* Smit's Departure: March 2015

As most of you know, the Smits departed the Philippines on March 18, 2015 to take up their work and calling in the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I thought I would show a few pictures of some of our "lasts" together.

Helping the girls finish off a blanket they made.

Our last supper together at the Kleyn's house.

A last treat for the older four.

A final walk in the subdivision.

A gift from Smits to us - memories of some trips together!
(One problem with the picture, says Rev. Kleyn: "Smit's blue Revo is ahead!")

On Tuesday the 17th, we helped them load up the van with their boxes and luggage...

...and added the last things early Wednesday morning. 

From the van to the luggage carts at the airport.

Checking in.

Paying the terminal fee.

Immigration and our last sight of them!

All of us here will miss them!  But we take comfort in the fact that God's works and ways are good.  As He has watched over and blessed us in the past, so we are confident He will continue to be with us in the future.  We pray also for God's richest blessings on Rev. and Tricia and their family in their new work and place in life and in His church.  

God be with us till we meet again!


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well... and that the Lord will provide another man to join you in the work. - Jonathan den Hartog

  2. This bring tears to my eyes for you! We thank God for the Smits safe arrival, and pray for both you and for them. The God who brought you together to work in the Philippines will continue to provide for and use all of you according to His wise good pleasure and to the glory of His name and the coming of His kingdom. May the Lord soon provide a man of His choosing to carry on the work with you in the Philippines!

  3. Thanks for sharing! Thoughts and prayers are with them as well as you! May the Lord continue to sustain and prosper your work in the Philippines! - Michelle Meinders