Rickey and Anita Smith have never been comfortable with the status quo. They have been involved with helping other, especially those who could not help themselves, for almost all of their married life. Already raising two daughters and although Rickey worked for 21 years in manufacturing, working 12 hour swing shifts, they did not let life interfere with what they felt the Lord was calling them to do.
- Working as foster parents for over three years, eventually adopting two of their charges, they proved that they were willing to not just talk the talk, but to walk the walk.
- They also served as co-chairs for the South Carolina Citizens for Life for two years.
- They have been affectionately called “Instigator” and “Agitator” by those who have worked with them in several churches because they are constantly challenging themselves, and others, to do greater things.
- Anita headed the South Carolina Intercessory Prayer Team under “A Great Love, Inc.” for three years.
- Together, they worked as children’s pastors in four different denominational churches for over 13 years. During the same time period, they carried out inner-city ministry, clown ministry, and community outreach.
- Later, they taught an adult Sunday School class made up of ex-drug addicts, recovering alcoholics, gang members, and motorcycle fanatics, whom Rickey and Anita lovingly called “the Remnant”.
- Rickey and Anita began a program in the Anderson area called Feed the Hungry that allowed church members to get involved in the feeding of the hungry in the city by supporting ministries that were actually designed to feed hungry people. It was through this program that they met Kristi King-Brock of Anderson Interfaith Ministries.
- Anita spent over one year interviewing elderly residents at a nursing home, collecting their life stories to give to the families as a legacy gift. Her interviewing gift and her easygoing manner allowed the residents to share openly and freely things about their lives that they had not even told their family members.
- Anita and Rickey became caregivers for her mother in 2007 when Mrs. LeCroy moved in with them. For the next 6 years, Mom was their number one priority and ministry until her death in January 2013.
- Rickey and Anita attended and graduated from Domata School of Ministry in 2010.
- Rickey and Anita have four daughters and 9 grandchildren.
- Rickey and Anita are trained Life Coaches and Couples Coaches and Anita in a trained Chaplain an encourager.
- The couple has traveled on mission trips to spread the love of God to Honduras, England, Mexico, Barbados, Panama, Romania, and the Philippines, truly living up to their motto of “Taking Christ to the streets of the Nations”.
Rickey and Anita moved to the Tulsa Oklahoma area
in 2005 with their two adopted daughters and attend World Outreach
Church. They still have a heart for the ones who cannot help themselves,
and a drive to get themselves, and others, to do greater things. They
know that there are many people within the walls of the church who
really want to get out there and make a difference within their
community. Their heart truly desires to take these “live wires” and