Begun in 1977, Potter’s Clay (PC) is one of Westmont’s longest-running traditions, and certainly its oldest, continuously-running ministry. Each year, the PC core team actively partners with the Mexican core team — located in Ensenada, Mexico — to plan a year of mutually beneficial ministry and service.
The Purpose of Potter’s Clay is to establish and maintain relationships among Westmont students and the residents of Ensenada by providing opportunities for service and fellowship. Through these relationships, a unity in the body of Christ is forged, becoming a vessel to further the expansion of the Kingdom of God with gratitude giving ourselves just as He has given Himself. We are bound to boundless love.
Throughout the course of the year, the PC core team seeks to bless the community of Ensenada in various ways. During the fall semester, students assist the Mexican core team,made up of Pastor Ruben Castenada and others, in planning Juntos. Juntos is a weekend trip serving as a preview for the Potter’s Clay spring break trip. On Juntos, students will have the opportunity to work on either a medical, construction, sports, or VBS team for an intensive day of service to the people in Ensenada. This trip is not only a wonderful chance to serve alongside peers, but it is also a great opportunity to begin forming relationships with those in Ensenada.
All of the knowledge and experience accumulated during Juntos aid in synchronizing the planning and facilitation of the week-long service trip over spring break. During that week, hundreds of students camp out beneath the stars at night and work enthusiastically during the day on student-led teams across Ensenada. Whether it be construction, haircutting, kitchen, medical/dental, sports, praise and worship, or VBS, there is ample opportunity for ALL to be actively involved!
To ensure safety and efficiency, construction sites are overseen by professional contractors who volunteer their time; while the medical/dental clinics are staffed by professional clinicians who guide student teams in providing medical care and attention to the people of Ensenada. Additionally, Westmont faculty and staff members are extended the opportunity to participate in Potter’s Clay, and many gladly take advantage of the opportunity to connect with both students and our Mexican neighbors.
This 2011-2012 year, the PC core team is made up of thirteen students who are working diligently and passionately to reflect the love and glory of God within the ministry of Potter’s Clay, to the Westmont community, and to the people of Ensenada.
Our vision this year is to love and serve well as we steward Westmont’s relationship with the people of Ensenada. In pursuit of the ultimate goal – bringing glory to God through this endeavor – we seek to:
- Participate in the work of the Kingdom in response to the Great Commission
- Prayerfully follow the Holy Spirit’s lead as we lead others
- Live lives of integrity as we steward our time and resources
- Care holistically for our brothers and sisters in Christ both at Westmont and in Ensenada
- Pursue unity with each other and those we serve alongside
- Honor our history as we develop new traditions and relationships at home and abroad