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June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27 (Session 3, Day 12)

Thursday, June 27 (Session 3, Day 12)

When I arrived at Summit last week, I can honestly say I had no idea what I was in for. I didn’t know what to expect, but I couldn’t have imagined something this awesome. From Dr. Qureshi’s conversion story that left me in tears to Dr. Myer’s childhood tales that left me laughing hysterically, all of the speakers have been incredible. You never really know how much you don’t know until someone else shows you, and that’s exactly what speakers like Dr. Bauman have done. While they have answered many of my questions (and questioned many of my answers), the Summit experience isn’t just about sitting in a classroom and absorbing information like a sponge. It’s about exploring ideas with your fellow students and learning from the world around you.

It is one thing to learn about the beauty of God’s creation in a classroom, but nothing can recreate the feeling of watching the sunrise from the top of Red Mountain. I honestly didn’t think it would be worth getting up at 4:45 in the morning, but after reaching the summit, my breath was taken away, both literally and figuratively. I have been surrounded by such an awesome group of teachers and students who have helped me grow in my faith, both in and outside of the classroom.

Never in my life have I engaged in such awesome conversation with fellow Christians. Whether it was discussing the history of the Lutheran Church and the significance of the Diet of Worms on a bus ride or staying up late and praying with my fellow roommates, I feel as if God is the driving force behind many of the conversations and interactions I have had with my peers. It feels like the entire atmosphere is centered on worshiping the Lord. One cannot walk through the building without hearing beautiful music being lifted up in praise.

I consider myself lucky to have gotten the chance to participate in the barbershop quartet we formed in the boy’s shower room along with playing a duet on the piano with one of the most talented Blues pianists I’ve ever met. Music is a universal language, and it’s one that we can use to glorify our God. As the trip winds down to a close, I can’t help but think of how the knowledge I have gained will help me in the future, in both defending my faith and sharing it with the unbelieving world that so desperately needs to hear the Truth.

I thank God for the awesome people that He has placed in my life here at Summit, and for giving me the opportunity to learn more about Him. I pray that He will continue to bless the students and staff, helping us to use what we have learned here, and to keep us near to him as we continue on our adventures throughout the rest of our lives.

Austin Angerman

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