Loretta Smith Newsletter (Winter 2019)


I’m reporting to you from our base in Florida. Yes, we’re having nice weather, high 70’s—just had to add that little note!

Ministry Update

While I was in S. Africa, there were lots of changes in Teen Missions International. First, there’s a new board President that automatically becomes the missions director. Our new director is Richard Barber. Richard and his wife, Gina, served with Teen Missions years ago, left to develop a family business in construction, then about five years ago, they felt God calling them back to Teen Missions. They sold their business, bought a home near the base, and took on many responsibilities here at Teen Missions. When the acting board felt it was needful to make an administrative change, it was Richard that they asked to preside over the mission. I have worked under Richard before and know him to be an aggressive leader, not afraid of making changes, trying new ways, and in today’s world, we need to be open to God’s leadings.

One of the first changes that affected me personally was the closing down of the Mongolia base, where I have been actively pursuing starting a Bible school. It did open and had five students last winter. It was hard to let go, but after a few weeks of tears, I have finally reconciled to the closing. I hadn’t been able to get a full-time visa and that left the mission six months out of the year without a Coordinator. It’s all in God’s timing and plan.

Current News

So now where is Loretta in all of this? Only time will tell. There have been thoughts of sending me back to S. Africa to run the Tabernacle there (pictures of that Tabernacle and our students are included). But for now I’m continuing to bale clothes that we put into containers and send out to our African bases. I hope to hear soon what my next project will be. Until then, I will continue to live in a mobile home on Heavenly St. with my friend and sister in the Lord, Pat Storey.

I was able to take some time off before and after Christmas to be with family and friends. What a joy to hug on, laugh with and share in fellowship and prayer. Thank you all for your prayers, support, and love seeing most of you on Facebook. 

In just about 50 days I’ll be celebrating my 75th birthday, with blessed health, a joyful spirit, and peace of mind that my God has all in His control. The only hard part is standing still and waiting, but I know He has a plan for me as He does for each of you, We just need to let go and let God…

What a joy to serve our risen Savior, Lord and Master, “Jesus”.

In His Service, 


Joshua 1:9

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