Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Living in the Miraculous!

This is a testimony and confirmation that the hand of our Sovereign Lord is upon us, going before us, guiding, and directing us.

We have been praying and preparing for years to have indigenous missionary teams working and living in all 6 unreached tribes of Liberia. A donation was made to fund one of the teams. The team was picked and trained. It was time to go.

One morning, weeks before, as I was in the presence of our Lord, I was praying that He would show us our team’s residence, our new base, in this unknown land. He shared Deuteronomy 12 with me:

Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains... Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods... You are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go... There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you... [Go] to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name... And there rejoice before the Lord your God.”

Solomon Dweh and I arrived in Voinjama on September 10, Wednesday afternoon, wet, muddy, bruised, sick, sore, and filled with joy. We had spent a week on the road on motorbike (3 of those days were spent at the bank). Our mission in Voinjama was to find a base for our team. The indigenous missionary team’s mission is to infiltrate two resistant unreached tribes with our Lord’s Gospel. As we entered the city, I saw a fenced-in compound with apartments in it. I pointed it out to Solomon saying, “We need a place like that. It’s perfect!”

I wrote this the following day, our first full day, in the morning while I was in the presence of our Lord:

“Thursday morning, I open my Bible to this passage:

Deut. 6:10-11, “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig.”

Lord, I’m filled with the deep joy of Your presence. I sense your pleasure in our unity. I ask for nothing more in life. I rest in knowing that, seeking nothing else, fully content, satisfied, in peace, no worry, no fret, or anxiety. Thank You!!

My joy is our unity, walking with You in Your service. I love the risk, battles, even the sufferings and hardships. It is an expression of my faith, love, and gratitude. I love being a living sacrifice. I love sacrifice. I love walking in the light given not knowing what will be next. I walk in blindness knowing the Light Giver sees all, knows all, and is Sovereign. That knowledge and past confirmations is enough for me.”

That morning, filled with the Holy Spirit, I knew our Sovereign Lord had it all worked out. I knew, unbeknownst to the owner, that our Lord had built a place for us and that it was waiting for us.

A couple hours later, Solomon Dweh started to search for the mission base prepared for us by our Lord. His first stop was the property I pointed out. There was only one family there and they were moving out in two days. Solomon contacted the owner (by phone because he was stuck in the mud while trying to come to town). The owner agreed to rent the compound to us for $150 a month. Praise God!! That is an example and confirmation of the Lord ‘s Sovereign Hand upon us!

Genesis 12:1, “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is also our God. He hasn’t changed. His heart and His purposes are the same. What our Lord sacrificed the life of His Son for, we also are to sacrifice our lives for, having the same heart and purpose.

Please, continue to celebrate and unite with us in prayer. 

100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:          
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com. I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Thursday, September 3, 2020

August 2020 End of Month Report


Liberia and Ivory Coast:

2 - Counties Liberia

14 - Total counties we ministered in

143 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in

173 - Total mission trips

14 - Persons were baptized

102 - Attended our 2 day workshops in 2 locations

26 - Dental patients, 36 teeth pulled

7 - Optical patients, 8 pair glasses distributed

75,000 - Copies printed, 182 booklets made (96 English and 86 French booklets)

16- Completed Bible marking

98 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute Level 2 – Capemont, Liberia

56 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute Level 3 – Zwedru, Liberia

125 – Attended Wordsower Bible Institute Level 1 – Ivory Coast

19 – Jesus film showings

1,988 – watched the Jesus film

2 - Broadcasts from radio stations. On 105.3 FM, we do one hour teachings 7 days a week. On 98.6 FM – we do 2 one hour teachings a week


The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.  Looking at the above report you see that we are busy.  We have spread across this country and into the neighboring countries where we train, disciple and church plant. 


We have huge praises!!!  I sent out a request for fasting and prayers two weeks ago.  These are the immediate results of our requests:

  • We prayed for increased funding for our Capemont County indigenous missionary team.  Prayer request answered!
  • We prayed for increased funding for our Ivory Coast team.  Prayer request answered!
  • We prayed for the funding of our third indigenous missionary team to 2 unreached tribes.  Prayed for $14,000 received $15,000.  Prayer request answered!
  • We prayed that we would get permission to use the building adjacent to us to use for our Bible Institute.  We needed extra classroom space and guest rooms.  Prayer request answered!

PRAISE GOD! Every item requested during our fast and prayer was immediately answered as affirmative.  This is a huge blessing and confirmation for all of us as His united team.  


