Volume 11

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3





Our Charis Family

La Sondra Smith

Joshua and La Sondra Smith

Hello. My name is La Sondra Smith, and I feel honored to be featured in this month’s newsletter! A long-term goal of mine is to become a Certified Professional Midwife. However, currently I am still very excited to be on the path to becoming a Doula and someday, Lord willing, I'll be a midwife.

I’ve worked with children off and on since I was about 19 years old. Finally, at the age of 24, I sought The Lord to ask Him what direction my life was going in as far as having a career. Being a military spouse and relocating about every 2-3 years, it is extremely difficult to sort of “find your own place in the world.” This of course has plenty to do with the fact that I love my United States Airman and I chose to be supportive of his career above my own.

As I mentioned, I asked God about a career for me. Given my known love for children, I really shouldn’t have been surprised (although I was) when He answered me with "children". What’s more, I honestly felt he was giving me a rare sort of leeway to choose an avenue in which I could accomplish working with and ministering to His precious little ones. One day, while speaking with a friend about her recent labor and delivery, it dawned on me that this was a way in which I could put my hands to work and positively touch the lives of hopefully many babies at the very start of their lives. Not to mention, I could also work with and care for women, an idea that was also very attractive to me.

Now after several bumps along my path and moving across the world, I am overjoyed to be in a good spot, with the support of my husband, to study to be a childbirth professional at this great school, Charis Childbirth.

And what’s even more of a blessing, I was surprised with the gift of a pregnancy of my very own!

The very first picture of our baby!

Following are pictures of some of our travels around the world!

Me on a rocky beach in Malta

The Coliseum in Rome

A sign in Turkey (where Paul of Tarsus was from)

Me by an old lighthouse in Cyprus

Me riding a camel in Turkey

A windmill in The Netherlands

 'Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth,
 Among  them the blind and the lame, The woman with child and The one who labors with child,  together,
 A great throng shall return there...And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.'
 Jeremiah 31:8, 14
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March 2016