UVF Celebrates New Flag Addition

by Office of Marketing | Dec 09, 2014
Kasey Smith Guatemala Flag
On Nov. 11, during the University of Valley Forge (UVF) weekly missions chapel, a new flag was added to the university’s collection. Each flag hanging on the walls of the Flower Chapel represents a country in which a UVF alum has been called to serve. The 54th flag honors the ministry in Guatemala where Kasey Smith ’07 and his wife, Esther, are serving. 
In July 2012, the Smiths went to Guatemala on their first short-term mission trip together. It was on this mission trip that the Lord began tugging on their hearts for the needs of the at-risk children and families in Guatemala. Over the past two years, the Smiths have had the opportunity to return to Guatemala twice. Within this time frame, the Lord confirmed that He had a plan for the couple to live there as full-time missionaries — to minister to children and families through spiritual and educational development programs for the local community. 
The Smiths are certain that God has been preparing them for their calling to Guatemala for several years. Kasey has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a master’s degree in education. He worked as a teacher for five years before working the next two years with low-income families as a social worker. Esther was raised in Brazil as a missionary kid and served the people of Brazil for 18 years. She also has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and has spent two years serving as the assistant children’s ministry director at their sending church, York Christian Church in York, Pa. In preparation for the mission field, the Smiths have attended the New Life School of Missions in San Juan, Texas, for the past several months.
The UVF community is elated to see its alumni answer the call to missions.  The 54th flag addition embodies what the students, faculty and leaders of UVF have been proclaiming throughout the 2014 fall semester: “New name, same mission!”