New Endorsed Missionaries Brian & Lynette Smith
Brian and Lynette Smith of Meadville, Pennsylvania, have been endorsed to serve as missionaries in Haiti through American Baptist International Ministries (IM). They will work in partnership with the Haitian Baptist Convention.
Brian, well-versed in construction and the manager of a flooring enterprise in Meadville, will work with both local and visiting mission teams in building and maintenance projects for the Cap Haitien Eye Center, the Christian University of Northern Haiti and the Convention Hospital.
Lynette, a doula student at DONA International, will focus on sharing God’s love with the women of Haiti, provide instruction on basic hygiene and self-care skills and also lead creative art workshops to empower women and children in their gifts of creativity.
The couple’s home church is Cambridge Springs First Baptist Church, where, Lynette explains, “We came to learn about IM through the congregation’s support of missionaries and through service in the church’s mission committee.” Brian’s first international mission trip was to Tijuana, Mexico, where IM missionaries Adalia and Ray Schellinger influenced his faith journey. “Ray has been a mentor to me,” Brian says.
Much prayer, thought and a visit to Haiti led the couple toward service there. “God has taught my wife and me many valuable lessons through trials and tribulations,” Brian explains. “While in Haiti I could see how the different detours we have taken in life have taught us skills, experience and valuable lessons for working with Haitians in need. While considering many countries and ministries for our work, we came to plainly see that Haiti is the best fit for us.”
“I’ve always had a passion for helping people in their everyday lives and simply ‘doing life alongside’ them,” Lynette adds. “This ministry will combine my past experiences and skills with my passion for women’s health, making things new and most importantly sharing the overwhelming unconditional love and grace of Jesus with a people that have taken a special place in my heart.”
In addition to helping to care for the building and maintenance needs of the Convention, Brian explains that he is “most excited to teach Haitians a trade and craft so that they can support their families while at the same time showing them the love that Christ has shown me.”
As an endorsed missionary couple, the Smiths will be working in the months ahead to build their Mission Partnership Network. They will be inviting individuals, groups and churches to partner with them by committing to share the spiritual, relational and financial support needed to begin her ministry in Haiti.