COTTONLANDS, KZN―Former Natal rugby player and cricketer for Natal and South Africa, Tich Smith and his wife, Joan, are the founders of Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV) in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. LIV is a place of hope and restoration for orphaned children and continues to transform young lives in a mighty way. Tich shares his human side with JournoNews.
My secret pleasure is … reading the Bible and spending time with my grand-children.
My first job was … packing books at Adams Book Shop for R60 per month.
My most annoying habits are … speaking harshly to other people when I don’t really mean it.
A clear childhood memory is … scoring my first 100 in a cricket match when I was seven.
What makes me really nervous is … preaching the Word of God.
The best advice my parents gave me was … to treat others how you would like to be treated.
If I wasn’t a visionary, I’d be … dead.
I’m most thankful for … God’s saving grace and mercy upon my life.
My favourite meal is … fish, salad and rice.
I know it’s good for me, but I hate … people who are so perfect, thorough and pedantic but I know I need them more than anything.
A song that resonates is … ‘Jesus, you are my friend’ (sung by the children at the Village).
My ‘happy place’ is … LIV Village.
My most embarrassing memory is … going into the record books as one of the few first class cricketers that got a ‘pair’ and only faced one ball.
(A ‘pair’ in cricket refers to when a batsman is dismissed without scoring in either innings)
My hidden skill is … don’t have any …
If I was a dog, I’d be a … Labrador.
It’s a bit corny but I love … my wife, Joanie.
I’m most at peace when … I’m in the quiet place with my Father (God).
Country I’d love to visit … Australia.
Favourite quote … “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Theresa