The Greater Love? Laying Down Your Life for Another!

Parents:  Don’t forget – You are picking your student up at the airport tomorrow!    We are flying in to Austin on United 1541  at 6:32pm.  Please be on time!

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this…  pretty much sums up the whole week!

I always struggle to write the last night of debriefing because so much has happened during the week and so much has been shared it is really hard for me to articulate it. The student’s hearts are full, the leader’s hearts are full.

Today we toured the Capitol Building. A thank you to Thomas Moye for helping make that happen!

After lunch we had the honor and privilege of laying the Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier! It was an amazing experience.

Tonight we shared about what impacted us the most or our favorite moment of the week or both.

Here are some of the responses

  • The changing of the guards – so precise – it showed the honor and respect that was deserved– that we got to show the honor and respect for the sacrifice was awesome –  Arlington – it’s all about that, it’s so  beautiful – made me proud of America
  • Seeing John McCain this morning
  • My favorite time has been the debriefing – everyone has been so open and it’s been so wonderful
  • I liked everything today – being the Capitol – it was awesome – knowing that’s where all the decisions are made and we were there –  the statue of Ronald Reagan – the bronze and marble- but in between it had the pieces of the Berlin Wall … it represents how each president has made our nation so great
  • my  favorite event was laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington – it means so much to me I’m very thankful for that opportunity
  • This week has been fantastic –  my favorite part of the trip –  Mount Vernon, the Holocaust Museum  and all the war monuments – today made me very proud to be an American  – this trip has been very powerful and impactful on my life
  • I liked everything – I can’t pick just one thing
  • I liked everything –  it was so great for me –  what I can I say about this trip is I learned so much and if I can define this trip in one word –  inspirational
  • The way they honored Abraham Lincoln – the way 9-11 was honored – I’m honored to be around people I can share everything with – I’m honored to have walked where great people have walked – I was honored to have been a part of the wreath laying ceremony – It was life changing to me – if only our leaders would remember where we came from – it might be life changing to them
  • I don’t like the partisanship in our country –  not once did you hear – oh he was a great democrat – or a great republican –  but we heard about unity –  we are one
  • I love D.C. so much it made me realize I want to live in a big city, and I love Mrs. Castello, I loved everything she had to share
  • I really loved everything –  getting to walk around the memorials – reminded me of the quote I saw by Ghandi “ my life is my message”     right now …  I don’t think I’m leaving behind them message I want to
  • first I really want to thank the class for choosing me to represent you guys to help lay the wreath – thank Mr. smith for encouraging me –  I was pretty scared –  I get stage fright –  Mr. Smith shares lots of information throughout the trip –  through the trip over all  – like what Michael said –  the holocaust museum –  Arlington –a lot of it was really heavy – over all makes me proud of this country – makes me proud to be an American Christian – sort of person that Summit promotes – Christianity doesn’t have a great reputation – I just wish that for myself I could be the kind of person that would make every American Christian  –  say they are proud  – I have a lot to up hold and a duty to do it
  • (from one of our former Summer Alumni that joined us) hanging out with you guys – you changing – impacts us – changes us – you’ve had an impact on us for Christ and the Kingdom – you fill us back up – seeing you gain an appreciation for America-  watching you have your own light bulb moments. You have been a blessing to us … thank you … you are different … you have the power to do great things
  • (from another of our former Summit Alumni) being with you guys recharges the soul and the mind.  I’m not going to take the time to tell you all the ways  you have had an effect on me as a leader –  I’ll take those things back as a leader to those I’m with every day
  • Mount Vernon was very special to me – and the young man playing the part of the slave Christopher – he was so masterful it was intriguing … the over-arching piece is this – I’ve been to Arlington, the Holocaust, the monuments, but I’ve never been to those with you!  I’ve not done any of those things with you – you guys are different – there’s a certain spark – intellect – different lenses to process data.  I think God has got great things in store for you!
  • (shared by one of the leaders)
  • Thomas and Matthew – you are two young men of strong faith – you just don’t know until you go out in the world –  I love how you are  holding each other  accountable – so impressed by both of you ( they are impressive young men)
  • I loved everything – Kennedy’s speech!
  • The 911 memorial
  • I feel like this trip has been one of the past, the present and the future
    • Past – Thomas and Matthew – how you are still godly young men
    • Present – Getting to know this class – already knew some of you but I love you
    • Future – God has been doing great things in me through this trip and I feel my future is different now
  • I loved the Holocaust museum and today! I learned so much! Makes me proud of America!


    (and that’s just to name a few of the things shared)


    11th grade class… you are so amazing! I love you so much! I am praying that you continue to embrace each other and grow together as a class! I pray that you will desire to know God and to make him known.  I pray that you will not forget what you’ve experienced this week and it will become a part of who you are as a person and a believer.



    A BIG thank you to Mr. Jeff Smith – (former SCA parent) He has been helping lead these trips since we started them 8 years ago.  His love for Christ, our students and this nation – help make this trip a success! No Words!


    A BIG thank you to Dave MacLeod (Dawson’s Dad)  Thank you for bringing your love of prayer and your heart for young people in to the mix!  He brings joy into every situation!  What a gift and valuable asset he has been to the team leadership.


    A BIG thank you to Nan Castello!  A precious friend who loves God and speaks life into our young people.  This was the perfect year for her to come!  Her love for our students to walk in truth and to know how precious they are, encourages and empowers our students to push themselves.


    A BIG thank you to Thomas. I am so proud of you and love that you would take time out of your busy schedule to encourage, challenge and point the way to Christ.  He is such a part of you it shows in every conversation whether you mention the name of Christ or not…. Not to mention… I love how you love to laugh and you make others laugh!


    A BIG thank you to Matthew.  I was so excited that you were finally able to join us! I’m proud of you and loved how you and confirmed that the things the students learn on this trip – can be life long tools … important in their walk with Christ.  Thank you for your service!


    A REAL BIG THANK YOU to Summit and to you… the parents!

    It is an honor and privilege to lead a team of young people like this!  It has been an incredible time.  Again our hearts are full.  Your student may immediately talk your ear off OR they may have a hard time articulating how they feel and what all they experienced.  Give them time and pray for them.  Ask questions from my blog, that might help!


    This class can impact their world …. If they want to!   Let’s pray that they want to!


    mrs. g

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