Testimony:  One of our satellite teams just sent us this report.  They went to a village that was having their animistic, demonic society initiation of the young girls.  This initiation is very brutal and leaves scars physically and emotionally often including female genital circumcision.  It includes the inviting of demons to reside in them.  When our team arrived, they were told to leave.  They appealed to the chief and elders and were given permission to teach.  They taught on Heaven and Hell.  The result was 9 confessing Christ as their Savior and 4 baptisms.  This is common and will continue as we are able to send teams into the strongholds of our enemy.  When we show up in fearless faith the result is lasting fruit.

Advancing: In September, we should have our indigenous missionary team to Lofa County in place.  They will be working with the Maninka and Mandingo unreached Muslim tribes.  On September 4th, our missionary team leader, Solomon, and I will be going to Voinjman in Lofa County to find the place our Lord has prepared for our housing.  It will take four days on bike on bad, dangerous muddy roads.  We expect to be there a couple weeks introducing ourselves to the churches and the village leaders of the unreached tribes. 

Our third missionary team will move onto our base and start training to be sent.  They should be in place in November.  They will go to the Bandi and Mende tribes of Gbapolu County.  This year, Lord willing, we will have a Wordsower team living and ministering to all 6 unreached tribes of Liberia.   

More praise, unexpectedly Peter and Johanna have traveled here from Sierra Leone.  Peter has attended our classes before but this time he returned with his wife.  They came with great cost, all the money they owned, and sacrifice.  They were 5 days on the road experiencing the mud and rain of Liberia.  They will stay with us for 2 months to finish all our Bible Institute classes.  Our plan is when they return, in October, a team of two will go with them to establish a base in Sierra Leone.  There are others near them, in Sierra Leone, that have also sacrificed to attend our school.  We are confident that our Lord has compelled them to come and that this is His timing for us to enter Sierra Leone.  They have 11 unreached tribes of over 1 million that need to hear the gospel and be introduced to our Lord and Savior.  The tribe we are looking at is in the town of Makeni.  It is the center of the Temne-Banta Muslim tribe.  Joshua Protect states that there are no known Christians in this tribe… well not yet 😊!  Remember that our Lord has commanded His Church to Go, make disciples of all nations, to baptize them and teach them.  Let me know if our Lord puts a burden on your heart to participate in reaching them. 

Our base:  The 3-minute video below is titled, “A Day in the Life of Wordsower Liberia”.  It shows a typical day on our Zwedru base.  We are an active community.  On a typical day, when our school is in session, we will have 70-100 coming and going on our base.  Cooks prepare food for 80.  Wordsower Bible institute is in operation 3 weeks a month and will have 40-70 students.  The cooking team and teachers will be serving the students.  Our press team will be printing, others will be putting manuals together and use the glue binder, or packing boxes to be shipped throughout Liberia or to Ivory Coast.   Dental patients as well as our optical patients will be coming and going.  Always people come for medical assistance, they come for malaria treatments or wound management or to get assistance for the cost of medicine.  The suffering of poverty destroys joy and hope.  They come looking for work or to get help with school fees, rent, food, funeral expenses, transport, etc.  Others come to purchase Bibles or other Christian reference books from our bookstore or to get additional Bible training lessons for teaching and preaching in their churches.  Missions are always going out or coming in as the mechanics frantically try to keep up with bike repair demands.  Small group classes are on base every day.  They come for literacy, missionary preparation, discipleship, children Bible class or trauma healing.  Children are typically considered a nuisance or are unseen in the community but not on our base.  The children find safety, a bite to eat, love, sports and are noticed.   They love band aids, ointment, placebos, playing in my bedroom with the box filled with toys, coloring, or just to be on some one’s lap.  The soccer ball is available and often must be replaced from wear.  Yard maintenance is always available for those looking for work.  Spiritual leaders will come from the bush, from several counties, to stay a couple days before returning.  We are a hub of continuous activity.  Our mission is to bring Christ, His gospel, to Liberia and Ivory Coast. All these activities are tools, weapons, used to accomplish our Lord’s purpose for His Church. 

The picture below comes from our Ivory Coast base, in August they had a training.  The need of training disciples and church leaders is huge.  They want to be trained but have little access to training.  The picture below is of their Level 2 class, disciples making disciples. They were overwhelmed when showed up to 125 attend the one week class.  We have a vision and everything we do is to assist us in accomplishing the vision.  Our vision is to strengthen His Church and to reach the unreached tribes with His Church united and participating.

The pictures below are of our Capemont base one week training.  They had almost 100 attend the class.  They are in the middle of the unreached Muslim Vai and Goal tribes.  2 women in attendance came in Muslims and came our Christians.

