International Ministries

Robyn Smith’s Journal

April 4, 2011 Journal
Monday March 7, 2011   Robin Smith’s Journal
There´s a lot going on in Bogota in the midst of our rainy season, so I ask that you pray for those involved in ministry here.   I´m sending a picture of some students I teach, which is my main ministry, but I also want to write about ministry that goes on outside the classroom. 
I´m also sending a picture from the outreach team´s trip to an afterschool program for at-risk children.  We brought some dances, dramas and a Bible lesson, and then played with the kids.  This group is preparing to return to the same Amazon tribes for Holy week this year.  During our trip we will lead children´s activities (similar to a vacation Bible school), paint 2 church buildings, bring medical supplies, and organize evangelism events in the evenings.  At this point, we are praying that we can encourage the struggling churches there, as well as meeting other spiritual and physical needs in the villages.  Please support us in prayer, and if you would like to support us financially (to help buy medicines and paint or cover travel expenses), that would be an immense blessing.  You can send donations to:
                      Robyn Smith, 3548 Phelps Rd. West Suffield, CT 06093
                                     Thank you.  
In February, we took the high school students on a retreat outside the city.  We had a speaker from Valley Brook church in Granby, CT (a friend of my parents), who spoke to the students about relational transparency.  We also had time for small group discussions, team-building activities, prayer, fellowship, and enjoying the fields and river nearby.  The day after, I was able to take the retreat speaker to a few ministry sites in the city that the school supports: a community home for at-risk children on the outskirts of the red-light district, and a ministry that supports “recyclers” (those who sort and sell trash).  The following weekend I was able to return with students to a crisis pregnancy center that a mother from the school runs.  We bring students once a month to run programs with the moms; the past two visits I helped lead an aerobics class for them.
                   Yet more important than what I´ve been doing is what God has been teaching me.  I often follow the psalmist’s example and ask God questions when I pray, and I´ve seen Him answering specific prayers in the past few weeks.  I´ve been asking God what he wants me to do this summer, and plans are falling into place.  I´ve been asking him for more opportunities to dance, and half an hour after I prayed about this the ballet studio where I took classes last year called and is allowing me to take a class for free-praise the Lord!  Matthew 7:11 says, “how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  Yet Jesus also tells us that God knows and gives us exactly what we need (Matthew 6:8).  Last week one of my good friends left the school (but not Bogota).  While I was sad about it, I see now that it was for the best, and I praise Him for the excellent things coming from this transition time.  God knows what we need better than we do.  So be encouraged this week to pray, because God hears us.  Seek His Will, because it is best.   Love,  Robyn