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July 09, 2011

Friday, July 8 (Session 4, Day 13)

Friday, July 8 (Session 4, Day 13)

Words cannot even describe how crazy this Summit experience has been for me. We have seen sickness come through, been completely exhausted, as well as witnessed the proposal of one of the Summit students to his girlfriend! I personally found this very last day of the session to go so fast. I spent the morning meeting with one of the staffers, who gave me much encouragement about struggles we have both had, as well as lots of information on how I can deepen my relationship with Christ as I continue on my spiritual journey. After breakfast, we had our last four classes of the session. The first speaker, Eric Smith, gave some encouragement that was so good to hear as I am about to go home, back into the real world. He talked about making a plan for ourselves so that we would continue engaging in worldview conversations when we got home, and to remember to say all that we have learned in love. After we finished our last classes for the day, I got the chance to visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The first part our tour included being able to see the Chapel for the Academy. It was incredible! There was an organ in the back which is worth over a million dollars, and I got to hear it playing as some of the people were practicing! It was amazing, beautiful; something that I will definitely never forget. After I got back from our tour, I spent time with my new friend from Florida, Grace, taking our last walk around Manitou Springs. For all the crazy things that people say about the town, I have really come to love it and its weirdness. I will miss walks to the Maté Store, to the Park, and to visit all the local shops. Grace and I then took our last walk back up to Summit to start getting ready for graduation. We were almost late, but made it just in time to find our seats and get ready to graduate! Seeing and hearing all that everyone did while they were here and remembering all that we had learned made me so happy, and yet sad to be leaving all these new friends that I have made. Graduating with excellence was a great feeling, and to see all my friends graduate alongside me was so much fun! And now, as I leave to go celebrate my last night with my friends taking pictures and eating ice cream, I am excited for what God has for me as I leave for home tomorrow. I will never forget what I have learned here and how grateful I am for all the staff and speakers have done for us. Doctor Noebel has started something that gives youth the tools to make a difference, and that’s exactly what I intend on doing.


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