Participate with us in praise and prayer:
  • Praise:  Thank our Lord for answered prayer! We are full of praise and gratitude!!  
  • Pray:  We feel that our Lord has opened the door for us to enter Sierra Leone.  We hope to have a base established there this year.  The cost to establish a base is about $5,000 and $1,500 to operate it each month.  To start and run a base for 6 months it would cost $14,000.  Pray our Lord will provide the funds.  
  • Pray: For our team in Ivory Coast.  The church there is so corrupt, cold and hardhearted. Also, they have 36 unreached tribes of 7 million.
  • Pray:  For us as two of us are going to Lofa County to find the base our Lord has prepared for us.  The trip is long, hard and dangerous.    
  • Pray: Please pray for our safety as we continue to boldly and fearlessly march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:          
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com. I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for August:
Summary of expenses:
$755 - Staff support for 6 employees
$674 - $30 support each for 26 disciple leaders spread throughout Liberia
$595- Assistance to the poor includes rent, medicine, water pump parts etc.
$625 - Radio Ministry
$695 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance   
           on the base
$1,148 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,117- Capemont Missionary team reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes  
$167 - Printing press supplies and labor
$560 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$511 - Gas for bikes and generators 
$80 - Adult Literacy
$25 – Optical
$27 – Dental
$131 – Video team
$0 - Book store
$1,126 - Level 3 Wordsower Bible Institute, Zwedru
$1,125 - Level 2 Wordsower Bible Institute, Grand Capemont County
$2,200 - Ivory Coast base
Total: $11,561

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Urgent Prayer Request

Wordsower Africa is requesting for 2 days of fasting and prayer August 22-23

Please watch this 4 minute video on YouTube.

We have several urgent issues to be lifted up to our Lord inprayer:

 

We desire increased donations.  

• Our Capemont County indigenous missionary team needs increased funding.  They are rapidly increasing their territory within the unreached Vai and Gola unreached tribes.  We are seeing fruit.  Former Muslims have been discipled and desire to go their fellow tribesmen.  More lasting fruit will come if we are able to send these disciples.
• Our Ivory Coast team also wants to expand.  They have raised up disciples that are able to be sent out.  Ivory Coast has 36 unreached tribes of 7 million.
• Praise God, we have a donor that has committed to sending a second indigenous team to another 2 unreached tribes.  The donation is for $14,000.  The startup estimated cost is $5,000 for moving, 2 bikes, rent, bedding, kitchen set up etc.  We have set a $1,500 budget for the 4 families and mission expenses.  But with another donation(s) we would be able to send a team to the last unreached tribes of Liberia.

 

Our main base in Zwedru, Liberia needs additional buildings.  Our Bible Institute student attendance has risen to 50-70 students.  Each class level lasts two weeks.  Our housing is too small.  We have wall to wall mattresses.  Our school room is toosmall for this number of students, also.  

• Adjacent to us is a large seldom used multipurpose building that would satisfy our needs.  We want these 2 days of fasting and prayer brought before our Lord before we approach them for its use.  Hopefully they will lease it to us.  Better yet, if we could purchase it from them.
• In the future, if not able to purchase the existing building, we would like to have a new school built and additional housing on our property.

 

Please join us in unified fasting and prayer these two days.  Fast in the way our Lord leads.  Some may not eat during the weekend or some may want skip meals.  

 

Below is our vision statement for 2020.  In it are other prayer items.  

 

Thank you,

 

Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wordsower Africa 2020 Vision Statement

 

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47. 

 

The vision and goals of Wordsower Africa is to obey the command of our Lord.  To bring the Light of Salvation, Jesus Christ, to the ends of the earth.  We were originally placed in Liberia.  

 

Our vision and goals are now beyond Liberia and have expanded to West Africa.  Our dream and passion is to send to the nations, outside Liberia, trained Liberian missionaries to train the indigenous of their country to also be missionaries to their people and beyond.  We seek the lost the unreached resistant tribes.

 

The virus crisis is an unknown we do not know how it will affect donations, our ability to cross national borders or to accomplish the stated goals.

 

Church partners:  Wordsower Africa will continue to work closely with our church partners, by participating in their strategies and goals to train and send out more missionaries from within their congregation.

 

Wordsower Liberia:  Liberia, Zwedru, is our main base for Wordsower Africa.  This base is the father and the feeder of the work in West Africa.  From this base, we reach Liberia.  We train and send out indigenous missionary teams.

