Music Mission Journey

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

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

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

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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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