Reflections from the Field
Camille Guss, a veterinary student from the University of Georgia, was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM to the Navajo and Apache reservations.
Camille was kind enough to answer a few questions for us!
Q: What did you learn about missions during your time of short-term service? What did you learn about your hosts’ ministry in particular?
Camille: I learned that team unity, particularly when the team has the capability to do great things for the kingdom of God, will come under attack from Satan – and that staying on your knees is about the best thing that you can do during it. I learned that the host ministries have so many challenges and adversities to work through, and that that short-term service teams won’t make a difference just the one time that they go – returning again and again is critical.
Q: What was encouraging and/or surprising to you about short-term missions service?
Camille: The feeling of teamwork was surprising to me — literally everyone had everyone’s backs. Everyone cared so much for all of the others – I’ve never been in a more compassionate and team oriented atmosphere.
Q: What was particularly challenging to you during this time of service?
Camille: I learned that I get hangry (hungry and angry), particularly when I’m tired or feeling stressed. So learning how to be not completely filled (either by food or sleep or calm) and still be a team player proved to be challenging sometimes.
Q: What did you learn about the particular challenges facing the local community in which you served?
Camille: There are a great many challenges that are not easily addressed. As with many things, they are based in a worldview perspective – so while physical needs (water, food, clothing, shelter) can be met, without addressing the severe spiritual attacks that are launched on the Navajo, and especially the Apache, reservations, no amount of aid will ever help alleviate the pain and difficulties on the reservations.
Q: How was the local community impacted as a result of CVM’s service in this area?
Camille: I should hope that we helped provide some care for companion animals as well as economically important livestock for the people. Additionally, we spend much time talking and praying with many folks — I hope that they were encouraged by the work that we did there.
Q: How was your faith impacted as a result of your short-term missions service?
Camille: My faith has been challenged – how do I view the world? How do I view how we interact with Native Americans as a country? As an individual? Most importantly, how can I remain close to the Lord as I was on the trip.
Q: What next steps of faith is God calling you to as a result of this trip? How can CVM support, encourage, and equip you for these next steps?
Camille: There is one thing that calls in my heart – go back. And I am going to!
A special thank you to Camille Guss for allowing us to share in a little piece of her journey to the Navajo! May the Lord continue to use this experience to touch the lives of others.
Not able to participate in a short-term trip but have a heart for what God is doing through them? Support CVM’s short-term missions by giving to our short-term missions program!