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Aloha To The Islands

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15, 2012 by Luke Summey

The last few days have been really bittersweet. Preparing to leave the islands, wrapping up ministry, spending time with dear friend and getting some final surf sessions in brought all sorts of sadness to my heart. Simultaneously though, the promise of the future has been incredible. Getting married, moving to TN and starting a church are all incredible parts to an adventure I can’t wait to be on!

Yesterday started off with getting my Hawaii drivers license. I had to take my bandanna off so in my picture everyone says I look like Jesus. After that I went surfing with a fantastic group of close friends. It was one of the best surf days I’ve had. I saw two sea turtles, rode seven ways, caught one all the way in, and rather by accident learned to walk out onto the nose of my board and back and was able to do it three times! Plus, I finally had the confidence to paddle out in front of all of the regular local surfers and catch the waves like a boss (yes, a little ego mixed in with the confidence).  But what I think made it even cooler is that one of my closest friends (who grew up on Oahu and yet neither swims nor surfs) decided to come out and learn that day. Not only did he surf, but he rode three waves! That’s unheard of for a noobie! I’m so proud of him. After that I cooked arab food for everyone left at the dorm. Hummus, matable, pita bread and fried goat cheese! Mmm! Then I got to go hang out at a coffee shop with the awesome Korean brothers Nam! We had so much fun. After that I cooked arab food again, but this time just for three of us. I made Maqloobeh with lamb and tea with mint. I also got the honor of sharing Christ with a dear friend and giving him a New Testament. Thhhhhheeeeeeeennnn I realized I was supposed to leave in ten minutes and hadn’t really finished packing….or started. So within forty minutes I packed everything and we took off. Made my flight thought! At the airport I think fifteen people who have touched my heart and changed my life came and stood in line with me for tears, hug-fests and to pray for me. It was beautiful. It was hard.

I made it to LAX and am now in Chicago’s O’Hare waiting on my flight that leaves in less than an hour so I can see my brother in Charlotte and tomorrow see Katie and dear friends in Boone. Note: emphasis here is on Katie. Can’t wait to see her. She is my world. Boone friends are a nice touch though. 😉

It’s weird to think that it’s over. I still remember not really believing I was going to Hawaii. Now I can hardly believe I’ve already left. God wrecked my life in Hawaii. He has a tendency to do that to you if you let Him. It was one of the most beautiful seasons of my life. Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support of God’s calling for me there.

As I’m moving on, Marhabaaloha isn’t really the most appropriate theme anymore. Beautiful, but not as relevant. I’ve had a second blog running for about a month now at http://www.outcastchurch.wordpress.com
If you want to keep with with where I’m going and what God is doing with me, check it out! =D

As my final thoughts wrapping up this year, I think I can put it in a short phrase: Let God wreck your life.
Let Him do whatever He wants to with you. Especially if it sounds stupid, impossible, harder than anything, and far outside of the norm. God doesn’t work inside our comfort-zones, He shapes us outside of them. This year has been the most challenging of my life, and easily the most uncomfortable. Yet it is also the most memorable and has the deepest evidence of God at work. I pray that as I continue to learn to live in the uncomfortable calling of Christ that He does even more as He continues to make this servant of His live my life less for myself and more for Him.

Gal 2:20 “For I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”

Final Sprint

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2012 by Luke Summey

This past month has been a final sprint with ministry here at BCM Oahu. All of us interns were encouraged to refocus on our teams as we were nearing our final team meetings and we were also encouraged to pour into the students we’ve been discipling (and some we hadn’t been) with doubled time and energy. It’s been a month of growing and learning to hone in on specific areas of need. It’s been a whirlwind.

