Globalscope campus minister Kami Burns had to postpone her plans to take an advanced college course in world missions because she was too busy with all the real-world mission activity going on around her in Puebla, Mexico, this summer.
El Pozo, the Puebla campus ministry, hosted three short-term church teams this summer, plus two REACH interns and a professor and three students from Point University. While some missionaries feel that short-term trips don’t add long-term value to their ministries, Kami found the benefits to El Pozo and the team members themselves to be significant.
“These people poured their blood, sweat, and tears into making El Pozo even more incredible for our students,” said Kami. “They built meaningful relationships with our students and they saw God move.
“Kaylin, for example, got to witness Juanelo’s baptism, and now she wants to study abroad with Globalscope in Scotland,” she said. “Joe saw how he could use his engineering skills to bring clean water to our nearby villages, while Ricky connected with people from all over the world in the name of Jesus. Israel saw Derek leading worship in Spanish and was inspired by the faith of a high school student from Florida. Tavaris learned about business as mission and saw how God could use his passion for business and ministry at the same time. Christina got far outside her comfort zone on her first trip outside the United States, while Christine fell even more in love with Mexico on her third trip to Puebla. Jordan experienced how God has given him passions and talents that could be used for the kingdom in campus ministry. And last Tuesday, my friend Iván came to En Vivo for the first time after getting to know the group from Mountain Christian Church while he gave us a tour of his campus.”
The summer visitors were part of several different CMF programs and had a variety of connections with the El Pozo ministry.
Two of the church teams – Generations Christian Church, Trinity, Fla., and First Baptist Church, Gallatin, Tenn. — were part of the Summerscope 2013 program, which encourages supporting churches to send summer teams to GS campus ministries for special projects. Interns Ashlan Rose and Abbey Sharts were part of REACH, the summer internship program for young people. Alan Kemper, professor of business at Point University, brought three students to Puebla as part of a social entrepreneurship class.
The most recent visit came from a group of 14 from Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, Md., and was led by Nathan McDade, the pastor of young adults and groups. Nathan is the former team leader at El Pozo.
Kami has a special affection for short-term teams because she first came to Mexico in 2007 for a short-term experience.
“For me, the best part is seeing how God uses a week in Mexico to bring people closer to him, whether those people are visitors or students,” she said. “I live and work at El Pozo because while I was first here short-term God showed me how I could be used for His kingdom. These past three months I’ve loved watching dozens of people have that same experience as they’ve spent time here. To all the newest members of the El Pozo family, thank you so much for trusting God, raising money, getting on a plane, and coming to love and serve El Pozo with your whole heart and soul, even when it’s just for seven short days. You’ve blessed us more than words can ever express.”