Blog Posts

Starving

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 2, 2018

Very few of us have probably ever really been starving. The closest I got was during a 7 days fast about 6 years ago. I do remember though the sensation of being hungry left after just a few days. I believe from what I have seen from people here that you can be starving without…

Hope Rising Sports Ministry

By Ben Lunsford | February 3, 2018

Welcome to Hope Rising Sports Ministry. I would like to take a moment to talk about the opportunities God has given us to reach children in our community with the gospel through sports. Hope Rising has two sports seasons throughout the year: soccer from February to October, and newly added basketball from November to January.…

Reunification

By Matt and Cara Smithson | January 20, 2018

Over the past year and a half 6 kids have been reunited with family and 2 more are in the process. The government has been involved in all but 1 of those cases which unfortunately is not always a good thing but today I am not going to get into the complex issues of the…

The Sun Still Rises

By Matt and Cara Smithson | January 11, 2018

I got up this morning early. Not intentionally as I am not a morning person but I’ve never recovered from this time change thing. I woke up asking God to allow me to just listen. One of my friends recently mentioned in our bible study group how we forget to listen for God’s response after…

The Coffee Cup

By Matt and Cara Smithson | November 25, 2017

Are you ever afraid to be in God’s presence? Afraid that if you are you will fall apart. I had a coffee cup once that had cracks all in it but I could still use it. Then the handle broke off and I glued it back on so I could continue using the cup. But,…

Look in the Rearview Mirror!

By Matt and Cara Smithson | September 21, 2017

  Have you ever heard people tell you “don’t go through life looking in the rearview mirror”, or “look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror”. Now, if the rearview mirror was not truly beneficial why do we have one? Many time we come to a dead end in our life and in…

Ghislaine

By Matt and Cara Smithson | September 6, 2017

I don’t know how to grieve or do I? Is this it? Maybe I’m still in shock or maybe this is part of the process. So I’m writing my thoughts because I don’t know what else to do. The “what if’s” haunt you. But could we have ever changed God’s will? No. But I so…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

By Matt and Cara Smithson | August 27, 2017

A few weekends ago we were able to get away for a few days with friends and go camping. Now, I love camping but it’s a lot of work and with the amount of work we do each day it just didn’t sound like an extremely relaxing getaway however our kids really wanted to go…

Potholes

By Matt and Cara Smithson | August 4, 2017

I remember when we first moved to Haiti going on a long road trip with more potholes than most could imagine. With me being prone to carsickness even on good roads I vowed to never make that trip again. Marriages problems are like potholes and on the mission field the roads are filled with them.…

The Transition(s)

By Matt and Cara Smithson | July 24, 2017

This morning I was almost overcome with tears as I was sitting in church before the service began. It caught me completely by surprise because I am not normally an emotional person. The cause of the tears was our daughter Kaylea. She was walking up on the stage to lead worship for the first time…