A lot of really cool things have been happening. A lot of students have grown in really cool ways. They’ve been challenging themselves, and rising to challenges we’ve set before them. There is even going to be a student leadership team next year because five students have agreed to take up leadership roles that we interns have been fulfilling this year. I really can’t wait to hear stories from next year. =)

For me it’s been a weird month. I’ve had more to focus on here, more to work on for the wedding and more to work on with move and church plant in Cookeville. Weird as it is, the closer I get to seeing Katie, the harder it seems to be and the more I miss her. I only have two more weeks here in Honolulu. Actually, just nine days. It’s weird. It’s going to be so hard to leave the people I love here, to leave the culture, the islands… But it’s going to be really exciting to move to Cookeville and start the Church Plant. It’ll be the adventure of a lifetime to marry Katie. I’ve been in a bittersweet place for days now, and it’s only increasing in strength and perplexity.

Pray for the upcoming student leaders. Pray that they will grow over the summer and challenge other students to follow their example and grow and lead.

So What Do You Do?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2012 by Luke Summey

Matthew 6 says this,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 And the question that we have to ask is, “What do you do?” It’s a beautiful idea, “Oh yay, God is always going to take care of me.” but do we really believe that? Actually, more importantly since so many of us think we do, do we really act on that and live it? When Christ sent out the 70 in pairs in Luke 10, he told them to not even take a money bag with them. Would we actually do that if God had instructed us to go on a journey? Would we go without a plan B? It sounds lovely to have that kind of faith and many of us think that in a hypothetical situation that we would do it because we felt God behind us. But what happens when the world is against us? What happens when the world is shouting our doubts at us?

1 Corinthian 1 say, “25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”  When everything looks like a foolish decision, are we really going to choose it? When the situation looks weak and broken are we going to press on anyway? When we are weak and broken will we? Do we really know that God is powerfully Lord over our situations even then? Do we act on it?

So what do you do? When God tells you to do something insane and everyone tells you you’re a fool do you press forward anyway?

Is your heart so in tune with and rested in the Holy Spirit that you can trust Him even then?
Is mine?

 

That All May Know

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2012 by Luke Summey

I just read 1 Kings 8:41-43

41 “Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of your great name and your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house,43 hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.”

Oh that All people may know Him.

Our last several days back home were incredible. We got to spend wonderful time with local Christians and meet some of their Muslim friends and have really good conversations with them. For a group coming from Hawaii who are familiar with Daoism, Buddhism, and other Eastern beliefs, a week in the thick of the Muslim world was a lot. It was an eye opening experience. Every member of the team has told me on more than one occasion that they want to go back. They fell in love with Arab people and culture. It made my heart happy.

Our day in New York was spent in two manners: 1) sleeping for 6 hours on the cold granite floor of JFK airport which was followed by 2) walking around time square, seeing the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Korean war memorial starting at 3 am and working our way into the morning.

Our Day in Dallas was spent with the wonderful Laci Reid. She is a dear Aunti of mine who used to live back home and has been a strong influence in my life. It was wonderful to spend the day with her. It was also wonderful to miss the tornadoes that struck the city by less than a days worth of time.

One of my favorite quotes by the team went something along the lines of this, “The people we spent our time with were all wonderful. LA, New York, Jordan, Dallas… everyone we met was incredible. God taught us just as much if not more than we were able to teach.”

God has plans for everyone affected by this trip, both here in Hawaii and elsewhere. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send out Laborers into the Harvest.

اللغة العربية أو الإنجليزية

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 by Luke Summey

I truly thought I would be online again way before this. Oh well. So update number two comes halfway through the trip. Oops.  =)

In LA we had an incredible day. The Church on the Pearl was very gracious to us and picked us up at the airport at 5 am, let us crash in the fellowship hall, go about our day, and then took us back to the airport later that night. They were wonderful. We walked about 12 miles that day. The group hated me afterwards. =)  Three summers ago I was with a group in LA for the summer and my part of the team spent time in Venice Beach, so that is where I took the Jordan team. We spent time prayer walking the whole area before we did anything. The group immediately felt their hearts break for the amount of need for Truth, Hope and Love in that area. Afterwards we broke into groups of two and walked around initiating spiritual conversations with people there. It was really good for everyone. We feel strongly that God had purposed us to be there that day.