• In Liberia, we have 7 unreached tribes.  Our goal is to a have indigenous Liberian missionary teams in all 7 unreached tribes of Liberia this year.
• Grand Capemont County:  Our Capemont county indigenous missionary team is working very successfully with 3 unreached tribes of Liberia.  
• Lofa County: We have sent out spies into they have located 2 more unreached tribes.  Our goal is to have an indigenous missionary team living and harvesting there this year. 
• Gbapolu: Also, we have sent out spies into Gbapolu county.   They have located another 2 unreached tribes.  Our goal is to have an indigenous missionary team living and harvesting there this year.
• Our Bible Institute enrollment has increased.  We have 40-70 students living and eating with us on our base for 2 weeks (Some will sleep off the base).  Our school building and our housing is insufficient.  Our rooms are wall to wall mattresses. Our school room is overcrowded.  We need additional buildings for our classes and for housing. 

 

Wordsower Ivory Coast:  The Ivorian team is in operation.  They have a great base, they have all the equipment necessary to accomplish their mission to “To bring the Light of Salvation, Jesus Christ, to the ends of the earth”.  Specifically, to the 36 unreached tribes of over 7 million people.  They need an increase of their current budget as they send out trained disciples and teach in their Bible Institute.  They have 36 unreached tribes of 7 million.

 

Guinea:  We have sent teams into Guinea. Guinea has 29 unreached tribes of 11 million, making up 86% of the population.  We desire to have a base there by 2021.  I estimate we can run the base with a monthly cost of about $2,000 a month.  This team will be made up of Liberian missionaries and Guineans that we have discipled. 

 

Nigeria:  Nigeria has 95 unreached tribes of 59 million.  We desire to return to Nigeria this year, 2020.  A Liberian and I will go.  The Liberian will stay for 1 month and I will stay for 2. Maybe one day we will be able to establish a base there.  There are great needs in Northern Nigeria and we are well suited to address many of their needs:  

• The church there is under genocidal attack.  Their need must be known to the universal church and then there needs to be a team to distribute aid.
• The institutional church’s buildings are being burnt.  They need to know how to go “underground.”
• The Muslim Background Believers need to know how to do house church.  To know how to operate as the body of Christ in severe persecution and how to go further North to the persecutor and to the persecuted.

 

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone has 11 unreached tribes of 1.1 million.  We have trained a pre-team of Sierra Leoneans on our Zwedru base.  We are now prepared to send a Liberian team to them.  The team will be expected to stay one month.  By the end of 2020 we should have at least an unofficial working team of disciples making disciples with a vison and desire to reach the unreached. 

 

We have trained, fruitful, proven disciples, waiting, begging to go into these countries, to go to the unreached tribes.  We can easily send trained teams into each of these countries.  Lord willing, all the goals above will be realized by the end of this year, 2020 or the first half of 2021.

 

According to the Joshua Project the countries of West Africa house 176 unreached tribes of 80 million people.  Our Lord has commanded His Church, us, to go, to present Him and His salvation to every tribe.  We can reach many of these tribes.  Even now, we have trained willing disciples wanting to go. 

 

Acts 19:9-10, So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.  Lord willing, our WSL base can be this for much of West Africa.  We are prepared to be a training and sending hub to reach the resistant unreached tribes of West Africa.

 

As always, with gratitude, we will do all we can with what we have.  If we have the means we will be in many nations.


100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:          
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com. I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

July 2020 End of Month Report

 Liberia and Ivory Coast:
2 - Counties Liberia and Ivory Coast
14 - Total counties we ministered in
193 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in 
106 - Total mission trips 
15 - Persons were baptized
121 - Attended our 2 day workshops in 4 locations
53 - Attended 1 day workshop
32 - Dental patients, 38 teeth pulled
14 - Optical patients, 15 pair glasses distributed, 4 patients were referred
82,120 - Copies printed, 182 booklets made (96 English and 86 French booklets)
3 - Completed Bible marking
32 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute Level 1 - Ivory Coast
61 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute Level 1 - Liberia
44 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute Level 2 - Liberia
2 - Broadcasts from radio stations. On 105.3 FM, we do one hour teachings 7 days a week. On 98.6 FM – we do 2 one hour teachings a week

The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.  Looking at the above report you see that we are busy.  We have spread across this country trained disciples and church planters.  

Romans 10:2 says, “I can assure you that they are deeply devoted to God; but their devotion is not based on true knowledge. They have not known the way in which God puts people right with himself, and instead, they have tried to set up their own way; and so they did not submit themselves to God's way of putting people right.”  What Paul said about his Israelite family we can also say about most of Liberia, Ivory Coast and the multitudes of West Africa.  There is a great devotion for God here but it is not based on true knowledge.  So, the result is a religious creation full of false teaching.  We, Wordsower Africa, go throughout the country of Liberia and Ivory Coast teaching and preaching from village to village as modeled by our Lord, Mark 1:38-39.  The older version of the NIV says in Matthew 11:12, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  We, His Church, must be forcefully advancing, fearlessly busting through the gates of Satan’s strongholds to “snatch some from the flames.”  It is a true war and should be treated as such.  The video below is our cavalry of bikes forcefully advancing through the gates of Satan’s strongholds.  The video is less than 3 minutes.

