Jim and Hope Smith

Smith Jim Hope

We were in our thirties, settled, raising a family, and happily serving on the pastoral staff of the church of our youth. We thought this was where God would keep us for decades, but God had other plans. What began as an interest in short-term missions, soon became a burden that couldn’t be satisfied in a couple of weeks or a couple of trips. God opened our eyes to missions through a Bible study and focused our hearts toward Africa through the experience of friends and persona research. It wasn’t long before our pressing burden became our persistent cry: “Lord, let us go to Africa.” Through a second Bible study, countless scriptures, and the affirming counsel of godly men and women, we were convinced of God’s calling. Since 2005, our family has been privileged to serve in Zambia and South Africa, planting and developing local churches, demonstrating mercy to the vulnerable, and offering discipleship and leadership development. While there are a number of gospel-centered churches growing and reproducing in various parts of southern Africa, the need still exists for gifted servants to come alongside these churches and their leaders.

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