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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Dec 10, 2017

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Dec 10, 2017

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Dec 09, 2017


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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Dec 09, 2017

OCTOBER - DECEMBER HAPPENINGS...

Praise be to God who loves us with an everlasting love and gives us strength through the storms. There is so much to be thankful for! My grandmother always said, He's done so much for me, I can not tell it all." I now understand that testimony. God is so so good. He is Faithful. He's walked with me through adversity and He has kept me safe through earthquakes and storms, and while traveling up and down mountains with blinding fog and drivers who appear to be in a race. We have ministered in multiple cities within Panama, CostaRica and Ecuador.

I have been given a wonderful opportunity to be a witness, share God's love and embrace other cultures, indigenous groups and just love on the children. My time here in Central and South America will be drawing to a close in 2 weeks. It has been an amazing 5 months in serving, worshiping and sharing the good news of Jesus.

Some of the highlights from the last several months included activities at several nursing homes, orphanages, and community centers in various towns. Each of us have also had several opportunities to lead in church services, give a message and words of encouragement. We have helped with construction of a farm that will be a training base for the indigenous tribes to come and learn agriculture. Additionally, we have held prayer walks in the communities and prayed for people in their homes, taught bible school, built a fence and constructed a concrete floor in the sanctuary of one of the ministries. Also, construction is still ongoing at the main base in preparation for the new indigenous children who will be coming to live and study on a full time basis, and in fulfillment of the vision God has given the Directors at YWAM Panama.

My time these past few months have not been without adversity, but I refuse to allow these things to cause me to stop the work God has placed in my hands to do or discourage me to leave without finishing the race. In October, my house was broken into and my checks were stolen from several bank accounts. One account was completely overdrawn. An amount totaling over $8000.00 was stolen. This resulted in all my accounts being frozen. With that, my bills which were set to be paid from those accounts could no longer be paid. Thank God for two of my sisters who jumped right in to help and have been handling things for me while I am away. Then, this week, I got an email from my credit card company who said my account was being fraudulently used and they have now closed my account. This presented other concerns since that is the only credit card I am traveling with and I don't have access to cash, nor an international address where I can receive another credit card. I know these are attacks of the enemy. I refuse to drop everything and run home. I believe God directed me here for a purpose and I intend to fulfill it.

So, please continue to pray for me and my family. I thank you for all your support and prayers. Hope to see you all very soon.

Love Marion

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Oct 03, 2017

CONFERENCE...Our week started out with a bang at the YWAM Global Leadership Conference in San Juan, Costa Rica. Over 57 nations were represented. The week was filled with amazing worship in 4 different languages, daily prayers, teachings and table conversations. I was excited to be able to attend, a little miracle in itself. Our base director was praying about the possibility of us being able to afford the trip, with needed room and board for 15 people, when an offer was made to house, feed and transport us daily for $5.00 per person. God provides.

HURRICANE...Many prayers were centered around Hurricane Irma and the devastation it had caused in numerous areas. Towards the end of this conference, the leadership was led to petition the different groups to take action and commit to helping those most in need to rebuild, starting in Caribbean. Our base decided to take on the challenge. It would entail securing containers and outfitting them as living quarters, and classrooms, and using YWAM ships to ship them to the Islands that were destroyed, thus providing housing for the people who were displaced. What an awesome way to be a shining light to those now in darkness.

I, too, felt deep inside my heart that I was supposed to help in this effort. We can not continue to turn our heads and disregard those that are suffering and hurting around us.

We need your help in partnering with us to make this happen. If you are willing to purchase or commit to fund a container, we will purchase it in our location,outfit it and ship it via the Panama Canal to the designated location in the Caribbean. Each container costs around $3000.00. What's more important than the amount you give is your attitude towards giving. Please search in your hearts what God is calling you to do.

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS...This is what my journey is all about: Going where God leads me to go, even when I can't make sense of it; doing what He tells me to do, although I may be trembling inside; stretching me beyond myself to accomplish something way too big for me, requiring me to lean confidently on Him and trust in His directions. If it is just one He has called me here for, it's all for His Glory. The routine of my life has been taken away.

