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The Smiths Argentina
Prayer Letter August 16, 2011

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for us. We have faced some moments of discouragement, but we are doing well and are excited about the Lord’s work here in Argentina. We have a faithful and trustworthy God! Many changes are taking place. Jeff and Mindy Bush, the missionary family we having been working with, due to medical needs, will be taking a furlough sooner than originally planned and will be leaving at the end of August for a full year. We will be moving out of our duplex and into their house by the end of the month. Shortly after making this decision, something awful happened. On a Sunday night after church, Jeff, Mindy, their four little girls, and Jeff’s visiting parents and nephew were robbed at gunpoint inside their home! The two thieves held a gun to Mindy’s head and took everything of value down to their wedding bands. We praise the Lord that they were not hurt and are doing very well now. Most veteran missionaries here have faced similar events. We will miss Jeff and Mindy greatly, but we know that their furlough is an opportunity for us to grow and get even more involved. I will be teaching and preaching more often in the church, seminary, and radio. I am taking on more responsibilities in the music ministry of the church. I look forward to being involved in a new church being started by members of Iglesia Bautista El Faro. I will be interpreting twice a day for the preaching and teaching of an American evangelist that is coming for a week of ministry in mid September. I would like you to pray specifically that I would become a more effective witness for Christ. I have witnessed many times to neighbors, taxi drivers, and strangers, but would like to see more fruit. Please pray that I would have the boldness to speak as I ought to speak and that I would do a great job communicating the Gospel message with clarity. Jennifer is doing better all the time with her Spanish! She survived a week without me while I was in the States for my younger brother’s wedding. I am glad that my dad was able to fly me in. In addition to being the best man, I was able to report to a few supporting churches, present the work to a new church, load up baby clothes and miscellaneous things to bring back to Argentina, and evaluate how far we have come in cultural adaptation. Joel and Amelia turned three and one, respectively. Baby Logan Paul is due September 12, but will probably come early like Amelia. Joel was recently diagnosed with a form of Autism and a Sensory Processing Disorder. He needs speech and developmental therapy. He is due for more scans in August to make sure the cancer has not come back. With recent car trouble, moving, medical expenses and the possibility of having the baby very soon, we are stretched to our limit financially and emotionally, but it’s a good thing we have an All Powerful, All Knowing, All Loving God! Thank you so much for your love, prayer, and support!

The Smiths: Joshua, Jennifer, Joel, & Amelia

Personal Contact ♦ ♦ Casilla de Correo 48, 1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina Sending Church Faith Baptist Church ♦Pastor David H. Pierce ♦1008 W Cedar St Franklin, KY 42134 ♦ (270) 586-8635 Support Address All Points Baptist Mission ♦P Box 498 New Philadelphia, OH 44663 ♦ (330) 339-1035 ext. 103 .O.