Christian Challenge holds first Surge event

By Lainee Pegelow, Christian Challenge state communication specialist, campus missionary and missions coordinator – 

Over 100 college students united for the first annual Christian Challenge Surge retreat Feb, 9-11 in Prescott. The retreat resurrected discussions about suppressed social topics, such as sexuality, marriage and gender.

Surge created an opportunity for college students to share shameful stories, to repent from ways of thinking about sex, and to be genuine in their confusion and ignorance on the biblical subject.

Christian Challenge desires for this event to annually send a “surge” through college students’ faith, to transform them through a deepened love for Christ. Surge 2018 accomplished this goal.

Unfortunately, sexual shame consumes many students’ lives. Through confession and repentance — two primary themes highlighted by the Surge speakers through the weekend — Christ heals the shameful.

Such ideas were illustrated excellently by Dustin Daniels, 7 Places ministry leader, and Dallas Bivens, director of the Gateway Seminary Arizona. The speakers explained sex and gender through the lenses of Scripture and exposed the purposes behind God’s design of such wonders.

Since the weekend, many students now have reasons for why sexual purity matters. Sexual discussions are less awkward, students found victory over sexual sins, and the conversations about sex on campus can change. Surge 2018 started a sexual revolution.

Christian Challenge desires for you to pray for their follow up. As campus missionaries work with students through shame, and promote confession and repentance in their ministries, they hope to reshape the sexual culture of the college campus. Sex is God’s idea, and collegiate ministry will be the catalyst to show the world this.

Events like Surge are only possible because of the Cooperative Program. Large amounts of resources and finances are required for such radical movements to occur. Therefore, on behalf of Christian Challenge, thank you for your church’s giving through the CP, and remember the hundred of lives you change every year through your financial faithfulness.

–Photos by Elizabeth Pfeiffer, student at ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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