Jose recently graduated from El Paso Community College (EPCC) and will begin studies at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in the fall of 2017. Through a connection with Jeff White's work at EPCC, Jose discovered a summer internship opportunity with LTN member CrossTown Ministries in Las Cruces, NM, and was accepted to this internship. Throughout the summer, Jose has been learning how to make connections among Crosstown and the churches of Las Cruces and to coordinate events and volunteers. This will be good training for Jose, as he already begun to serve as an Inter-Varsity intern at UTEP this fall.
Jose's Internship Report
Romans 12:13 states: “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” That is exactly what happened on Kids Kindness day. Kids Kindness day was founded in 2002 and has been developed to unite the citizens of Las Cruces, New Mexico and the surrounding communities, in an effort to help and celebrate families in need. Several local churches, civic groups, law enforcement and emergency personnel came together to provide school supplies, backpacks, free haircuts, free food and fun activities for the community.
My job at the festival was to be a security guard. As a security guard, I had to make sure the ice chests were full of ice, and if people had problems it was my responsibility to resolve the issue. When I was told I would be a part of the security team I became disappointed, because I wanted to interact with the people and be involved in the activities. Little did I know what God had in store for me. As I stood there, God opened my eyes to what was taking place.
God opened my eyes and made me realize that what we are called to do in the Bible, was happening right before my eyes. People from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures came together to serve and love on those in need. People were being fed, kids were getting free haircuts and school supplies, parents were getting taken care of, people were being served in a way that they were not used to before. It was a beautiful sight. I was so concerned with being a part of a portion of the event that I never considered the event as a whole and the true impact it was having on people’s lives. I could not believe I was able to be a part of an event that showed everyone, no matter what their background or ethnicity, who Christ was, through our deeds and our words.
When I left that day, I was inspired. Inspired, not only to continue doing God’s work, but to go out and show others who God truly is in everything I do. During this school semester, I want to implement the same kind of inspiration the spirit allowed me to have at this event with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Kids Kindness day made me realize that sometimes God has a bigger picture painted for us than what we think. This whole experience has showed me what it really means to care for others.