Tel:   972.529.9022

Jay Smith, Director of Missions

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Jay is a semi-retired tax preparer in McKinney, Texas, US. His passion is to give a "hand up" not a "hand out". He is the leader of the various mission trips. His discernment gives him the insight to scout out and identify a mission opportunity. He heads up each trip personally providing the proper organization, reservations, authorization, and security for each location served. He is married to Lou Ann Smith and has four children and two grandchildren. Look at the Africa tab to see what his oldest daughter, Michelle, is up to for the kingdom.


E-Mail: amazoncharities@gmail.com

Dr. Alan Upchurch, Board Member

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Dr. Upchurch is a doctor of optometry (OD) in Texas, US. He faces many challenges in providing vision exams in remote areas but has developed a system that requires no language interpreters or outside electricity. He brings the bare basic, but technologically accurate, equipment that provides a thorough diagnosis. He partners with the local chapter of Lions International to collect discarded "recycled" eyeglasses to deliver to these patients. He is married and has 3 children.


E-Mail: amazoncharities@gmail.com

Lou Ann Smith, Administration

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Lou Ann is the face behind the paperwork. She is the administration tool behind the scenes working to make reservations, confirm security documentation, provide bookkeeping services, and is the website administrator. Lou Ann is unable to travel on these mission trips due to a life changing accident that left her a paraplegic. The last mission trip she attended was in June of 2004 to a remote village along the Amazon River in Brazil. It was an awesome experience teaching her that God is truly in control of our lives. God has placed her in this role for Amazon Charities and she loves it. Click here to read her story.


E-Mail: amazoncharities@gmail.com
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