I first answered God's call to go to Kenya in 2001 and He has been faithful for all those years. He's raised up a group of people who have agreed to stand with me - as partners - in 'loving my neighbor' here in East Africa.

Would you consider joining my team of supporters? There are three options:

1) You can send funds through Ripe for Harvest:
Ripe for Harvest
PO Box 487
Monument, CO 80132
Founded in 1979, Ripe for Harvest is an alternative mission sending agency in which the candidates themselves help define their gifts, skills, and country of service. Ripe for Harvest is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Contributions are solicited with the understanding that RFH has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. I have been with them since 2003. You can view their website by clicking here.

Designate #98 on your check. I receive these donations monthly. Because Ripe for Harvest keeps 12% for administrative costs, I receive 88% of what you send. Your contribution is tax-deductible. Automatic electronic withdrawals and using a credit card are also options with Ripe for Harvest.

2) You can send funds directly to me by mailing a check to:
Deb Smith
PO Box 34083
Omaha, NE 68134
I receive these donations (in their entirety) within two weeks. These contributions are not tax-deductible.

3) You can use the PayPal button just to the right, to make a non-tax-deductible donation.

Matthew 25:35-40

"For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in. I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me."

Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothed You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go visit You?"

The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me."

Hebrews 13:16

Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others

Deuteronomy 15:7, 10, 11

When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help… don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse.

No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs. Don’t count the cost…

Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart.

The way you handle matters like this trigger God, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures.

There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So, I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors..

Just like Jeremiah, I was fashioned in the womb for a specific purpose.

Just like Isaiah, I was sensitive to the Lord’s voice and answered His call. "Here am I; send me."

Like Abraham, I stepped out in faith. I had no idea what to expect as I left my American comfort zone and all that was familiar to me, including my family and my friends. I went in total abandonment to a foreign land I knew nothing about.

Like David, I too desire to fulfill my purpose for my generation.

As Mordecai told Esther, I believe I was born "for such a time as this".

Just like John the Baptist, I don’t easily fit the mold. I don’t easily fit into other people’s expectations. True, I don’t wear camel hair like John the Baptist did, but I do get around on a bicycle. And like him, I eat locusts (and termites) on occasion.

In just the same manner as Paul, I have fallen deeply in love with those God has sent me to minister to. According to God’s divine plan He has sent me to befriend and love the little guy, the neglected and the forgotten, the destitute and the poor.

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