“Mommy, Hold Me!”

One Month. Ashley and Jason S., and their two children, have been surviving the horrific tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. Last week, as I sat with them face to face Ashley recounted being in the storm shelter that saved her children Andrew (11) and Jacob (6), as the tornado roared overhead. Sylvesters

“We held hands and prayed for Jesus to help us no matter what happens. Andrew cried out, “Mommy, Hold Me!”, sobbed Ashley. Andrew has aspergers and has never before asked to be held, which is common with his symptoms.

Her whole house blew down around them. Yet, they are ALIVE! Sylvester House

Recounts Jason just last night, “My family and I were in a state of disbelief”. That was made even further difficult in that Jason was in Afghanistan at the time of the tornado. It took him 5 days to get home. His entire home was destroyed, except just a few possessions. Yet his beloved family did survive with their lives, in a storm shelter in what was once their garage. He adds, “A normal day in Oklahoma, in just a few minutes Oklahoma Elementarysuddenly turned into the single most life-changing event in our family history. We felt helpless and overwhelmed, but most of all blessed that we had made it through the tornado with our lives.”

Mission Team in Oklahoma“Today”, he goes on, “we’re cleaning up the few items we could salvage and are gaining a sense of hope.  With help of therapy and love from CitiIMPACT Mission Teams, our children are slowly beginning more normal levels of activity. We’re still overwhelmed with all that has to be done, but remain optimistic the future holds stability for our family.”

Because of your efforts with CitiIMPACT, many such stories of HOPE and HELP arise from the destruction of natural disasters, and the disasters of life in general. Please continue to Support and BE Part of the efforts with us for those who need “a sense of hope”. Together we are reaching families like Jason’s in several states right now.

Be and ACT like this, another young man named Andrew long ago:

Mark 1:16 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said,“and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Blessings to you today!

JD Smith


Serving with CitiIMPACT in Disaster Zones

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We really do need you to bring your HELP & HOPE to disaster zones, because impacted people are falling through the cracks…and THEY NEED YOU.
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We’ve worked with close to a half million volunteers in the last 8 years, so we’ve been able to discover a functional structure that brings great sustainable impact to people’s’ lives.
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West, Texas and Boston and…

We’re all living in some very chaotic times, as we were up all night with the newest disaster in West, Texas. The rise of evil and terrible tragedies truly seems to be coming at an increasing rate. It’s as if evil is being made to seem to be good and good to be evil. I urge you to go to one of the ultimate warrior stances of perhaps all time. There are some Sparks in the Dark as we stand strong together.

Ephesians 6:10-18 We all need this, truly.
The attached video of Amanda Thatcher reflects that (the text follows the video):

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

May the Lord bless us all with His Peace again, one and all. After all, Love will conquer all.

JD Smith

Sparks in the Dark

I want to be like Martin in promoting PEACE, a true to life, and in death, Spark in the Dark. He’s a great example of “What Love’s Got To Do With It“.




JD Smith

Cliche: What’s LOVE Got To Do With It?

“What’s Love Got To Do With It?   Well, pretty much everything!

Nearly every life story we get involved with comes down to a search



for , loss of, or grand expressions of, LOVE !

Following are a few ways to love with temporal and eternal sustainable merit. Please feel invited to add and share your own ways!


1) Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18:13)
2) Speak without accusing (James 1:19)
3) Give without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)
4) Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)
5) Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)
6) Share without pretending (Ephesians 4:15)
7) Enjoy without complaint (Philippians 2:14)
8) Trust without wavering (1 Corinthians 13:7)
9) Forgive without punishing (Colossians 3:13)
10) Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 13:12)

OK! Let’s all get out there and share the LOVE !

Follow this link for more ways to engage with Agape LOVE, in practical ways! CLICK HERE

Blessings & Much LOVE ! JD Smith

No Time to Die

Ecclesiastes 3 “There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die,..”  

Meet Tim Davis! A few months ago, I met Tim and his wife Pam during CitiIMPACT’s earliest First Response efforts for Hurricane Isaac in La Place, Louisiana. I shouldn’t have met Tim at all. Tim is supposed to be DEAD. Tim Davis

Friday night March 8th around midnight, while waiting with Tim for an overdue tour bus full of college students, I learned that about 20 years ago Tim was given 2-5 years to live due to a catastrophic lung ailment. His life changed dramatically from a highly paid contractor for a major oil refinery to near death and poverty. Tim and his wife, Pam, had four little children and what seemed to be no hope….but God..

At the bottom points of their lives, they discussed the nearing end. At that moment, by faith alone, Tim decided, with encouragement from Pam, to live every day he had left for the glory of God, rather than lay down and die; to believe God wasn’t finished with him rather than merely believe the fatalistic but real doctor reports. That’s been about 15 years ago now. Tim no longer contracts nor makes a six figure salary, he doesn’t even have insurance. He has raised his kids. He serves in a local church in La Place Louisiana as the maintenance supervisor. I call him The Maintenance Missions Minister. I have yet to meet anyone in Louisiana who can keep up with the pace Tim has everyday as he serves, with less than half a lung. How many times I’ve heard Tim say, “JD, I can rest in heaven, people need HOPE.”

Your Missions Team can be served with HOPE, too!

Your Missions Team can be served with HOPE, too!

As we all go through our lives, we have the awesome opportunity to live every day for the glory of God, or just wait to die. It may be less obvious a decision than Tim made, possibly not as overt. Yet, the decision must be made.  Tim and Pam have experienced the grace of God for real in their lives and give Him all the glory for that. They have served about 200 Mission Teams in the last 7 months alone, who have come to the area to bring HOPE and HELP to families overcoming Hurricane Isaac. Those teams have received the same amount of real life HOPE as they have brought, from such people as Tim and Pam.

