We feel privileged to be able to honor the memory of Christian Encounter family members and their love for this ministry. We are thankful for donations received in their memory.
Mark your calendars now for all of Christian Encounter's 2020 events!
A Colorado native, long winding roads and sweeping landscapes set the backdrop of Cassidy’s childhood. Cassidy grew up the middle child of three siblings. Her father departed abruptly when she was three years old, leaving her mother in the lurch and Cassidy with unanswered questions. After working a full day, her mother often pawned off the children to a nearby relative in the evenings to pursue other relationships.
When Cassidy officially joined the family, and as she settled into routine, it was clear that she was emotionally flatlining. Cassidy had trained herself not to show emotion early on, and the trauma of her childhood was gaining on her.
In the fall, we had two residential volunteers join the Maintenance department, both of whom are former interns. Holly McClain came on as a part-time work program assistant upon completion of her internship, while Joseph Snyder’s (‘18) duties primarily consist of landscaping.
In the Food Service department, we welcomed Kim Gilliland, long-time Grass Valley resident and local AWANA Club Director, as assistant to Food Service Manager Chris Unitt. Olivia Crissman finishes up her one-year internship this month and will transition into the Food Service department as a residential volunteer early next year.
Somehow, it’s almost Christmas. Here at the Ranch, this means we’ll soon be prepping to go caroling, planning the grand Christmas banquet, and scouring closets and cupboards for good--maybe “suitable” is a better word than “good”-- white elephant gifts.
While Christmas brings many gifts, one of the best gifts is not an actual object: it’s the opportunity to thank God for all He has given us. Every single good gift finds its true origin in Him, and as the greatest gift of all, He gave us Himself. We have much to celebrate indeed.
As we draw to the close of another year, we also pause to celebrate God’s provision for the Ranch Family. A great deal was accomplished this year, and God’s good gifts were evident throughout. Every day our young people achieved victories, choosing healing, truth, and love, and overcoming brokenness one moment at a time. Alongside this, many items from the Master Plan were completed, and organizational growth steadily occurred. Here are a few highlights:
The year began with a large donation on January 1st for the recreation room remodel project, and our maintenance crew and volunteers promptly began the job. A couple of weeks later, the Ranch family completed an excellent trip to the forest to build igloos, character, and teamwork.
The maintenance team finished remodeling all the girls’ dorm interiors, making them more comfortable, pleasant, and modern.
A team of donors from the paving industry led by Agony rider Paul McClain laid fresh road base and asphalt over some Ranch roads. Around the same time the Board of Directors completed a comprehensive review with an attorney of foundational documents and policies, strengthening the ministry.
Did you know that for over 30 years, Christian Encounter has had an active Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) membership?
This means all financial operations are done in strict accordance with the guidelines of the ECFA.
Want to learn more about ECFA's standards? Watch the video below:
Do you have handyman experience and a heart for young people? We’re looking for someone who will come in occasionally to help us keep the woodshop, autoshop, and accompanying tools organized and fully functional. For more information, contact Austin at 530-268-0877 or email@example.com
The dates have been set and details are starting to come together. Mark your calendars for Sept. 18-20, 2020. Stay the whole weekend or drop in when you are able. Come to the big BBQ Saturday evening to see familiar faces. Please help us spread the word by inviting others to the Facebook event!
Remember the miracles?
We all have stories of miraculous provision, of miraculous transformation that we witnessed during our time at Christian Encounter. We’d like to compile these stories to be shared at our 50th anniversary celebration. Please take some time to detail those memories and email them to Marion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In late summer, our students and interns were not only exposed on rock faces and exposed to the elements for 15 days, but they were exposed to the reality of God and to one another. Here’s what they learned.
Praying specifically each morning about my fears calmed me down and gave me a sense of peace, and I felt more ready to conquer whatever the day held for me. Meeting this goal each morning then helped me learn in a very real way that God is bigger than my fears and is present with me as I face them.
In the past I’ve had the attitude of “yeah, God is real, but I need something to prove that. I need evidence. I see nature - I get that. But I need a personal experience.” And this trip hit me hard with that. Even though God pushed me to my limits, He showed me through that how real He is.