C.D. and Chloe Smith were approved as World Baptist Fellowship missionaries to The Republic of Palau in August 2014, and have been on full-time deputation since May, 2015. Their sending church is the Bible Baptist Church of Pace, Florida, where Danny Brock is the pastor.
Both C.D. and Chloe were raised in faithful, thriving Christian homes, and both were saved at the "ripe old age" of four, to the credit of parents who understood that the simplicity of the Gospel can be easily understood and accepted by the youngest of willing hearts. Consequently, both have been involved in some form of Christian service since their earliest memories.
Since being brought together at Pensacola Christian College, they minister together in the Word and in song. In addition to C.D.'s ministerial training, both C.D. and Chloe come from backgrounds involved in music, education, evangelism, and Christian service. They look forward to the Lord's using these talents, not only to enhance their efforts as Baptist church planters in the country of Palau, but also to be a blessing to churches across the United States as they travel on their deputation ministry.
C.D. and Chloe have two children: one serving the Lord in Heaven, and two on earth. After losing a daughter, Claire-Élise Rose, in June of 2013, God mercifully brought them their Joy in the Morning, Felicity Dawn, the following June. Exactly two years later, after many clear manifestations of God's providence, He brought them their reminder of God's "grace to help in time of need" obtained at the Royal Throne, Ophelia Grace Violette.
"The Lord has made very clear to us that the lessons He teaches in this life must not be wasted — that His call is paramount, and that only HIS way is perfect. He has shown us that if we suffer, but not for the cause of Christ, our suffering is in vain; and if our suffering is in vain, then our living is in vain. We realized that because our lives are 'even a vapour,' we must act now if we are to follow His call, fulfill His commission, and find His commendation at the end of our course."
Now, by His grace, the Lord has seen fit to call C.D. and Chloe to the mission field, placing upon them a specific burden for the people of this darkened, yet open nation four hundred miles off the coast of the Philippines, The Republic of Palau.
OUR SALVATION TESTIMONIES:
I was born to a family of church-going, Christian parents, and had been taught the truths of God’s Word since before my earliest memories. My parents had always been diligent to have my sister and me listen to evangelistic and Christian-character-building children’s recordings. I had heard “Patch the Pirate Goes to Space,” and the salvation of “Pee-wee Pirate” almost every night as I went to sleep. I remember one day distinctly hearing that dramatization in an entirely new way.
When Pee-Wee Pirate said, “Captain Patch, I wanna be a Kwistian,” I knew—had known—what he meant. I had understood why he wanted to be a Christian. I had understood that I was a sinner, and that Jesus, by dying on the cross, had taken my “spanking” for all the times I had "made Jesus sad." I also knew that I had to accept that “present” from Jesus, or I would go to Hell when I died, and not to Heaven! I had known these things as long as I can remember.
However, at that moment, I realized something new. I realized that I, myself, was not a Christian, and that I had never
actually done the thing that I had heard “Pee-Wee Pirate” do a thousand
times! I knew I did not want to "make Jesus sad" anymore, and that I ought to accept the "present" Jesus was offering me. I also knew that if I did not accept this "present" from Jesus, I would not
go to Heaven when I died, but to a place called Hell (which my parents and
Sunday-school teachers were none too shy in describing to me) because of the bad things I had done. I remember lying on the bottom bunk of my
sister’s and my bedroom next to our tape recorder, and praying a sinner’s
prayer with "Pee-wee Pirate," understanding and meaning it with all my heart. I was only four
years old, but I knew that my sin had been forgiven, and that I was
on my way to Heaven, and not to Hell. To this day, I am reassured by His blessed conviction in my heart every time I "make Jesus sad."
I had always been raised in a Christian home and attended church from the day I was born. I think when you are privileged to be in such an environment you seem to always know that Jesus died on the cross for you so you can go to Heaven, but it doesn’t always occur to you that you've never acknowledged and accepted God's gift. When I was four years old, I noticed people always went up to speak to the pastor at the end of the service (during the invitation). I kept on telling mommy and daddy that I wanted to go up there too. At first, they didn't take me seriously and waited a few Sundays before daddy finally took me to the altar. But we didn't go talk to the pastor. We went right past him and daddy knelt down beside me. He went through the plan of salvation, asking me if I knew, understood, and believed that I was a sinner that Jesus had died on the cross for so I could go to heaven. Of course I did! Then he asked me if I would like to accept His gift and ask Jesus into my heart. It had never occurred to me before that I needed to do this, and of course I would like to ask Jesus into my heart! Once we went back to our seat and daddy was telling mommy I had asked Jesus into my heart, I was ready to tell others so they could do the same thing and go to Heaven like me! I remember dragging my two-year-old sister down our long driveway and sitting her down underneath a tree with my little New Testament and telling her how to get saved. Wherever we went, if I saw someone who looked like they needed to know about Jesus (like that mean man with the long hair and ragged clothes), I felt it was very important to tell him about Jesus. Several years later, when I was about ten years old, after a sermon on Hell, I doubted my salvation because I remembered I hadn't originally gone forward during the invitation with the intention of getting saved. But when I look back and think about how my life changed (as much as a wicked four-year-old's life can), and how I wanted to live for Jesus and share the Good News from the day I accepted Christ into my life, I now have no doubts as to my conversion experience.
