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Christian Encounter News

Welcome to the Christian Encounter News Page. Here we keep you updated on all that is going on in the life of the extended Ranch Family. This includes updates on former students and interns, as well as inspiring stories and event recaps.

Welcome Dru, 4/23/2014

Welcome to the intern team Dru! After several months of having just 1 male intern, we are very excited to have Dru join the team. From the Seattle, WA area, Dru is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. Arriving yesterday just a few minutes before P.E., it was great to see Dru plug right in for an ultimate frisbee game on the play field. Please pray that his heart for the young men here will help bring exponential growth, healing, and maturity in the lives of our male students.

Easter Sunrise Service, 4/14/2014

You're invited to join the ranch family this Sunday at 6:30 am for our annual Easter sunrise service to celebrate Christ's resurrection! The service will be held in Angels' Meadow, so be sure to dress warm. Also, join us for a potluck breakfast immediately following the service. Questions? Call the ranch @ 530-268-0877.


Rescue Run 2014, 4/12/2014

CEM's very first 5k run/walk fundraiser was an incredible success! We had 75 people complete the course ranging in age from 1 1/2 to 73 years old! Many of our students and interns placed in the top of their age categories. It really was a wonderful time for everyone. Join us next year and 'run to rescue youth from ruin'!


3rd Quarter Honor Roll, 3/27/2014

Quarterly grades are in and we have 3 students to congratulate for making 3rd Quarter Honor Roll: Tori, Katie, and Shane. Congratulations to the 3 of you!


Guys' Igloo = Success, 3/24/2014

Our guys are back from their Winter Wilderness Trip. The weather and snow conditions were excellent. Building two igloos and going on a 6-mile round trip hike, the weekend was full of adventure!


Megan's Arrival, 3/20/2014

Another student joins the ranch family! Megan, 16, is from California, near the South Bay. We are glad she is here and are praying that incredible growth and healing will occur during her stay here.


Spiritual Emphasis Week, 3/19/2014

So far, Spiritual Emphasis Week has been SO good! Yesterday started with Camille teaching on forgiveness and Charlie Welch of High Sierra Outdoor Institute teaching on the invisible God making Himself clearly seen through His Word and Creation. This morning, Student Shane and Intern Shannon shared personal testimonies followed by Dan Prout teaching on Prayer and Mike Petrillo teaching on marriage. WOW! So much truth has been spoken and we still have 2 more days to go!

John is Here! 3/13/2014

We have another new student! John, 16, is from Northern California. He joins us already having connection with a few ranch family members through a local summer camp. We pray that the Lord will use this time in John's life to bring freedom and healing, hope and restoration.


Spiritual Emphasis Week, 3/12/2014

Between 3rd and 4th quarter each year, We take a week off from the school schedule to hold Spiritual Emphasis Week. This year is no different! Tuesday through Friday of next week will be packed full of student and intern testimonies and Bible studies, guest speakers, worship, a 6-hour prayer vigil and optional fasting. All this is happening with one goal in mind: that the love of our Heavenly Father, the resurrection power of Jesus, and the presence of the Holy Spirit will be known and experienced to a greater degree by each of our interns and students than ever before. 


Welcome Madison! 3/10/2014

Madison, 19, has joined our ranch family from Southern California. New people and places can be intimidating, so we are praying that she would feel loved and accepted here and that the Lord will do great things in her life during her time here.


Alumni News, 3/5/2014

Jeremy and Joanna (Colvin) Pincosy (interns, 2003) have moved to Cape Girardeau, MO, where Jeremy is the Director of Experiential Education and a high school teacher at Prodigy Leadership Academy, a Christian school for K- 12th grades.

Dustin Berlin (student, 2002) recently returned from a two-month outreach to Taiwan with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He lives in Newport Beach, CA.

Maria Zandbergen (2006 CEHS grad) has served three and a half years in the U. S. Army, including nine months in Afghanistan. She is home in Hawaii, where she plans to take online college classes.

Travis and Stacy Yates (intern, 1997) and three of their children were in Uganda, Africa, for a short term missions trip in December. Their oldest daughter, Victoria, is in Russia for three months with YWAM.


CEM's 5K Rescue Run, 2/28/2014

It's official! CEM is hosting our first ever 5K fundraiser run/walk! Saturday April 12th, 2014 join us for a beautiful 3.1 mile tour of CEM's 86 acre property. Need more information? Visit our Rescue Run page for details and to pre-register today!


Upcoming Quarter Finals, 2/27/2014

3rd quarter finals are less than two weeks away. With the help of 5 teachers and 7 interns, we have 8 students working hard to finish the quarter well. Many of our residents come to CEM behind in credits and academics, some with little hope of ever finishing high school. However, with our incredible teacher-to-student ratio, structured study hall, and fresh perspective on learning most of our students experience success in the classroom which leads to accomplishing graduation requirements!


Girls' Igloo Trip, 2/18/2014

Our annual Girl's Igloo Trip was a success! Our 6 female students and 5 female interns worked hard, building 3 igloos during their 3 nights in the snow. The theme was "one another" and our call to be focused less on ourselves and more on loving, serving, and caring for one another. Several potentially life-changing insights were shared during the weekend, please pray that these God-lessons will take root in each of their lives producing good fruit that reflects Christ's character.


Welcome Girls!  1/22/2014

We've had 2 female interns and 2 female students arrive in recent weeks and we are so glad that each of them are here! Interns Jessie and Megan join us from Indiana and Nevada County, California, while students Kylee and Katie are from Sacramento County, California, and Maryland.  We trust that God has brought all four of these young women here for His very specific purposes; please pray that their time here will fulfill His plans.


Executive Director Announces Resignation, 12/3/2013

In today’s CEM staff meeting, Mike Petrillo discussed his future transition from his post as Executive Director of Christian Encounter Ministries. In a letter to the Board, Mike requested January 31, 2015 as the target date for resignation due to health related issues. The Board of Directors of CEM will conduct the process of transition over the next fourteen months. This period of time is intended to allow the Board to develop a transition team consisting of the Executive staff of CEM, an advisory council, and members of the Board. At the next Board of Directors meeting details of the search process will be announced.

Mike shared the following: “Serving at CEM for 35 years is a greater honor than I could have imagined. God’s grace has been sufficient and abundant each and every day. In next month’s newsletter I will express more fully my gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the Lord’s work at CEM. During the next fourteen months, I will be working closely with the Board and the staff in the transition process. My deepest prayer is that Jesus our shepherd will guide and direct the ministry in each step of the way. Please join us in that prayer. I know the Lord has the ministry in His hands and I look forward to what He will continue to do.”