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Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to Mexico

Friday, July 20, 2018

Our Help Comes from the Lord!

“Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1-2). Only by His power were we able to successfully relocate our ministry to Monterrey, Mexico this year. God gave vision, opened the doors and gave us the strength and wisdom to walk where He leads. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue serving Him in Mexico. It is both humbling and exhilarating!

After a couple of unexpected delays we re-entered Mexico several weeks ago. We were concerned about our border crossing but everything went very well, PTL!  A local realtor helped us find an apartment. It is fairly central and very secure, our two big priorities. Unpacking was easy as we’ve downsized several times now and our apartment came semi-furnished. This also allows us to jump into ministry a little quicker. Several pastors whom we worked with in Hermosillo provided us contact information for churches in Monterrey. We even had one church contact us after learning we were in their city. Over the next month or two we will meet and network with local churches seeking opportunities to share our evangelism and disciple making training. The training provides the Mexican church with practical and effective methods for evangelism and disciple making, based on Jesus’ model. The goal of the ministry is to see a multiplying disciple making movement of Jesus followers that transforms families, neighborhoods, cities and nations!

This city is HUGE! Almost 5 million people!

Our visit to the USA was wonderful highlighted by time with our daughters including Savannah’s graduation from Nursing School. We were able to visit so many people, including family members, supporting churches/supporters, our home church in Wilmington, NC and our sending agency CTEN in Texas. Our trip took us through 20+ states! What a blessing it was to reconnect and be refreshed during our time in the states.

 With Pastor Kenny and Terrie Chinn
  
       With Jay and Rachael Adams
Our contacts in Hermosillo continue to encourage us with good news! Several of the churches we worked with are continuing to grow as they practice disciple multiplying principles. They are reaching out to their communities, starting home groups, prayer walking neighborhoods and more. This is really encouraging for us. We are planning a follow up visit to Hermosillo in the fall, Lord willing.

We so are grateful for each one of you who participate in this work with us through your giving, praying, encouraging and the countless “little things” that make all the difference! A special thanks to our home church Northside Baptist, for Pastor Kenny and Terrie and their continued guidance, and for Rachael and Jay Adams who help us with our mailings, banking and so much more. We know we are not here alone and appreciate each and every one of you for all you do! If you would like to write us, our email is smithbaja1@gmail.com. If you would like to support financially there is information below.

May God bless you as you seek to glorify Him!
Kevin and Jan Smith

To help support the work, visit or call:
www.cten.org/kevinsmith
(800) 872-5404
Or mail a check to:
Commission To Every Nation
P.O. Box 291307
Kerrville, TX 78029-1307

(Indicate Kevin Smith)
These donations are for our salary and living expenses.


Additional donations can be made through Baja Missions our 501c3 organization.
Make checks out to Baja Missions and send to:
Baja Missions
P.O. Box 972
Rocky Point, NC 28457

100% of these donations go towards ministry needs: bibles, chairs, construction materials, printing costs and travel expenses for training.


Both donations are tax-deductible and will be receipted.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

From Mission to Mission: Next Stop Monterrey, Mexico

Five years of Ministry.
It's hard to believe, but we are currently finishing up our 5th year in full time missions. Our first year was spent sharing the gospel with refugees in the Atlanta, Georgia area. We spent two years making disciples in Santa Rosalia, BCS Mexico. For the past two years we have trained disciple makers in Hermosillo, Sonora, MX. This summer we will transition again, this time to Monterrey, MX.
Thank you Lord for all you have done!


Why Monterrey?
That's what we have been asking God for the past few months. We obviously wanted a clear answer before going. The short answer is; God said go. Here are few more tangible reasons for our next ministry opportunity.

  • Each time we transition ministry, our ministry has grown and bore more fruit.
  • We gained a lot of experience in Hermosillo and feel it has prepared us for a larger city.
  • Monterrey has almost 5 million people and gives us more opportunity for training church leaders.
  • Monterrey's location and influence will allow our training to permeate other parts of Mexico easier. 
  • Monterrey is an educational hub.
Pray for open doors in Monterrey.


What will we do there?
Our goal is to continue the training that we are currently doing in Hermosillo. The materials we have shared with church leaders here have been extremely fruitful. Our vision has always been to help the church grow in it's passion to reach the lost (mobilization), while teaching them to live intentionally as Kingdom disciples (evangelism), and equip them to make mature multiplying disciples (discipleship). Over the past few years we have compiled training materials, translated them into Spanish and have taught in dozens of churches in Mexico. God has blessed us with the information and the opportunities. God is providing us with church contacts in Monterrey that should allow us to begin training shortly after our arrival there this summer. Our hope is that the ministry there will look much the same as it has in Hermosillo. Here's what a typical week looks like: Training sessions throughout the week, life transformation groups several mornings a week, intensive training sessions occasionally on weekends, networking with churches and continuing to develop better curriculum.
Pray our training will bear fruit in Monterrey.


