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Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the unreached in Mexico

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Video Update: A Closer look at Hermosillo!


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:
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: 
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!

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, 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

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.


•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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 2017 Video Update

Please CLICK THE YOUTUBE LINK and take a few minutes to watch the video we put together explaining our ministry here in Mexico. Thank you so much for your continued financial support, prayers and encouragement!
Kevin and Jan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

There is a Need, and an Opportunity

Thank you so much for your friendship, encouragement, prayers and support over the years. Although we are miles apart, we still feel very connected to you, our church family back home. Staying connected is crucial to us remaining emotionally healthy on the mission field. Thank you for continuing to meet that need in our lives. We are writing to share a financial need as we move forward in ministry, a financial need that will create opportunity for advancing the Kingdom work in Mexico.

This past month has been very pivotal for our work. For more than a year now we have been training Mexicans in multiplying discipleship principles with the goal of eventually creating a team that would train others in how to make disciples. (2 Tim 2:2) Six months ago we relocated to Hermosillo to establish the Baja Missions Team. The discipleship training we provide emphasizes small group ministry. As the training spreads, new small groups are starting up. In the past few weeks our team has seen several people come to faith in Jesus Christ in the context of these small groups. In small groups, people have the opportunity to explore God’s word with an emphasis on application and obedience, they experience transparent/accountability relationships, and Christ followers pray for one another while interceding for the community they desire to reach. It is so exciting to watch the ministry of Baja Missions impact lives here in Hermosillo. Recently Baja Missions’ training ministry is seeing doors open in other parts of Mexico for discipleship training. 

Would you consider financially supporting the work of Baja Missions as the ministry grows? Here are the details: Our plan is for Baja Missions (our non-profit 501(c)3 created in 2015) to receive and process additional revenue specifically to cover the travel expenses for the expanding discipleship ministry. Baja Missions donations are completely separate from our Commission To Every Nation donations. Praise the Lord we are fully funded by faithful churches and individuals, so our CTEN salary allows us to meet all of our living expenses. However, to effectively budget for upcoming team travel expenses our goal is for Baja Missions to raise $250 in monthly support. We are seeking individuals, families, small groups and churches to prayerfully consider pledging a monthly donation of any amount. Our hope is to primarily engage new financial partners that would commit to funding the travel expenses of Baja Missions. Would you join us in seeing Baja Missions expand and reach these other parts of Mexico? A monthly pledge of any amount will help meet the need. No donation is ever too small! Travel in Mexico is cheaper than in the USA and a little bit can go a long way for the Kingdom here. By faith we know that God will meet the need and as always we trust in Him to provide financial partners. If you would like to partner financially, or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to share more. If you are able to donate, please send a check made out to “Baja Missions”, mail it to the address below, and then shoot us an email to let us know of your partnership. All donations will receive receipts for tax purposes.

The money needed is not a very large amount, but the opportunity it creates is HUGE! Through Baja Missions’ training we are seeing churches and individuals transformed as they live more intentionally, more focused on disciple making, and obedient to “live a life worthy of the calling” (Eph 1:4) We can’t tell you how excited we are to see this ministry expanding. It has been less than 3 years since we first entered Mexico. God has allowed us to participate in so much of the vision He has given us. It is very exciting and incredibly humbling to see the Father moving in Mexico for His glory! To ALL of our supporters, prayer partners, encouragers and loved ones, we “Thank You” very much. We are blessed by you all!

Kevin and Jan Smith ~ Missionaries with Commission to Every Nation

Baja Missions
PO Box 972
Rocky Point, NC 28457