Sharing the Gospel on Christmas Day!
  Ten Vietnamese joined our family for Christmas dinner.  What better way to celebrate the birth of our Savior than to have the opportunity to share the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ? December the 25th was a wonderful day! See the Christmas Day photo story below.
  This is a special family email compiled by Sister Cindy to share with you our  holy days celebrations and give you a glimpse of the personal side of the Smocks.
The Smocks started the morning with homemade cinnamon rolls from our friends Mark and Glenna Jones in Hebron, Ohio

Time for stockings! The Christmas stockings were knitted by Jed's Aunt Dolly who lived to be 102.

Iris has the biggest stocking which was purchased by Aunt Eva and Uncle David.
Les Miserables Teaching Part 2
Les Miserables Teaching Part 2

   After opening gifts, our family patriarch gave a Christmas devotion based on the musical, Les Miserables, which we all attended together on Christmas Evening.  This is our family's favorite musical and we have listened to it together over and over on our missionary journeys together.  
   We prayed together for our expected Vietnamese guests: that God the Holy Spirit would be present with power as we attempted to share the Gospel in spite of our language barriers.

Now it was time to put the final touches on the Christmas feast that has been three days in the making.  We carefully placed the Fontanini Nativity scene (gift from a friend) in the center of our table so that our guests could see the "light to lighten the Gentiles."
Left to right: Martha, Charlotte, Evangeline, Priscilla, Justina and Cindy.

The Happy Hosts: We planned with our children to reach out to the "strangers" and make then feel at home.  

Guests arrived and offered to help us in the kitchen. They seemed to really enjoy watching how things were done in an American kitchen.

   This is the Ho family. Cindy originally met Cuong, the father, at the drivers license bureau in 2009. That year we had Cuong and two other graduate students for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The next year Cuong's wife, Thi and his children Dzung and Thao joined us for Christmas dinner.  This was the fourth year that they have joined us for holiday dinners.  Like many Vietnamese, they worship their ancestors.  We were overjoyed to find out that the children, Dzung and Thao have made commitments to the Lord Jesus. The parents approve.
Tom helped slice the ham. On the left is Thi the wife of Cuong. She has a PhD in plant science. They work for the Vietnamese government.

Justina takes a moment from the last minute meal prep to pose for a shot with young Thao. Thao, a second grader, was eager to talk about the Lord and told us, "One of my friends says, 'There is no God.'" Cindy asked her if she believed in God and she said, "Yes!"  Her eyes were beaming.
Turkey Ready!
We sing Joy to the World together before Christmas Dinner.
Bro. Jed explains the meaning of the carol and leads us in prayer before we dine together.
Time for food.
   Since we had 22 for dinner we set up an extra table in the living room.  We were so busy fellowshipping that we never got pictures of us at the other table or a picture of the whole group.  Bro. Jed talked to Cuong and Tom for a long time using the nativity scene to "bring them good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."  They listened intently and did not argue or object.
Priscilla and Martha with two of our honored guests.  We asked them to sign our guest book and each one took the time to write a paragraph of thanks.  Tom, the man who cut the ham for us wrote, "Thank you very much for the wonderful Christmas.  It will be an unforgettable time in my life."
   One of the special moments was when Thao on the right asked Cindy, "What is grace?" At the end of the evening Cindy shared her salvation testimony with the whole group.  She gave Thao the music box nativity scene in the picture.  
   Did you know that the majority of internationals in this country have never been in a American Christian home? We went to bed rejoicing that we had been counted worthy to share the truth with those who had not heard. 
   Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men!
Cindy's Kitchen by Rocket
Cindy's Kitchen by Rocket
 Our local musician friend, Rocket wrote and recorded the song, 
Cindy's Kitchen.  
He played it while we were doing Christmas dishes.
Ministry With Evangeline
December  18, 2012, Fort Leonard Wood
Evangeline asked me to teach at "Kid's Zone," her weekly Bible study for grade school children from military families.  I was blessed to be a part of this great outreach.