Transitioning
Monterrey is on the east coast of Mexico, several days drive from Hermosillo. We have already downsized quite a bit from our last few moves, and this move will take us down to the bare bones. Over the years we have learned to live with less and less, and it really is very freeing. The Christmas trip we made to Atlanta allowed us to bring some of our things up to the states. Currently our goal is to leave Hermosillo and be back in the states for our daughter Savannah's graduation from nursing school May 19th. Along the way we will stop in Texas, store the rest of our things on the Texas/Mexico border (about 6 hours from Monterrey) and then continue on to Atlanta. We will be making trips to visit our sending church in Wilmington, NC, several other supporting churches, and individual supporters on the east coast, before returning to Monterrey this summer. We are also considering additional language training this summer. Our first few weeks in Monterrey will focus on networking and ministry promotion, while putting the finishing touches on our expanding training curriculum. Lord willing we will begin training in Monterrey before the summer ends. Please pray for us as we step into this new area of Mexico.
Pray for a good transition and for our safety.

Thank You! You have faithfully prayed and financially supported this ministry. As a result, we have seen God open doors for ministry and continually meet our needs. You all are the BEST! Thank you for teaming up with us. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for going on mission with us! We look forward to the next 5 years.
May God continue to bless you and your families.
Pray as God leads you.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Video Update: A Closer look at Hermosillo!

CLICK HERE  -->   https://youtu.be/--A_GYUzu80

Here is a short video of us taking you around our city. 
Thanks for watching!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It’s Christmas Time!!!


It’s a season for visiting loved ones, sending greeting cards, decorating the house, cooking our favorite holiday meals, etc. But most of all, it's a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. "You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:23) Let the Christmas celebration begin!  Christmas comes at the end of the year, and it's the perfect opportunity to reflect and celebrate what a wonderful year it has been. This past year we have seen our Heavenly Father move in incredible ways in our lives, our daughter’s lives, and in our ministry. He continues to be faithful in so many ways. 2018 is just around the corner, and we pray the New Year will bring peace and joy to you all!

FAMILY UPDATE – What an awesome year it has been! Savannah continues to meet the rigorous challenges of nursing school and is in the final stretch with graduation on her horizon in May! She was blessed with a summer internship at a local hospital and continues to work when she can on weekends and school vacations. Jessica moved to Atlanta after graduating, started a job and has adjusted well to life in a big city! She is working in Human Resources and loves her job and all that she is learning there. We were able to visit with them and travel to Wilmington together in August. It was a wonderful visit and we saw many friends. Jan visited her Dad and family and attended her 40th Class Reunion! She also wrote a book; “Letting Go”. We relocated and downsized to a smaller house in Hermosillo that provides us greater security. We have made more friends and are immersing well in our community. Daisy also relocated and found her own ministry living with and loving 27 kids in a children’s home. Thanking God for a wonderful 2017!

MINISTRY UPDATE - 2017 has been our most fruitful year since moving to Mexico. This confirmed God’s will in moving to Hermosillo after developing and initiating our ministry Santa Rosalia. This year over 75 Church leaders have participated in a variety of our training programs! We also shared training at several church conferences and taught for one week at a bible college. Two teams from the USA served with us for one week each. The teams ministered alongside us in local communities, and served in two indigenous pueblos outside of Hermosillo. We are currently developing a team of Mexicans who will teach our materials. This will allow the ministry in Hermosillo to continue to grow, while giving us an opportunity to consider expanding to another city in Mexico. We are currently considering Monterrey, MX, a city of over 4 million people. Our non-profit Baja Missions received over $2000 in donations! As a result, we were able to provide churches with dozens of chairs, bibles, food staples, paint, etc., and also helped cover some travel expenses for our Mexican teammates.

Please Pray For:
·         Our disciples using the evangelism training
·         2018 training opportunities
·         Developing our team of Mexican trainers
·         Possible ministry expansion in Monterrey
·         Safety in Mexico
·         Safe travel for our Christmas visit
·         Our daughters Jessica and Savannah in  Atlanta

To partner with our ministry visit our website at: cten.org/kevinsmith
To donate to our non-profit ministry send checks to: 
Baja Missions PO Box 972, Rocky Point, NC 28457. 
Please write us at the above address, or email us at: smithbaja1@gmail.com. 
Thank you for reading, encouraging, praying and supporting!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Kevin and Jan Smith

A Ministry Need and a Year End Donation Opportunity
We are hoping to upgrade our vehicle by year end. Our existing car has a lot of miles. If you would like to help with the cost, please mail a check with a note designating "car", made out to:
Baja Missions
PO Box 972
Rocky Point, NC 28457
All donations are tax deductible and will receive a receipt.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Because He is Faithful...

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!

Blessings,
Kevin and Jan Smith

Monday, July 10, 2017

One Year Ago Today!

