Alan Smith is a homeland missionary based in the US, just outside of Nashville, TN. He works with Community Servants, a local ministry that provides low-cost housing and education opportunities for refugees and low-income families. He's also the Assistant Missions Pastor at Springhouse Worship and Arts Center.
In today's interview, he shares some of his story – the challenges as well as the victories, including how he learned that being an authentic friend to other missionaries was one of the greatest ministry opportunities.
- How Colossians 4:7-8 has shaped his ministry
- How Alan worked through a personal failure
- A story of God's faithfulness in the birth of their son
- One simple act of focus that Alan's Missions Pastor did to encourage missionaries (and how Alan used that to deeply encourage another missionary)
- What made Alan say, “Man, I'm not called to be a missionary but I can do that.”
- Some exciting life transitions that are opening up new ministry opportunities
- The best advice Alan has ever received
- Something that really encouraged Alan before he even started to raise support
- Internet resources: YouVersion and GodTube
- A personal habit that has contributed to Alan's success
- Book recommendation: The Sending Church: The Church Must Leave the Building
- The surprising thing Alan would do if he was in a new country with nothing but $500 and a laptop but didn't have to worry about food and shelter.
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