In 2012 and 2013, our dear friend and brother, Hunter Smith, traveled to Zambia with our team. From the moment his feet hit the dirt of Lusaka, I think it's safe to say that his life was forever changed. Beyond that, the lives of HUNDREDS of Zambian children were changed because they met and fell in love with Hunter. Today we salute a great man and a beloved brother in Christ. Hunter met our Savior on Saturday, April 16, 2016. While our hearts break at the loss of our team member and friend, we celebrate his new reality: standing in the presence of the Lord.
Hunter had a larger-than-life personality. He was a magnet for children. On our trips, he would be first off the bus and the last one to get on...always with multiple children laughing and hanging onto his arms. He was dearly loved...because he loved so ferociously. He was the tangible love of Christ to the children he met in Zambia. He held them, he tossed them in the air, he sat down and let them take a nap against his chest. That was Hunter: 110% all the time, all heart, for the glory of God and joy of children.
Not only did the children love him, but Hunter was the heartbeat, energy and mascot of our mission trip teams. After a long day of playing with kids and getting our hands dirty, he was always the first to organize a post-shower game-night. He loved people and loved being with people. Hunter was the natural leader--our team wanted to follow him because life was ALWAYS more entertaining with Hunter at the helm.
Hunter gave all of himself for the love of others--especially the precious children of Zambia. We are different because of him; the children of Zambia are different because of him. In honor of our great friend, we are establishing the "Hunter Smith Africa Scholarship Fund." This fund will raise money with one goal in mind: to send someone to Zambia with Arise Africa every year in Hunter's honor. We know how much he loved Zambia and feel that the most fitting celebration of him is to SEND and GO back to Africa every single year.
We invite you to consider giving in honor and memory of Hunter Smith. To do so, visit our giving page. You can write "In Honor of Hunter" in the comment box at the bottom of your donation page. Hunter was part of our Kershaw's Challenge Committee--a group of dear friends who share our love for KC. Our committee will play a role in sending someone to Africa each year.
To the Smith family: we love you. Thank you for sharing Hunter with us! His light and love and passion WILL be a part of our work every single day going forward. Kershaw's Challenge exists because of great friends like Hunter. We hope to honor him and your family in our work of making life better for kids worldwide--something Hunter did so naturally and beautifully.
To God be the glory--our friend Hunter made MUCH of his time on earth. We know that he is in the presence of the Lord and that we will see him again. Until then, may we make MUCH of the opportunity to continue the work Hunter began.
With love and celebration of Hunter,
The KC Team
To make a donation to the Hunter Smith Africa Scholarship Fund, click HERE.