Carol Smith to be honored at Fiesta fundraiser Aug. 3

CAROL SMITH, pictured with her late husband, Jack, will be honored for her service to Misión de Candelilla, during the group’s Fiesta 2013 fundraiser, slated for Aug. 3.

Long-time Fredericksburg resident Carol Smith will be honored Aug. 3 at “Fiesta 2013,” the annual fund-raiser for Misión de Candelilla, sponsor of medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua.

“Carol and her late husband, Jack, were instrumental in the founding of our medical missions some 27 years ago,” Curtis Allerkamp, the group’s executive director, said. “They were agriculture missionaries working with the Southern Baptist Conference in Mexico when the need for supplemental medical assistance across the Rio Grande became apparent. Without them, our initial efforts might not have ever happened.”

Smith and her husband were retired teachers from La Porte, working with the Southern Baptist HANDS mission, teaching proper soil fertilization and growing techniques in Mexico.

“One of our committee members, a pediatrician from San Antonio — Dr. Wayne Grant — asked us to find a doctor who would go with us to treat the people of the area,” Smith said. “The only medical person I knew was Sara Allerkamp. She’s a registered nurse. Sara was enthusiastic about the idea. She invited her neighbor, Dr. Ottis Layne, to go with us on our next trip. They came along, and the rest is history.”

“She and Jack told me about their work and the medical needs in the villages, the ejidos, across the river,” Sara Allerkamp said. “We went for the first time about 27 years ago. Since then, we’ve been back literally hundreds of times, and our mission has grown from the original two villages to 10 now.”

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