Lindsey Lee Smith Memorial Fund
This fund has been established to honor the memory of our dear friend Lindsey Lee Smith. Lindsey had a powerful faith, loved to travel, experience different cultures, and she also loved the arts. Her parents, Todd and Linda Smith, have set up a fund to enable students to experience the world and cultivate their love for the arts. The money granted from this fund will be awarded to students in the New Braunfels area community in the areas of faith, education, arts, and studies abroad.
Applications for 2019 are now open. Closing date for applications is April 20, 2019.
This July I am going to be traveling to Kenya with my mother and friend! We will be going to mainly take videos for the organization / village Open Arms. They have very outdated media and photographs for there village and we are more than happy to help them out. Other than that I will be working and welding in the village to help out. One of the days we will go to a place called Campiteso where local poor kids from the slums around can get food to eat. I cant tell you how excited i am to go! film and photography is one of my deep passions and showing the love of Jesus to people. So combining these two amazing things together makes me so excited! Thank y’all so much and I can’t wait to represent ya’ll in kenya!
Youth with a Mission - Australia
Around the end of August, I will be headed to Byron bay, Australia for 3 months. During that time I will be poured into and taught by many speakers, teachers and volunteers that work with YWAM (youth with a mission). It will be a truly amazing time getting to really dig into Gods word, and come to see him in a whole new light. After being there and being trained, I will head out to a new location.. One I will not find out until I am in Australia. But, the Byron Bay base does most of their outreach in India and Turkey, so I will most likely go to one of those locations. There, we will live with a missionary family and work where they need us. Whether that be in a church, school, orphanage, clinic, or just around the community. I will be pushed out of my comfort zone. I will get to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and I couldn't be more excited. I will be doing that part of my DTS (Discipleship training school) for 4 months. Overall, I will be away for 7 months.
I thank you so so much for helping support me! I ask that y'all continue to pray for me, that God would be preparing my heart and that he would continue to provide! He is so good. Thank you so much! God bless you,
World Race - Mission Trip
In August 2017, I will leave the comfort of America to embark on the World Race. The World Race is an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries. The World Race was designed to equip and send a generation of believers to experience life change through God’s will. I will train, learn, grow, and go! with a team of about 55 other people to serve "the least of these.” We will partner with local ministries in each country and walk in faith as we strive to become more like Jesus.
Performing has always been near to my heart. The feeling of giving an audience an escape from reality with a song or a dance was what really drew me to it. The experiences I've had in theatre have been some of the most uplifting and life-changing learning experiences I've had in my life thus far, and about two years ago, I realized that giving people an experience like no other through the theatre was my life's passion. Knowing that in my heart, I began to pursue musical theatre as a life-long ambition by getting training and education at a performing arts high school in San Antonio. The scholarship I received from the Lindsey Lee Memorial Fund allowed me to attend Texas State University's first musical theatre summer intensive, NEXUS, which furthered my education by helping me to prepare me for college auditions and future endeavors, among other life skills. I am so thankful to the Lindsey Lee Memorial Fund for helping me pursue my passion and to Lindsey for being a constant reminder of how to serve.
First off, I want to thank the Lindsey Lee Foundation for allowing me to go on such an incredibly life-changing trip. My mission trip took place in Uganda near Jinja from June 15-24th. The day we arrived, we sorted and packed all of the prescription and over-the-counter medicines into individual packages. We also organized all of the medical supplies (bandaids, gauze, antibiotic cream, tape, glasses, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste ect.) in preparation for the clinic. On the first Sunday, we were honored to have been able to worship in four different churches and visit the homes of four ladies in the God is Grace Ministry. We were able to hear and recite personal stories, testimonies, prayers and much more with everyone we worked with. One of the ladies that we visited was a muslim woman. After one of the members explained her "plan of salvation" bracelet that we all wore, the muslim lady accepted Christ! What a joyful moment that was. Over the next three days, with the help of Mathias, Joseph and Steven (local preachers), their church members and ten local doctors and dentists, we were able to help over 1850 people in the village of Kalagala! As a fairly small, mainly female, Oakwood group, it would have been impossible for us to minister to all of those individuals without the help of these others. As the leader Beth said, "Together, with God's help, we can do so much!" Lastly, we visited, played games, gave testimonies, danced and sang at two local schools. We finished up our last evening in Uganda with a birthday party for the Mashah Orphanage, which is sponsored by Reach Youth Global. It was an incredible experience that I am beyond thankful to have been part of. Everywhere we went, the people were so welcoming and beautiful -- I felt like I was home. I can not wait to return to Africa, thank you again Lindsey Lee Foundation for making that time possible for me.
World Race Gap Year
This year I am stepping out of my comfortable life to go and be a disciple of all the nations. Starting September 8th I will be gone for nine months on the World race Gap Year. I will be traveling to five countries over this time period and serving in any way that is needed. I will travel with a group of 45 individuals ranging from 18-22 years of age, but in each country I will be working hands on with my team of 5 other girls.
A scholarship from the Lindsey Lee Memorial Fund allowed me to return to Iquitos, Peru for a second week-long trip. During that time, our group of seven from College Station partnered with long-term missionaries and local Christian translators in order to encourage and serve alongside existing ministries. We fed, listened and evangelized to drug addicts, helped host church services at Iglesia Génesis as well as a nearby prison, constructed a wall on a pastor's home and played with kids in Lago Yuracyacu, a village in the Amazon Rainforest. Through these experiences, God continues to teach me about celebrating and resting in the life that he offers his people through Christ. Thank you again for this opportunity!