Music Mission Journey

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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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 23, 2017

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 23, 2017

Assignment in Panama

After coming to do outreach in Georgia, I received a flyer in the mail inviting me to visit a church.I had been visiting several churches but had not settled yet on a particular fit.Katia actually said, why don’t we visit that church on the flyer? I had forgotten all about it. So we ventured to a new place and they had just started the worship service.I was immediately drawn in as we began to worship God.I felt this was the church we would attend until God said different.I became involved with the worship team and have been serving there since.This was a big adjustment for me, coming from such a large congregation in Orlando, but I’ve met some amazing folks.

It’s now summer of 2017 and I could feel the heart strings being pulled for me to think about going back in the field.I began communicating with several missionaries whom I had previously served with about serving at the new base in Mexico that would launched soon.Not many days afterwards, I received an email inviting me to come to Panama.Before this happened, I believe God was already at work.I had received an unexpected and most gracious gift.When I began checking for flights to Panama, I realized this gift would almost cover the cost of the ticket.I was thrilled.

All said, I will be taking an assignment in Chiriqui, Panama for the next five months.I am scheduled to leave on next week, July 26th.I will be a part of the discipleship training school and we will be ministering, teaching, and working with the indigenous tribes in Chiriqui, and other parts of Panama.We will also spend many hours in the classroom and worship center.I am excited about this opportunity and the amazing things God is going to do.

No matter where he sends me, I will say YES.The lyrics to this song couldn’t have stated it more perfectly:

I'll just say yes, You lead the way
I'm not afraid of what it means for me to say
That this life You gave Is not my own
I'm trusting You to hear my yes and lead me on
Yes Lord, my life is Yours


And there is peace when I say yes
I might not see it now but You save the best
For all who trust You and obey
There is an answer no more delay
I’LL JUST SAY YES, YES LORD!

So, I am requesting your prayers, your support and love as I continue this journey God has placed before me.As a missionary, we have to raise our own living expenses, so I am looking for ongoing support partners.However, any support is appreciate, even If you’re only able to give once.You can send donations to my attention in the U.S.:

Marion Smith

P.O. Box 151
Hampton, GA 30228

Or directly to the base:

Mission Enablers International
PO Box 2127
Bentonville, AR 72712

When you write your check, please add a note using the code: P6500 to ensure it reaches us

YWAM Chirqui # P6500 - DTS – Marion Smith

Please note: Mission Enablers exacts a fee of 3% for donations of cash or check
6% for online donations with Visa, MasterCard and PayPal or 6.95% with American Express and Discover (No fees withdrawn with my P.O. Box)

Thank you in advance for your prayers, support and love!Blessings to you all.

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 23, 2017

Diamond Dig:

I have to tell you a funny story.For several years, I have been promising my family that I would take them on a ‘diamond dig’.There’s this old diamond mine in Arkansas that had been turned into a park and now open to the public.They did a wonderful job at advertising all the big diamonds people were finding and you get to keep everything you find.So, this was the summer! We are going! I wanted that rock! I’m gonna find me a diamond!

My nieces flew in from Chicago and joined the other children and off we went.I felt they really needed a camping adventure, so I booked our accommodations in a “resort” that had Teepees.We were going to rough it at night and dig during the day.I was so excited that this trip was finally happening.

Our GPS led us to this farm area with no resort in sight.We soon realized they were calling this farm a resort.We could see the teepees.Still kinda excited, we got out of the car to go check in.The gate to access the porch and office was locked.We soon realized our phones could not get a signal. So we waited and kept trying to call “the resort” to let them know we were outside.Finally, the owner came outside and acted as if they didn’t know who we were or that we were coming.However, she proceeded in show us the property and where we would be staying.There before our eyes was the Grand Master Teepee I had reserved, except it wasn’t so grand and apparently had been patched over about 50 times.Still following the owner, she led us inside.We had to nearly crawl just to get inside.Once inside, to our amazement, lay four mattresses on the floor, a rigged light hanging from a TV antennae, and a window air unit on the floor, sticking out of the back of the teepee.Then lo and behold, we looked up and there were multiple, large sized, holes in the teepee.It had already began to sprinkle, so I asked, “what is the contingency for rain?”She answered, “just move the mattress over, only this one gets wet.”

