A little background…

Greg and Linda Smith lived in Latin America for over 40 years. Linda succumbed to her severe health issues during their 45th year of marriage… February, 2015.

Carol and her first husband lived in Japan. Their last 8 years were spent in Okinawa. Milt went to heaven during their 50th year of marriage… April, 2012.

Greg met Carol through her daughter April. They married in Vancouver, WA… October, 2018. Carol left for heaven September, 2023.

Why do I write what I write?

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. (Proverbs 15:30, ESV)

Refreshing the Bones” is informed by 4 decades abroad, perennially adapting to different customs, mindsets, and languages. My focus has been Gospel planting and discipleship… the kind that leads to healthy spiritual communities (i.e., churches). I enjoy conveying the best news… the kind that refreshes deeply and encourages lastingly.

I’m an avid seeker of things less nationalistic—more quintessential and universal in scope.

God’s earthly kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. It can’t be encircled by geographical boundaries. It is governed by its own set of rules. Hence, the challenge to keep its purposes, principles and activities to the fore.

nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. (Luke 17:21, ESV)

 God grant us insight and composure. May we be model citizens of his kingdom.

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