What ways are you deciding to live daily rather than die? 

HOPE given on Staten Island by college women!

HOPE given on Staten Island by college women!

When have you met God at a dead-end and received new HOPE in life?

You can be part of giving HOPE and receiving HOPE in places torn by tornadoes as in Henryville IN, West Liberty KY, Hattiesburg MS, Petal MS, Tuscaloosa AL, Joplin MO.

AND in places like Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Isaac and other disaster occurrences in life, like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

My prayers for God’s richest Blessings and HOPE for all of you as you LIVE! JD Smith

2 Things in common: Liberia and Myrtle Beach


 We are so excited to announce this, we just couldn’t wait! Join us in celebrating what the LORD is doing! JD Smith and CitiIMPACT Ministries

There are many new developments to share with you concerning Liberia!The details are being hashed out but we couldn’t wait any longer to share with you some of the headlines!
GET YOUR PASSPORTS READY!!  We anticipate the need for teams in Monrovia, Liberia this summer to get our school building ready for students come September!!  Specific needs for those with construction experience and teachers. Let us know if you are at all interested as the details come available.  Also looking for teachers who would like to serve there for the school year.
CitiIMPACT’s Meal M.A.N.I.A. (Millions Are Needing Immediate Aid):Gearing up to pack ONE MILLION Meals at the Myrtle Beach convention center this October (World Hunger Awareness Month)! These will go to malnourished children worldwide. Including  Liberia; our school, the sponsored children, and further into the interior village regions (as we scout out future school locations where there are NO SCHOOLS at all).  Would you like to take part?  Can you facilitate such an event in your city?

bridgebrewSPECIAL OFFER:      CitiIMPACT’s own fair trade coffee, (Proceeds go towards starting the school in Liberia.) Now through April 30th you can buy 20 bags at $10 each, and get 5 bags FREE including Shipping charges.  Consider selling these at your church or workplace on or before May 11th – National Fair Trade Day! Form a coffee club at church or with friends, neighbors, and co-workers to share the 25 bags or keep them all to yourself!  Help us Help the Children of Liberia. To get you must email us or like us on FB and mention this offer.

ITEMS Needed for the School:

Hoping to send a container of supplies to Liberia in May or June full of:

  • Books and School Supplies (paper, pencils, crayons, etc.) for K-3rd graders.
  • Tables and Chairs (have a donation now near Philly can anyone store them for a few months and/or transport?)
  • Copy Machine
  • Computers
  • Generators (no electricity in Liberia)
  • Child Sponsors
  • Teacher Sponsors
  • Cash DONATIONS to purchase supplies and cover shipping charges
Info on becoming “Sister Schools” and “Sister Churches” coming soon!

Helping People Help People,
JD and Toni Smith
Blessings to all of you! JD Smith

Volunteer Updates for CitiIMPACT Missions

Some fabulous opportunities to grow in and through serving others.

See how much we all need & HELP each other with HOPE.

JD Smith

CitiIMPACT Missions


Christmas LIGHT in light of Recent Events

Let Your LIGHT Shine even more in light of these recent tragic events…
 “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  — Albert Schweitzer

A few short days ago, our nation trembled.
The hustle and bustle of the season abruptly ceased.
All hearts united in disbelief, sorrow, and outrage.
This stolen innocence will have long lasting after shocks.
How do we function in the midst of the all consuming, “WHY?”
Yes, these are dark dark times.  But One has come who overcame the dark.
Jesus was born in another very dark time in history.
He came to  bring light.  To bring HOPE.  The Light of HOPE.
Though we may never know or come to terms with “The Why”.
We do know “The Who”.
Lets agree to not let darkness win. Let’s share His light of Hope.
After all is that not the real meaning of Christmas?
Many are hurting deeply.  We are.  Maybe you too.
Undoubtedly, few greater than the families of those 20 babies.
Even in your own darkness, you can be a spark to another.
A simple act of kindness.  A smile.  An anonymous gift to one in need.
An encouraging word.  A prayer.  A hug.  An act of service.
In doing so, your flame will grow.   Light will spread. Hope will win.
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We do have some personal connections in Newtown.  Look for ways to bring tangible direct HOPE to this community in 2013.  For now,  there is no greater way to honor the victims than to BE that spark.

  The Light shines in darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:5

Thanks for the Light that You Have Spread in 2012
Thanks to you and your generous giving CitiIMPACT was able to help millions of people represented in 15 states and Liberia.  These folks were in hopeless situations from disasters such as Tornados, Hurricanes, Floods, Forest Fires, extreme poverty, and most recently Super Storm Sandy.  Well over 150 semi loads of supplies were delivered.  Hundreds of thousands of hot meals were served.  Hundreds of homes worked on.  Thousands of volunteers served.  Children in Liberia were fed and able to attend school for the first time.  Countless hugs, prayers, and lifelong friendships built.  Millions received HOPE in the midst of their personal times of darkness.
 In addition, we were moved beyond words  to see people “Pay it Forward”.  Passing on the spark of hope they received to help others in their time of need.  Almost half of the funding received so far for Sandy has come from Churches and ministries CitiIMPACT has served earlier in the year.
We were blessed to receive many personal Thank-you’s  from Church and Ministry partners following Sandy.  Following is one from Metro Ministries’  Bill Wilson.  Please take time to view others from the Youtube gallery.   Here is also one from JD to all of you.

HOPE is Possible! Thank YOU!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.   Matt 5:16
May The Light of HOPE Shine Brightly In and Through YOU this Christmas and throughout the New Year,
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 Merry Christmas to all of you as we celebrate THE LIGHT of the world, Jesus Christ.