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We Just ren our of backpacks

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“Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high“Fix your eyes on  JESUS.”                         on wings like eagles.                                           -Hebrews 12:2 They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31

These Verses from God's Word help me when I get down from the storms of life. There are storms and will be storms in life. Do we stay down & out with a bad attitude angry at the world?

I am a visual learner and hope my Bible verse illustrations help you as they do me.  Look at the waves/trials of life and you sink!  Jesus is right there to lift us up when we focus on Him!  (Heb. 12:2 verse).    I rejoice that I am tired and weak because God tells us in His Word that His strength is seen in our weaknesses (2 Cor. 12: 9 & 10)!  PTL for that.  I feel tired but know as I press on and go out today, a Saturday, to SHe Rescue Home and teach a couple songs and Praise Dance (to young girls saved from hum…

everyone can help the poor.

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"Alone we can do little.  But together we can do much."- Tiger Smith
http://www.jobinthebag.com/

Now to go help the poor.  All of us can help with jobinthebag.com
Please join praying we can help more girls saved from sex work to sew the bags

Profit goes to starting a Friendship house in a remote village with no power or running water.


Be blessed.  Your Friend -Reneehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjtsP7IaNEA

Helping the poor.  Everyone can help someone in need.  Who can you help?  Think about it.  If you get a thought to help someone act upon it. ... I almost did not!  I was bike riding home from work (teaching at Hope International School) and wanted to get home fast! As I biked by a dirty barefooted woman I could not help but notice the adorable tiny baby she was carrying.  I had the thought after passing to give her my fancy water bottle in the basket of my bike.  I almost did not turn back to act on this thought!  As I  turn my bike around and approach the young woman I se…

Summer 2015 Slum Village

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Man, am I learning a lesson on CONTENTMENT.



" Be CONTENT in what you have.  For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.". - Hebrews 13: 5.     Wow God is always with us.  That, my friend, is good news.  No matter what you are going through.



I was at the slum village paying Titah, a new mom.  She makes bracelets and earns 15 UDS a month for money for food.  I get to her family hut with her baby asleep in a hammock under the stick hut above the dirt.  Her other 4 children are smiling despite dirty clothes and no shoes.  Their outdoor tiny fire has a pot on it cooking water with what they can afford to put in for soup.  I am invited to sit under the hut in a hammock as Tita was in the middle of a "shower'.  Her "shower"  consists of being outside in the village where all can see and dumping a bucket of water over her head with a sarong on.  After doing this several times she pins up her hair and is ready to go, drying quickly from t…

Summer 2015 Slum Village

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Man, am I learning a lesson on CONTENTMENT.

" Be CONTENT in what you have.  For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.". - Hebrews 13: 5.     Wow God is always with us.  That, my friend, is good news.  No matter what you are going through.

I was at the slum village paying Titah, a new mom.  She makes bracelets and earns 15 UDS a month for money for food.  I get to her family hut with her baby asleep in a hammock wonder the hut above the dirt.  Her other 4 children are smiling despite dirty clothes and no shoes.  Their outdoor tiny fire has a pot on it cooking water with what they can afford to put in for soup.  I am invited to sit under the hut in a hammock as Tita was in the middle of a "shower'.  Her "shower"  consists of being outside in the village where all can see and dumping a bucket of water over her head with a sarong on.  After doing this several times she pins up her hair and is ready to go, drying quickly from the C…

The Song PRAYER by Jacoby- Version 1/Home version

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"PRAY without ceasing."

                                                                                                                         - 1 Thess. 5:17

Reminder to PRAY.  

                                                        Wherever you are

 This video was in Golden Gate Seminary Student Housing, California.  Now I live in Cambodia.  Wherever we are we can " TALK TO HIM IN PRAYER".  Hope you got that from this song.  With my sons Jacoby TIge Smith (wrote this song) and Eli Josh Smith.  Join me in PRAYing with Jesus in John 17: 15 (protection form the evil one) & 21.  Pray and we will be united before the Throne of His Majesty Lord of Lords and KING of KINGS, Creator of the Universe, wherever you are. 