So, if you are looking for me to have all the answers, I'm sorry. It required an attitude change for me. My trust must be in the Lord. I don't have the capacity to understand all His ways,His thoughts. This one thing I know for sure, He is good! Ok, maybe more than one: faithful, loving, gracious, merciful, powerful, awesome, magnificent...I could go on and on.

WHAT ELSE...Our time at the Boys home is going wonderful. A number of them have been very receptive to the Word and our time together. Several other teams have arrived and now staying at the base location, stretching this community living over the top (smile). I must admit, some days are really challenging. I pray daily that my life is a reflection of Jesus and that I am able to reach those He places in my path, being a witness, showing compassion, serving and helping, and building relationships. I am learning quite a lot in our bible sessions and seeing the Word in a different light. Thank you for your support and prayers. They are ALWAYS welcome.

FAITH BUILDER...The little things matter to God. He tells us to call on Him and He will answer. So, we were on our way back from the conference, riding on a bus for an 8 hour trip back across the border to Panama. Our driver appeared to be in a pretty bad mood and took every opportunity to let us know. That didn't bother me too much, BUT his driving was a different story. It had started raining pretty hard and he was just whipping this humongous bus around the sharp curves, often not being able to stay in the lane. It seemed the harder it rained, the faster he went. After sliding a couple of times, I became a bit concerned that he might lose control and we go tumbling over the mountainside. I knew it would not make things better by saying anything to him, so I began to pray feverishly and asked God to just slow him down so we would reach our destination without incident. A few minutes after praying, we ran into bumper to bumper traffic. He could do nothing but come to a screeching halt. Hallelujah, I have never welcomed traffic as I did this day. GOD STILL ANSWERS PRAYERS!!! Try Him!

Many Blessings & Love,

Marion (Virginia) Smith

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Sep 01, 2017

Hey Friends and Family,

Greetings from Panama! I've been here for a month now, so finally adjusting to the daily torrential rains. Our home base is located in the Town of Potrerillos Arriba, in the province of Chiriqui. That was for all you geography buffs. God has continued to 'shower' His blessings upon us and shelter us with safety.

GETTING OUR BEARINGS...A day after arriving, we were shown how to navigate the countryside, on foot, and where to access the bus route. So after walking a little over an hour, we finally made it to a bus stop where we set off to explore the city, David, Panama. Before coming to Panama, I had been praying to God to help me lose some of this weight (that so easily beset me). I think a plan has been set in motion. Two to three days a week, we will be walking 2-3 miles a day to get our bodies ready to do the work God has for us. That will entail trekking through the jungle to minister to indigenous tribes.

MEDICAL OUTREACH...The first week, we served with a medical mission team, caring for the Ngabe Native Indian tribe in the jungle of Bonyic, Bocas del Toro. Relationships were built and some strengthened. We provided medical treatments, exams, and medicines to over 600 patients. We took cold showers outdoors, and some in the river, and prepared meals over an open fire inside large cast iron pots. I wonder if this is how smokers feel, breathing smoke and soot throughout the day and smelling it on you well into the night? We were a sight for sore eyes, blackened faces, clothes dirty, hair sweaty with the sweet aroma of smoked wood, and service with a smile. All the covers of makeup and neatly combed hair wore off by the end of the day. We no longer cared how we looked. It became about serving and doing what was necessary.

COMMUNITY LIVING...After returning to the base (civilization as we came to realize), we were so happy to feel the heat of the water on our backs. Training began the next week. We attend daily bible lectures, preparing us to work in the field, and then are given opportunities to teach, share and participate in character building exercises. Living in community is the focus while on the base, sharing rooms, bathrooms, and working together. Also, throughout the week, we have several worship and intercessory prayer times, personal devotion and servings along side the locals. I am blessed to be a part of the worship team and have opportunities to lead in worship weekly.

