Blogs - Student Conferences - Colorado
July 10, 2009
Session 4 | Day 13
When I first got to summit I was scared out of my mind: first because of the flight (reason being it was my first time flying), second I did not know at all what to expect. I have never been to a Christian school, camp or church before September of 2008. When I got off the plane I was greeted by a cheerful lady by the name of Jen. Jen had a big smile with a small sign with summit ministries written on it. I was soon shooed out to the bus that was filled to the roof with suit cases. I never thought that after that day I would learn more in the next two weeks then I feel in my entire life... I was given a seat in the second row from the front. My first thought was whatever I do I better not fall asleep. After the first week I thought how was I supposed to stay awake, especially with all this knowledge being crammed into my already knowledgeable brain... (just kidding) but, in all seriousness at the end of the day ,this Friday I will go home with more information than I got in my entire high school education. But to describe my life a little I was put into foster care at the age of 10. From that point on I was moved to about 20 different places. I was never good at relationships, I would think that there was no point in them because one way or another it would always end. In that sense I would always destroy a relationship just so I wouldn't feel bad about it ending.
It was when I was about 15 when a great man and mentor came into my life. His name is Nick Connell. I think that without his persistence to stay with me I don't think I would be here right now... he pushed me to limits I didn't think I had in me. When I 16 or so I went to an emergency shelter. I was supposed to be there for 90 days. I ended up staying there for a year and a half. But had I left there I would not of meet the person who introduced me to my pastor.
It all happened when I left the shelter. I stayed in contact with my teacher through e-mail and she invited me out to dinner with her husband and her new born son Samuel. It just so happened that her husband is a pastor (Pastor David Roseland). Now keep in mind I was a complete atheist. He told me he was a pastor, and that's when I started asking questions. And for every question I asked he had two answers (it was awesome). So the following day I went to their church. I've frequently been attending their church since September of 2008. It was around December that I realized that I truly believed in Jesus Christ as my savior. It was then that my pastor started becoming one of my mentors, and one of my best friends. I was approached by him one day a few months back. And he asked me if I would like to attend summit. I agreed not thinking about what I got myself into.
Right now I am readying myself for college in October. Seeing how I am going to college in October I don't see how this whole Summit experience and everything else just happened to be mere coincidence. I feel God planned this out for me. And if this can happen me I know it can happen to everyone else who just tries to believe. So I pray for everyone who was, is, and is struggling to believe.