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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 2 – Chicago

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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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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

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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