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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 2 – Chicago

Chicago

This summer in the Southside of Chicago, the 12.2 team came alongside a Summit alumnus, Pastor Ryan Johnson, who is working with a small church plant, helping them to develop a year-round outreach to their local community. The church had arranged a partnership with the park district for Thursday through Saturday to allow our team to host soccer and basketball camps for the 60-70 children and youth in their summer day camp program. We were then able to invite these kids to an awards ceremony on Sunday.

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Throughout the camp we saw kids responding to the gospel message through general assemblies and small huddle times, and on Sunday about 20 kids came out to the award ceremony with their families. We were blessed by the desire of this church to serve their local community and encouraged by their efforts to maintain and build upon the relationships developed during the camps.

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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

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

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