Summit Ministries for Teens

When the twins, Jessica and James were 16, their parents  forced them to attend a two-week program at Summit Ministries for Teens Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO. That’s right, they were forced against their will.

Their parents explained that this program would prepare them to defend their biblical worldview once they’re away at the university.  The teens felt there was no need—they were already grounded in their faith!  They did NOT want to go!

But they went.  They called home after their arrival.  The first meal was disappointing. The rules were too strict. Two days later more calls. “We have to listen to lectures the entire day and even in the evenings! They don’t give us enough free time for sports!  They inspect our rooms! Our beds have to be made perfectly! My hairbrush must be out of sight!”

The complaints continued for a week.  Their mother encouraged, “You are already halfway through!  I’m praying for you.”

When they returned home both said it had been two of the best weeks of their lives! What?!!

They claimed the information they gained would prepare them for life. Moreover, they met the most interesting young people from all over the country.  The hiking adventures and the white-water rafting were the best!   WHAT?!!

When Jessica had completed her second year at the university she made a surprising announcement.  She had applied for a summer position at Summit Ministries!  Being part of the staff at SM is still one of her favorite memories.

Teenagers are full of surprises!  Aren’t they fun?

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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7 Responses to Summit Ministries for Teens

  1. Liana says:

    And the surprises never end … wonderfully encouraging post Kathleen. Sometimes what someone is relaying is not what is truly happening in that moment on the eternal scale.

  2. Bisi says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing. A good encouragement for parents.

  3. MEL THOMPSON says:

    Oh, the “WHAT’S” we hide in our minds as children go through the teenage years. “He’s my boyfriend and I’ll cry if I want to,” OR “As a high school graduating present my girlfriend’s parents are sending us both to Hawaii.” “WHAT?” But they do grow up and face the same “what’s” with their own children.
    Great story Kathleen. THANKS!

  4. Frank King says:

    Thanks, Kathleen. Parents should not be intimidated by their teens’ complaints about going to a week or two week event such as that conference. Teens tend to be opposed to most things their parents suggest. But if they are sent, they might just end up liking it.

  5. Kristi Ann says:

    Please Pray for all our Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and our Messianic Jewish Christ Jesus-Yeshua!! “Pray Without Ceasing.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!

    God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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