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Lisa with Kristi Brown
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David Foster Tour with Charice
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Lisa with Sheila Walsh
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Lisa Smith Welcome to the Official website of Lisa Smith ~

Lisa Smith is a young lady with Down syndrome who has taken the gift of signing and added to it her unashamed faith, which in turn has allowed her to express herself in absolute freedom and adoration for the Lord when signing her interpretation of a song. 

Lisa lives in North Texas with her parents.  Lisa expressed an interest in singing; however, Lisa’s mother tells that Lisa was not blessed with a voice for publicly singing.   But that did not stop Lisa in giving up a dream to sing for God.  Her determination led her to meeting with the local high school sign language teacher.    After just an hour and a half lesson, Lisa showed how awesome our God is to grant the desire of a heart devoted to sing for Him.   Lisa began sharing her artistic gift of signing with her home church, Denton Bible Church, in 2000.  Word of Lisa’s unique gift began to spread across the Dallas area.  Soon Lisa was accepting invitations from churches and organizations hosting special events, both in and out of Texas.

Lisa has had the honor of accompanying Christian song artists Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Avalon, Sheila Walsh, Larnelle Harris, BeBe Winans, the 2006 and 2007 Women of Faith Worship Teams, Mark Harris and Mark Lowrey.  Sandi Patty was the first to introduce Lisa at the Women of Faith National Conference in February of 2005.  Lisa has joined Sandi in song at some of her concerts, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, on the Bill Gaither Homecoming in Dallas and on the Dr. Phil Show.

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During 2005-07, Lisa appeared at 27 conferences across the United States with the faith–based women’s organization, Women of Faith.   The Women of Faith platform provided an opportunity for Lisa to perform with various artists, encouraging and inspiring those in the audience both with and without disabilities.  Appearing in front of thousands of women did not shy Lisa away from sharing her passion or the contagious joy that fills her heart.  At the same time, Lisa’s mother, who travels with Lisa, had the privilege to share and encourage mothers of children with Down syndrome, offering hope and challenging them to look for the gift within their special needs child. 

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Lisa Smith's first DVD recording

Due to the many request, Lisa is making this DVD as a way of encouraging others to use their God-given gifts regardless of what challenges they face. It will be dedicated to Amy Jones, her friend and mentor who lose her battle with cancer last year. Please click the following photo for more information on the event and RSVP matters.

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Latest News - Jan 2011

Well, 2010 seemed to fly by without landing at all….well, that is except for when Lisa had to take off for over 3 months for healing….shoulder healing!  That’s right, Lisa was restricted from signing while she went through physical therapy for “over use” of her shoulder and arm!  Very similar to what they call “tennis elbow”.  After three months of therapy with little relief, a steroid injection followed.  The shot did its thing and Lisa was back doing what she loves best! 

 

Before the shoulder issues, Lisa was having a great year.  First, and most important to Lisa, she received her very own little Maltese puppy who she named Hannah Grace.  It was touch and go for little Hannah for about 3+ months.  All I will say is watch out for those so called “puppy mills” in Texas!!!  But I’m happy to say Hannah survived and is the delight of our family!

 

Besides Lisa’s solo events, she was thrilled and privileged to sign again with three of her favorite people …Sandi Patty, Sheila Walsh, and Kathy Troccoli.  Sandi was performing at FBC Dallas and when she spotted Lisa in the audience, Sandi signed “do you want to sign with me”.  You think Lisa would turn down that invitation??  I think not!!  Never!  What a delight for Lisa that showed all over her face, as the two did their signature song How Great Thou Art.  Lisa and her hero… that will never change!

 

Sheila and Lisa did a Mayor’s Breakfast event together in the Dallas area.  As always, sweet Sheila was such a joy to be with…our entire family just loves this special lady!!  That was the second time Lisa was able to join Sheila last year.  Sheila is so refreshing to be around. She’s just the best!!  If you haven’t had a chance to sit down with a cup of cappuccino and enjoy one of Sheila’s encouraging and heartfelt books…you’re missing a blessing!

 

For Lisa’s 35th birthday, she was given the choice of a huge birthday party or go to NY to see Kathy Troccoli.  She gave up the party and presents for Kathy!  As usual, Kathy made Lisa feel soo special and for the second year in a row…had the audience join her in signing Happy Birthday to Lisa.  Kathy… always genuine and loving…so cool to be around!  Kathy asked Lisa to join her on stage which thrilled Lisa as they performed one of their favorite songs; My Life is in His Hands.

 

While on this NY trip, we were hosted by good friends and designer of Lisa’s website, Juergen and Holly Klingenberg.  Between Kathy and the Klingenberg’s…Lisa had a birthday she will never forget!  Juergen, or the Hunk, as Lisa calls him, took Lisa flying…in a glider!!   To say Lisa had a blast does not even begin to express the thrill she experienced flying around up “near heaven” as she put it!!! 

 

In the fall, Lisa was invited to Ozark, MO for the Dare to Dream Women’s Conference hosted by the James River Assembly Church.  Lisa shared her testimony and two songs to an awesome audience!  We met some wonderful, wonderful people.  Christine Caine for one …who is the founder of The A21 Campaign.  Christine has an inspiring passion to be used by God to reach the lost.  She’s energetic, funny and very much the real deal!!  Love that accent!!  She has an incredible ministry ….check out her website.  We soon found we had a mutual friend…Sheila Walsh…so Chris wanted a picture of herself and Lisa to send off Sheila!  So much fun!!

