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Ministering Together as a Couple - Rich and Kathy Smith
TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014
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I have asked Richard Smith who ministers with his wife as a layman with GCI in Kenya and Cameroon to write this weeks blog on "Ministering Together as a Couple"

Kathy and I have been married 29 years, nearly half my life. Marriage has been a joy and a pleasure much more often than not. One of the mysteries of marriage is the oneness that God designed to occur between a man and a woman—not simply oneness in body, but in soul and spirit. The Bible teaches the theme of oneness that exists between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and also between Christ and His Church and between believers. In John 17 Jesus prayed to the Father about His disciples, “…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us…that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one…”
As believers in our Lord, both Kathy and I are one by virtue of being one in Christ, by His Holy Spirit, as well as being one in marriage. One of the evidences of this oneness that has grown and continues to grow between Kathy and me is to be together and to do things together, in harmony and with a common purpose. Our hearts and minds become knit in such a way that it touches every area of our lives.
One of the areas God had worked in my heart as a husband was to be the spiritual leader in our marriage and family. That included seeking ways in which we could minister as a couple. And there are opportunities to do that in our local church. When I was invited in 2007 to be part of a team of men to minister with GCI in Kenya on a short-term mission, it was not surprising that I missed Kathy. But I had a deep desire for God to use us as a couple on such a mission. I knew her gifting and wisdom would be a blessing to the women. I was not sure it was on her heart.
When another opportunity came in 2011 to go with GCI to Cameroon on a similar mission, I prayed and hoped Kathy would be led to go. I was delighted that not only Kathy, but my two grown children chose to go on that trip. The four of us repeated the trip in 2012.
It is difficult to describe the deep joy of having my closest friend and life companion join me in such a venture of faith and service to Christ. The preparation for going and the laboring together has bonded us even deeper as one. Such a trip takes a lot of planning, which is one of Kathy’s strengths. There is the potential for stress and conflict. We both grew in our ability to love and serve one another. I rejoiced to see how Kathy has been used by God in the lives of the women in Cameroon. We were both more effective as the people saw us working together as one team, especially when addressing issues of marriage and family. I am now looking forward with thanksgiving to our return to Cameroon in August of this year.
“Two are better than one, for they have a good return for their work…” Eccl 4:9

May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
God greatly blessed, in answer to your prayers, our ministry in the Chiawa/Lower Zambezi Region.

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Nigerian Ministry Mission Report – Part One
FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
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John 9:4 "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” Dear Prayer Warriors, (Please excuse the editing, this is going out without El’s usual corrections) I am going to use the next three...
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May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
God greatly blessed, in answer to your prayers, our ministry in the Chiawa/Lower Zambezi Region.

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Countdown To A Mission Trip
MONDAY, JULY 07, 2014
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Acts 18:21 “but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.” 1 Corinthians 4:19 “But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills…” As this is a subject fresh in my mind (given that I depart...
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May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
God greatly blessed, in answer to your prayers, our ministry in the Chiawa/Lower Zambezi Region.

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Homosexual Marriage is a Sin but not the Only Marriage Sin
FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
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I appreciate and support 100% the church’s opposition to the sin of homosexual marriage. Homosexuality in all of its forms is a sin and God does not recognize so- called homosexual marriages. This battle, however, was lost long before the issue...
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May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
God greatly blessed, in answer to your prayers, our ministry in the Chiawa/Lower Zambezi Region.

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Is It Really Cool To Be Crude?
SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014
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Dear Prayer Warriors, Is it really cool to be crude? I am not sure when it became "cool" for ministers, missionaries and Christians to have foul mouths but this trend not only does not spring from God the Holy Spirit but grieves Him deeply. God...
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May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
God greatly blessed, in answer to your prayers, our ministry in the Chiawa/Lower Zambezi Region.

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South Africa Report – A Full Week Of Ministry
TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014
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We praise God for the exciting week we have had ministering in South Africa with our dear friend of 30 years Udobong Idemetor!! Grace Community International goes mobile! The Grace Community International free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch...
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May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
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Zambia Week 2 & 3 Report – On the Banks of the Lower Zambezi
THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
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Grace Community International goes mobile! The Grace Community International free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is now available on the App Store. Listen to sermons and workshops delivered at conferences around the world. Keep up-to-date...
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May 2014 - Lower Zambezi/Chiawa
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Zambia Week One Report
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
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For real time pictorial reports - like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gciweb Dear Prayer Warriors, Your prayers have empowered the ministry of Grace Community International here in Zambia. God the Holy Spirit clearly teaches the importance...
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May 2014 - Zambia
God moved through your prayers as we safely arrived and began to minister in Lusaka, Zambia.

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The First Church of the Man-Child
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
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The First Church of the Man-Child Dear Prayer Warriors, One of the adjustments I have to make as I move back and forth between American churches and international churches is the phenomenon in America of the Christian Man-Child and the churches...
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Spiritual Warfare - Opposing vs. Fellowshipping With Satan
WEDNESDAY, MAY 07, 2014
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Dear Prayer Warriors, It seems to me that no one endeavor in the ministry should make one more aware of the issues of spiritual warfare than the ministry of intercession. I have always found it a very rewarding feeling to be able to stick my...
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