The Smiths' Story
Shane and Allyson have served on the African mission field since 2008. They have three children: Hannah, Mia and Moses. The Smiths spent four and a half years in Ethiopia before transitioning to Kijabe, Kenya. Shane serves with SIM/Sports Friends, where he focuses on training and leadership development, using sports as a platform for evangelism and church planting. Allyson manages student health at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary children. Financial gifts help the Smiths reach their monthly support goal, which covers living expenses and ministry-related expenses.
Kenya is slightly more than twice the size of Nevada. Of the population, 60% are under the age of 25. Unemployment is very high—around 40%. The country has experienced persistent budget deficits, inflationary pressures and currency depreciation because of high food and fuel import prices.