 

Another guest speaker was DeLynn Rizzo, wife of Pastor Dino Rizzo, who together started The Healing Church in Baton Rouge, LA.  DeLynn encouraged the women in attendance with her sweet and tender charm and obvious devotion to the Lord.  Lisa and DeLynn clicked right away and I’m sure this meeting won’t be the last.

 

If you are in the Ozark area, you must go visit this church!  The Pastor’s wife, Debbie Lindell, was so loving and kind.  Lisa was made to feel very much apart of this special weekend.  Quite frankly, they catered and spoiled Lisa so much; she did not want to leave!!!  Melody was assigned to meet Lisa’s every thought, wish and/or desire…and that’s exactly what she did!!  Starbucks…Starbucks…and more Starbucks…and then much more!!!  What hospitality…couldn’t be beat!!!  Thank you Debbie for inviting us!!

 

Lisa also completed her first DVD last year which she wanted dedicated to her beloved friend, Amy, who went home to be with the Lord in 2009.  There were many challenges with this first new venture…we learned a lot of what works and what definitely doesn’t.  But this was important to Lisa …to do it for Amy.  Just a limited number were produced and we’re in hopes of having a second, much better quality produced soon. 

 

Despite the ailments with both little Hannah and Lisa this past year, the Lord continued to bless and bless and we continue to call Him…Lord!!!  Lord of ALL!!

 

 

 

January 2010

Well, we finished 2009 blessed to be able to serve the Lord and be apart an awesome group of young women, the Journey of Sisters. The last six months of 2009 was a tough year for all as we struggled to understand why our sweet friend and leader, Amy, was taken from us. Thankfully, we can find comfort in knowing and believing she was in God’s hands from the start and ready to be with Him according to His plan for her. So we move on trusting God to direct and guide us wherever He would have us to go... doing whatever He would have us to do.

As we look back over the year, Lisa had several opportunities to be with some pretty awesome people. Our cruise with Kathy Troccoli was just incredible. Meeting and performing with Mark Harris, Mark Lowery was so fun…seeing and laughing with old friends from WOF (Chonda Pierce)…and time with Avalon and of course, Kathy couldn’t be beat…. Meeting and making new friends was just a gift on top of it all!!

A special highlight of the year was getting to meet and perform with Charice, YouTube singing sensation discovered by David Foster. Charice and Lisa performed at the Best Buddies Gala in Dallas. When David Foster saw a video of the two, he asked Lisa to join them at three of his ten David Foster & Friends concert tour stops. We went to Chicago, Ft Lauderdale and Los Angeles. What a blast!! Charice and Lisa claimed to be the diva-sisters and were arm and arm the whole time. They did autographs, photos, and TV interviews together. We were blessed to meet new friends Deborah Cox, Kathy Sledge, Ruben Studdard (American Idol), the Four Canadian Tenors, and Peter Cetera….not to mention David Foster himself…the legend…the “hit-man”. In LA, we were able to see and talk with Dr. Phil and wife Robin again who were sitting on the front row as Lisa and Charice performed. We caught up with them later at David Foster’s party. It was an awesome experience and one we’ll never forget. Many thanks go to Jan Miller and American Airlines for making it all possible.

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News Update - October 2009

October 2009

So much has happened since my last update on Lisa and the journey she is on. Some of you may have noticed how light Lisa’s schedule has been. Lisa has had to face one of the biggest challenges in her life…. the death of her best friend, Amy Jones… the founder, leader, and mentor of Journey of Sisters. Amy and Lisa met at a Women of Faith Conference and remained the best of friends ever since. Amy saw the potential in Lisa to be an inspiration to those hurting and those with family members who were intellectually challenged. However, Amy would never place Lisa in that category as she always said it was the rest of the world who were intellectually challenged… NOT Lisa!

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News Update - May 2009

May 2009

I can’t believe nearly half this year has gone by!! What a year this has been for Lisa! In January she joined Sandi Patty while Sandi was doing a concert in Lancaster, TX. That couldn’t have been a better way to start off the new year for Lisa! She was in her glory performing with Sandi again. One of the 4 numbers they did was Operator. Lisa loves to tell people how they “hammed” it up! And they really did!! Lisa’s Mom sat in the audience just shaking her head in disbelief…with Mama T (Thelma Wells) telling her “it’s OK”! Lisa loves performing with Sandi!!!

June 2008

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June 2008

Well, my goodness…where has the first part of this year gone!!! Between Lisa’s teeth project, her signing, and my job…this year is zooming by like no other….but we’re totally blessed by the Lord through it all! The update on Lisa’s teeth is fabulous and a HUGE praise to our Lord!  After some delays and then waiting for our dedicated and loyal oral surgeon, Dr. Michael Ellis, to return from his tour in Iraq , our three doctors got their schedules coordinated and Lisa had her surgery. Dr. Cunningham performed the surgery, with Dr. Ellis overseeing it and Dr. Todd Baumann (her Prosthodontist) checking it all out too. Lisa had 13 teeth extracted and 8 implants put in all at the same time!  You talk about a little trooper full of courage….that was Lisa! To allow Lisa the capability of continuing her signing in between dental appointments, Dr Baumann re-fashioned her old “ California ” teeth as a short, temporary fix to give her some healing time before prepping her remaining molars for crowns and fitting her new permanent, temporary teeth. YEAH! Her new temporaries look so good and she no longer has to take and/or switch her teeth out in public to eat any more! Oh, how she enjoyed that first meal!  Her headaches have ceased and she no longer flips or nearly loses her teeth in the middle of a song or sentence!  Yeah!!!! God is good!!!

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