Our Calling to Christian Service:
When I was 16 years old, I committed my life to the Lord as a preacher of the Gospel. I made the decision public before my church in Cheyenne, Wyoming, preaching my first sermon on that same night. As time went on, I began wandering from my call, and began to pursue a career in music. About two years after entering Pensacola Christian College as a Music major, I became convicted about my call to preach, and changed my major to Bible, with a minor in music. Since the renewed call, I have preached wherever I have had opportunity, and have created opportunities whenever and wherever I could.
God has given me a heart for teaching, and I have always wanted to serve Him with my talents. Ever since I started teaching Sunday School, and when I became a nanny, I was impressed with the foundation you can form in people's lives from a very early age, which can be built upon for the rest of their lives. The thing about teaching is that you can influence one for God, no matter the “official” subject being taught. It is beautiful to be able to find God in everything you teach. Truly, you can find Him in whatever you are doing--work or play. When I baby-sit, I am able to point this out, and when I am working with patients or customers, there is always a way to share God’s Word and point out His hand.
Our Experience in Christian Service:
CHRISTOPHER (C.D.):Since I was a small child, I have been involved in almost every type of ministry connected to a Baptist church. From elementary school to Jr. high, I sang specials in church, assisted our church janitor in clean-up of the property, assisted church bus captains with “bus calls,” going door-to door in lower-end neighborhoods, witnessing to children and inviting them to ride the bus to church. From Jr. high to high school, I continued the above activities, but also went soul-winning with the adults of the church. Furthermore, I assisted my parents with their music ministry, periodically leading congregational singing, singing specials in church, and being a part of the church choir. During high school, I surrendered my life to the preaching of the Gospel, and was allowed numerous opportunities to preach no only in my own church, but in other churches and gatherings in the community. While attending Pensacola Christian College, I remained active in Christian service, taking advantage of opportunities such as Bible-club ministries, door-to-door soul winning/outreach, and nursing-home ministries. (NOTE: With the exception of preaching, my wife, Chloe, could probably write a very similar profile of her childhood, teen, and college years).
After graduating college, my wife and I made a point of finding a place to be used in the churches of which we have been members. Most often, we have found ourselves as the principal “music people” in the church (congregational song-leading, piano playing, choir directing, coordinating special music, etc.). In my sending church, I began a nursing-home ministry at which my wife and I conducted a full church service every Sunday afternoon for three years. In addition to this, I frequently did, and sometimes still do, fill the pulpit for our pastor when health issues or travel prohibit his presence at the services. We are grateful that the Lord has granted us so many opportunities for service during both of our lives, and eagerly await the opportunities He has in store for us on deputation and on the mission field itself.
CHLOE:As was said in the "Testimonies" portion, since my parents were in full-time ministry I have been very involved from an early age. In many ways, my growing-up experience is very similar to that of my husband's. Like him, I've been soul winning since I was tiny, been involved in many music ministries, teaching ministries, nursing home ministries, Bible clubs, etc.
Our Calling to the Mission Field:
1. Why we feel we have been called:
We want to be used to the extent of our ability in any capacity God cares to use us. We feel the mission field gives us this opportunity. There is so much to do and so much need for Christians committed to full-time service. We feel that going to the mission field is our way to use every moment exclusively for Him. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14 We believe that this verse applies not only to lost souls, but to each Believer who is called to win them. “Today we reap, or miss our golden harvest.”
2. The field to which we have been called:
We feel we have been called to serve the Lord in The Republic of Palau.
Background: We have always tried to keep our eyes open for opportunities to serve the Lord more fully, so when the McClures came to our church and shared the need for workers in the field of Palau, we were struck by the unique opportunity there to reach so many people from different tribes and nations. Since Palau’s main industries are tourism and fishing, there are always new “crops” of people sojourning there to work in those industries; and it is these people who make up the majority of the ministry in Palau. In Brother McClure’s presentation, he shared how this fact it has provided an opportunity to reach many nations of the world from a central point, with some converts expressing a desire to start churches in their own countries. We thought, “What an opportunity to reach the world!”
Our hearts were impressed with the overwhelming feeling that we weren't doing enough and that, in some ways, what we were doing was empty and pointless. We felt that all the people we were attempting to reach and minister to were either Christians, or people who have already heard the Gospel many times over. While we were working an almost-stale field, which had a shameful surplus of workers, barely finding handfuls to glean, we were shown a field truly “white unto harvest,” crying out for just a portion of those many laborers to catch a bountiful harvest before it is too late.
Our response to all this was, “This is a place we can be used to the fullest of—and beyond—our ability!” The fact that we could be used there was especially brought home to us after we spent the day with the McClures. We gravitated to their compassion for souls and, most of all, their passion to teach. Being teachers ourselves, we immediately connected with their manner of ministry. The more time we spent with them, the more easily we could see ourselves not only involved in their work, but starting works of our own that would mirror theirs. As the McClures were leaving our home, we asked Brother Terry to pray about our coming to Palau to work with them in their ministry. His response was, “I have been all day.”
We asked him to continue praying for us over the next year as we sought God’s leading in the matter. Since then, the Lord has made very clear to us that the lessons He teaches in this life must not be wasted—that His call is paramount, and that only His way is perfect. He has shown us that, if we suffer, but not for the cause of Christ, our suffering is in vain; and if our suffering is in vain, then our living is in vain. We realized that, because our lives are “even a vapour,” we must act now if we are to follow His call, fulfill His commission, and find His commendation at the end of our course.