Some of the children there had never heard the Christmas Story as recorded in the scriptures.  Staff Sergeant McKay and I are passing out candy to those who answer the questions correctly.
Evangeline encourages Johnny to join in a Christmas carol.
Game Time!
More Games!
Great Mother-Daughter Team
A Chistmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens,
Jed Smock's 24th 
Annual Reading

December  22, 2012, Columbia, MO
     A special Christmas memory for our girls is hearing their father's annual dramatic reading of  A Christmas Carol.  All of our children were with us this year and each one participated musically in the event.  I am thankful for a husband who knows "how to keep Christmas well!"  Below is a video of the last minutes of the drama followed by a photo story:
A Christmas Carol Reading, by Jed Smock
A Christmas Carol Reading, by Jed Smock
Our children started by singing, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" to the audience of 30 friends and family. Left to right: Charlotte, Iris, Justina, Priscilla, Martha, Chase, (Martha's friend) Evangeline, and David.  
Iris, our 4 year old granddaughter, told the Christmas Story by quoting Luke 2:4-7 and singing Away in a Manger accompanied by her mother, Justina.  See her on YouTube below:
The Christmas Story, by Iris Gail Hughey
The Christmas Story, by Iris Gail Hughey
Son in law, David blessed us with O Come, O Come Emmanuel on
Martha played O Little Town of Bethlehem on the saxophone accompanied by David on the piano.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, by Priscilla Smock.
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!--Ebeneezer Scrooge to the Phantom.
"Spirit!" he cried, tightly clutching at its robe, "Hear me! I am not the man I was. Why show me this if I am past all hope?"
Justina singing,  Let it be Christmas.

After the inspiring story of Scrooge's conversion, Evangeline closed in prayer, and we all enjoyed homemade cakes and Christmas refreshments.
Days of Christmas 
December 23: Iris and Grandfather role play the story of Mary and Joseph taking  baby Jesus to the temple. Grandfather is the prophet Simeon.
Mary rejoices!
Iris at the Christmas Eve service with our friend, Lois.
December 24th: Iris at the Christmas Eve service with our friend Lois. It was a wonderful time of worship.
Iris singing, Away in a Manger with the other children at the Christmas Eve service.
Smock ladies working in the kitchen on Christmas Eve.

Justina, Evangeline, Priscilla, Charlotte, Cindy and Martha
Sister Pat helped also.

Charlotte and Mom make the famous chocolate fudge icing cake.

It has to be done carefully!
It is a success!
Enjoyed seeing all the ladies working together in the kitchen.

The New Year
  Not sure how many of you busy folks made it to the end of this Christmas photo journal.   Hope you enjoyed it.  We had a blessed holiday and so much to be thankful for.  I pray you all a very fruitful New Year for the Lord Jesus.  Below is a picture taken by Bro. Jed on New Years Eve. We helped Iris build a snow man family. Iris left on New Years Day and only Priscilla is home busy getting ready to leave for College of the Ozarks. Jed is leaving for Florida State on Jan. 7 and then Sis. Pat and I will meet him the next week in Louisiana.  We are excited about the new semester of preaching.  
Love in Christ, Sister Cindy. 
Most of you know that I don't like pants but I do enjoy wearing Evangeline's first uniform on snow days with the kids:)
--Sis. Cindy

Spring Semester 2013 

Tentative schedule for The Campus Ministry USA, Brother Jed, Sister Cindy and Sister Pat:  Northerners are welcome to join us on our southern tour in the winter.


January 7-11, Florida State University

January 14-18, Louisiana State University

January 22-25, Sam Houston State

January 28-Feb 1, Texas A&M

February 4, University of Texas

February 5-7, San Marcos State

February 8, University of Texas

February 11-22, University of Arizona

February 25-March 1, Arizona State University

March 4, U.C. San Diego

March 5-6, San Diego State

March 7, San Marcos State

March 8, UC San Diego

March 11, UC Riverside

March 12, UCLA

March 13-14, Long Beach State

March 15, UCLA

March 18-22, Fresno State 

March 25-29, Texas Tech, Lubbock

April 1-5, University of Oklahoma

April 8-May 3, Missouri campuses

May 6-June 7, Washington and Oregon campuses

In This Issue
Christmas Morning
Ministry With Evangeline
A Christmas Carol
Days of Christmas
The New Year
New Schedule
Prayer Needs
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