For more than four decades, Craig and LaDonna Smith and The Smith Family ministry team have been bringing the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ to people all across North America and to more than a dozen countries worldwide.
On one of those trips the lives of this Native American ministry team almost came to a horrific end. Area residents have a great opportunity to hear their amazing story of survival and hope as they speak and sing at various places in our community this weekend.
Service times are:
• Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Pejutuhazizi Church in Granite Falls
• Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Redwood Alliance Church in Redwood Falls
• Sunday at 5 p.m. at Echo Alliance Church in Echo
• Monday at 7 p.m. at the Lower Sioux Com-munity Center
The Smith’s lives were changed dramatically in June 2009, when they were involved in a near fatal auto accident in northern New Mexico. LaDonna suffered a C-1 neck fracture, which in most instances is fatal, or, if survived, results in total paralysis. The fact that she is walking and suffers minor effects is a testament to the miraculous grace and power of God.
Craig suffered multiple injuries that took him right through death’s door.
After being resuscitated he was airlifted to a Level one trauma center in Albuquerque, where he clung to life for several months. After being in a coma for almost two months and undergoing 21 different surgeries, Craig began a long healing process that continues to this day.
Craig continues to be primarily confined to a wheelchair, but that confinement is only physical.
While he and LaDonna continue to heal from their injuries they continue to share the hope they have found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Many people have been impacted through their remarkable story.
Their mission’s mandate, reaching the lost in our tribes and helping everyday believers become everyday spiritual rescuers in their tribes, explains clearly their passion to both be light in a dark world, and help equip others to be a light in the places God has, in His sovereignty, placed them in.
Craig and his father, Ray Smith, are members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians and LaDonna is a Navajo from the American Southwest.
Together, they have im-pacted audiences both large and small with their gospel music renditions and their public speaking events.
Whether it is a small Native church on a remote Indian reservation, among the Aborigines in the Out-back of Australia or on the stage of a Promise Keeper’s stadium event, the Smith’s ministry brings encouragement and hope for people of all ages.
Those who are interested can learn more of their ministry and story of hope and faith at their Web site at www.tribalrescue.com.
Pastors Tim Dean and Maurice Russell and their congregations invite the public to join them for this special time with Craig and LaDonna Smith and The Smith Family ministry team.
For more information, please call Pastor Tim at (507) 430-5588 or Pastor Maurice at (507) 925-4176.