“Jesus is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think!”

Subject: Special Guest - Tich Smith founder of LIV Village

I want to let you know that on Sunday August 12th we will have a special guest speaker, Tich Smith founder of LIV Village, who will give the sermon on

“Jesus is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think!”

We look forward to hearing him talk about how God has worked in his life and the lives of the orphans who have come to live in LIV Village.

This will be a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbours to hear about how God cares for the orphans and widows and how He works through people to do amazing things.

Speaker Information

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    Tich Smith


    Tich was born and brought up in Johannesburg, and educated at St Stithian’s College, and the last two years at King Edward V11 High School. He played rugby for Natal alongside Peter Waterson, who were fly-half and scrum-half in the Saints under 13 team in 1963. He played South African Schools cricket in 1968.

    He attended Pietermaritzburg University from 1969 to 1972, played rugby for Natal in 1970, and represented Natal in cricket from 1972 until his retirement from the game in 1983. He also represented South Africa at this time.

    He has two children from his first marriage, Julie and Greg. The lowest period of his life was 1986 when he ended up in a home for alcoholics and drug-addicts and subsequently divorced. This was when he gave his life to Jesus.

    In 1991, he met and married Joan who had lost her 1st husband in tragic circumstances, hearing a clear direction from God to look after her and her children. Out of the ashes of their lives, God brought them together for His purposes.

    Joan had played provincial golf for the Western Province and Kwa-Zulu Natal. After they got married they started to play quite a lot of golf together. Tich having quite a competitive nature worked diligently to improve his skill. In 2001 Tich started playing veterans golf and represented Kwa-Zulu natal for 8 years. He got down to scratch and played in the South African side against a Danish team in Johannesburg.

    Tich worked for Sanlam from 1987 – 1992. In 1992, he started Tich Smith & Associates, and TSA Administration (Pty) Ltd in 1997. His son, Greg, joined him in the business in 2001.

    In 2007, he felt the call of God, to pass on the baton of the running of the business to Greg, and go full time into the Amaoti informal settlement, to work alongside Joan.

    These projects continue to support twenty-seven crèches, feeding over a thousand children each day. Running life skills programs in two high schools, and have over 400 vulnerable children on the back-to-school program, employing a number of previously unemployed young people from Amaoti, who now manage the projects.

    In 2008, Tich and Joan felt the call of God to start the Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV), which would become the urgently needed residential facility, for orphaned and vulnerable children. The vision for a children’s village had been burning in Tich’s heart for 12 years.

    In 2009, they purchased an eighty-three-acre farm, on the outskirts of Verulam, and LIV was born. The first 96 homes are complete. There are 33 mothers in residence, and over 160 children now call the LIV Village “home” (with new children added monthly).

    In 2016, David C Cook published a book, When Grace Showed Up, of Tich and Joan’s life together and the building of LIV village. The book is a story of hope and healing among the poor, as they share the journey of LIV so far, and what God has revealed to them along the way through continual provision, kindness and mercy.

    Tich and Joan have been happily married for 26 years with four children, all married, and eight grandchildren. However, there is no time for retirement for Tich as the greater vision is to see many villages across South Africa and into Africa, as children are rescued, restored, raised and released, to become responsible Christians and valuable members of society. This is Tich and Joan’s passion, to see lives transformed through the love of Jesus Christ, in the most practical way. They firmly believe that the church, working together with business and government, can change the face of the nation and leave a legacy of hope for future generations. They have chosen to dedicate the rest of their lives to this end.