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On the Election

To say this election season has been “a ride” would be an understatement. Even after it has ended, I still find my newsfeed full of memes, videos, and posts that range from angry snark to arrogant elation. I scroll a lot less right now, and it’s really made me reflect on what we as the Church ought to be preoccupied with.

I know the typically expected Christian-Conservative reaction to a “red” House, Senate, and oval office is optimism, but I think we need to remind ourselves that, though good policies can cause good cultural shifts, they can’t raise the dead. Only the Gospel does that. “Christian” legislation and revival are two very different things, and if we want to be endowed with the power to bring grave-opening change to our sinking culture, we must love one another. The credibility of our message is wrapped up in that! (Jn. 13:35) Psalm 133 states in no uncertain terms that whether or not we are anointed as God’s life-bringing, priestly people is dependent on our unity as brothers and sisters.

If we only want Christian-esque laws, then politicians will do. But if we want people to find resurrection life, we must love each other in sincerity. Regardless of how we feel about the political climate, or of other’s defenses for why one candidate was supported over the other, it is time to obey His command: to love one another as He has loved us. (Jn. 15:12) Let’s do that. Let’s be the Church.

-Nik G., faculty ’07

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12.2 Missions | Part 3 – Colombia

In Colombia, the 12.2 team worked with a ministry and church by the name of City of Refuge (Ciudad Refugio).  This ministry serves their local community in a variety of capacities, such as providing food, shelter and rehabilitation programs to the drug addicted and homeless, and running several feeding programs for children. While we there we also got a chance to work closely with Summit alumni, Gustavo Ruiz, Jamus Marquette and Adriana Uribe.

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The ministry had our team run a sports camp for a week at the site of one of their feeding programs. This location is home to the second largest population of internally displaced children in Colombia, meaning they have been forced to leave their homes and now reside in a community consisting largely of makeshift structures. The United Nations has a school facility in the midst of this community that we were able to use for the week because we were training the children in soccer.

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Every week the ministry reaches between 60 and 80 kids on Saturdays through the feeding program. On the first day of the soccer camps, over 115 kids lined up for registration, and by the end of the week close to 250 kids were participating in the drills and hearing from our coaches what it means to be more than an athlete. One of the great advantages the sports camp provided for the ministry was a reach to the older boys in the area who are less likely to come to the feeding program. Some of these boys even ended up attending the church at the end of the week!

 

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With a language barrier and attendance numbers 5 to 6 times greater than normal, God was certainly our source of structure and order. We loved on kids and created a sense of teamwork and competition, but most importantly preached the gospel message and saw a large number of kids respond to this message

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12.2 Missions | Part 1 – What’s the Mission?

What’s the Mission?

One speaker during our mission trip training presented to us the notion that our approach to missions should be the same as the greatest missionary of all time – Jesus Himself!

Jesus left His home, heaven, and came to humbly serve the world.

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Our Mission for these short term trips was then defined as follows: to come alongside and serve the local church. The image of a single body has never been clearer. Though there may be many local congregations and various ministries all over the world, we are all the hands and feet of Jesus wherever our “local” is. This summer, over roughly two weeks, the 12.2 team was privileged to serve alongside a church in Chicago, Illinois and one in Medellin, Colombia as they served their respective “local” communities.

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Psalm 115 says, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.” Because of God’s continued faithfulness, He has brought glory to His name and we can reflect on our short term missions and say – mission accomplished.

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Amazing Experience

My heart and my mind are still in awe of what God did in Milwaukee. I mean, just seeing the power of God move in Milwaukee was so life changing, so transforming. Just to see God using vessels like use to display His glory was amazing.  Relationship-building and unity was evident in the team; it was like a glimpse of what the body of Christ is going to look like in heaven.

God moved in an incredible way. So many people were giving their lives to Christ – gangbangers, transgendered individuals, addicts, Muslims – even children so boldly came forward to receive Christ. God moved mightily in my family, as well – my little sister, living in Milwaukee, also received Christ! What an incredible movement.

The people of Milwaukee were grateful for what God was doing through us as a Truce team, through music, testimonies, and altar calls. I kept hearing the people saying “this has never happened” – it was novel to them and it showed me that God really loves them and cares for them and us.

We were so blessed to be apart of God purpose and plan for Milwaukee, and I know that God is not finished with this city. We truly planted the seed of God in the hearts of men, women, and children there. I’m truly grateful to be a part of the mission of God and definitely want continue to be a part of Truce and whatever God has planned for my life.

Sincerely Darrell,

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Darrell with the legendary Nicky Cruz, one of the main character in the Cross and the Switchblade

Darrell with the legendary Nicky Cruz, one of the main character in the Cross and the Switchblade

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Darrell preaching the word at one of the outreaches

Missions Week | Times Square Church North Jersey

During our week at TSCNJ, we served in many different capacities.  Our team volunteered by cleaning at the American Christian school, feeding the homeless with the Raven ministry, and leading chapel at  the Goodwill Rescue Mission.  We ended the trip on Friday by sharing at the Gate youth service that takes place every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the Jersey campus.

The Holy Spirit came during the service in a powerful way! The theme was transformation and Elisha, a freshman at Summit, preached a word on Saul being transformed into Paul. Each of us also shared testimonies either about our lives or about something God has done on this trip that has impacted us. The youth of the church were really blessed and and encouraged to see young people shamelessly and boldly standing up for Jesus in this generation. It is unfortunately a rare sight. We also got to speak to many of the youth after the service and share more about our lives and what God is doing in us at Summit. Although missions week has ended, I know God is going to continue and complete the work that He has started here. He is always faithful to bring it to completion. Many seeds were planted, lives touched, and hearts transformed and all the glory goes to God alone! We plant the seeds and He brings the increase.

 

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-Sarah, ’17

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