- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin and Jan Smith