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Blog Updates as the Smiths minister the Gospel in Peru

Monday, August 25, 2008

Smith Girl Update

I wanted to share a cute picture and quick update on the girls. Abigail will turn 6 years old September 2nd. We are celebrating with a Kid Talent Show inviting the missionary kids (all 25 of them!) to participate. It should be fun! She completed her first year of home-school learning how to read and has begun her 1st grade curriculum.

At four years old, Adeline has finally mastered the potty after much prayer and over two years of training. We give God the glory (I'm sure many of you can sympathize)! She continues to attend a Montessori preschool, and also spends an hour a day in English phonics with Sandi. She is already reading simple words.

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is fourteen months old and is walking after reluctantly giving up her fast paced crawling. She is our best eater yet and makes her dietitian mommy very happy by eating any vegetable or fruit we put in front of her. Sleeping 12 hours a night without waking has also been a treat for us.

We really appreciate all who faithfully pray for our little girls.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

About our Medical Ministry

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" Matthew 25:40

We have been blessed to have many medical professionals come and give of themselves, their time, and their resources to help serve the hurting people of Peru. In an effort to keep you updated on the spread of the Gospel through our medical ministry we will send periodic updates on current happenings so that you may labor with us through your prayers and through your financial support.

We have attended 3,000 patients since we opened the Wichanzao Clinic in 2002 and currently see up to 20 patients a day. Our aim is to serve with a level of compassion that is not seen in most Peruvian clinics. Not only are we able to offer medical services in one of the poorest and least served parts of Trujillo, we are also able to extend a higher quality of care through visiting American professionals, donated supplies, and medications from the US.

We currently occupy the first floor of our two-story facility. Having only one exam room and one dental room we are eager to finish the second floor which will add two additional exam rooms, and a room for sonogram and EKG, a laboratory, an additional waiting room, and office space. Stage two for the Wichanzao Clinic is to expand into the vacant building next door, which will increase our pharmacy area, provide more exam rooms, and give patients a larger waiting area. Each of these steps, however, requires help from our friends who have a heart for this ministry.

Because we seek to serve a very needy community by offering medical services at an extremely low cost, covering our operational expenses is very difficult. Including our doctors' salaries, and a full staff, it costs us $75/day to run the clinic ($1500/month) . We need $4,000 to complete construction of our second floor, and approximately $15,000 for renovation and expansion next door. Once we complete these expansions we will be able to serve many more patients in need and provide even more services in our clinic.

Jesus always preached the gospel in the context of acts of compassion and we consider this to be one of our chief responsibilities. The Lord has greatly blessed this ministry, but we very much depend on the prayers and support of many friends. Please consider a regular contribution toward our operating expenses, as well as a specific gift enabling us to complete construction of the Wichanzao facility.
Please pray the Lord gives us wisdom as we seek to run this clinic efficiently and effectively.
•Please pray that the Lord would use these acts of compassion to open hard hearts.
•Please pray that the Lord would bring true healing to those we seek to serve.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Happy 9 Year Anniversary!

Today we celebrated our wedding anniversary. It has been an amazing & adventurous 9 years! We are so thankful to God for the blessing of our marriage, the three beautiful daughters, and the ministry He has called us too.


Saturday, August 09, 2008

The Peru Mission Kids

Here is a picture of almost all of the missionary kids in Peru Mission. Heather Ferguson snapped this picture in "the park", which is located in the neighborhood we all live in. Almost everyday between 4-6pm, you can find this park filled with a large number of our gringitos (little white kids).

Monday, August 04, 2008

Music at Larco Church

Here's a taste of what Sunday worship singing is like at our Larco Church. You're listening to Psalm 98 to the tune "Ode to Joy" with a Peruvian flair. This Saturday we have a big re-organization meeting of the choir. Please pray that many will make a bigger commitment to be consistent and punctual.

Props to Heather Ferguson for capturing the video.

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