In Matthew 25:23, Jesus shares the joy of His Father in our service, when he tells the parable of the talents. The first part of the scripture states, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”

With those words, Albert Smith was welcomed into heaven. After a life marked by compassion, patience, perseverance and determination to change the lives of people all around the world, Albert is now celebrating his new life in heaven. Our Heart for Africa family is forever grateful for Albert’s impact on our work and our world. He loved our children, and in the early days of Project Canaan, helped lay the foundation for the thriving community into which it has developed. He and Rose supported our vision to share HOPE in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) by fighting hunger, caring for orphans, decreasing poverty and providing education.

He changed the lives of people on three continents – North America, South America and Africa. From the early days of travel to Swaziland through the decade he and the rest of the family spent working at Project Canaan, Albert, Rose and their daughters worked to help us care for orphans and vulnerable children. But Albert – and Rose – didn’t stop there. They moved to Belize in 2015, working to build a construction company and provide an ambulance service to people living in poverty, forgotten by society, much like the children in Swaziland.

His life is a testament to love and commitment, with a marriage that endured for over 40 years and children that have taken up the cause of serving others as well. The last part of Matthew 25:23 states, “Come and share your master’s happiness.” We all celebrate a life – and a legacy – that exemplifies that of a servant who used all of his talents to honor his Lord, and meet the needs of His children.

If you’d like to make a gift to honor his legacy and celebrate his life, please click below. All gifts given in Albert’s memory will go to support Project Canaan Academy, where the children he loved are being raised to be the next generation of leaders for Eswatini.