Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meet Missionaries in Residence Marv & Jan Smith

This first week of classes and chapel services marks the first time in 14 years that we have started the school year with a vacancy in the office of our university chaplain, who has left LETU with his wife to pursue the calling of being closer to their newborn first grandchild.

While we certainly miss them, I am delighted to introduce our new Missionary In Residence Marv Smith, who will be filling in to host our chapels this fall as we search for a new chaplain.

Marv and his wife, Jan, have a long history of serving in overseas missions that began when they boarded an airplane years ago bound for Kenya, on the eastern side of Africa. They have now served with Africa Inland Mission for 35 years, working first in Kenya and most recently in Tanzania.

Marv has held a variety of positions over the years, including evangelism and church planting on an island off the north coast of Kenya, 10 years as the principal of a Bible school. Other roles included training and encouraging others to share the good news with Muslim peoples and serving in mission leadership.

For the past four years, the Smiths served on the south coast of Tanzania, sharing the Gospel in a small town that has been a center of Islamic culture for a thousand years. Tanzania lies just south of the Equator bordering the Indian Ocean, with Kenya and Uganda to the north.

Marv and Jan are actually returning to LeTourneau University, having served as Missionaries in Residence and as International Student Coordinators at LETU from 2003 to 2007. They have told me they loved their time at LeTourneau University in the past and are looking forward to serving again as our Missionaries in Residence this year. Marv's office will be in the Belcher Center, and I hope you will all give Marv and Jan a big LeTourneau University welcome.

And to Marv and Jan, welcome back. We are blessed to have you here.