Ministry Update - Yup, it was a year ago today that we put all our possessions on a small ferry boat to cross the Sea of Cortez. We left behind two remarkable years of ministry in Santa Rosalia, Mexico to cast a wider net for our disciple making ministry in the big city of Hermosillo, Mexico. The move has provided us with one of the most challenging years of our lives. Starting a grass roots ministry by ourselves in a city of almost 1 million people was like swimming in deep waters without a lifejacket. But, deep waters are where you find the fish (ask the Apostle Peter about his fishing trip with Jesus). God opened so many opportunities for training pastors and church leaders in the past year that at times it was difficult to keep up! Recently we completed developing additional curriculum for evangelism and missions mobilization, and are busy making more connections for on-going training in the Fall. We will finish up the summer with the following training sessions:

  • A young woman studying our Missions course preparing to serve on the Mercy Ship
  • A group of church leaders going through our Training for Trainers course
  • A group of pastors studying and practicing our Life Transformation Group course
  • A Women's group of 20 studying our Evangelism Training course
  • A Men's group of 15 studying our Life Transformation Group course.

God has been moving ahead of us to open doors to work alongside churches, and as churches complete the training they are recommending our training to others. Praise God! We are also beginning to see churches take the training to others. As a result, more small groups have started, Christians are prayer walking their communities while sharing their faith, and the church is growing in it's passion for the lost. It is a very exciting time!

Family Update – Praise God, everyone has been pretty healthy. Unlike the first couple months of 2017, we are all doing great. We are very thankful for your prayers (and a couple of Mexican doctors). In August we will visit our daughters in the states for a couple of weeks, including a weekend in Wilmington for a wedding. We will visit our home church, Northside Baptist, Sunday morning August 6th. We treasure the few weeks a year we get to spend with Jessica and Savannah. They are both working so hard at their jobs and school, and we are extremely proud of both of them. While in the states Jan will travel to Pennsylvania to visit her Dad and siblings. She is also very excited to be attending her 40th high school reunion while there.

Personal Note – Without whining too much, we want to share some of the joys and some of the challenges of ministering in Mexico. To be counted worthy by God to serve in this capacity is beyond incredible. To be your representatives here in Mexico is both humbling and wonderful. It often feels like a larger than life journey. On the other hand, our biggest challenge has always been to be away from our daughters. We are so grateful for our occasional USA visits, but after 4 years it is still hard for us to be apart from them. Our other challenge has been adjusting to the Sonora Desert climate. We minister in one of the hottest places on the planet, and to be honest some days are just exhausting, especially in the summer. It physically takes its toll. We felt it important to share these joys and challenges, so as to not just send rose colored statistics of ministry accomplishments, but to give a bit of real insight into our lives.

What’s Next? – This Fall we will continue our training, while helping others to train. There are several churches signed up to begin as soon as we return from our August trip. We will also be monitoring other trainers as they teach the materials to others. In October we will host a small group from the states for a short-term mission trip. We hope to take a couple of Mexican groups on short-term mission trips this Fall to other parts of Mexico, and perhaps other parts of the world in 2018 in an effort to help mobilize Mexico. Please be in prayer for our summer work and our plans for the Fall. It is only by His might that we can accomplish Kingdom work. If you feel led to support this ministry please visit www.cten.org/kevinsmith, there is always a need. We are currently trying to save money for a down payment on a vehicle to replace our Ford Escape with 110,000 miles on it. It has served us well, but for safety reasons we would prefer something with less miles and reliable. If you wish to give, we would be blessed and honored.

Thank you for your continued love, support and encouragement. We think of you all often and miss you! Please stay in touch. Write us at smithbaja1@gmail.com.

Blessings,
Kevin and Jan Smith


Monday, May 22, 2017

Praise God for Ministry Opportunities in Mexico!

FAMILY UPDATE ~ 2017 has us praying for our health more than ever before. Our daughter Jessica had some minor surgery in January and Kevin and Jan have been fighting colds, infections, etc. off and on for 3 months. Praise God for His healing in our lives. Savannah finished her 3rd year of college for nursing and has a summer externship position at a hospital in Atlanta. Jessica graduated UNC Pembroke and relocated to Atlanta where she secured a Human Resources position with a growing company. We have some extended family in the Atlanta area and friends from our time working with refugees there, so Atlanta has been a good place for our girls to put down roots and begin their careers.

MINISTRY UPDATE ~ In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul instructs his disciple (Timothy) to look for “faithful men” and teach them all the things I taught you, and allow them to teach others. Much of our ministry here in Mexico is looking for “faithful men”. Praise God we are finding them! Our Baja Missions ministry is expanded with the addition of local teammates. Together we are training others through small group discipleship/mentoring and seminars/conferences.

SOME  MINISTRY  STATISTICS  



•11 Pastors Trained
•40+ Church Leaders Trained
•2 Baja Missions Teammates
•4 Assist New Church Plants
•4 Small Groups Started
•5 Church Construction Projects
•Resources Provided
50+ Chairs
100+ Bibles
50+ Discipleship materials
Evangelism/Outreach and more...


Baja Missions is our 501(c)3 non-profit to help cover the travel expenses for Baja Missions’ expanding discipleship ministry. If you would like to donate please send your tax-deductible check made out to:
Baja Missions
P O Box 972 
Rocky Point, NC 28457