Marv and his wife, Jan, have a long history of serving in overseas missions that began when they boarded an airplane years ago bound for Kenya, on the eastern side of Africa. They have now served with Africa Inland Mission for 35 years, working first in Kenya and most recently in Tanzania.
Marv has held a variety of positions over the years, including evangelism and church planting on an island off the north coast of Kenya and 10 years as the Principal of a Bible school. Other roles including training and encouraging others to share the good news with Muslim peoples and serving in mission leadership. For the past four years, the Smiths served on the coast of Tanzania, sharing the blessings of faith in Christ in a small town that has been a center of Islamic religion and culture for a thousand years.
Marv and Jan are actually returning to LeTourneau University, having served as Missionaries in Residence at LETU from 2003 to 2006 and as International Student Coordinators until 2007. The Smiths enjoy working with students, especially those who have spent time living in other parts of the world, and hope to encourage all towards experiencing the life of joy that Jesus offers.
The Missionary-in-Residence program is designed to actively involve a missionary on home assignment in the academic and student affairs programs of the university. The MiR teaches courses relating to contemporary world missions and cross-cultural adaptation and communication, and is also actively involved in student life, including the coordination of missions emphasis week.