equaling up to 1100 more campers per summer reached for the glory of God!

    In addition to the construction, we have been traveling a good bit. Just last week, we attended our mission agency’s Eastern conference, where we enjoyed fellowship with other missionaries and were encouraged by faithful preaching. On the weekends, we’ve been in 4 churches to present our ministry, with 6 more currently scheduled meetings. Our support level is hovering near 70%, so we are looking to raise more funds before we leave this area of the country. We have not yet heard of any new supporters, but would ask that you pray with us for partners to share in this ministry of helps.

    Our daughter Sarah’s marriage to Colton Lingle was, of course, the highlight of March for us. The wedding went beautifully, and we believe God was glorified. The Lord’s provision and blessing were evident to us throughout this whole process. We are so grateful for all who came alongside us to help with the wedding and to witness this special event. We are thrilled to have our first son-in-law and to prayerfully watch as God leads in Sarah and Colton’s life together. Their future plans include a few more months at the Wilds, further education, and eventually missions aimed at closed countries.

    Looking ahead, Mike will be traveling April 3-8 to survey our new area of ministry. The plan is to move to Rimrock, Arizona at the end of June in order to help Mike’s parents, Mike and Sue Smith, with their church plant. Additionally, there are several ministries nearby (an Indian reservation church, a Christian camp, and other pastors and churches) where we would love to serve by helping with small construction projects as the Lord allows. Overall, our goal is to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Would you pray with us that God would even now be preparing hearts for His glory?

    The weekends of April 5-6 and April 12-13, Stephanie will have the opportunity to share at the Wilds’ Ladies Retreats. Her workshop is entitled “Spotlight on Special Needs: A Message in the Making,” and it covers a topic near and dear to our hearts. Would you pray for her to be clear and concise and to minister to the hearts of those who attend? We would love to see more open doors along the avenue of serving those who are dealing with specially-abled children or adults in their homes and churches.

    Thank you all for your faithfulness in praying and giving. The Lord continues to use you to encourage us day by day. We are honored to serve our great God alongside each of you!

    In Christ,

    Mike and Stephanie Smith and family

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