Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Carly and I am from Florida. I studied Telecommunication & Film at the University of West Florida. I have worked with FUGE and most recently I have been working with Summit here in Australia.
What was your time with Summit like?
My time with Summit has been a time of growth. It has stretched me and challenged me in ways I wasn’t expecting. I’ve been able to experience a vastly different side to camp ministry and develop skills in outdoor recreation that I didn’t have previously. I have marveled at the Blue Mountains and spent too much time staring at the Opera House. I have been reminded that the same Jesus I serve in Florida is also being worshipped and served in Australia.
What was your favorite Summit camp moment?
On a Year 7 camp, the girls in my discussion group were all really eager to ask questions about God and learn what it really looked like to live a life of passion for Jesus. During morning tea on the last day, I was chatting with a girl in my group named Zara. She told me that discussion group was her favorite part of camp because she was getting the chance to actually ask questions about Jesus and talk about how He impacts her life. In chapel or Christian Studies, she said they just have to sit and listen. But she was so thankful for the opportunity to sit and talk about her faith with her friends. I was able to give Zara a Bible and a devotional book of her own because she wanted to learn how to study the Bible for herself and find answers to her own questions!
What did you learn during your time in Australia?
I have learned that I don’t know everything about camp, I don’t know everything about student ministry, and I don’t know everything about myself! I’ve been given so much outdoor education training, and really built up a valuable skill set. The Lord has taught me a lot about obedience, in that it’s not always fun and it often requires sacrifice. But the reward of obedience is being in the center of His will, and that is infinitely better. And sometimes the center of His will is in Australia, which is awesome!
What was it like being part of the Summit team?
The Summit team reminds me of the early church. They live together, they serve together, they eat together, they worship together. The Summit team is a family, and they warmly welcomed me in with ease. They are sassy jokers but they are dedicated workers. They have a passion to see kids come to know Jesus, and it is evident in all they do.
What would you say to someone considering doing the Internship?
If you are passionate about reaching the next generation with the gospel, do this internship! If you need a reminder that the Body of Christ is so much bigger than your local church, do this internship! If you believe Jesus can changes lives on a sailboat or a rock wall, do this internship! If you feel God calling you on a great adventure, do it!