This month we had several Bible training classes in Ivory Coast and Liberia.  We had three 2 week classes attended by 137.  We had four 2-day Bible trainings attended by 121 and a one day Bible training attended by 53.  The harvest is plentiful and the harvesters are prepared and obedient.  In Matthew 28:18-20 our Lord commands us, His disciples, to go, make disciples of all nations, to baptize and to teach.  It seems most often we understand the section about baptizing to mean that we should be baptized, which is true, but the command is that we should be baptizers. In our classes, we teach disciples how to go, how to make disciples, how to baptize and how to teach.  Christ’s example was to train, empower and release.  We follow His example. The video below is 3 ½ minutes.
We receive invitations to teach from all over Liberia, Ivory Coast and the bordering countries.  We receive requests for Bibles and training material daily.  We are not able to keep up with the invitations and requests.  These are good problems but problems none the less.  We have outgrown our buildings on our Zwedru, Liberia base.  Our class room is overcrowded and our sleeping rooms are wall to wall mattresses.  Our Lord is blessing our obedience and sacrifice with an increase of fruit, fruit that will last.  

We now have an indigenous missionary team reaching two unreached tribes, we have a second team on our base training to be sent to another two unreached tribes and a third team waiting to be sent to the last two unreached tribes of Liberia.

Now we have teams out that are assisting in the construction of church buildings.  After disciples are trained they are to form fellowships.  They often outgrow the house and need a larger building.  As we were with them in training we are also with them as they grow.

Participate with us in praise and prayer:
  • Praise: Our schools are back in session and our classes are full.   
  • Praise: The virus has not entered the SE of Liberia with force.
  • Pray: For the funding of a third team to go to the last 2 unreached tribes in Liberia where we do not have an indigenous missionary team. 
  • Pray: For our team in Ivory Coast.  The church there is so corrupt, cold and hardhearted. Also, they have 36 unreached tribes of 7 million.
  • Pray:  We have outgrown our Bible school building and our available sleeping rooms.  We need additional buildings for student housing and a larger school building.
  • Pray: Please pray for our safety as we continue to boldly and fearlessly march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
  • Pray: For increased donations.  Our neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are asking us to start this ministry in their country also. They have many unreached tribes of millions.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:          
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com. I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for July:
Summary of expenses:
$755 - Staff support for 6 employees
$780 - $30 support each for 26 disciple leaders spread throughout Liberia
$348- Assistance to the poor includes rent, medicine, water pump parts etc.
$625 - Radio Ministry
$554 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance   
           on the base
$1,614 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,940 - Capemont Missionary team reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes  
$1,305 - Printing press supplies and labor
$398 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$700 - Gas for bikes and generators 
$80 - Adult Literacy
$28 - Optical
$120 - Book store
$2,089 - Level 1 Wordsower Bible Institute
$1,722 - Level 2 Wordsower Bible Institute 
$1,940 - Ivory Coast base
Total: $14,998

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

June 2020 End of Month Report

Liberia and Ivory Coast:
2 - Countries we ministered in
18 - Total counties we ministered in 
305 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in 
168 - Total mission trips  
30 - Dental patients, 35 teeth pulled
9 - Optical patients, 7 glasses distributed
56,000 - pages printed on our printing press
3,170 - booklets printed
2 - Broadcasts from radio stations. On 105.3 FM we do one hour teachings 7 days a week. On 98.6 FM – we do 2 one hour teachings a week

The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.

The video below, less then 3 minutes, is of our teams going out.  Junior was on one of the teams.  He was going down a big rutted hill and hit a deep hole.  The wreak caused cuts to both legs, both hands and one arm.  There were numerous cuts and scraps to his face, his chin required 4 stitches.  The bike was badly damaged as was his helmet.  The team was on two bikes, the driver of the second bike, George, put Junior on the back of his bike.  He slumped onto George bleeding and semi-conscious.  The road was rough, muddy, dangerous and there was rain.  In these conditions, Junior had to ride back to Zwedru, our base.  It took them 3 hours.  When they arrived he slumped to the ground.  Immediately we took Junior to our hospital.  The next morning a repair team was sent to fix and retrieve the bike. 

