Mexico: ACTION TEAMS
This is not your stereotypical house building opportunity in Mexico. Yes, those projects can be beneficial, but this opportunity has a much larger impact and ministry reach! The Canuls work with Mayan communities where the people live in thatched-roof huts with dirt floors and are very hungry for the Gospel. Gama is very well respected in these communities and he directs children’s camps for up to 200 kids in the Spring and Summer each year. Teams can play a vital role in these camps or also come at Christmas for outreach!
Q & A with ACTION missionary Gama Canul
1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the team to accomplish while serving with you?
• Evangelism and discipleship of kids and teenagers
• Visitation of small churches in the Mayan villages and assisting with Sunday school
• Participate in ministry through camps in Mérida and out in the Mayan villages (Summer and Spring)
• Help lead VBS programs (Summer and Spring)
• Help facilitate Christmas outreach (Winter)
2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to a team to help them as they consider their own individual calls to missions or vocational ministry?
• Learning to commune with God and helping teams develop a vibrant prayer life!
• How to share your personal testimony effectively in cross-cultural contexts
• Teaching team members to never stop sharing the Gospel!
• Encourage students to develop a heart for serving and train them in servant leadership
• How to be faithful in ministry despite challenges and setbacks
3. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of a team serving with you?
• Do they make time for daily communion with God?
• The team’s attitude and steadfastness in serving and how they respond to challenges
• Availability and willingness to serve
4. Please list specific skills a team may expect to develop by the time they leave.
• Service in any context and in all kinds of communities with kids, teenagers, or families.
• Becoming more comfortable sharing their personal testimony and the Gospel in cross-cultural contexts.
• Developing leadership skills and improving in their Spanish language skills!
ACTION is looking for people with the following qualifications to serve in its Short-term Ministry Program: 1. Personally committed to lifelong obedience and service for the Lord Jesus Christ 2. Some Spanish language skills are helpful but not required 3. A growing, maturing Christian 4. Active in their local church (home or college based) 5. Recommended by their pastor and church 6. Teachable 7. Adaptable to other cultures, environments, changing circumstances, etc. 8. Able to accept difficult circumstances 9. A good sense of humor and not easily discouraged 10. Able to accept others’ leadership styles
Children in crisis, Mayan villagers
Mayan Indians from the Yucatan, Mexicans