The Envision Summit took place in Montreal from April 29 to May 3. It was a great opportunity for more than twenty young leaders from our District to join others from other Canadian districts for a creative challenge, Soul Care, to worship God and to listen to sermons from David Hearn and Justin-Robert Kenzo. Here is one of our District participant’s testimony on her experience.
At the beginning of May I attended the Envision summit for the first time, despite this already being the second year that it was hosted at my home church (Montreal Chinese alliance Church). It was a timely opportunity because I was already on maternity leave so I didn't need to take time off work to attend the five-day conference.
The week was full of powerful worship, prayer, breakout group sessions, and a 24-hour creative challenge. But the parts that stuck out to me were the Soul Care sessions taught by Kathryn Klassen. In these sessions she taught about God's relationship to us as our Father and his desire to restore ourselves to him, our families, and ourselves. It was through reflection on my relationship with my parents that God revealed to me just how anxious I was about being a new parent myself. He revealed that generational patterns of perfectionism and high achievement have been passed on to me and that my parents' and grandparents' success in family, work, and church have made me fearful of failing.
The Holy Spirit was working in my heart to free me of the chains of unhealthy expectations I had put upon myself to be a perfect mom and instead to trust in the Father as the perfect parent of my son. The Envision Summit gave me the guidance I needed to hear this message from God and the space for prayer and confession.