EFM Missions: Missionaries: Donald, Jr (M.D.) and Bessie (R.N.) Smith - Board Chairman

Donald, Jr (M.D.) and Bessie (R.N.) Smith - Board Chairman

Donald, Jr (M.D.) and Bessie (R.N.) Smith - Board Chairman

Born

Donald: December 23, 1960, Rock Island, Illinois

Bessie: March 30, 1961, Rushville, Indiana

Saved

Donald: I was reared in a pastor’s home and experienced all the benefits of a Christian heritage. Despite this Christian environment I was a rebellious teenager and became involved in sin to the extent that I could sneak past my parents’ oversight. God was faithful to the efforts and prayers of my parents and convicted my heart. I came to Christ on a Wednesday afternoon in my room and full repentance was rewarded with full forgiveness. It is truly wonderful to be a child of the King.

Bessie: I was saved on June 15, 1975, at the age of 14. Although I was not raised in a Christian home, the Lord was faithful to convict my heart of sin and make me a “new creature in Christ Jesus” upon my repentance and faith in Him. Certainly, “old things passed away and all things became new!” It is a joy and privilege to walk with God. I am enjoying the journey and am looking forward with much anticipation to the end of the race.

Calling

Donald: From the beginning of elementary school I was interested in science. At various points in my young life I wanted to be an astronomer, oceanographer, chemist, and biologist. At age 14 I felt a definite calling into missions and the Lord sealed to my heart the combination of missions and science in the form of medicine. This call was a stabilizing factor in my life and gave me direction.

Bessie: In high school, at about the age of 16, I felt drawn to the nursing profession. Several years later while I was attending Bible college the Lord gave me a call to the mission field as well.

College / Training

Donald: College – B.A. in Science, Houston Baptist University Medical school – Medical Doctor, Texas Tech University Residency – Family Practice, University of Texas

Bessie: Associate of Christian Culture, Covenant Foundation College Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Amarillo College

Married

December 18, 1982

Ministry

Served together in Honduras with EFM from 1998 until December 2002 Donald has served on the EFM board since 2003

Children

Elizabeth, May 22, 1992 Erin, August 31, 1994


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