SIFU, SIFU is what they called her. Sifu, the Swahili word for praise, was not part of the chorus they sang or a nickname given to describe the missionary, but something Maizie Smyth has expressed to God since she first stepped out from a farm near Broughshane in Northern Ireland to serve God in the heart of Africa. An old adage worth repeating goes “Life is like a coin. You can spend it whatever way you wish, but you can only spend it once.” Maizie made her choice to spend her life serving God. Serving God for 24 years under the blue skies of Congo has helped Maizie prove how great God is, even when she could only see clouds of impossibility. She has known his protection and provision in the most unusual ways and often just in the nick of time. A read through this book will inspire your faith, challenge your life and cause you to say Sifu, Sifu to the Lord.
“UFM Missionaries” have worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 70 years through times of political revolution and spiritual revival. Tens of thousands of Congolese have trusted in Christ as their Saviour and thousands of churches have been established. Behind this growth and development lies the sacrificial living and dedicated service of pioneers, church planters, doctors, nurses and many other missionaries who have faithfully served their Lord in fellowship with their Congolese brothers and sisters.
Maizie Smyth’s story encapsulates UFM’s ministry in Congo. She is highly respected by her colleagues, greatly used by God and claimed by the Africans as their own. Her story will challenge your love for Christ, inspire your faith and make you smile.” Peter MIilsom Director of UFM Worldwide