The end of October brings anticipation of gules and goblins for many, but for a group of Christian young adults it brought the opportunity to renew and strengthen their passion for Christ. Pleasant Hill Outdoor Center near Perrysville, OH was the setting for leaving the world behind and focusing our attention on “Approving the Excellent” at the 2009 Passion4Christ Summit. Five days of practical exposition along with volleyball, wall climbing, hiking, canoeing, camp fire & story-telling, and just plain “chilling out” offered a fellowship in Christ that was both encouraging and challenging. Eighty attendees were served by an entirely volunteer staff of seventeen who graciously gave of their time, resources, and energy for the sake of Christ and His Gospel.
Every message emphasized the importance of commitment to a life which leads to the approval of and a choosing of that which is excellent. Pastor David Sunday, Pastor Steve Cavanaugh, Dewey Novotny, Charles and Daniel Cavanaugh urged everyone to embrace suffering for Christ, exercise the mind of Christ, rejoice in God’s saving and sanctifying work, serve with grace, think biblically, and learn to be content within the circumference of Christ’s work in our lives. Amy Vest and Pam Cavanaugh challenged the women to submit to Christ’s work of making them beautiful by conforming them to the image of Christ. All those things were seen as the backdrop for a life of Biblical purpose and direction.
God used all that might have been a distraction to enhance the experience and draw the group together into a corporate pursuit of a greater passion for our Savior. The Lord is to be praised for His evident blessing on “the Summit”, His protection of the staff and attendees in their travels and activities, and His gracious provision for the needs of P4C ’09. Was it worth it? Without a doubt! One attendee put it this way. “Was it just me, or does anyone else feel like they just went to heaven?”
Next year’s Passion4Christ Summit will be on October 27-31. Perhaps your will want to give prayerful consideration to being there with us, keeping in mind that space is limited. Registration opens May 2010.
To God Alone Be Glory,
President of Vision4Living Ministries