November is the month where we are more purposeful about our thankfulness. It is good to have a holiday that reminds us to focus on all that we have but gratitude is something we should express all year-round. Right now, as I sit on my bed typing this, I am overcome by how much I really have to be thankful for. This house, the bed I sit on, the computer I am using, my health and ability to do this, the gorgeous cold weather outside, the warm clothes I’m wearing and on and on and on. In reality, if I spent the time to genuinely give thanks to God for all that he’s done for me, it could go on non-stop. I promise not to have this blog become never ending, but I would like to tell you about some specific things we are thankful for concerning our ministry in Utah.
Our home bible study. We are so incredibly grateful for the group of men, women and children that meet in our home every week to learn God’s word. The truth is that most of them are not believers. They are just people searching for the truth in an area where truth is hard to find.
Our church in Florida. First Baptist Church of Windermere has not only decided to make Utah their Samaria, but they have done so with love and excitement. We went back to Florida to meet with small groups and discuss what the future holds for the FBCW/Utah partnership last month. We were so touched by how many people really seemed to have a passion to learn more about Mormonism and to know how they can join in the work here.
Mission Trips. In line with joining the work here, we already have a few mission trips being planned. We cannot fully express how much it means to us that real people are willing to come and help us reach an area that means so much to us. We have trips that are coming to pray, work a community fair and help us lead a Vacation Bible School. There will be even more to do in the future and we are so excited about the possibiities.
Diaper and Formula Pantry. The city we live in is one of the youngest areas per capita in the United States. That means lots and lots of babies. If you are an LDS family that is struggling financially, you don’t ask for help. Not from your family or friends or ward members. No one. It brings too much shame and consequences. We decided to start a diaper and formula pantry for people in need. No questions asked. We will be giving out free diapers and formula to anyone who contacts us. We’ve set up a FB page and contacted other pregnancy centers and food pantries. We will be putting labels on everything we pass out with information about our Bible study group!
God is working in Utah! He is always working. It’s usually just a matter of us paying attention to see it or not. Lately here, it’s been hard to miss.
The people in our home Bible study group have been really asking lots of questions are growing in their faith. God has moved major mountains for some of them and it’s really teaching them the power of prayer.
The reception at FBCW was beyond our expectations.
The number of people interested in coming on mission trips is so exciting!
The diaper and formula pantry page was only up for one day when we got requests for diapers and were contacted by a local pregnancy center to partner with them.
We had a wonderful trip back to Florida and it definitely renewed our energy.
How can you help? Great question!!! I’m so glad you asked.
Pray, pray, pray! The enemy is a real and formidable opponent. Satan is not going to let go of Utah without a fight. Pray for us, the people coming to help us and especially for those looking for salvation through the true God of the Bible.
Give! Do you want to help give to the diaper and formula pantry? We would like to have all diaper sizes on hand and many types of formula ready to give out immediately upon request. We’d also like to have cash reserved in case there is a special need that arrises like a sensitive skin diaper issue or a specialty formula request. There are two ways you can help with that: One – Buy diapers or formula though Amazon, Target, Walmart, where ever and have it shipped directly to us. (Barry & Jennifer Smith, 7853 N Oakwood Drive, Eagle Mountain, UT 84005) or give financially through FBCW just marking the gift as “Utah Mission”.
Go! Are you interested in joining us for a mission trip? We will have several different kind of trips for you to participate in. Not everyone needs to be a doctor, construction worker or evangelist to go on a mission trip. We just need people that love Jesus and want to reach people for His kingdom. Maybe that is you! You don’t attend FBCW? That’s ok! It’s not a prerequisite. =) If you are interested, just email us and we can get you started.
We are thankful for all that God is doing here in Utah. We are thankful for all He is doing in the hearts of the people in Florida too. We are thankful for all of you who pray for us and seek the Father’s will on our behalf. We are thankful for YOU!