JUCUM PANAMA...This base is living out the principles of feeding, clothing and housing the needy. They have established a program where they allow a number of indigenous children to come and live, study and get a chance at a better life. I get an opportunity to interact with them almost daily. One of the young ladies of the Bluglere tribe, whom I have been sharing with, told me if it were not for this program, she would be delegated to a life of slavery in her village, where they are given (forced) into marriage at the age of 12 and must then take care of the household, children they birth, etc. They are treated very poorly, abused and have absolutely no rights. Her father came to know the Lord through one of the missionaries who had visited their village and was offered the opportunity to send his children to get educated. After much consideration and prayer, he decided to break the tradition of his tribe and send his children away. One came first and three more followed years later. I will tell you the story of Mireya at another time. But thanks be to God for His mercy and grace on this family and others as well.

CHURCH LIFE...Each Sunday, we have visited different churches so we can decide which one we favor. Some churches are solely in Spanish, while others are bi-lingual. No matter what language, you can sense the presence of God there. God says in his Word, if you seek me, you will find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

WEEKLY OUTREACH...Each Friday, we visit Arturo Miro Boys Rehab Center. These boys are from various families, backgrounds and tribes. Some have been abandoned, some orphans and others got into trouble and was sent here. One thing is common, they all need love and to fill loved. Our objective is to build relationships, share with them the love of Jesus, teach and pray with and for them. Last week, I spoke on their identity in Jesus and how God loved them so that he called them His sons. Each of them were made in the image of God and God wants to have this Father/son relationship with them. All they need to do is accept His Gift (His Son) in their lives. We are God's children!

CONFERENCE...Next Monday, we will be traveling out of the country to San Jose, Costa Rica, to attend a week-long global gathering conference, hosted by the founder of YWAM, Loren Cunningham, and University of the Nations. This will be a great time of prayer, worshipping and seeking God with ethnic groups from all over the world.

PRAYER REQUESTS...I ask that you continue in prayer for my family, my children and protection for the team as we travel about. Please pray for resources and funding needed to reach the various people groups and villages. If you are so moved, please feel free to send a donation to assist me in this work. You can send a check to my P.O. Box 151, Hampton, GA 30228 or make a secure payment on my site (www.gogetfunding.com/musicmissionjourney). Any amount is welcomed!!

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the pictures! If you would like to send an email or text message, that would be great. I don't have daily access but will respond when I can.

Email: [email protected]

Text: 678-347-0423

Many Blessings to you all.

Love,

Marion (Virginia) Smith

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 27, 2017

First day activities included walking over a mile to learn how to catch the bus and navigate around town.

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 27, 2017

After such a long day, we made it safely to Panama. Praise be to God! Here are some pics of the base where I will be staying for a few months.

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 27, 2017

On my way to Panama. Just landed in Houston, but not without a hitch. Was told I could take 2 bags but got changed on me at the ticket counter. So there I was pulling out unmentionables at desk with 6 minutes to repackage and choose what I must leave behind. LOL, I spent 2 days packing and re packed in 5. Praise be to God, I made it safely to Houston. I may be naked in Panama but I press on

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 27, 2017

On my way to Panama. Just landed in Houston, but not without a hitch. Was told I could take 2 bags but got changed on me at the ticket counter. So there I was pulling out unmentionables at desk with 6 minutes to repackage and choose what I must leave behind. LOL, I spent 2 days packing and re packed in 5. Praise be to God, I made it safely to Houston. I may be naked in Panama but I press on

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Marion Virginia Smith

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Marion, God Bless you on this mission and always God will be with you days and nights. Tony

Tony Cardoso

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Praying for you, Virginia. Be encouraged. God Bless!!

Pamela McKinney

Backed with $25.00 On Sep 16, 2015

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Good luck on your mission Marion. Be safe. We look forward to your return. God bless.

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Good Luck to you!! Praying for you on this journey!

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Terry Clemons

Backed with $50.00 On Jul 16, 2015

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Praying for you to reach your goals of reaching the world through Music & Missions. Peace and Blessings

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Joessi Washington

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Best of luck and we will all be praying for you.

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