Me and my sister began to laugh.I knew there was no way on earth, in heaven or below that I would sleep there tonight.The attendant continued to show us the rest of the property.She walked us over to a “mud hole” and said, you can swim and boat here.I’m sure it was snake infested.Oh, I almost forgot, the teepee was molded and smelled of mildew and reeked of cat and animal urine.I am sure their many cats and dogs had been sleeping on the mattresses every day. Then there was this outhouse looking structure where we would bathe and use the bathroom, and a hot tub that looked about 50 years old that we could soak in at night.I don’t know if the water had ever been changed. ROTFL (Rolling on the floor laughing) by now. I digress, let’s get back to the diamonds.That’s what we came for.Needless to say, we left that place and did not return.After checking into a decent hotel, we retired for the night.The kids would not get the experience of camping out this time.

A new day!We are so excited to finally get to the diamond mine.The place was a beautiful sight as we drove up.Finally, everything was beginning to look up.We paid for our digging equipment, bought our hats to shield the sun and was now allowed to enter the gates to the mine.Before our eyes lay rows and rows of dirt.It looked as if someone was getting the field ready for planting a garden.

People were spread out over the field, some sitting, others standing and digging, digging, digging for diamonds.We joined in.Not too long the kids were tired and ready to go.But no, we were going to find some diamonds.We spent 10 hours driving to this location.We were not leaving short of finding at least a 2 carat.Pretty soon, everything became hysterically funny and we had us a good laugh.Laughter is good medicine.We got our medicine doses in that day.

How could I have fallen for such a gimmick? I am smarter than that.I even convinced a physician to come along.This was such a bust, I mean Blast!They got us.I still laugh when I think about it.There is a song that I love whose lyrics say He’s making diamonds out of dust, He is refining, in His timing, He’s making diamonds out of us.Oh I get it, he’s making diamonds out of us, not diamonds for us. (LOL)

God does make beautiful things out of dust.Why he made us. Job 23:10 says, But He knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come forth as pure gold.

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 23, 2017

2016-2017 (Outreach in Georgia)

While on the mission field, one of the missionaries shared with me that God said I would have more kids. I thought this was absolutely insane. I wondered which way, Mary or Sarah? I just knew I was not having more kids.However, soon after returning home to the mission house in Georgia, I was afforded the blessing of caring for two children who had become homeless. They remained with me for almost a year. About 3 months later, a social worker from the State of Georgia contacted me and asked if I could take a teen boy into my home who had been severely abused and neglected and needed an immediate placement.I can do this!I just spent months living with teens and young adults and learning how to survive, barely, but I made it through.Now I was beginning to see why God had directed me back…The Refuge, in its unfinished state, was already being used to help others.Ofcourse, this was not my plan.I wanted everything finished and looking good before inviting anyone in.God had other plans…

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Jul 23, 2017

Jan 2016- Mission Update

Ok, I know, it has taken me some time to write about the happenings since Mexico, so here goes…After much prayer and seeking for answers, I felt led to return back home to begin work on the mission house (The Refuge) and the vision God had given me over eight years ago.The only thing is that home was located in Georgia, and I was currently living in Orlando.After returning, I immediately put my house on the market and it sold in one week.I was beginning to see things fall into place and knew God had His hand in this.So I packed up my truck and headed to Georgia.

The Vision:My house shall be a house of refuge for those needing help, rest, and peace.This home would be a place where underprivileged youths could come and learn the basics, such as sewing, cooking, music, arts & crafts, and get homework help and participate in serve projects and mission trips.Also, it would serve missionaries in need of rest and relaxation.They will be pampered during their stay at “The Refuge.”

This 2 acre property will be transformed into a mini resort, the wish list including an inground pool, a pool house, loft with a tv/meeting area and several bedrooms, a reading nook, a craft room, music room and game room.The grounds will be surrounded by benches, flower gardens, sand volleyball area, prayer hut, outdoor kitchen, pergolas, and lounging areas, etc.

