Kyle Wiltshire, our Summer Staff Coordinator has written about the theme for next summer, Pivotal. Kyle is the dad of three (including a new baby girl) and husband to the beautiful Joni. He also does a great Bill Cosby impression.
As a child, I remember hearing the story of a little boy who lived over 125 years ago named Joseph Meister. When Joseph was nine-years-old, he was bitten by a dog with rabies. When this story took place in 1885, rabies was a fatal disease. Around the same time, Dr. Louis Pasteur had been working on a vaccine for this disease. He learned of Joseph’s bite and wanted to help. Risking legal recourse, Pasteur administered his experimental vaccine to Joseph, even though it had not been tested on humans yet. It worked! Joseph never contracted rabies, and from that point on, rabies became a treatable disease. That was a moment when everything changed in the science of vaccinations.
History is riddled with moments like this. Some call them pivotal moments. They are points in time when the course of history changes. For those of us who are believers, our pivotal moment is the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The word pivotal has two basic meanings: of crucial importance and revolving around. As Christians, Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection are the crucial elements of our faith. On top of that, everything we believe revolves around Jesus. Therefore, Jesus is pivotal.
In 2014, at P2 Missions we will explore the theme of Pivotal. This summer in The Gathering, through personal, church group devotions, and throughout the whole week at the project, our goal will be to reveal that Jesus is of crucial importance to every second of our lives. We will constantly be reminded that everything we do, everything we think, and everything we are should revolve around and be fixed upon Jesus.
We hope you will be a part of one of our projects and that the theme Pivotal will help your students grasp an understanding of the supremacy of Christ. Jesus is everything! See you this summer!