Smith, Loretta Newsletter (Winter 2014)

SmithL Staff NewsletterDear Family and Friends,

 Where has the time gone?….Wow! First I want to say, “Greetings to all, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!”

P1010490Things really started changing after I last wrote.  I mentioned seeing my mom in September. But what I didn’t know at that time was that mom was going to be moving in with me on September 14th. Teen Missions provides my living quarters and they have allowed me to move mom in with me. I live in a two- bedroom mobile home so there’s room for us both.

Attached are pictures that tell the story of what I’ve been doing these last four months. First we started a new Bible school program run by Florida State Ag offices….Master Mission’s Gardening…all 24 students and some of the staff attended  class on Thursdays where we were taught about preparing the land, starting seeds, bug control and of course weed management. All went well and we are still harvesting to this day. But our first frost comes this week, so we are harvesting this weekend to glean the garden. I had fresh okra, green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, and carrots for dinner tonight. It’s January 4th.

P1010571Well the grandson that I got to see graduate from the Army Boot Camp in Georgia is now a Ranger Field Medic, and he got married on December 28th, 2013. I now have one in the Navy and one in the Army and this grandma is very proud of the boys. Plus, now I have a new granddaughter—Alexandra. It’s been a very busy four months.

With the Christmas season coming Teen Missions Int’l needed someone to head up building a float for two parades in December. I sat back thinking no more duties, but then no one else stood up. Besides, who doesn’t like a parade?  So, guess who the chairman was?…Yep, it was me and it was really easy as I had lots of good help. With four committees to work with and lots of students to help, we had a two time trophy winning float. That’s right we won the Judge’s trophy in both parades.  God is good! We used the theme, Jesus Loves the Children of the World, and had eight staff kids riding on the float with eight students handing out “Jesus in the Candy Cane Story” pamphlets with candy canes of course…very popular with spectators.


What is a week like for me at the base?  I’m up at 6 a.m., off to the base at 7 a.m., prayer walk for one hour, and then to chapel for 30 minutes. Work starts with watering the garden, bailing clothes for African containers, lawn mowing and care of orange, fig, and mulberry trees. The Tabernacle brass is polished every month, and then I have about 30 mobile homes that my team cleans…haven’t mentioned my girls yet. You’ll see us in the Christmas Party picture. I have the students in the afternoon from 1-5 p.m. They are great workers, and we get to pray a lot together.

Teen Missions has been busy all around the world with thousands of souls saved, in many different countries. Our school here is sending out students to Africa, Indonesia, Cambodia, Honduras—all just this quarter—with more leaving this year as they graduate from the Bible school.


P1010208My future as of now is to travel to Atlanta, Georgia in May for a six-month run with the Tabernacle tours, an AIDS Orphans and Street Children supporting ministry.

Please keep in touch as I love to pray for all my family, supporters and prayer warriors. I need to know your needs so that I can pray more specifically for you and your families. We are a team and I need your prayers.

1. Meeting mom’s needs if I go to Atlanta.

2. Good health for both mom and me.

3. That my Sunday school class will encourage the children to meet their Lord and Savior and want to serve Him.

4. That I serve Him wherever, whenever He calls.


Enjoy the pictures and remember He is Coming Soon!

Revelation 22:20-21

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Your sister and friend in Christ,


Loretta Smith

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