                                                  He is Worthy- Renee 
Jsoh Smith, Drummer, now at Moody Bible- University in USA, 2015
Jacoby Smith presently TEACHING in China., 2015. Renee Smith presently teaching at HOPE International School and SheResc…

Friends at the slum in Asia

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Friends ...who are yours?  Have you thought of befriending someone in need?  Praying to make a difference ...in just one life. Let's strive to press on and be loving to someone. One day at a time.  Grateful for today- Renee

Hugs from Cambodia.    



"...LOVE>>"- 2 Peter 1:7b

Friend's Flooded Hut

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Friend had twin baby girls and lives in this flooded hut.  Helping the poor in a slum in Cambodia.  We don't realize how very blessed we are.  My friends in America deal with comparing to all those around them who are better off, always comparing with the person who has the better toy, car, house,..and on the list goes.  Stop and look at the poor beggar.  Then look at what you do have,  Glass still half empty of half full?



Blessings from Cambodia.  Covered in sweat again here/ :)  I'm not as tough as my Khmer friends!


                                    Much Love- Renee

Rainy Season in Cambodia, 2015

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These huts are leaking!  See the need , fix it!  There are poor in every country.  What do we do when we see poor people.  My challenge to you is to be a blessing to someone today!  If you see a beggar and they are truly poor they will be grateful for some food.  Give a poor little beggar a banana and watch them smile.  Go ahead, make their day!    The best part is not that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping others but treasures in Heaven and our Heavenly Father blessing you for being a blessing to others.

  Jesus said, "Love one another."    Love is an action, not just a feeling.

 Let's press on (despite feeling bla) and pray for one another.

                                                                                                      Much Love- Renee

"Preach love always, and sometimes use words." -Josh Smith.

My New Favorite Song- Try to watch the video w/out crying. SO touching! :)

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From your friend Renee, a breast cancer survivor.  Here in Cambodia with 2 less body parts I didn't need to live a life of JOY in the LORD.  The lyrics of this song say it best, " .."cause God is holding you right now....Don't give up, you're an over comer.."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw
                          Link to Over Comer by Mandissa. Song on youtube

He helped me overcome and now live for Him in Cambodia helping the poor at our beloved slum village church Tige started, teaching dance and choir (to young girls saved from human trafficking, rape or threat of at She Rescue Home), teaching missionary's kids Art & Drama (at Hope International School) & more including being a mom to 5.  Yes- college kids count too and I have 2.  I rely upon my heros Joni Earekson Tada (quadriplegic) & Nick Vuijicic (life without limbs) for Inspiration when hurting & down-  2 Cor. 12: 9 & 10 - Depending on it- His strength in my weakn…

Helping at the Village

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Look at the little kids at the end of this video.  They brought me such joy by having drippy noses.  WHAT?!  Gross, right?  It made me realize they were never taught how.  I was able to get out tissue, give them each a piece and say:-muy-bi-pie (1-2-3) and blow!!  They all blew their little noses and wiped.  So cute!  Helping at the village is hot, sweaty and rewarding.  Let's see who we can daily help with basic needs...see the need, fill the need.  Love from Cambodia- Renee





Pray for Chia

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Dr. Tiger?  No, he is not a medical doctor but tries to help when he can.  The villagers come bring Tiger to those who need help and sometimes they just need a bandage, a little love, a kind work and a prayer.  Sometimes more.  Let's keep the poor and needy in prayer.   God is good, all the time.
 Love & prayers coming your way (if you are reading this) from Cambodia from Tige & Renee

Don't Let your fires burn out!

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My son, Josh Smith at Moody Bible school (in the dorm in the video), Chicage, USA.  May his words encourage you.  Blessings from Cambodia- Renee  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AJl-rcEMtY

Cambodian Family Hut. Come Visit with me- Renee

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Come visit friend SuMum and her family in their hut in a slum in Cambodia.  SuMum has the neatest hut.  We have to take off our shoes before entering and she keeps this stick hut as clean as possible.  She simply requests soap so she can wash her babies clothes and powder for her babies rash.  That's all.  The joy of a visit from a friend despite circumstances has the entire family run to their hut to welcome me!  The husband is wearing a Willy Wonka shirt from Jacoby which gives Goodwill donations new meaning here.  Let's keep these families living in the slums in prayer and help those in need when we can.  May God bless you= Prea-um Protein Poah (my Khmer to english phonics)- Renee