Rich and Cherry Smith
Sharing the Gospel of Christ with the people of Guatemala.
Rich and Cherry were high school sweethearts who have been blessed with 2 exceptional daughters and a wonderful son in law. In the States, Rich worked as an insurance executive and Cherry worked in a number of roles within Christian schools. For much of their adult lives, serving in the church was a priority, ministering in a number of capacities (music, prayer, elementary youth, high school youth, small group studies, etc.). While attending West Bridge church in Danville, IN, they served as youth sponsors in the vibrant and growing high school program. After serving in this capacity, they were asked to also lead the college and career group. It turns out the Lord used these service opportunities as key groundwork in preparation of His calling for them to pursue full-time missions work.
Sometime in 2013, Rich and Cherry began to sense the Lord was preparing them for some type of big change, after much prayer and discussion, it became abundantly clear during the course of the next year that this is precisely what the Lord was calling them to pursue. In September 2016, they were appointed as missionaries to Latin America by their home (sending) church, West Bridge.
They moved to the south-central region of Guatemala in August 2017, where they have been learning the language, serving at their local church and serving alongside nationals and fellow missionaries. They feel strongly that the primary mission the Lord has given them is to Make Disciples!!
After moving to Guatemala, they were overwhelmed by the staggering physical and spiritual needs all around them. It was too much for them to try and change by themselves. That’s when they became so passionate about training pastors and leaders! When you train a leader, the impact is multiplied exponentially. Those leaders apply what they’ve learned to raise up other leaders, to equip their congregations, and to transform their communities. They can reach people that otherwise they could never reach, and meet needs that otherwise they could never meet. It’s an amazing opportunity for disciple making and meeting physical needs all at once. They partner with Global Action and it’s pastor/leading training program and materials called Glomos in this.
Rich and Cherry would like to thank you for your interest in their ministry and ask that you pray for them, and other believers who are seeking the Lord’s Kingdom.