POINT PLEASANT — Seven churches from across Mason County will join together to host the “7:14 Summit” on May 22 and 23 at the Mason County Fairgrounds.
Set for 7 p.m. both nights, the summit is designed for the gathering of God’s people for prayer, repentance, and revival. Special prayer will be held at noon both days. Speaking will be Pastor Tom Alvis of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Powhatan, Va.
The summit is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14 of the Bible: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
In the works for over a year, Pastor Rob Grady of First Baptist Church in Mason, said the main focus will be on prayer. He said the area needs churches that are revived and that will not happen until prayer is taken seriously.
“We don’t want this to be an entertainment thing,” Pastor Grady said. “The prayer meetings of old were never meant to entertain. We want to stay true to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Everything else is secondary to seeking God.”
Churches, in addition to First Baptist, that are hosting the event are Jordan Baptist in Gallipolis Ferry, Faith Baptist in Mason, Fairview Bible Church in Gibbstown, New Hope Bible Baptist and Jackson Avenue Baptist in Point Pleasant, and Grace Baptist near the traffic circle.
Pastor Bo Burgess of Jordan Baptist said the news stories on television coming from Mason County describe drug abuse and poverty.
“The only true fix for our community is Jesus Christ,” he stated, “and people will see Jesus Christ through His people.”
Pastor Donnie Dye of Fairview church said the summit is the main thing needed in the Mason and Meigs areas at the present time.
“Without prayer, we can’t have repentance,” he stated. “And, the Christian people in our communities really need revived.””
Pastor Grady said while the churches would love to see masses show up for the summit, more than a bunch of people, they would rather garner the attention of God. He added there will be some congregational singing, however, it will be kept lowkey to focus on prayer.
Those attending should bring chairs, the pastors said. The summit is planned outside, but will be moved inside in the event of rain.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.