Many international college students head back to classes in the fall about the same time as their American counterparts, and that means CMF’s Globalscope campus ministers are rolling out their welcome mats with activities, studies and, of course, free food.
During the summer break, the various ministries retooled their plans and, in some cases, their facilities for a new start. The one-year-old Roots ministry in Edinburgh, Scotland, for example, did a makeover on its small campus house, but also decided to move its Tuesday Night at Roots event to a local restaurant.
“With a year under our belts we were able to make some informed decisions about how to best use the small space we have,” said Kate and Andrew Owens. “But we ran into a great problem last year that our Tuesday events grew too large for our space. This year we’re moving to a local restaurant, which will open up so many opportunities for us to grow and explore new programming.”
And as they begin their second year of ministry, the Roots team will have the exciting opportunity to welcome back students who were involved last year.
“We’ve never been able to do that before!” said Kate Owens. “Although we don’t know exactly what this will look like, we are excited to give these students more leadership and responsibilities.”
Established campus ministries such as El Pozo in Puebla, Mexico, also have some changes planned this year.
“We have two new staff members and three new interns from Brazil, Chile and Mexico,” said team leader Kami Burns. ”And we have a new group of student leaders who will join the two groups returning from last year.”
El Pozo is also expanding its outreach, with new weekly Bible studies at Tec de Monterrey, another university across town, and a new event called Cine Pozo.
“Our interns created Cine Pozo,” said Kami. “We show a movie and talk about it afterwards. It’s been a great way to get new people plugged into our community.”
In Thailand, the Globalscope ministry staff at Grapevine, led by Mark and Princess Bernadino, got off to a great start on the new semester by spending time on campus meeting new students and their parents and helping them move into their dorms.
“Classes at Thammasat University Rangsit started on Aug. 18, and our team spent a whole week meeting and inviting new students to Grapevine and prayer-walking
on campus,” said Mark. “We also spent days cleaning and decorating the Grapevine house with help from some returning students.”
Regular activities for this team include a family dinner on Tuesday nights, a girls’ night of cooking, eating and Bible study with Princess Bernadino, and a worship café featuring music, group games, conversations and prayer.
Please continue to pray for a great school year in all seven of our Globalscope campus ministries around the world!
Many really good things happened in CMF ministries in 2013! Here are just a few highlights we came across as we looked back over the past several months:
GOOD NEWS from our Child Sponsorship partners, Missions of Hope International (MoHI) in Kenya:
- Twenty-eight students from the original class in MoHI’s first school took the national exam for college entrance and placement in October. MoHI began with 50 children in one school in 2000, and has now grown to nearly 11,700 children in 19 schools.
- About 2,000 new students enrolled in MoHI schools in January 2014.
- 89 percent of the 277 Class Eight students passed their exams to enter high school recently. The national average is just 40-50 percent.
A NEW CAMPUS MINISTRY was launched by our Globalscope division earlier this year when six campus ministers arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland, in February and March. The ROOTS ministry is the seventh focused on sharing Christ with international college students, and joins thriving Globalscope campus ministries in Chile, England, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Thailand. An eighth ministry will be launched in Montevideo, Uruguay, next year.
CHURCH PLANTERS in Africa graduated from two CMF training facilities this fall. There were 13 graduates in December from the Turkana Bible Training Institute in Turkana, Kenya, who completed 18 intensive week-long classes. An additional six church-planter families from Bagamoyo, Tanzania, graduated from the training facility in Arusha, Tanzania, in November.
THREE MEDICAL CLINICS in Africa expanded this year or are making plans to do so in the very near future.
- A modern maternity clinic was added onto the Community Health Partners Clinic in Mara Rianta in the Maasai Mara game reserve in southwest Kenya this fall. More than 5,000 women a year will now receive up-to-date maternity services there. The total cost of the facility was around $125,000 and was funded by several British foundations that offer safaris in the area.
- The CMF medical clinic in the remote town of Aygali, Ethiopia, is making plans to expand with a permanent, concrete block building by the end of 2014. The Aygali Community Health Project clinic run by CMF missionaries Craig and Allison Fowler currently treats approximately 1,000 patients a month, plus another 70 to 300 mothers and babies in a monthly vaccination clinic. Recent changes in the country’s health policy require an immediate upgrade to concrete block for continued licensing and operation of all health facilities. The new clinic will be complete with a pharmacy, guard house, latrine and water system.