The next day we arrived at New York and met up with Arjay. We were picked up by some new friends and dropped off in a part of the Brooklyn area to help a new church plant. One of the churches main means of helping out the community is by taking care of one of the few parts of New York that isn’t concrete: a local park. The park is poorly understaffed and so we helped by cleaning it up. The community took a lot of notice and thanked the church. A few even took cards hoping to attend! After that we ate New York pizza in New York (WhAt?!) and then prayer walked the Arab community nearby. It was awesome!

Then came the 12 hour flight from New York to Jordan. It was long…even if you slept for a lot of it.

Then we landed. I was home. We spent the first day with my family. It was good for us to relax some and get to hear about our purposed here. We loved it. The next day we all split up. Amber is hanging out with a Christian girl in the capital(Amman), Arjay is hanging out with my Dad and getting to see different ministries here and meet different pastors, and the rest of us are up North bouncing between the village of Husun and the city of Irbid. We’re hanging out with the Christian college group here, getting to see their life, go to classes with them at their universities, and meet their friends. So far everyone has loved the food! Yay! It’s good because we haven’t had anything American yet. The people here are so wonderful. I love them so much. I miss my home.

The plan was for all of us to be paired with stronger English speakers for the week. Most of them speak decent English. However, since they know I speak Arabic many have decided to default in Arabic and have me translate for them. Let me tell you this: it has been six years since I have regularly used strong Arabic, six years that I’ve lost a lot of it, and even at my height I was never super confident; at least solely in Arabic. I think in what Arabs call Arabeezy and what Americans call Arabish. It means a combination of the two languages but not one or the other. I’ve had to put all of my words and efforts into just Arabic. This week has proven to me several things: 1) cultural immersion is the best way to learn a language. It’s possible my Arabic is better today than ever before. 2) Translating is an art form. Explaining cultural details and accurately defining words and actions takes time and care. 3) I love Arabic and learning the language. The more I learn the more I love. 4) Translating and/or functioning nearly completely in Arabic (since I’m only with the team members for a few hours a day)  is super exhausting. It’s hard for me to talk to the team in English right now because my current first instinct is Arabic, but even when I realize what is going on…I’m just tired. I sleep 8 hour nights and take 2 hour naps during the day.

I guess today is the halfway point in the total trip. We have two and a half more days in Jordan and then we leave. I’ll try to update again the day after tomorrow.

Love you all!

(Also, Katie, I miss being able to talk to you every day. It hurts not being able to.)

Already an Adventure, Now to the Airport

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 by Luke Summey

This trip has already been an adventure and we haven’t even headed to the airport yet. T minus an hour before we leave for the airport. T minus five and a half before we take off. It’s crazy. I just finished packing and it still hasn’t quite kicked in yet. I know it’s coming though.

God has already made this trip incredible. Simply through the preparation for this God has spoken to so many of us in different ways. For each of us we have spent weeks preparing our hearts. God has provided in crazy ways. Between the Jordan and Japan trips, God provided $20,000 within two months! Crazy! This is the first time I’ve organized an international trip at all, much less with six other people coming with me. I’ve learned a lot about leadership through this. Training the team, learning to think of details, organizing, making phone calls, writing emails, finding contacts….and somehow taking the time to prepare my own heart for this. I’ve been pushed, and I’ve loved it.

Tonight we leave for Los Angeles. Our first day will be there.

Lord bring the rain!

Be Prepared (the motto of the boy scouts)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2012 by Luke Summey

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”  –Isaiah 43:19

“Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”  –Numbers 11:23

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” –John 14:13

” I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”  –John 16:12-15

Do you feel it? Have you sat down in the presence of the Holy Spirit and felt it coming? For I am about to do something new… Have you doubted the possibility? Is the LORD’s hand shortened?… Do you feel like you aren’t a part of it? ..whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater… Do you feel like the great mysteries of God are only for those randomly enlightened by God? …he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us. Why has the Church ignored this and focused only on the other two members of the trinity? The Holy Spirit is what makes the Church different. Dreams, visions, prophecies, miracles, the expansion of the church, masses of people saved… these aren’t myths of the past. These are the realities the church is to be living out through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Something is coming. A movement of the Church. It’s gonna be big. Are you preparing your heart for it?