I shared this vision with my brother-in-law, Fred, who was a master carpenter, and he jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this vision.I thought to myself, this should be a breeze, why we build a house in 1 day in Mexico.Oh how wrong was I (LOL). We were attempting to renovate a house originally built in 1902, over 100 years old. What could possibly go wrong, went wrong and more.

A couple of months into the renovation, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and soon passed.Fast forwarding and going on a year, this project has had over six groups of contractors, each building and adding to this vision.There have been many challenges, but I’m still determined to build this refuge.More on that later.God continues to be faithful and show me His faithfulness every day.I am reminded to breathe and rest at His feet.

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Update posted by Marion Virginia Smith On Nov 10, 2015

FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP TO BATTLE?.

It?s been a few weeks since I?ve written. Honestly, I debated on whether to report on the latest series of events that occurred soon after the sewer testimony.Well, I feel pressed to share with you.

A few days after the sewer issues were resolved, my team headed for the mountains to be alone with God, seek His face and experience the joy (LOL) of functioning as a team amidst very strenuous conditions.After several days of climbing and hiking, we finally made it to the mountaintop, sore, blistered and exhausted.What a glorious sight to behold, the beauty of the stars, the ocean and the valleys, as we prepared the ground for our beds.Let me make that clear, we laid out our sleeping bags on the dirt and rocks to get a little rest before we journeyed on to the next location.

It?s hard to describe the atmosphere of worshipping and praying to God without distractions, cell phones, TV?s, computers or thoughts of what tasks I have to do tomorrow, except AMAZING.I can tell you that God is doing a job on me. I will share in more details later.

A Lecturer I recently heard described Faith as having an unshakable confidence in the unchanging character of God. So, if we get to know the character of God, we can lean on it in the midst of trouble.And oh, did trouble come.

Our time on the mountains came to an end and we returned to the base.As I opened my IPAD to check on the family, I saw a flurry of 911 messages from several family members. My heart leaped thinking something awful had happened. Something did:

*Someone had broken into my home. The frames were knocked completely from the wall.

*The next message read that the furnace had broken and was unrepairable. A new one was needed.

*The third message said that there was an electrical problem at my home and there were concerns about a fire breaking out.

*Finally, a family member was caught up in bitter legal battle.

Well, this was quite a lot for me to digest, especially since I?m not near. Also, now I would have to spend even more money to get things back to working order.I KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT THIS IS AN ATTACK OF THE ENEMY. I shared with you about God?s faithfulness and how He never fails.Even in all of this, I know that I know that God is still a faithful God and the victory belongs to Him.I?m in battle mode.

But, I must admit that I became a bit discouraged and started talks of coming home and not finishing the program.You see, I did not raised 100% of the funds to attend this school.I actually sold my car before leaving to compensate for the balance of the fees that are due.Over two thousand dollars of the car funds have now been depleted with me having to pay to cover all of the repairs and purchases.

I am now faced with a tough decision: To continue with phase two of the school (outreach) or come home. I am praying and asking God if it is His will that I continue. This is so tough for me because I had everything planned out. I must ask myself if some of my plans were not His plans.Or, if he is just getting me to the point of totally relying on Him to do something miraculous.More funds are required to continue to the 2nd phase of the school.

So, if God lays it on your heart to give, please do so.If you have not had an opportunity to give before, you still can.Your gifts are welcomed.

There are several options to give: 1) My online funding site (www. GoGetFunding.com/project/music-mission-journey) or 2) Send a check to P.O. Box and it will be directed to the mission account (P.O. Box 1091, Gotha, FL 34734)

Thanks to all of you for your love, support and prayers! They are much needed.

Love, Marion Virginia

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Marion Virginia Smith

Backed with $159.00 On Jul 25, 2017

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

Tony Cardoso

Backed with $100.00 On Sep 22, 2015

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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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Backed with $50.00 On Sep 07, 2015

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

Debra Jensen

Backed with $100.00 On Aug 31, 2015

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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

Chiquita Bonds

Backed with $25.00 On Jul 16, 2015

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Joessi Washington

Backed with $25.00 On Jul 15, 2015

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

Rhonda Barber

Backed with $50.00 On Jul 12, 2015

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