Junior is ok.  Most of his injuries have healed.  On his face, he will carry the scar of a solder of the cross, for life.  All our leaders have wreaked, all have been hurt, bruised and bled.  Many have had broken bones and have scars.  This is the cost of discipleship, the cross we carry with joy.


While preparing the video I noticed the pictures, shown below, of Juniors damaged, bleeding hands.  I was stunned.  It was not staged or planned.  Immediately, these verses came to mind:

When Jesus was praying to His father about us, He said, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”  John 17:18

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”  Matthew 16:28

“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?”  1 Corinthians 10:16.


As His disciples we all have been sent.  We have all been commanded to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.  As He was sent into the world to bring salvation for the lost, He has given us the assignment to bring the lost to Him for salvation.  As we take Communion we make an oath to our Lord Jesus to also participate in the sacrifice.  We may not all be able to go but we all must participate in the sacrifice. 

The picture below is of Precelous Wright, a young teenager, hiking through high water.  She says, “I was created to do the mission.”  She goes and proclaims to the lost, to those that are hard to reach.  She comes to us asking to go and returns rejoicing, often hiking 4-6 hours a day.


Amos, below, is going to the isolated villages teaching about the virus and distributing hand washing buckets for their village entrances.


We go!!!  We go to the ends of the earth evangelizing, discipling and church planting.


The motorbike below is loaded with metal sheets for the roof of a newly constructed church building.  Praise God, as other once churchless villages now have churches this village will also no longer be churchless.


Participate with us in praise and prayer:
  • Praise:  It can take 4-5 months for a shipment from the US to reach our base.  We thank our Lord that our replacement generator for the press shop has arrived along with 5 barrels filled with tracts donated by World Missionary Press.   
  • Praise: Our newly formed indigenous missionary team has moved onto our base.  They are going through additional training before moving to live and minister within two unreached, resistant, Muslim tribes. 
  • Pray: For the funding of a third team to go to the last 2 unreached tribes in Liberia where we do not have an indigenous missionary team. 
  • Pray: For our team in Ivory Coast.  The church there is so corrupt, cold and hardhearted. Also, they have 36 unreached tribes of 7 million.
  • Pray: Please pray for our safety as we continue to boldly and fearlessly march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
  • Pray: For increased donations.  Our neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are asking us to start this ministry in their country also. They have many unreached tribes of millions.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:          
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com. I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for June:
Summary of expenses:
$755 - Staff support for 6 employees
$780 - $30 support for 26 disciple leaders spread throughout Liberia
$405- Assistance to the poor includes rent, medicine, water pump parts etc
$635 - Radio Ministry
$989 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance   
            on the base
$3,389- Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,855 - Capemont Missionary team working with 2 unreached Muslim tribes  
$99 - Printing press supplies and labor
$483 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$1,165 - Gas for bikes and generators 
$80 - Adult Literacy
$42 - Dental
$30 - Optical
Total: $10,707

Friday, June 5, 2020

May 2020 End of Month Report

Liberia and Ivory Coast:
2 – Countries we ministered in
14 - Total counties we ministered in 
331 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in 
204 - Total mission trips  
15 - Dental patients, 20 teeth pulled
8 - Optical patients, 9 glasses distributed
123,000 - pages printed on our printing press
10,941 – booklets printed and distributed
2 – Broadcasts from radio stations. On 105.3 FM we do one hour teachings 7 days a week. On   
      98.6 FM – we do 2 one hour teachings a week

The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.

Going to the bank:

So, maybe, the last time you went to the bank you had to wait 15 minutes!  Terrible!!  Well going to the bank is a little different here:

Two days on a motorbike with rain, mud, wreaks, breakdowns and bruises just to get to the first bank.  Was there for two days and was able to only get ½ of our money.  Another day in car to the capital, then another day at that bank to get the other ½ of our money.  A day in car going back to the mud road and another 2 days on the mud road.  9 days to go to the bank!!  And guess what that is our standard.  Now, again, I’m in the capital.  Tomorrow I go to the national branch to try to get our money.  Below is a 2 ½ minute video clip of us on the mud road.  This trip took 12 hours just to get to the asphalt road. (In the video I said it took 10 days to get to the bank, an exaggeration, it was only 9, oops my mistake.)

The sending of teams:

While I was spending 9 days going to the bank the base was busy.  They organized and sent 12 disciples on 8 bikes to 4 counties.  They were gone for 12 days and ministered in hundreds of communities. They all left together and then separated, going to their various destinations. They regrouped in River Gee County and returned together.  Their mission was virus awareness and sharing the Gospel of our Lord that leads to salvation.  They spoke to, who knows, thousands?  Mostly they went to isolated, remote villages who only had heard of rumors and lies of the virus.

