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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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A Dream’s Pursuit

Hi, my name is Ryan class of ’14. I’ve always had a burden to bring the hope of Christ to the poor, broken, and less advantaged. It was at Summit that this became a deeper cry in my heart and where I developed an idea of how I could effectively minister to hurting people. This summer I had the privilege of going to a ministry someone told me about called City of Refuge. They’re in Medellin, Colombia and they do exactly what I want to do (and more); they teach and train people to be godly men and women but also show them how to work in many different fields so they can find work after the one year program.

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I want to start a ministry like that myself but during my visit I learned I’ve been pursuing this idea the wrong way. God doesn’t want us to pursue our dreams trying to honor Him in them; He wants us to pursue His dreams! In the Christian life it’s about following God’s plans, not ours.

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I do not neglect my desire to help people in need, I believe it’s a desire God gave me, but it’s not my job to make it happen. My job is to know my maker, to focus on what he’s given me to do today, and to walk through the doors He opens for me. Are you following your plans and dreams, or God’s? Get alone with God, stop everything, and get to know Him! He wants our hearts not our abilities. 

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Life After Summit

     After graduating from Summit in 2013 my life has felt like a whirlwind. I immediately jumped on staff at my home church as their Nursery Coordinator/Director and began a full time job as a preschool teacher. I married my pastor’s grandson in 2014 and after that, my world began to change. 

    On February 20, 2014 a beautiful baby boy was born into the world. He had no father, his mother was a drug addict, and no one knew what his future would look like. All I knew was that this little boy was knit into my heart from the moment I laid eyes on him. My husband and I took him into our home nearly 3 months after we had just been newly married. He became our son. I knew nothing about being a mother, all I knew was that I loved him more than I ever thought it was possible to love another person. 

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      One week after taking our son into our home permanently, I found out I was pregnant. We were shocked, but thrilled. Maverick was born on February 28th, 2015 almost one year exactly between him and his big brother. Two and a half months after Maverick’s birth I found out I was pregnant again, and Scarlett was born on January 30th, 2016. At that moment, I was mother to three babies ages 1 and under. 

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     Often times, I feel as though my life took a completely different direction than I would have imagined when I graduated from Summit. I imagined myself a missionary, working with children overseas. I imagined myself working with young victims among the sex trafficking industry in India, which was my greatest desire (and still is). Instead, God called me to be simply “mama” to three amazing children. He called me to be the wife of an amazing and godly man. I serve my church’s children alongside my own. 

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     Anytime I feel as though my story “after Summit” isn’t as important as others, I am reminded of how far I have come in my walk with Christ. I began an insecure, distracted, selfish girl. I can confidently say that He has undone me from the inside out and I walk a life completely dependent on Him. Because I yielded my life and my heart to him, he was able to entrust me with three precious lives. That kind of blows my mind.  It’s just the most amazing adventure I could imagine, and it isn’t over yet. Far from it. 

-Grace, ’13

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Let’s Worship Together, After Twilight

“I love you, love you, love you Jesus, and I praise Your holy name” was one of the many worship songs that graced Trabolgan, the Summer Fire holiday site, on Tuesday night. At the end of his sermon that evening, Pastor Carter invited the whole congregation to unite in praising the Lord in their respective houses at 11:15pm. Some people gathered outside, others congregated inside, and even a guitar made an appearance.  What transpired was truly beautiful: saints uniting to worship their Creator under a picturesque starlit night’s sky. I will never forget that sense of oneness and awe as we sung sweet melodies together, even if they weren’t always entirely tuneful!

What united us was our identity in Christ, but also the journey we were on together that week. We had sat under the same Word; laughed and cried together; been both encouraged and challenged – and we were only halfway through the week. In reflecting upon Summer Fire now it has ended, several words come to mind that summarise the messages: healing and restoration, the heart of the Father, celebrate your victories, pray, fight, new beginnings, stretch and obey, no biting, and unity. 

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“Celebrate your victories” was an encouragement from Pastor Jay Fallon. He said even if there is no one who will rejoice with you over the victories in your walk with the Lord, still celebrate! Get a cupcake and a candle and rejoice with the Lord in your room! Pastor Carter’s sermon “No biting” was a call to love and serve one another within the body of Christ, not to bite and devour one another. He used an example of young children biting, and at the end of his message a remorseful four year old called Charlie told Pastor Carter that he was a biter (literally), and wanted to stop! Like Charlie, I was also convicted that week, as well as uplifted and directed. Summer Fire was certainly a transformative experience, and who better to spend it with than with great friends (fellow Summit alumni).  

-Sophie, ’14

Don’t Skip the Process!

It’s been just under 2 weeks since I, along with my classmates, switched over our tassels, threw our graduation caps up, and celebrated the wonderful things God was faithful to complete in our 2 years while being unplugged and set apart to seek His face. Well, real life hit pretty quickly after that moment was over. Packing the car to overload with all my belongings while struggling to release the embrace from the very people you grow to genuinely call your brother or sister. Proceeded to sit in traffic for hours, hunger pains, and of course the thought “Summit is over, now what?”

Summit is often called a “safe place” and I’m sure they’re many reasons it has been given such title; but for me personally, it was safe because I knew I was in the will of God. Consequently well aware there was a door to walk into by faith for 2 years and another door to exit by faith.

Almost immediately I began to question my walk with the Lord after exiting the gates. The thought “Am I no longer safe? How are my classmates doing?”

Folks, the heat gets real out here. As some of my classmates would say “the furnace ain’t no joke” but I have found one thing to be true; the Lord’s promises never fade or melt away. In Psalms 12:6 it says : The Lord’s promises are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.

Our journey is one of faith. God chooses at times to give us a promise without the details. We can’t get to the end without a process. As silver is refined in the furnace, our faith is tested as well.

We are aware that God has already won the victory for us and is a God who answers prayer. So whether it’s a scorching, sunny day on the mountaintop or a cold, rainy evening in the valley He remains the same – a good, good, Father.

Stay encouraged and don’t skip the process!

-Emmy, Class of 2016

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