During December 14th  through the 20th, 5 students and myself traveled to Ciudad Juárez to share Christ’s love. This year was exciting because we got to work with two ministries – Proyecto Abrigo (Project Home) and YWAM (an international mission ministry).

While at Proyecto Abrigo, we got to work with an amazing family, Familia Agapito Cervantez. Gomer and his family have amazing hearts. They have served at their church for the last 14 years. Their daughter leads worship and her love for the Lord is beautiful. Gomer is an honest hardworking man. He loves and serves his family so well as a beautiful example of Christ. He has built his entire house by himself which really is amazing. He started building a second story so his daughters could have rooms of their own, so they can have a place to stay while they go to school. I felt a personal connection to Gomer, because like me, he has trouble asking for help. It was a huge blessing getting to finish the second floor, installing a roof, and building walls with him. On the last day when we got to dedicate the house, we prayed over Familia Agapito Cervantez. Gomer, with tears in his eyes, choked up, and shared that God’s timing is never late, but always on time. That God loves us even when we mess up. God loves us in spite of ourselves. It was a powerful moment to know that Gomer and I, and you share the same mighty God who calls us to love our neighbors even if they look, talk, and act nothing like us. In this moment, Christ was exalted much. God was glorified in a cinder block house in Juárez because many people came together to show love to a needy family.

 

The second half of the week, we traveled two blocks away to the YWAM base. The director, Ty, is a Texas Tech Alumni. Our Director at the Wesley, Al, actually taught him in middle school Sunday school in Amarillo. On the YWAM base, they have an amazing brand new facility that houses 30 orphaned or needy children that have been confiscated from their families by social services. We got to work and love on the children while we were there. We all made special connections with the kids which reminds me when Jesus says that we must have childlike faith to enter the kingdom of Heaven. We also got to do some demolition on the old home to reuse or sell old equipment. We provided maintenance around the base, and got to not only love on the children but also the full time missionaries as well.

I’m not sure why God has blessed me with this job, but I have an enormous privilege. In ministry it often takes long periods of time to see little fruit. And at some point we question if we doing it right because we haven’t seen fruit in such a long time. It becomes more about fruit and less about Jesus. Getting to organize and mobilize students, has been a huge joy to me. On the last night, with one of the missionaries from YWAM, we sang worship songs in two languages, and then went around and talked about how we got to see God work this week. I was moved greatly because students talked about how God sparked or rekindled their passion for missions. It was incredibly bitter sweet, because God did what he said he would do. God used me like he said he would. You and I got to be participants in this amazing story, where 5 students got to experience the God of the universe, where they tangibly saw and heard him say, “This is only the beginning for my purpose for you.” I was encouraged greatly as the mission of the Wesley is to “raise Christian leaders.” I teared up because I knew that the task was accomplished. I would be able to have some of these students lead this trip next year, because they are hungry and ready to spread their passion of the Lord with other students and the people of Juárez. I hope through some of these stories, you got to see that God has blessed you so you could be a blessing to these students. And that God then blessed those students to be a blessing on missionaries, kids and families, who will go on to bless even more people in Ciudad Juárez. GOD IS AMAZING.

Brad Shine
Director of Missions
Wesley Foundation at Texas Tech

 

Brad Shine
Director of Missions
Wesley Foundation at Texas Tech