|July 2014 - Dear Friends and Family, July 2014
It is with gratitude that we write to you, hoping that God is the center of your life and has blessed you for your support of our work. We are blessed to be here in Oasis, living next to camp and having a view of the lake that is so beautiful. This summer we have had rain every day for a long time and the hills are green, the lake is full, the flowers are blooming and crops are growing. Creation shows us how much God loves us and yet the greatest joy is what Psalms 32...
|February 2014 - Dear Friends and Family:
Happy New Year 2014! With a New Year comes a feeling of hope... starting over... maybe this year it will be better... and we all make our resolutions hoping for positive changes in our lives. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus' birth and God's love for humankind. We no longer have to be bogged down in our own inadequate ways of trying to save ourselves, Jesus became the sacrifice that sa...
|September 2013 News - This year we have noticed a recurring theme: the power of God to work through difficult situations. We read in Proverbs 15:29 "The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous." We read about Nehemiah who prayed intensely for God to restore Jerusalem and bring favor on him when he approached the King with his request. God then caused the King to look favorably on Nehemiah and he was able to continue on in his ministry to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah 1:11 "O Lord, pl...
|Good news from the Smiths - Dear Friends and Family, March 2011
"Spring has sprung the grass is turning green..." Although here the grass
turns green at a later date with the coming of the rainy season, we have seen evidence
of spring arriving. For example the peach tree near our shed is sporting a new coat
of pink! It reminds me how much the Lord's words are like a spring rain on our
|Goal Met - I actually spoke to Joel today (from Mexico). He is rejoicing that their goal of $50,000 toward a new medical facility has been met. He asks for prayer as they make firm plans to purchase land--that they would deal with honest sellers. I told him he could count on prayers from our church.
|Good News Regarding Surgery - Dear Friends and Family,
We want to let everyone know that Erica had no problems during surgery and the biopsy came back negative for cancer!!!
Praise the Lord!!! We want to thank everyone that has been praying for us as we go through this difficult time. God has led us every
step of the way, taking care of all of the details. The hospital and OR experience were positive. Rejoice with us!!!
In Him, Joey and Erica
|Joel and Erica with Thanksgiving Greetings - The latest from the Smiths in Mexico has been posted on the Mission Bulletin Board. Among the important details of the Missionary Letter is this prayer request for Erica's health.
Erica is going to have a lumpectomy on November 4th. Her mother has had breast cancer twice, so after the second episode we decided that Erica should have yearly checkups for cancer. A few years ago she developed a lump that the Dr. has been observing. Over these 4 years or so the lump has changed from having ...
|Green Shore Greetings - Greetings from the green shores of Lake Valsequillo! We have enjoyed a summer that is green
and pleasant, thanks to the rain we have had over the last 2 months. For a time there, we had rain
every day for 3 weeks! It is a beautiful sight and it reminds us of the blessings we find in our daily
devotions that keep us fed. One other benefit is that our peach tree is just full of peaches! We had
to prop up one of the branches because of the fullness of fruit. It reminds us of the fruit of the
Spirit in Gal...
|Lost and Found - Dear Friends and Family, April 2010
That which was LOST is now FOUND! Luke 15:10 "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Yes, there is joy in our hearts this month as we celebrate the New Life that God brought forth in our Church. You will find the story below. Rejoice with us!!
|Joel and Erica Smith March 2010 Update - Joel Smith writes: "Here is our prayer letter for you to read and enjoy. God blessed us a lot during our time with Perkasie Mennonite Church as we conducted a Medical Caravan. We dedicated this prayer letter to the Medical Caravan that just finished end of February. Most of the pictures you see here are also on our website for you to enjoy. There were tons of them taken! So you can click on this link and go there for a more detailed view of what we did: www.joelericasmith.org. God Bless you and Happy ...