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

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

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!
Blessings,
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



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Feilz Navidad 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From Kevin, Jan, Jessica, and Savannah
Kevin and Jan Smith
One of our favorite things this time of year, (in addition to all the food!) is listening to Christmas music. Songs so easily bring back memories, create new memories and at this time of year, leave us dreaming for a “White Christmas!” With or without snow, we know our time with family will be memorable. We will sing our favorite Christmas song of all, “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas morning. Sending you warm wishes for a special Christmas celebrating our Savior’s birth!
FAMILY UPDATE ~This year has been a challenging, yet rewarding year. Jan’s Mom passing took us by surprise in January. Her loss has been difficult to adapt and work through. We continue to thank God for each one who has reached out to minister to us in so many ways. Jessica and Savannah continued to move closer to their education goals this year. Jessica is graduating from UNC Pembroke this month with a major in Sociology and a minor in Business Administration. We are so proud of her accomplishment! After two years of pre-nursing at Augusta State, Savannah enrolled in the Nursing Program at LaGrange College. The change of schools has been a great move for her!

MINISTRY UPDATE - We Changed Location
In the past year, God gave us a wonderful opportunity to expand our ministry in Mexico. We shared our “Training for Trainers” material with as many as we could in the village of Santa Rosalia. God then opened the door for us to work in Hermosillo, a city of one million people. Once again we downsized and put our belongings on a ten hour boat ride across the Sea of Cortez. After several boat trips, we secured housing, office space and have quickly begun our training ministry while expanding our ministry team. We have adapted well, here. Life in a big city in Mexico is a little scarier, but also has it’s perks, including running water 24/7. It was difficult to leave loved ones behind in Santa Rosalia. We are so thankful for the relationships God blessed us with there. However, Hermosillo has opened so many doors for the ministry. Our training ministry has 3 new team members and continues to grow. We can hardly wait to see what's in store for 2017!
It was so fun to look through pictures of the past year and see the smiles of so many that we have been able to serve, even though Dora still has a hard time smiling for a photo! We hope you enjoy the pics and celebrate with us the amazing year we have had taking the gospel to Mexico. Thank you for the sacrifices you make to partner with us to make this ministry possible! Looking forward to 2017!
Blessings, Kevin & Jan Smith
Considering an end-of-year donation to offset your TAXES?  Your tax deductible donation towards the ministry here in Mexico would be greatly appreciated. Contributions mailed to CTEN must be postmarked no later than December 31, or visit the website at: www.cten.org/kevinsmith

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thriving in Hermosillo!

Praise God for the wonderful success we have had kicking off our training ministry Reach, Teach, Send/Alcanzar, EnseƱar y Enviar, (AEE) here in Hermosillo!  Your prayers are opening doors in several areas and are essential for the ministry here.  We are currently training two groups of leaders in local churches and have added our first team member to AEE, Jesus Cruz, a local Mexican missionary.  Please pray for Jesus Cruz and his work with our team.  It is very exciting to see God expand the work through partnership with locals.  Our prayer requests are for consistent opportunities to train groups/individuals and to grow the AEE Team.  We continue to network using websites we created, as well as connecting with local pastors and church leaders.  As a result, we find ourselves in a different church almost every Sunday and in lots of meetings over tacos.  I suppose we are becoming taco experts, too! 

Through our serving ministry, “Baja Missions”, we have connected with a local orphanage, while also developing a ministry for indigenous groups outside the city. Baja Missions also assists local churches by providing bibles, chairs, access to our lending library and other resources. We are hoping to host Short Term Teams here in the spring. Trip participants will be able to experience both our Baja Missions ministry and AEE ministry (and sample a taco or two along the way!)  Please pray over how you might participate by going, sending, praying or with a tax deductible gift to Baja Missions, our non-profit ministry. 

For additional information contact us at smithbaja1@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for all the ways you partner with us and the work in Mexico. You are making a world of difference!  

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Update/USA Visit

A brief update from Mexico to let you know about our upcoming visit to the USA. The main reason for our visit is to help our daughters move in/prepare for the fall semester, and to spend a few days vacation with our girls at a friend’s lake house in Georgia Aug 18-22. Below are some dates and locations we know for sure.




  • Jan will be in Pennsylvania Aug. 13-16
  • Kevin will be in the Atlanta area Aug. 14-17
  • Kevin and Jan will be in the Wilmington area Aug. 23-25.
  • Tues. night Aug. 23rd Kevin and Jan will host a drop-in at McAlister's Deli 740 South College Rd. from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm and all are invited.
  • Thurs. morning Aug. 25th Kevin will be at a men’s breakfast at Hardees 429 South College Rd. from 7:30 – 9:30 and all men are invited.
It is impossible to see all the folks we would like to see, but we hope to get to see many of you during our visit.Please pray for our travel as we are driving in from Mexico.


Hermosillo Update:

We have been in the city of 1.2 million for almost 3 weeks now. It is a big change from the small town feel of Santa Rosalia. The adjustment has gone very well. God has provided a great house and a ministry office. We have begun team building and networking in the area. Please pray for the people God would have us serve alongside in order to be most efficient and effective with our time and resources.

Our new home has plenty of space to host individuals and small groups so please consider visiting us! The mail system here is much better so if you would like to send a card or package, that is no longer a problem. Email us for the address. For information on how to partner with our ministry, visit our website at: cten/kevinsmith.org. We would love to hear from you so pleeeez feel free to email us at smithbaja1@gmail.com.

Blessings!
Kevin and Jan Smith