Am I a Friend? or …


What a great start to the day having the rest of our team and Colonel Mac Leod joining us for breakfast. They rolled in late last night and we were grateful for their safe journey here.

Today we get to work with another branch of Lift Community Action Agency. Self Help Housing is their version of Habitat for Humanity.  Our students and leaders insulated the inside walls of a new build and filled two deep (seemingly bottomless pits) with dirt.  We wrapped up the service with picking up construction trash around the house.

I am so proud of all of them.  The students worked so well together no matter who they got partnered up with.  Surprisingly we got finished early and everyone was happy to head back to the cabins, shower and chill for a couple of hours.  Either, laying horizontal and taking a quick nap, or sitting on the deck with the view of the lake.

This afternoon we headed to the Olivet Cemetery to see the Circus Section!  It’s actually a historic road trip stop!  It is such an interesting place to visit. I know it might sound weird, but Colonel Mac Leod shared that cemeteries bring mixed emotions. The loss of a loved one but they also tell a story about the life that was lived. We can actually see the celebration of a life.  The town of Hugo used to be where 5 traveling circuses would winter here.  So naturally this town is ‘home’ to them.  When someone passed, this was their final resting place if you will. One section is dedicated completely to showmen and women that were a part of the Circus Family, the Showman’s Rest.  The pictures, the statement inscribed.  Then Lane Frost (8 seconds movie) , Freckles Brown rodeo great, and the headstone for one of the former ‘Marlboro Man’!

Then we head to a Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas phenomenon … Dinner and dessert at Braum’s.  If you haven’t had Braum’s … I mean have you really been experiencing all of life that you can?  LOL It’s always a fave on this trip.  Check them out… their story starts from the great depression era!  

Devotional   Friend or Frenemy 

Mark 12:28-31    28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”

Proverbs 16:28 “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.”

Cabin 13 – Zambrano’s Cabin of guys led the devotional and they did a great job.  They asked the question, what do you think the definition of Frenemy is.  One answer was acting like a friend on the outside but being devious behind their back.  The first questions were to think about what God says about being a friend and then describe what an enemy is to you.  When defining it by God’s word, what am I?

Am I a friend or a frenemy? One of the guys said that he thinks sometimes, we’re both. All agreed.  

Am I a Friend or a Frenemy?

The discussion continued about how they as a class were doing and what they hoped to continue when we get back home. One of the girls talked bout how they felt like this kind of trip helps them to get out of their little groups and get to know other people in the class and grow together as a class. 

Colonel Mac Leod shared with the class that his coming to Oklahoma and spend time with them had 3 objectives.

  1. Bringing students to join the team already here
  2. Get a personal introduction to the Oklahoma trip and work along side his students for a day to get to know them better.
  3. To set expectations for their senior year next year. To introduce to them the Senior Seminar Class they will be a part of and the amazing people we had this last year and we will have again this next year for them, and more.  He shared that we don’t care so much about WHERE you go after you leave Summit, but we want you leaving Summit with a good understanding of who you are in Christ.  When you know that, you can go be that person anywhere God takes you, anywhere in the world.

Again, our students worked so hard today. They are and have been amazing!  We are ALL so proud of them.

Tomorrow we head back to Antlers to finish the painting and we’ll check on the senior citizens after their big storm. Then tomorrow night, we will go and minister at New Life Family Church in Boswell. 

The students have come up with their own programs, and what they will share and do.  One group will be with elementary and the other will be with secondary students. We’ll have dinner with the children and teens, share and pray them them and then we’ll give them their Easter Backpacks as they leave to go home.

Pray for safety in our travel, the ability to get all the painting done and that tomorrow night we will get to talk to and pray for and share hope with the children in Boswell. Pray that the children will believe they have a friend in Jesus, someone they can ALWAYS count on!


Mrs. g   (parents, go check out the pictures from the link to the album I sent you. The students have been uploading new ones!

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