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. __________________________________________________________________________________
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.”
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