- The Ivory Coast Clinic in Abengourou expanded this year to include maternity care and hospitalizations. After the purchase of an adjacent property and renovations on the existing structure, the new clinic is now open for pre- and post-natal care and hopes to be equipped for deliveries within the coming year. The new building hosts offices for CHE social workers and the expanding CHE program, which will soon include a child sponsorship program. This new facility is providing opportunities for more women and children to not only hear, but experience, the good news and compassion of Christ through quality medical care and health and nutrition classes.
THE CMF ASIA TEAM hosted four short-term teams from U.S. churches this summer. The visitors assisted the team at three different Bible camps, touching the lives of more than 200 Asian students in grades two to 12.
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH in Pachuca, Mexico, added a new worship center to its facility in October. The church was launched four years ago with 14 people and the help of CMF missionaries Greg and Vicki Syverson. The new 2,000-square-foot multipurpose room tripled the church’s space and will be used for Sunday worship, sporting events, concerts and children’s programs. The 140 church members themselves raised almost $10,000 for the nearly $35,000 project.
LONG-TERM CHE TRAINING of nationals in Mae Ai, Thailand, a small town north of Chiang Mai, led to the successful development this year of an aquaponics unit that grows fish and edible crops in a symbiotic system and is paving the way for further community projects. CMF missionary Jeff Prus is assisting the Mae Ai team leaders – Chen Chai and Jom – with growing corn and other vegetables through aquaponics and raising pigs. The food and pigs will be sold and the funds used to help the community. The team has set up a training center that will develop projects such as immunizations, a recycling program and school scholarships.
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.”
Globalscope, CMF’s campus ministry outreach, will hold a 5k run to raise funds for its seven international campus communities on August 3, 2013.
The event will be held at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville, Ga. Registration for the run is $25 in advance and $30 on race day and includes a race t-shirt and refreshments. And even if you’re not a runner, there are still ways you can help, says Race Director Lukas Fortunato, a member of the Globalscope staff.
“We’ll need volunteers helping with set-up on Friday, Aug. 3, and on race day we’ll need volunteers handing out race numbers, holding signs, manning water stations, cleaning the facilities, and so on,” he said.
Lukas is also recruiting sponsors who can assist the event with financial donations or gifts of goods and services.
To learn more about the event and register to run, volunteer or serve as a sponsor, please visit the CMF here.
The partnership between the Globalscope Puebla campus ministry (El Pozo) and Mosaico, the new CMF church plant in Cholula, is already showing tangible fruits of success, reports El Pozo team leader Kami Burns.
CMF missionaries Todd and Tonja Hancock, who previously worked with two churches in Mexico City, moved to Cholula in August 2011 to work with a group of El Pozo alumni to plant a new church. The new group is currently meeting in the campus ministry pole barn. This past weekend El Pozo and Mosaico celebrated the baptisms of two young people who have ties to both ministries.
Carlos is a paramedic on the campus of the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla who became connected with Mosaico through the El Pozo campus ministry. Tania is a student who came to El Pozo with friends, got involved in the activities, started reading the Bible with Courtney Wilson, a team member, and decided to give her life to Jesus this past weekend.
Tania’s baptism was especially meaningful to the El Pozo group. She asked her friend Beto to assist Courtney during the baptism because of the role he’s played in her walk with Jesus. Beto was baptized and became a Christian at El Pozo just last year, yet he’s already a key player in the student leadership group.
Seeing a church grow out of their campus ministry is just beyond rewarding, Kami says.
“We believe in the power of the local church to change our world,” she said, “and seeing Mosaico grow from idea to conception to birth to a baby church has been a learning experience for me, and I’m just sitting in the audience! To see Mosaico reaching people that El Pozo ordinarily wouldn’t, like Carlos, is such a blessing.”
When Beth Jarvis Silliman and the Globalscope Germany team began their ministry to college students in Tübingen three years ago they weren’t exactly welcomed with open arms by the Christian community there. They were using different model to reach the unreached than that used by other Christian ministries there, and many just didn’t understand their approach, said Beth.