I’m reminded of the time Jesus sent out His 12 disciples in Luke 9.  It says, “When Jesus had called the Twelve together… he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick… So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.”  That is what His disciples also did here, 2,000 years later.  Our Lord’s 12, in 2020, went out, going from village to village, 2 by 2, proclaiming the Kingdom of God and warning them of the great pandemic coming.  In Luke 10, it says the disciples returned rejoicing. In this 1 ½ minute video you will see them also rejoicing as they return.  
May Video Update

Rejoice and again I say rejoice:

We are dancing!! Prayers answered!  In the last newsletter I asked us to pray that we could send 2 new indigenous missionary teams to 4 resistant Muslim unreached tribes.  One individual stepped up and agreed to donate $5,000 to start the mission by purchasing motorbikes, supplies, rent and transporting the team.  Plus made the pledge to give the entire amount necessary, $1,500 a month, to fund them.  Think about it.  One individual in sacrifice and faith is sending out an indigenous missionary team to go to 2 unreached tribes.  It would be fun to be a fly on the wall at their judgement.  That is significant!  Now I’m thinking how many are also able to do what this person did.  I also think about small groups, often called house churches or cells groups etc, who could, united, accomplish the same.  Churches could do many. Small Christian fellowship that do not explode, implode.  To implode is spiritually disobedient and unhealthy.  You want your fellowship to be filled with Godly explosive passion?  Well then, put in the dynamite of obedience and sacrifice, light the match and rejoice.  And again I say rejoice!

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47

He said to us, His disciples, “Therefore go, make disciples of all nations.” Matt 28:18. I don’t see an exception clause.  We cannot all go, but we can all participate.  In West Africa there are millions upon millions in 393 unreached tribes.  Wordsower Africa is a training and sending hub.  We are able to send indigenous sacrificial warriors into the Kingdom of Satan to do some shaking.  It would seem to me that our problem should be that the line of supporters would be pushing us to train teams so that they could send the teams.  But, it is not happening.  Why?

Participate with us in praise and prayer:
  • Praise: Thomas Martins, from Woodside Bible Church in Michigan, was with us 3 months.  Because of the virus his flight was canceled, he rescheduled another flight.  It was also canceled. Then he received a text saying a US Embassy evacuation flight was accepting passengers.  He got the last seat and is now back home.  
  • Praise:  Last month we prayed for the funding of 2 indigenous missionary teams to be sent into 4 unreached tribes.  Well, Praise God! Funding for one team was provided.
  • Pray: For the funding of a second team to go to the last 2 unreached tribes in Liberia where we do not have an indigenous missionary team. 
  • Praise: Because of the great financial crisis of America we prayed that our donations would not decrease.  Praise God there was no reduction of donations!!! 
  • Pray: For our team in Ivory Coast.  The church there is so corrupt, cold and hard hearted. Also, they have 36 unreached tribes of 7 million.
  • Pray: Please pray for our safety as we continue to boldly and fearlessly march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
  • Pray: For increased donations.  Our neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are asking us to start this ministry in their country also. They have many unreached tribes of millions.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:          
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com  I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for May:
Summary of expenses:
$1,500- Staff support for 12 employees
$780 - $30 support for 26 disciple leaders spread throughout Liberia
$829 - Assistance to the poor includes rent, medicine, water pump parts etc
$636 - Radio Ministry
$962- Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance on the base
$1,947 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,600 - Capemont Missionary team working with 2 unreached Muslim tribes  
$684 - Printing press supplies and labor
$374 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$960 - Gas for bikes and generators 
$110 - Adult Literacy
$193 – Dental
$40 - Optical
$1,900 - Wordsower Ivory Coast base
Total: $12,515

Friday, May 15, 2020

New Normal

Thomas Martins, from Woodside church in Detroit region, is staying three months with us. He is writing what he has experienced while here. This will give you the perspective of a guests experience. You can read the original post here.

The topic for this blog was planned to illustrate my transition to life here in Liberia. In the short time it has taken to publish this blog, the theme has assumed a far greater meaning in describing the new reality we are all facing.

What is normal? The idea of normality gives the illusion of being a constant—something we can measure our experiences by. Our view through the lens of the expected allows us to see the extraordinary or notice the horrific. Many of us believe our normal is the universal standard. And yet, I doubt there is something more relative or subjective than normality. What is normal in one culture, can be quite unusual or even offensive in another. When snow and temperatures below freezing are typical in one climate, it’s a constant 86 degrees and sunny in another. For some people, struggling for survival is a daily reality, while deciding what outfit to wear is the biggest dilemma others will face all day. Not to mention the fluctuations of normality in one’s own life. What I do and believe today is radically unlike what I did in the past.
I’ve been contemplating this idea of what normal is to different people at different times. Here in Liberia my normal couldn’t be any more abnormal. For the first few weeks, all of my senses were acutely aware of my new reality. The experience has been at the same time delightful, intriguing and difficult.

