"I've been to South Africa, Uganda, Botswana, Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We've built dozens of churches and tabernacles and plan on continuing to do that. But on our last trip to Zimbabwe, I saw this three-year Bible College and the condition it was in, just tugged at my heart," said Smith, a native of Camp, Ark.
The school, which has approximately 30 students plus staff, has only one working refrigerator, a stove with only two burners that work, faulty plumbing, cracked walls, torn curtains and very few resources.
So, when they returned to the states, Smith set up a fundraising effort called The Zimbabwe Project 2009, with the goal of raising $50,000 to complete the necessary repairs. They have raised $16,500 so far, and hope to continue their efforts through the late summer and fall, in anticipation of their return to Zimbabwe in November of this year.
The Smiths aren't official missionaries, just people who have heard the call and taken on the mission of bringing churches and tabernacles to the people of Africa. Working alongside the Assemblies of God World Missions and their missionaries in the field, the Smiths have built dozens of churches and made a real difference in the communities they've built in.
Currently, the students pay tuition, assist with food and are responsible for bringing all of their own toiletries. Many times, their local churches and communities help them by donating supplies for them to attend the school.
The Zimbabwe Project 2009 donations can be sent to: Assembly of God World Missions, 1145 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65802, or locally to Zimbabwe Project 2009, P.O. Box 1409, West Plains, Mo., 65775. Checks can be made payable to: AGWM Bible School Project. For more information on the Zimbabwe Project 2009, contact Myra and Bobby Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-293-4798.