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Gary Smith
CEO Ignite/Big Ideas
Interests: Reading, cooking, family, music, the theatre and meeting with friends
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‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:40b I met a lady last night. I don't know her name. I may never see... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Thoughts From The Road
Users on all the social networks have been outraged by good old M&S banning the words Jesus and Christ from their online flower delivery service. The suggestion is that yet again Christianity is been persecuted and marginalized. Some of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Thoughts From The Road
Inspired by my Nashville based friend, Mark Hollingsworth, I decided on the first day of 2015, to consider some of the things I got up to in 2014. Unlike Mark, I am do not keep a diary which contains everthing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Thoughts From The Road
One of the things I enjoy doing as I am doing the heavy lifting in the garden or mowing the lawns is catching up on recent episodes of Desert Island Discs. The joy for me is that in addition to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
Whilst I was in the states recently, I met some friends of mine, Matt, Meghan and their quite lovely daughter Georgia. Matt is a comic book illustrator and afficienado. As we talked about the characters and superheroes he liked he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
Although to my shame I have not yet finished the account of my trip to the USA, I thought I would interupt it to announce that I have entered the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money for Ignite and Cardiff... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
To make sense of my trip to Shreveport, you have to know David Smallbone. A long time friend of mine and father/manager to Rebecca St James & For King & Country, when I told him I was planning to visit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
Although not as catchy as leaving Las Vegas, Tuesday was my final day in Lake Placid. However, before I left I wanted to catch up with a guy who to my mind is a local legend, Sammy Telesco. Born into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
On Saturday afternoon I drove up to Winter Garden to see my friends For King and Country It was so great to see Joel and Luke, young guys I have known since they were on the road with their sister... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
After what really is a very long time, I thought I would return to my blog to record some of the highlights and exploits of my trip to the USA. It started with a conversation with the Ignite/Big Ideas trustees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Thoughts From The Road
We now have over 700 signatures on the petition! Most of course are from Wales but others are from all over the world. If you have not signed yet, PLEASE DO IT NOW. CLICK HERE Next week I, along with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Thoughts From The Road
A week ago we hosted a screening of the film "Nefarious - Merchant of Souls". The majority of the marketing was done through social media and we were delighted when over 80 people turned up at Woodies to watch the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Thoughts From The Road
At Ignite Tuesday is often a special day. It's special it's because it is the day the most of our team are in the office. Around lunchtime we gather together and worship God. Most times I will open up the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Thoughts From The Road
#NotOnMyWatch is the new initiative launched today by Ignite . This new project aims to raise the issue of people trafficking and slavery to young people, particularly those based in Wales. It is a shocking statistic that there are more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Thoughts From The Road
At the beginning of the year we are starting with a week of prayer, beginning on the January 2nd 2013. This has encouraged me to think, read, and pray (!) more about prayer. To discover more about our plans for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
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Oct 3, 2012
I have known Ernie Haase and Signature Sound since I did some shows with Bill & Gloria Gaither & some of the homecoming friends in Europe a few years back. Indeed from there I was delighted to book some of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
The week before the launch we invited our core team to join us at the hall to have a run through setting everything up for the new congregation. It was such an encouraging night. Not only did we get everything... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
I have known Joel & Luke for many years and have been delighted to watch their development as artists. I recently started to book their international shows. Check this video out and you will see why this is a very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
Wenvoe is a great village. It has a remarkable number of meeting places considering it has a little over 2,000 people living there. As we began to consider where we meet, we began to pray. We determined to prayer walk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
This series of articles. Follows the journey that we are on that has lead to the establishing Vale Village Church based in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Having lead the ignite ministry for a number of years and being part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
How to Take the message of Jesus into my school, college or place of work and the world by praying, living and witnessing so that everyone may have an opportunity to know Jesus One of the things that Ignite has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
IgniteHope 2012 is by far the biggest project we have ever done. From May 4th -7th 2012 hundreds of young people will converge on Sophia Gardens, Cardiff to take part in the biggest youth lead mission to South Wales for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road
Ever since IgniteHope in 2008, we have believed that God has been encouraging us to establish an expression of urban mission in Cardiff. This thinking is not original of course. Our friends at the The Message have been doing this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at Thoughts From The Road