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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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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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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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Missions Week | Lebanon, PA

I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into Missions’ week, but one week left a mark on my heart forever. Lebanon Evangelical Free Church (LEFC) is home to hundreds each week with a love for community, youth, and orphans.

Our first day at the church was Sunday. We left church the first day in disbelief that a church community that size could be that welcoming. From the pastors and worship leaders, to the members, the love of Jesus leaked out of every member.
Lebanon Free the only church in our area who have a full-time children’s pastor, and 2 full-time pastors that work with junior-high students and high school students. They don’t only believe children and youth are important; they mightily invest themselves into the next generation.

What does the Bible say true religion is? Caring for widows and orphans. LEFC lives and breathes adoption. Everywhere I looked, I saw families with adopted children both locally and internationally. They are saving this next generation by devoting their lives to raising orphans in a Christian home. Their hearts beat to take care of orphans. Their prayers cry out to God to make a way for them to raise enough finances to adopt one more child. This radically changed my life.

The church of Jesus Christ is called to be a city on a hill. LEFC asks themselves, “What if our church was gone tomorrow, would our community even notice?” LEFC has made such a mark in their own community through local outreaches, foster care, and adoption. They are living for the benefit of others. We came here for Missions’ week to serve the church, yet we were so touched by the lives of the body of Christ. I got to spend one week seeing what being the hands and feet of Jesus really looks like.

-Kristina, ’17

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Seeking God

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness.

My name is Bart, I’m currently a freshman here at Summit. I came all the way from the Netherlands to PA to seek God. I laid down my career which I just started and left family and friends behind to seek Him. I can truly say that it’s totally worth it!

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The verb “seek” in this passage means: “being constantly absorbed in a search.” That’s basically what I am currently doing at Summit. Through the classes, chapels, prayer meetings and personal time with God, God is really showing Himself and is shaping many different areas in my life.

This is my story, and it is possible that it be yours, as well. Seek God and watch Him transform you!

 

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Bart, Class of 2017

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