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August 21, 2013

Wednesday, August 21 (Session 7, Day 3)

by Grace Smith

Summit Ministries is an amazing, amazing place. I feel so blessed to be here. There is no other summer camp like it. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to come to a place where you can not only make new friends, play games outside in the beautiful city of Manitou Springs, Colorado, and stay in a super cool hotel, but learn more about your faith, other religions, and how to defend Christianity with factual and concise arguments.

The topics and wide range of speakers delivering them were enough to make the seminary student in my dad groan with disappointment that he wouldn’t be there as he read over my schedule for the next two weeks and saw a lecture here and a lecture there that he knew would be great.

“Grace,” he told me, “you’re going to learn more here in two weeks than most worldview course students will in an entire college semester.”

And, after sitting through a few lectures, I understand what he meant. There is so much information to take in, but all of it is wonderful and very useful knowledge.

For me, one of the coolest things about Summit, next to learning how to defend the things I believe strongly about, is meeting and building friendships with kids from all over the United States and all over the world. I love listening to all the different accents from Canada, New Zealand and more. It’s so cool to be able to talk with people who are from places I’ve never been and to get to know them and learn what life is like where they live.

So often, I think a lot of us Christian teens think that they are alone in the struggle of trying to not only counter false arguments, but present their argument in a gentle and Christ-like way. It’s easy to forget that there are kids like me out there who want to know how to protect their faith and foundations. Being here at Summit has reminded me that I am not alone. These kids I’m meeting will be facing the same kind of pagan arguments in their life that I will face. We’re in the same fight, working towards the same goal. It’s so refreshing to be reminded of that.

And, Summit is preparing us to defend our faith in the right way. Even though it’s only the third day, I feel a bond of unity with the kids here. Though we come from different states, countries, and continents, we are here for the same purpose. It’s comforting to know that there are others beside you in this fight. Having someone to stand with you against the enemy and his forces can make all the difference in the world.

I’m excited to see how God will continue to work in our remaining time here.

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