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Blog Updates as the Smiths minister the Gospel in Peru

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Arrived in Peru!

Smiths in Jackson Airport

We’ve finally arrived in Peru!

Dad at the Airport Dixie at the Airport

My dad took us to the airport and Dixie Ball came also to say goodbye.

Abbie's first flight Abbie Sleeping on the Plane Mom and Adeline in plane Adeline Sleeping on the Plane

Abigail was very excited to fly on her first flight. Some of you were praying for Adeline’s ear ache. She travelled beautifully. The flight from Dallas to Lima was a long seven hours. I would have kissed the Peruvian soil if I was not so worried about parasites.

We've been staying with the Baker family. The girls love playing with their five daughters. Dr. Dan Doolittle is also here visiting many patients in our parish churches. Tomorrow we are going to look for a house. Sandi and I are ready to settle down!

Family in front of Flags

Hasta Luego from Peru!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Stepping through the Wardrobe

narnia wardrobe

We are officially stepping through the wardrobe. The girls will come out on the other side thinking, “We aren’t in Kansas anymore.” What an adventure they are in for!

As we stop in Dallas for our two hour layover to Lima, I wanted to give you a quick update. Last week God saw favor in two areas:

(1) I’m now officially a missionary of Grace Presbytery! At the last stated meeting of Grace Presbytery last Tuesday, the brethren saw fit to pass my oversight plan with Christian Missionary Society. I could not be happier to represent the Lord Jesus Christ and Grace Presbytery in Peru.

visas(2) We now have our visas. Immediately after presbytery, we flew to Miami. We needed to pickup our residential visas at the Peruvian Consulate. As a bonus, God gave us a free five star hotel in Miami. The hotel we originally reserved over booked, so they put us up at the very nice Intercontinental Hotel across town.

BiltmoreSince it only took one day to get our visas, we rested the second day in Miami. We stopped by the Biltmore and enjoyed touring its grounds.

Now we are literally hours away from arriving in the land of our calling. Next week is General Assembly for the Iglesia Evangélica Presbiteriana del Perú. There we will meet all the minsters with whom we will be labor together. We cannot believe we are almost there! I guess I’ll need to change the name of our blog.

Thanks again for your prayers!

Friday, January 06, 2006

It's Off & Away!


It's official: all our worldly goods are now en route to Peru! I could not have made it without my buddies, Matthew Nasekos and Bert Kuyrkendall. Matthew drove all the way from Jackson (1.5 hours) and Bert came up from Hattiesburg (30 minutes).

Arriving At 7:25 AM our container arrives. It is 28 degrees and we have a two hour window to load it. My first thought we I saw the container arrive was, "Oh no! There is no way all our things are going to fit!"

Container 1My friend Robert Sikes, member of the Ellisville Presbyterian Church, surveys all that needs to get onto a 20 foot container. He thinks to himself, "Will it all go?" In the meantime I ask the driver when our two hours begin. He tells me, "30 minutes ago when I pulled up." Oh no!

Container 2

Matthew, Bert, and Robert don't waste one inch of space.

Container 3

The little red car must go! Bert told us toys like this are worth more in Peru than a nice rocking chair.

LeavingAmazingly, it all fits! The Lord must have shrunk our goods as we packed. We didn't need that old couch anyway. God had favor on us and has answered our prayers! "Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6).

Next Monday our little container will be afloat on a ship like this.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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