Follow me on my missionary journey to Finca de los Ninos, a Honduran home, clinic, and school for at-risk children.

"I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world."- Mother Teresa

Hola! My name is Anna Smith. This blog, BeLittleandLove, is my vehicle for sharing my journey as a missionary at Finca de los Ninos (Farm of the Child). The Farm of the Child is an Catholic home, clinic, and school for orphans and at-risk children in Honduras. God has generously invited me to say yes to eighteen months of service at la Finca! For me, this is not a dramatic decision, but rather a "going deeper" into the amazing calling God has given me to serve youth, particularly those who have suffered because of poverty or neglect.  Five years ago, I first encountered the joyful, incredible community of la Finca while on a brief college mission trip. Since then, God has kept the idea of returning as a small whisper in my heart. Over the past year, this call has increased in intensity to the point where I know God is truly inviting me, calling me by name. Still, I know how easily is get caught up in my own desire to do great things, only to crash to earth when the going gets tough and I realize my own inadequacy. Thus the theme of this blog (and my life really) is to to start by recognizing my littleness, my humanity, my need.  I will be little so God can carve some actual space in my heart for authentic love.

Throughout my time in Honduras, I will be sharing my experiences, thoughts, and lessons learned. If you'd like to email updates on my journey, be sure to follow my blog by entering your email below. If you would like to support my mission, I would greatly appreciate it!  Each missionary is asked to raise $10,000 +, all of which directly funds la Finca and my own personal livelihood while I am serving there. See my donation tab for quick, easy instructions. Lastly, please contact me with prayer requests, words of encouragement, etc. This English teacher lives on the written word, so I promise to read what you write and take it to heart.



Antigua: A-Z

My first week and a half in Central America

Read More  
Do you believe?

Rambling thoughts on faith and prayer.

Read More  

This is a blog post I wrote a solid year ago and did nothing with. It’s a year old, but the sentiments haven’t changed! Actually, it predicts many of the reasons that eventually led me to decide to embark on mission!

Read More  
Why Honduras?

Why I'm heading to Honduras!

Read More  


Thank you for your generosity!!! There are several ways to donate:

1. Online: http://www.farmofthechild.org/anna.html 2. By check: Make checks payable to “Farm of the Child” and please write “Anna Smith” on the memo line. Send checks to our US donation coordinator at: Farm of the Child 100 S. Ashley Drive Suite 600 Tampa, FL 33602 All gifts of any amount are gratefully appreciated! All donations are tax deductible, as the Farm is a 501(c)3 organization.

My new home for the next 18 months in Trujillo, Honduras is Farm of the Child, or Finca de los NInos a Catholic mission comprised of an orphanage, elementary and middle school, and medical clinic. Honduras is the poorest and least developed country in Central America, with an abundance of poverty, violence, crime, and disease. According to 2016 WorldBank statistics, 66% of Hondurans live in poverty and rural areas, and one in five live on less than $1.90 per day. These conditions often weaken or completely destroy families. La FInca provides education, health care, spiritual formation and community outreach programs to stand in the gap in a small but powerful way. By providing a foundation of faith, a quality education, and a loving family, the FINCA team of Franciscan sisters, lay missionaries, and Honduran house parents/tias work together to set the orphans and local children on the path toward a hopeful future. Together, they seek to carry on the mission of Christ who said, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free" (Luke 4:13). The mission team seeks solidarity with those we serve while working to better  their circumstances. The missionary community that I will be a part of is founded upon the four pillars of community, spirituality, service, and simple living. We accept the joyful challenge of our mission statement:

Farm of the Child Mission Statement:

In gratitude for the deep love Jesus  gives us
We  decide to unite ourselves and form a community
to care for needy children and promote the development
of a productive society of devout Christians.

Learn more about the mission at: farmofthechild.org