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November 21, 2012

Grace-Giving

Grace-Giving

Having been public schooled my whole life, I have a sincere appreciation for the opportunity to attend Summit Semester. It has been incredible to be able to include God and academics in the same sentence without being chastised by a teacher. I have never been able to understand how to think about God in an intelligent way, or how He could possibly play a role in my academic pursuits. Being able to have a Biblical worldview to build my studies on and to form all of my intellectual opinions around has been truly revolutionary for me. I am learning that God can be included in all of my life and that He wants to penetrate every part of me.  

As an eighteen year old who has never left home, this experience has been challenging in more ways than one. The most impacting has definitely been learning how to learn; how to think for myself. I am trying to figure out how to think through the things that I have been taught my whole life in church and am learning how to decipher between the things that are the Truth, and the things that are just watered down Sunday school answers. I think that people who grow up in church can easily become complacent and forget to let the Bible actually change them. Here at Summit, you don’t have that option; you are forced to think through life’s important questions and actually have them affect the way that you live. I’m getting educated, not just indoctrinated, and that is a vital difference that I never understood before coming here. 

This Sunday, Grace church truly showed us what it means to be the body of believers. We had our own little pot luck Thanksgiving at the community center. I go to a pretty big church back home, so the dynamics of Grace is a completely different experience for me. The fact that we can all come together and literally break bread is so encouraging to me. One of my favorite aspects about Semester is the Grace community. They have been so kind to us, who are quite often homesick. I’m sure that I speak for all of the students when I say that I really appreciate them so graciously opening their homes to us and inviting us into their families on Sundays. 

Coming to Summit has been one of the best decisions that I have made so far. I love it here, but I am also excited to leave. I am eager to go out into the world and put into practice the things that I have learned. I am better prepared to engage the culture, change the world, and complete the task that God the Father has laid out for me.


Karlie Law, 18

Glendale, AZ

Karlie grew up in a Christian family, and in 2008 dedicated her life to God. Since then she has been discovering the fallen nature of the world and the answers Christianity provides for them. She lives her life by daily seeking God’s will. Karlie seeks to spread the Gospel to the places that few want to go. She has a heart and passion for those who are in poverty and tribulation. She hopes to be able to expand 1Mission ministries.


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  • November 23, 2012 // 08:57 am //  # 
    Danielle's avatar Danielle

    You’re an amazing person Karlie and you’re going to do BIG things for this world!

  • November 23, 2012 // 09:14 am //  # 
    mom's avatar mom

    So proud of you!! You continue to amaze and inspire me. You have had a heart for serving others from the time you could walk and talk. I’m so excited to see how God uses you as you continue on your journey as you serve others and reach the lost.

  • November 23, 2012 // 01:19 pm //  # 
    Robin's avatar Robin

    Karlie, you are a true inspiration!! I love that you have developed your own faith and convictions. This is my biggest prayer for my own children!! Can’t wait to see your next chapters unfold!!

  • November 23, 2012 // 01:20 pm //  # 
    Tina Law's avatar Tina Law

    Karlie!!!! Great job!!! We are so proud of you and are so excited to see how God is working in your life!!  Make your last week there the best!  Can’t wait to see you!!!
    Xoxo
    Tina

  • November 23, 2012 // 05:09 pm //  # 
    James Law Sr's avatar James Law Sr

    WOW How could any grandfather be more proud than I am of you. Love you much. See you soon.

  • November 23, 2012 // 05:59 pm //  # 
    Eric Shriver's avatar Eric Shriver

    Go change the world, Karlie.

  • November 23, 2012 // 06:14 pm //  # 
    Gramma Heather's avatar Gramma Heather

    Karlie,
    You have become quite an amazing young woman and I am very proud of you. I know that the Lord will use you for His Kingdom purposes.

  • November 24, 2012 // 02:47 pm //  # 
    Dianne Ice's avatar Dianne Ice

    I am thrilled to see how God is working in and through you- Can’t wait to hear about your Summit experience!
    Look out world!!

  • November 25, 2012 // 07:02 am //  # 
    Nathan Mudalige (You're SRI LANKAN bro in Christ) 's avatar Nathan Mudalige (You're SRI LANKAN bro in Christ)

    Karlie!! i am so glad you got to attend Summit Semester.
    And I’m so glad I got to meet you at Summit session 5 this year.
    Be blessed and go change the world!!

    :D

  • November 25, 2012 // 12:38 pm //  # 
    Dad's avatar Dad

    Awesome sweetheart. You are going to have a HUGE impact for Gods kingdom. We are Blessed to know you and to watch you grow and inspire others.

  • November 26, 2012 // 10:26 am //  # 
    Jason's avatar Jason

    Awesome stuff LELE!  So proud of you and can’t wait to see you soon.  Way to rock! WE MISS YOU!

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