Alumni Spotlight: Molly Geiger
Name: Molly Geiger
Summit Session: 2011 Session 1
Molly has been serving with the Summit Student Conference team for 5 summers and is such a huge encouragement to our students and staff. This summer she is serving as our Summer Staff Mentor! This past Winter Molly had a unique opportunity to spend 3 months in a baby orphanage in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. We were so excited to get to sit down with Molly and talk about her ministry opportunity in Taiwan and how her time at Summit helped prepare her for that experience.
What was your biggest take away as a Summit student?
Continuing to learn is always wise. Learning in community is a big part of that. It was amazing to see that there were going to be alumni from all around the world serving in different capacities and ministering in unique ways.
What has been your biggest take away from staffing at Summit?
The opportunity to grow together well.
How would you say Summit prepared you for your time in Taiwan?
Understanding other worldviews. I felt virtually no culture shock. It gave me a heart that loved to learn. I knew how to learn well and serve well.
What has been the biggest challenge?
Having the hard conversations with someone in order to love them well and grow well, together.
What did you do in Taiwan?
I worked at the baby orphanage and got to love and meet the needs of the babies there. They’re all under the age of 2. We took walks, I prayed for them, took them to church, served them in their daily needs.
What was the biggest challenge?
Being away from everything that was comfortable and familiar with was a huge challenge.
What did you love the most about your time in Taiwan?
Getting to see how much a tiny bit of love -- just giving a child a glimpse of love -- put life in their eyes and life in their faces.
What did you observe about religion and faith in Taiwan?
There were two extremes:
1. They are in bondage to their religion because they live in fear of their different gods.
2. Incredible joy & freedom in Christianity and finding one God. It was life giving to them.
I went to four churches while I was there. The presence of God there was amazing. They were excited to be together. Everything was very simple but they experienced so much joy.
What would you recommend to someone who is interested in doing missions work overseas?
Go if your heart is ready and wanting to go. Go if your heart is ready to serve and be served; if not it’s a waste of time. Try not to go with expectations. You really can’t prepare for it. If you’re going to go, go all in. If you can go on a long-term trip, do! Be fully engaged there. Because I spent three months there, I had time to understand the culture then prepare to go back home.
What scripture has meant the most to you during your time in Taiwan?
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Thank you, Molly! We're so proud of you and excited to see where God leads you next!