Last week, we introduced you to Azlyn McCarthy, our new missionary to Togo. This past Sunday, we introduced you to our second new missionary family, Josh & Hillary Smith, missionaries to Cambodia. But just as we did last week with Azlyn, we'd love for you to get to know the fun Smith family! Here are their answers to our simple "questionnaire."
Hometown: Largo, Florida
Connection to Riverwood: Fellow MBI graduates with Jake & Grace Epley
Your "one-sentence job description”: Joyfully serving Christ among the poor and lost in Cambodia
Why you are in Cambodia: We are in Cambodia to share the Gospel, disciple people, and care for the poor.
One thing to know about Cambodia: Just 42 years ago, Cambodia experienced a devastating genocide called the Khmer Rouge
One cultural difference between Cambodia and Iowa: At weddings, it is common for a male and female actor to pretend to have an intense argument while the bride, groom, and family members laugh. Laughter is the universal language here.
One way Cambodia and Iowa are similar: People love eating bacon
Favorite Food: Papaya Salad
Favorite Book, Movie, or Hobby: Lord of the Rings
Favorite Verse in Scripture: John 3:16
Something you are currently praising God for: Riverwood partnering with us in spreading the Gospel to the unreached!
Something you are currently struggling with: It seems like every other week, one of our family members has a "new" sickness.
Anything else you want Riverwood to know about you or your ministry: We need you! We could not do our ministry here without your support, so thank you so much for your prayers and financial commitment to help us!
This past Sunday we introduced you (via video) to our new missionary, Azlyn McCarthy, missionary to Togo, Africa. But we’d love for you to get to know Azlyn a little bit more! We asked Azlyn a few questions, and here are her answers.
Hometown: Ankeny, IA
Your “one-sentence job description”: Working under the umbrella of a church planting team, my main focus is on equipping disciple-makers among the Deaf population so that the Deaf may meet, know, and follow Jesus.
Why you are in Togo: To follow the Lord’s call on my life to make disciples among the nations and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
One thing to know about Togo: The Togolese people are some of the kindest and most welcoming people in the world!
One cultural difference between Togo and Iowa: Togo has a collectivistic mindset, and collaboration, especially among family members, is essential for everyday life. America in general has more of an individualistic mindset.
One way Togo and Iowa are similar: During certain seasons, there are cornfields all over!
Favorite Food: Pizza!
Favorite Book or Movie: Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hunard
Favorite Verse in Scripture: Proverbs 31:8-9
Something you are currently praising God for: Exciting movement taking place in Deaf ministry!
Something you are currently struggling with: How to balance relationships in the States while being fully present in Togo.
Anything else you want Riverwood to know about you or your ministry: I have a German Shepherd named Caspian that I brought with me from the States. He’s the best guard dog!