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June 26, 2012

Sunday, June 24 (Session 3, Day 8)

Our second Sunday at Summit started a little early.  1:27 a.m. to be exact.  On Saturday evening, the staff warned us of the possibility that we might have to evacuate because of a nearby forest fire and laid out the evacuation plan. At that time, the wind was blowing the fire away from the Summit hotel; consequently, I considered it an exciting but unlikely adventure.

However, after sleeping for a couple hours Saturday night, we were awakened and told to gather our most important belongings and find our small group leaders outside the building.  It took me a full five minutes to shake off my grogginess and realize what was happening.  Once all the students and staff gathered outside, we loaded into four school buses and headed to our destination: Mountain Springs Church.  Upon arrival, we received blankets and pillows and rooms to sleep in.  We fell into bed at 3:00 a.m., exhausted, but safe and sound.

This was just the “tip of the iceberg” of the kindness we received from the Mountain Springs Church.  This body of believers has been amazingly helpful, caring for and housing 220 “displaced people.”  We have received mattresses, meals, water, pillows, washcloths, and more.  They have served us with joy, even giving up their children’s church rooms for our use as long as we need a place to camp out.  The church has reached out to us with God’s love and blessed us immensely.  I am truly grateful for all the concern they have shown us.

After we awoke Sunday morning, we had breakfast provided for us.  Sadly our activities (rafting, hiking, and rock climbing) had to be canceled, but we attended the 11:00 service at Mountain Springs.  The pastor invited members of the church to donate supplies to us and preached a message on Christian leadership.  We also witnessed the spontaneous baptisms of several people who decided to fully commit their lives to Christ.

Our afternoon was taken up with a trip to Walmart, taking showers at the YMCA, and getting some much-needed rest.  After dinner, our president, Dr. Jeff Myers, spoke on what the church of Christ should be - a very fitting topic due to our location and the day’s events.  Later, we met with our small groups to pray and talk.  It was a beautiful end to an eventful day.

Looking back over all that happened Sunday, I realize that we were blessed tremendously by a God who loves us and knows the future.  Not one person was lost or left behind.  We have an awesome staff who has kept things organized and efficient.  Everything we need has been provided.  We have seen the body of Christ at work in a tangible and powerful way.  Whatever happens in the next days, we can praise God for His work.

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