I am originally from Russia and was adopted at the age of five. One of the topics covered here at Summit was that of adoption, something I can very well relate to. I have been physically and spiritually adopted.
I am 23 years old, and I flew in from Michigan. This is my second time attending Summit in Colorado. Even though much of what I heard last year is the same this year, I desired to go with an open heart to listen and to receive what was being taught. Going to Summit is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. There is always more to learn. And God did just that.
Summit focuses on many dimensions of a student. The conference equips me to defend my beliefs in a more loving way. But it reaches out by helping me have a better relationship with those around me – particularly a relationship outside of myself and the shiny rectangle. This rectangle can be a Mac or a phone. Coming to Summit has challenged me to deepen tangible relationships and to step outside of my own little world.
I came to Summit somewhat overwhelmed because of opportunities on the horizon that I just do not know which path to take. I don’t think God said directly to go one way or another. The biggest takeaway for me is something that John Stonestreet keeps saying, “You want a good mentor? Talk to old people.” So many people, myself included, think that we can do things by ourselves. Something I want to do as I start my senior year at university is be able to establish better accountability.
Thank you, Summit, for showing me that the Christian life is done as a community.