SMI Student Blog

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The blog entries below were submitted by past participants of the SMI program during their time in Philadelphia. There are also some yearly recaps from our Summer Program Director.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

by Katie Y.Coming out to SMI, I didn’t know what to expect AND I am a last-minute packer! So here are some insights that I thought would be helpful for future SMI-ers! I didn’t realize I would be spending as much time in scrubs. Scrubs were worn on outreaches in the...

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Jesus the Great Physician

Jesus the Great Physician

by Caleb H.In high school, I had the opportunity to evangelize to a lot of good people. People who were kind, compassionate, and made few mistakes. However, nearly none of them were receptive to the gospel. I was surprised by this since in my mind they seemed pretty...

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The Power of the Gospel

The Power of the Gospel

by James J.Hey everyone! My name is Ashley and I am in nursing school in Birmingham! Coming into SMI, I had no idea what to expect. Being from out of town, I assumed everyone would already know each other and I would be the outsider. I assumed Kensington would be a...

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Listening to the Whole Story

Listening to the Whole Story

by Yeju K.SMI was the first time I had ever done my laundry at a laundromat. I have to say, it’s kind of a vibe, you know?—sharing Bible stories as we wait for our clothes to dry and spending quarters on the claw machine. I love that our team is so willing to not only...

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Seeing God at Work

Seeing God at Work

by Isaac L.Howdy folks! This is Isaac reporting from SMI 2023 and the first week of SMI has finally come to an end! This week may have been one of the longest weeks of my life! No exaggeration. The program started off with lots of seminars from many medical and social...

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Renewed Connection to Jesus

Renewed Connection to Jesus

by Caroline E.My biggest takeaway from SMI has been relearning the power of prayer. I grew up in a Christian household so I have always been surrounded by prayer. However, in recent years, I feel that I fell into a rhythm of bowing my head just to pray and not to talk...

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Structure Determines Function

Structure Determines Function

by Anisha S.Structure determines function.  A phrase drilled into the heads of many pre-med students alike, as we learned about the wonders of fibers arranged in parallel groups to make a joint stronger, the chambers of the heart working to send blood to the body, and...

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The Goodness of God

The Goodness of God

by Kristie R.“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” -Psalm 145:9   Stepping into SMI I did not know what to expect. I knew the program would be an enriching experience as it included all of my passions: ministry, underserved urban...

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God at Work Beyond our Understanding

God at Work Beyond our Understanding

by Silas B.“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways!‘For who has known the mind of the Lord,or who has been his counselor?Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’For...

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Seeing God in Everything

Seeing God in Everything

by Layo F.When I initially applied for SMI and even up until when I arrived at the train station, I didn't quite know what to expect from this experience. I had visited Philadelphia a few times but I had never heard anything about Kensington or its surrounding areas....

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The Power of Prayer and Relying on God

The Power of Prayer and Relying on God

by Dani C.SMI 2022 was truly a surreal experience. Each day was spent growing in my faith, overcominghardship, and learning about God’s grace, love, and mercy. From the apparent struggles evident in the powerlessness of low income areas to the resilience of the locals...

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Better than I Expected

Better than I Expected

by Ashley A.Hey everyone! My name is Ashley and I am in nursing school in Birmingham! Coming into SMI, I had no idea what to expect. Being from out of town, I assumed everyone would already know each other and I would be the outsider. I assumed Kensington would be a...

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Kensington

Kensington

by Jaz J.Kensington…. You’ve taught me a lot. You’ve shown me a lot. The first day I saw you, I was afraid of you. You looked like something that was shot right out of a movie scene. I had never seen anything like you. But over the last 3 weeks, I’ve come to know you...

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