Catie Smith

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Someone once told me that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, but the love of God is the highest wisdom.  My earliest memory, around the age of four is a moment of feeling terrified at the idea of being separated from God.  At that moment, I asked Jesus to save me from my sins, He came and has never left me since.  I grew up in a loving Christian home and was very involved with church.  On my road to earning my B.S. in chemistry, I was heavily involved with campus ministry, leading Bible studies, organizing major events, discipling in evangelism and prayer.  Part of me was genuine and honest in these activities, but I had a deep struggle in my heart.  Doubt crept into my mind, sin snagged a foothold, and guilt ruined the silence in my life.  My double-mindedness brought me to a crossroad.  To make a long, beautiful story short and sweet, I pleaded with God to show Himself to me.  I had a radical encounter with God: the doubt became strong faith, the guilt became security in my Father God’s love, and the sinful addictions lost all power.  GOD IS AMAZING!

I moved to the Philippines in 2014 as a career missionary to follow God’s call on my life and I am now serving with FACE 2 FACE Ministry under ACTION.  I am an “Itinerant Missionary” who travels as I following the leading of the Father’s voice.  My primary focus is in Iloilo, Philippines.  As an extension of F2F prison ministry, we aided families of inmates in Iloilo back when typhoon Yolanda hit.  We have had the privilege to watch God take that small act of service and multiply the opportunities and give us great favor in that area.  Our typhoon relief phase of ministry is finished and I am heading up the ministry of discipleship and evangelism in that area, following where the Holy Spirit leads and ministering to people face to face and sharing with each person an experience with the One who is Love, Jesus Christ .  I also teach English and tutor as a way of practically helping people.  I speak Tagalog, the national language, and I am learning Hiligaynon, the local language in Iloilo, in order to have closer relationships with the people there.  We are focusing on reaching the poor and the remote islands there and be incarnational with the vision of establishing Communities of Believers.

Please check out my blog and newsletters, they are especially designed for you couch adventurers, out-of-the-box thinkers, Jesus freaks, God seekers, and internationally curious folks.  I covet your prayers above all else.  No matter if you are partnering by reading, praying, being a friend, or giving financially, I’d love to have you along for the adventure!