Dear Friends, In our last newsletter we shared how God continues to open doors for ministry opportunities here in Hermosillo. It has been so encouraging to be a part of bringing a new perspective and equipping the body of believers in Mexico to evangelize in their own sphere of influence. The evangelical church may be small, but they are on fire for the Lord! As students move through the training, they become more confident in making disciples. Pastors and church leaders are sharing the materials in their teaching. It was so cool to be in a church service where the Pastor had taken one of our lessons and built his preaching around it! The church is strategizing and immersing itself deeper in the community and that is the best news of all!
This semester we are training groups in five churches with over 30 students in total! Kevin is also training a missionary in Panama via skype each week and has been invited to teach for a week at a Missionary Training School near Mexico City in March! God has been faithful to continue the flow of sign-ups of students for our training! Several of these churches are signing up for additional training next semester. We continue to find new opportunities by visiting churches and networking with Pastors. Just this week we met with a Pastor and his wife that are going through the course with their leaders. He told us this training is what they need right now to reach out and make disciples! Miguel, Jesus and Desiderio are currently teaching with Kevin, when they can, as we work to pass the ministry on and increase our reach! They have also implemented several Men’s Small Groups that meet weekly in local fast food restaurants.
Hosting short-term teams continues to be another piece of our ministry. We know too well the impact a trip can make to change one’s direction, because God used trips to change our direction… dramatically! We are looking forward to sharing Mexico for a week in October with a visiting team. This is a unique group because they don’t know each other. They are friends of ours from Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Our week will be busy assisting churches with small projects, food distribution, children’s home, prayer walking, small groups, training sessions and food distribution. We MIGHT grab a taco or two along the way! It will be exciting to see how God will stretch and use this team for His glory!
Please pray for:
- Students this semester to complete their training strong
- Churches to reach into their communities
- More Small Accountability Groups forming
- Continued open doors in churches
- Students for the Spring semester
- Mission team October 7-14
On a personal note, we are doing well! We continue to experience extreme heat and increased security concerns. However, God has been so faithful to provide all that we need to serve and live in Mexico. Because He is faithful, we continue to respond in faith for His provision and His protection over us. We also take extra precautions to ensure our safety and those who will be with us on the upcoming trip. We recently decided to move into a smaller home, because now most of our training takes place in churches instead of our home, and it will provide greater security for us. The team will be able to help us get some things done to prepare for our move at the end of the month, too. It will be bittersweet this month when we move and our dog Daisy will go to live on a ranch. We will miss her companionship, but we know we are giving her a better life. She will be trading a hot confined patio for freedom to roam. Please pray for the day we drive her out and an easy transition for both her and us.
Jessica and Savannah are doing GREAT! Jessica is enjoying her job and life in Atlanta with occasional visits from Savannah on the weekends. Savannah is in her last year of nursing school. Yay! We are ALL counting down the months to her graduation in May. When possible, she continues to work shifts at the hospital where she completed an internship this summer. We know that God is blessing their faithfulness as they walk through their own challenges.
Thank you for your FAITHFUL prayers for the ministry, us and our girls. Thank you for your FAITHFUL financial support that provides for our daily needs. Through your support, we are able to teach and reach others with the gospel. Your donations go a long way to meet the needs of many in multiple ways!
Kevin and Jan Smith