The Summit at Sunset Atop a City Shining on a Hill

Martin Varga and I went for another Holy Spirit-led photo shoot, this time focusing on the architecture of the Canyon Hills campus, the highest venue in Bakersfield.

After a time of prayer and intercession, with the blowing of shofars (ram's horns) at my home, we quickly proceeded to the site.

The Summit at Canyon Hills is constructed with a copper roof that reflects light in a unique pattern. The Beale Library and Canyon Hills are the first buildings in Bakersfield to feature this style of construction, built in the mid-1980's The Summit matches the main campus architecture and color scheme, recently implemented after the Auburn Street redirection to Morning Drive and about the time of the construction of the SR 178 interchange.

The sunset's brilliant light is also caught by the front windows. However, the beauty of the campus atop the tallest site in Bakersfield is not the only outstanding structure; the really amazing structure is not directly seen. Canyon Hills has been expanding its activities in an amazing variety of venues through the community and the world, becoming "the church without walls," where the church is not the building, but the springboard for distributed venues reaching an amazing cross-section of people and needs.

People from all across Bakersfield participate, and all ages and demographics are evident.

Last May, I came at night to photograph the Supermoon event, and ran into a large crowd of young people attending an event at CHAG, mostly of whom I didn't even recognize. It struck me that this huge crowd was here not only for a gospel concert, but to hear the missions report of Project 111, whose participants had just returned from Ethiopia to reach the 1500 members of the Karo, a remote tribe which has never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since then, the Karo tribe has accepted Christ and transformation has begun! A team is now reaching the 10,000 members of the Mursi tribe in southeastern Ethiopia.

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Wayne Wong Wayne Wong

Taken 3:35 PM on December 5, 2012
Uploaded 5:24 AM on December 7, 2012
Posted in Architecture
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