Hands of Praise
Welcome to the Official website of Lisa Smith ~ Hands of Praise!
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 who lives in North Texas with her parents, has always 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 2005 - 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.
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.
In 2007, Lisa also began traveling and performing for Best Buddies International founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Lisa participated in their 2007 and 2008 International Leadership Conference with singer/actress Maureen McCormick (Marcia from TV’s Brady Bunch). Mr. Shriver’s sister and former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver invited Lisa to share her gift during the events surrounding the annual Audi Best Buddies Challenges; a 100 mile bike ride along the coast of California. Lisa also had the privilege of performing the National Anthem with Kathryn McPhee at the 2007 California Governor and First Lady’s Conference for Women.
In early January 2008 Lisa was invited to join the team of a grass roots ministry for women in crises called the Journey of Sisters. Through this ministry, Lisa along with her “Sisters”, have conducted numerous events to reach women in crisis situations. The ministry is comprised of 14 young women, all with unique stories of God’s faithfulness, hope and grace as they’ve walked through their journeys in life. In addition to special events and conferences, every month they minister to battered and/or homeless women in shelters. Journey of Sisters was founded by three friends and sisters in Christ who had a desire to minister to hurting women after having gone through trials themselves. The combined gifts and talents of all these women make up a beautiful ministry that the Lord is using to touch the hearts of women.