Smith, Loretta (Winter 2013)

SmithL Staff Newsletter

Happy New Years and the Lord’s Blessings on all of you in 2013.

Wow, where did 2012 go? This time last year I was in Yokosuka, Japan ministering to the 7th Naval Fleet at the Lighthouse with Cadence International. I went to California for a few weeks, and then off to South Carolina to Victory Ranch where I ministered to soldiers and chaplains who came to the ranch for classes and/or retreats.

Talitha my adopted daughter
Talitha my adopted daughter

August brought another ministry change; this one was really a surprise to me. I thought that once God closed a door then that door stayed closed. Only God reminded me that I had closed the door by desiring to minister to military families. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart”. (Psalm 37:4) He gave me my heart’s desire, and now I’m back on track where He wants me in Merritt Island, Florida serving with Teen Missions International.

Ok, that’s the catch up; now for some current news. Enclosed are some pictures of my activities at the base and my new Bible School adopted daughter, Talitha. Talitha is 20 years old; she was taken out of Senegal, Africa when she was 5 years old. The country was in civil war and our soldiers came into her village just hours before the rebels; and Talitha was taken to safety and in less than a year was brought to the states. She has grown up in a group home, and has connected with some of her siblings. She can come to my home on weekends to relax, go shopping, and eat out.

Speech Class
Speech Class

My Public Speech class is so much fun. The students (25) have all given their four-minute speeches and by the time you get this letter they will have taken their mid-term exam and will be giving their 15-minute speeches. We have speeches coming on gun bans, prostitution, His Love, forgiveness, and much more and all must have scripture in their speeches. These young people love their Lord, and really want to serve Him. I have three young ladies that I work with in the afternoons doing various things. One of my responsibilities is baling the clothes and shoes that are going to Africa. That reminds me—Uganda just gave us the go for free entry for the container we are shipping duty free (that’s our God). Our other projects have been painting the TMI dining room and preparing five new mobile homes to be lived in (furniture, linens, pots and pans).

Our winter snow birds are arriving for 2-3 months of helping us here on the base. The women sew uniforms for the African kids to go to school and they make puppets for the summer teams to use doing evangelism. The men are doing mechanic work, carpentry (we have moved our food storage to a new location), building walls and shelves, and some are working on refurbishing one of our Tabernacle units. There’s always so much to do. Got some spare time? Come on back and enjoy our 80’s weather. It is a bit unusually warm, but we’re enjoying  it. My tomatoes are loving it—lots of fruit on the vine. I keep wondering how long this is going to last.

Container with 11 tons of clothes
Container with 11 tons of clothes

Some news from other parts of the world: Zambia has sent out their teams to evangelize and one team was on a train for a few hours and decided to give the people the gospel story….over 580 people on the train asked to receive Jesus as Savior, and the kids hadn’t even gotten to their village destination. What a great beginning for that team! Do you wonder how this news includes you as a worker for the Kingdom. Here’s how it works. Some of you are financial supporters and some are my prayer warriors on my team. We work together to get supplies to the other bases in the world.

I never know from day to day what I’ll be doing, but there is always much to do. Later this year it looks like I’ll be doing Tabernacle tours in Columbus, Ohio. During May-October we’ll be telling the story of Christ in the Tabernacle as people tour the life-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle.

Just a side note, I spent some time with my mother during the Christmas break and we celebrated her 90th birthday on the 25th of December. She is well and still lives alone.

God has so answered all my prayers, He gave me a smaller mobile home (2 bedroom / 1 ½ bath) and over the holidays I cleaned and moved into my new digs. There are extra beds if you would like to come back here and vacation or maybe volunteer at the base.

Thank-you all again for your prayers and financial support. Without you guys I wouldn’t be able to serve full time.


His Love to all of you, and His Blessings on each of you,

Your sister in Christ Jesus,

Loretta Smith


Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast,

immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

I Corinthians 15:58

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