Pray for Brian and Lynette Smith helping serve Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic in the name of Jesus.
BRIAN and LYNETTE serve among Haitians in partnership with Mission Maranatha Inc. working in the bateyes on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic. Brian works with local and visiting mission teams in construction and ongoing maintenance projects at existing ministries. Lynette is showing God’s love to women and children through instruction in self-care skills and leading creative art workshops to empower them through creativity. Both Brian and Lynette work closely with colleagues in La Romana at the “Integral Vision Community Center” which aims to serve Haitian immigrants and cooperate with the Good Samaritan Hospital and local Haitian churches of the East of the Dominican Republic.
They write - Our personal identity is one of the most important things to understand about ourselves. Knowing who we are, what makes us tick, what makes us laugh, what gets on our nerves, and what brings us joy. Those are essential for us because understanding those affects everything else in our lives. Our personal identity affects how we; look at life, look at other people, deal with conflicts, and even who we choose to spend our time with.
I over the past 13 months of healing, discernment, and waiting, I have found myself pondering the question, “Why do we, who have been called out by our Heavenly Father, try so hard to fit in and get approval from a world we are no longer a part of?” Expounding on this question I wonder that as a Christian, if you’ve decided to follow Jesus with all of your heart, are you called to “fit in”?
We are so excited announce that on Friday, October 30th, our family moved to La Romana, Dominican Republic. We are looking forward to be partnered with Mission Maranatha and to work along side their ministries that serve marginalized people in and around La Romana. Lynette had the opportunity to travel to La Romana in September for 10 days and with the help of our partner and colleagues, she was able to secure and rent a house for our family. Ricky and Calen, as well as Lynette and I, are relieved to finally make this transition as we seek God’s kingdom in the Dominican Republic. We are eager to be learning the culture, improving our Kreyòl language, and begin learning Spanish. We are also ready to begin developing deep relationships with local churches, leaders, and our new neighbors.