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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.


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.


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.


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


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. 


      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. 


     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. 


     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


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. 


“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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