“I remember I tried to meet with a minister to share what we were doing in our early days in Tübingen, only to be rejected,” said Beth. “I got a stern, dismissive email instead of the meeting I’d asked for.”
Over time, though, this has changed, as other Christians, churches and ministries have come to see that Unterwegs is making a difference in students’ lives. Last month, Beth and her teammates were further affirmed and encouraged when they had their very first opportunity to make a presentation to area preachers and campus ministry leaders about Unterwegs.
“We shared our vision of being a Christian community for non-Christians and about how we serve as a community of and for students, regardless of where they are in their relationships with God,” said Beth. Afterwards, one pastor commended them: “You are accomplishing what we can’t; you are reaching non-Christians. Thank God you are here.”
The leader of another student ministry mentioned how he struggles to get the Christians in his group to bring non-Christians to their events, but that he himself was actually invited to Unterwegs by a non-Christian friend! “I visited Unterwegs,” said another ministry leader, “and you really do feel an intense sense of love right when you walk in. They are making a unique difference.”
Unterwegs is the only campus ministry at Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen specifically geared toward non-Christian students. It provides a place where students can find a community, watch a soccer match, get coffee, meet friends and, most importantly, explore a relationship with God through teaching and worship. It is making a visible difference in the lives of the students who attend.
The ministry is based in a house strategically located just off the main campus, between the main student area and the gym and sports fields. The team is currently paying rent of $900 a month for this great facility, but needs help making future payments so they can continue their fruitful ministry. You can find out more about how to support this ministry project here.
The CMF Member Care and Globalscope divisions recently pooled their resources to hold their annual retreats together at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis in late July. Informative classes, shared stories, relaxing activities and focused prayer times were all features that contributed to an uplifting and encouraging week.
Attendees included 15 furloughing missionaries and their 14 children plus 53 Globalscopers. That total included members of the GS Steering Committee and 16 GS recruits, who were a new addition this year.
Roy Lawson, CMF’s International Consultant, was the main speaker on the topic, “On the Way to Personal Holiness.” Executive Director Doug Priest shared “The State of CMF,” Debbie Palich & Kent Fillinger, Projects + Partnerships division, talked about “What’s Up with Partner Churches,” and the Communications division shared “Tools to Help You Communicate with Your Partners.” Roy Lawson and Robyn Priest also presented separate sessions for men and women only.
Twelve of the Globalscope campus ministers were saying good-bye and moving on to other ministries, so this year’s Celebration was more focused on training the next generation than it has been in the past. “It was an encouraging and inspiring week,” said GS Director Phil Tatum. “We got to hear about the years’ biggest successes and also some of our biggest struggles.”
Kami Burns, the GS team leader in Puebla, Mexico, enjoys the yearly Celebration because it’s a gathering of so many people with similar passions, gifts and jobs, all together to share and collaborate. “It’s the one week out of the year when I feel normal!” she added.
The missionaries especially appreciated the programs provided for their children while they were in classes. “The experience that our kids had was probably my favorite aspect of the retreat,” wrote one. “Their teachers were great and I love the interaction they had with other kids.”
“All in all, it was a fabulous week for all of us,” said Phil Tatum, “and we’ll definitely consider combining the events in the future.”
All six of CMF’s Globalscope campus ministry teams are currently featured in “Around the World,” a series of posts by campus ministers working in other countries on a blog called “The Heart of Campus Ministry.”
The blog was started by the Association of Collegiate Ministries (ACM), and is managed by Justin Wallace, Campus Minister and Teaching Pastor with Impact Charlotte. It was designed as a resource for those who work with college students in the U.S. and abroad.
Each writer was asked to answer these questions about his ministry: 1) Where are you and how did your ministry begin? 2) What are the challenges to your ministry? 3) What do you see God doing? Globalscope staffers who wrote the blog entries were Kami Burns, Puebla, Mexico; Beth Jarvis Silliman, Tubingen, Germany; Lukas Fortunato, Santiago, Chile; Jesse Bentley, Salamanca, Spain; Robert Braden, Birmingham, England; and Michal Ruth Penwell, Bangkok, Thailand.
In his introduction to the posts Justin Wallace writes, “I can’t think of a greater risk and reward than starting campus ministry work around the world.” These writers definitely agree! You can read their inspiring stories at heartofcampusministry.com.