Gary and Esther Smith

Esther and Gary come from two completely different backgrounds. Esther was raised on the mission field in Senegal Africa with a sincere desire to serve the Lord fulltime in ministry. Gary, on the other hand, grew up as a unbeliever, got saved at 18, and then went to bible college at 20 with no real plans for full time ministry. But as he studied the Word he could not shake God’s passionate desire for people from every language group loving Him. Esther and Gary met in Bible college and it became very clear that God had brought them together. They were married in 1994 and wanted to serve the Lord full time in missions.

After marriage Esther worked at a public school for four years as a 2nd grade school teacher while Gary finished a Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. After their first born child they enrolled in the New Tribes Mission training program for church planters in a tribal setting. Another blessing of a child later and they were on their way to Papua New Guinea. They allocated in a tribe in 2003, had another child and began learning the language and culture of the very remote Dinangat people group. In 2004 blessed with another child and then by 2007 reached fluency in the Dinangat language. Together with their coworkers they developed an alphabet and taught the Dinangat people how to read and write in their language and then in 2008 taught them chronologically through the Scriptures. Nearly the entire village of 200 people came to Christ and a new church was born!

Now in 2011 we are discipling these new believers and continue teaching them the Word and how to walk with God in their context. Also, as a team we continue translating the Scriptures for them in their language. If God wills, we plan on continuing this work until the New Testament is completed and will leave the ministry in the capable hands of the Dinangat.