Comfort the Burnt-out: How to be a Teddy Bear in Missions

Episode 179 - Keith Smith


Sometimes, we might think we don't have enough power or importance to really bring any change to the world. Our guest, Keith Smith, shows us why that is not true, and how we can easily serve those around us.

Keith currently ministers in Germany by

Through this interview, it's evident that Keith is quite the teddy bear himself as he emphasizes the importance of listening, understanding, and comforting others. With his ministry, he is able to bring the hope of Christ to those who can’t seem to find it.

What we talked about

  • 00:24 – Episode summary
  • 01:21 – Introduction
  • 01:49 – What are you currently doing in ministry?
  • 03:40 – Promoting transparency and openness
I need friends that I can be transparent with and say, ‘Yes, I have problems too.' Click To Tweet
  • 08:14 – Places of preparation
  • 10:56 – God’s work through transition
  • 13:13 – What has God been showing you?

Very ordinary people, the person sitting in the pew, the person in the chair next to you in prayer meeting, can really make an effective change for people who themselves are voiceless.

  • 18:44 – Next week on Engaging Missions
  • 19:57 – Understanding teddy bear therapy
  • 27:23 – The importance of being prepared for missions
  • 33:55 – Revelation of ministry
  • 37:10 – How can we best pray for you?
  • 42:12 – An update from George Patterson (links in the resources)
  • 44:15 – An app for reaching Muslims around the world (link in the resources)


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Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Missionary, Germany

as a missionary, i need friends

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