Highest Praise Testimony
I just finished my second and final summer of Highest Praise. For those of you who don't know what Highest Praise is, someone once described it as "traveling church camp choir for high schoolers". I would call it "intense music ministry camp for high schoolers". You can read all about it right here. Of course, I can't talk about Highest Praise and not say my piece. I'm not going to describe exactly what goes ON (you can follow the link for that); I'm just going to tell you why it's the best! You see, I'm convinced that, despite other churches and colleges having their traveling bands/choirs, there is none better than Highest Praise. I'll give you a few reasons why right here, and if you're reading this as a high schooler who likes music, you can decide whether or not you think it such a great opportunity as I do.
For one, Highest Praise simply has the best people! Now, I'm not dissing other colleges, I'm just saying that you won't find any people who are more committed to knowing you and investing directly in your life than Mary Green, Scott Handley, and Doug Pogue, our wonderful Highest Praise directors. Secondly, no other program allows you to bond so well with other people your age. Don't take my word for it—ask anyone else who's been on tour! We're a huge, close family; a big, personal support group. Anyone who's been can tell you that the friends you make on Highest Praise aren't like the friends you make elsewhere in life. They're for life. They're a whole part of your life.
Lastly, Highest Praise is the best because, while you minister to others all tour, the program is really designed to minister to you. Yes, there's a life-changing message at the core of each year of Highest Praise, but it's not meant just for the audience. It's meant for you. And it works. You can't experience Highest Praise without growing deeper in your relationship with Christ. Last year taught me to look outside of "my own little world" and look to those around me. I realized that life is not about me, but about those around me. This year's message had to do with "the heart of the matter". God doesn't look at the outside. He doesn't care what we look like, if we're funny, fun to be around, or even about what we've done. He looks at our heart. He looks past our mistakes and our pretenses to see whether we're set on knowing Him and obeying Him in our heart. Likewise, when you stop looking at that one annoying person as "that annoying person" and try to see them as God sees them, you will usually find a beautiful heart, "crafted by God's hand and perfectly planned to be just who [they] are".
For me, Highest Praise is more than a 12-day bus tour with incredible friends. It's a 12 day bonding experience with brothers and sisters. It's a challenge to grow, an environment to grow in, and the ultimate support-group all rolled up in one—and it's all tailored just for you. For teenagers that love God and love music, that is.
It's not a just a musical performance. It's a full blown musical ministry. It's where you'll meet friends you'll keep for a lifetime. It's where you'll "just sing" and change the life of a person, a family, a congregation. It's where your life is changed and you change lives.
It's the highlight of the summer. It's the highlight of the year. It's the event worth looking forward to. It's number 1 on my list. It's better than church camp. Better than a youth retreat. Better than band. Better than choir. It's all those things combined.
It's everything worth devoting 18 days of your summer to! It's beyond your wildest expectations. I love Highest Praise. If you're a high-schooler and are musically talented, this is my shameless plug—you need to do Highest Praise.
Apply today for Highest Praise! You won't regret it.
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