It is a rare occasion to witness within our society an act of responsibility, selflessness, or sacrifice. Yet I have seen dozens of these “rare moments” within any given minute here at Summit. I observed people love God through every action of everyday; and yes, the proverbial idea of becoming like those you hang around thankfully rings true. If you want to experience God’s love reflected off humans that are trying their best, Summit wants you too.
As soon as I heard about Summit in the spring of 2015, I knew it was something I had to do. Fast forward to the spring of 2016 and I got accepted to receive the scholarship. What followed was two weeks of Coloradan beauty, excellent fellowship, and unparalleled teaching.
If you are deliberating about whether or not you should come to Summit Ministries, ask yourself the following: Are you about to enter college and have questions that you want answered? Do you want to build bonds with fellow Christians? Would you like to be able to freely speak without the worry of losing friends or loved ones? If you said “yes” to any of these, I recommend you apply.
I’ve lived under the “buckle of the bible belt” for my entire life, but I never realized how much I was letting different worldviews influence my life, primarily through books and movies. John Stonestreet and Steve Greisen encouraged us to never turn our minds off to the messages portrayed in media, or else we wouldn’t be able to stop them from influencing our thoughts and actions.
This is Justin Langley reporting from night watch in Manitou Springs, Colorado. As a 21 year old senior in college, I am well acquainted with the late (or should I say early?) hours. However, I never expected to spend half my summer pulling all-nighters.
Summit is like no other. I strongly encourage each and every person reading this to prayerfully consider getting involved in some way. My own personal journey began with a couple of suggestions from my parents and a fantastic recommendation from a Summit alumnus. I was stoked. I could not wait to come and meet new people and learn new things. I expected to grow in my faith, but Summit far exceeded my expectations.
The week before leaving [for Summit], I became extremely doubtful regarding the worth of the camp. However, all my fears were proven wrong. Upon arriving, one thing became apparent: everyone was nice. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Even on the bus ride from the airport, one of the staff members, after learning my name, yelled, “That’s my friend Curtis!” In that moment, I fell in love with Summit even before arriving at the campus.
Some people ask why we do it. Why do we give up almost our entire summer and serve? How can we have good attitudes when washing dishes for over 200 people, cooking for them, and cleaning up after them? My mind always goes to Matthew 20:26-28, “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.”
As I started Summit, my whole life changed. My perspectives about life changed. I used to be extremely bitter towards God, but through the love of the girls that I got to know, and ultimately the love from two of the staffers, Sam and Caroline, my heart was softened to the idea of God.
As Eric Smith, Summit’s Program Director explained during staff training, Summit is like a spiritual greenhouse. It’s a place where people grow at an increased rate. After being here four weeks, there is nothing truer than that analogy. To be in the middle of God’s beautiful mountains and do life with like-minded people will cultivate spiritual growth like no other place. Come to Summit, it won’t be an experience you regret.
I decided to come to Summit when my friend said he was planning to attend and wanted me to join him. Recalling my cousins’ stories, and realizing my own lack of spiritual growth, I readily agreed to apply, and was ecstatic to learn that I was accepted as a student. Fast forward to the first day: I was caught off guard by the quality of the speakers and their lectures.
When you go home from a camp, everyone always asks, “What was that camp you went to?” One would think, that after two weeks of wrestling with the top issues and theological discussions of our day, this would be an easy question. It’s not. Words seem utterly unable to sum up what Summit Ministries is.