Missionary: Kansas City 2012-2013
What inspired you to become a Simple House missionary?
When I read the mission of A Simple House, its authenticity was hard to say no to. It seemed like a very challenging, but very life-giving way to live the Gospel.
What have you been up to since leaving A Simple House?
After leaving ASH, I worked a bit as a community service organizer. I married my now husband, Andrew, and we began our Smith Family adventures! As a Navy family, we are often moving. This summer we relocated from Honolulu to Annapolis. Each duty station brings our family new adventures and new opportunities for discipleship. During the last two years, I have been going through formation for the Secular Franciscan Order.
We have two children, Emily and Luke, and another baby boy on the way in August! My days are filled with giggles, diapers, books, meltdowns (let’s be real), boo-boo kisses, and smooches. It is super hard, but insanely perfect.
What is your favorite memory from your time at A Simple House?
There were so many big memorable moments, but the one that I recall the most is a conversation in the car with another missionary about the importance of loving people instead of fixing people. It is something I refer back to often to correct myself when I’m leaning towards being a Pharisee instead of a disciple.
What effect has your time at ASH had on your life?
My time at ASH felt like I was in a classroom of discipleship. While there, I kept thinking about how I wanted to take ASH’s pillars of prayer, community, simplicity, and service into my own family life in the future. It has had a lasting impact on not only how I care for the poor in my community, but more importantly how I teach my kids about charity and poverty.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a Simple House missionary?
I would encourage them to go for it! If you’re feeling like Christ may be leading you there, take the leap! He never disappoints