Here are some of my new normals


Photograph by Thomas Martins
When much of my time was spent escaping the cold outdoors of a Michigan winter, now even when I am indoors, I’m still basically outdoors and there is certainly no escape from the Liberian heat. When the temperature reaches 45 Fahrenheit, Michiganders can’t rip their coats off fast enough and pop the sunroof open with a childlike delight. On the other hand, in Liberia, if the temperature drops below 80 people bundle up in their heavy jackets as if expecting snow to fall from the sky.

Photography by Thomas Martins
In the US my normal shower consisted of exaggeratedly hot running water in the privacy of a bathroom inside of a house. My new routine consists of a bucket filled with well-water, heated on a wood fire, a smaller bucket to pour water on myself in a space outside under the stars in the open air.

If there is one thing I have learned through all the different experiences I have had crammed into my short lifetime—it’s the resilience of man. We have a remarkable ability to adapt to new realities, live in new environments and endure unimaginable suffering. As even a brief glance through history will show. Unfortunately, in the west, we have grown quite soft due to a century of historically unprecedented levels of comfort and safety. Even so, this God given ability lies dormant in us. Today, we may have a chance to bring it to life once more.

As the days roll on and the weeks pass painfully slow while we watch the inevitable consequences of the global shutdown grow, our naïve hopes of a quick return to normal life have faded. We are beginning to realize our world will never be the same again. It is not entirely over dramatic to say the foundations of the earth have been shaken. Entire nations have trembled (even if for just a moment). The global political and economic landscapes have become shaky at the very best. When the dust settles, we will be confronted with a very new normal. Even now normality has been turned on its head.

But the resilience of mankind will be seen once again and has already begun to shine. Not because our governments and politicians will rescue us, not because our celebrities stopped wearing makeup or our friend tweeted a quote from a book they never read and certainly not because one ideology has won over another—no, but because the resilience of man is an image, a reflection, of the unshakable God. The one who himself shakes the foundations of the earth.

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” ~ Hebrews 12:26-29

We do not have to fear the shaking. Even if the shaking takes our comfort, our jobs or our bodies, we can go on rejoicing. Why? Because of the immeasurable gift of eternal life that is hidden in Christ and cannot be shaken. What an opportunity we have to take our light from underneath the basket and let it shine for all the world to see! (Matthew 5:14-16). In the same way that the world will adapt to a new normal, we, who are possessed by the Spirit of God, have been given a gift. If we have ears to hear the voice that shakes, this is a time to have the distractions, vanity and misguided religiosity shaken so that the eternal may remain. We should not be so quick to desire that life would go back to “normal.” If only the eternal will remain at the end of the shaking, we should be asking: What in my life is not eternal? What has my family prioritized that can be shaken? What have our churches and ministries been distracted by that will not remain? I pray as we answer these questions, the Spirit of God will root us and ground us in His love.

“Love never ends… So now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  ~ 1 Corinthians 13:8, 13


At Wordsower Liberia (WSL) the mission goes on.


The missionaries are not easily deterred. Photograph by Thomas Martins
As long as there is paper, the production continues.
Photographs by Thomas Martins

Here at the WSL base we also have adapted to a new normal. The mission continues, but it looks a little different now. Before the global situation became what it is today, WSL had multiple teams on “scouting” missions to make contact with the last of the unreached tribes in Liberia. When the first cases were reported in the capital, Monrovia, these teams were called back before the county boarders were shut down. Through prayer, the leadership of WSL discerned our new assignment. We were to spread awareness of the Corona Virus and bring the hope of the Gospel to all the tribes and villages of Liberia. We are well on our way. In just a couple weeks, we have covered the entire county in which we live, Grand Gedeh County. The Lord confirmed our mission when He gave us favor with the government, military and police, granting us permission to cross the closed boarders to continue our mission in the surrounding counties. Some teams have already been sent on these missions, and many more will follow this coming week. Join us in prayer for the protection of our missionaries as they have chosen not to value their own lives over the lives of others.

Missions in the time of the Corona Virus.
Photographs by Thomas Martins

The Liberian version of the face mask. A “Lapa” is a traditional African cloth (used for skirts, dresses, shirts and suits). With a little help from YouTube, we have taken some lapas and turned them into face masks for our mission teams. This is just one of our new normals.

Photographs by Thomas Martins