16,670 miles ridden
$200,000+ raised in gifts and pledges
Men: Luis Magallon, 399
Women: Rosemary Lechnowsky, 329
New tandem record:
(The previous tandem record was 324 miles.
This year we had two tandem teams surpass the previous record.)
Gary Robinson & Carol Douglass, 350
Paul McClain & Michael Johnson, 329
Most money raised (CER staff):
Nate Boyd - $14,543
Most money raised (non-staff):
Jonathan Palmer - $14,237
Mark your calendars for next year’s Ride! July 24-25, 2020
More than a grueling physical event that its name implies, the Agony Ride serves as an annual “reset” for many - a stripping away of the crust that has hardened over our hearts in response to the pain in this world and the trials we face. This was evident as rider after sagger after rider stepped on stage during our Sunday church service following the Ride to share a personal reflection.
Second-time rider, Michael Johnson, who has participated in a number of organized cycling events, says what sets the Agony Ride apart is not just the exemplary service provided at each SAG station, but who is providing the service. “When you’re two hours into the Ride and things are starting to hurt, and it dawns on you that you have 22 more hours to go, it’s mentally crushing...[The students] are what makes it...[You] lifted me up and kept me positive and kept me going. You took that crushing weight off...” Our students gave of themselves continuously and found that the riders did the same. This is the beautiful illustration of the ongoing cycle of unrestrained giving that happens at the Agony Ride.
Thank you to all who sacrificed to be out in the Sierra Valley with us this year and to the thousands of sponsors from all over the world - we continue to be overwhelmed by your generosity.
(To those who were unable to attend the Sunday Service, a recording is available here.)
Our students and interns leave next Friday, August 23rd, for the annual 15-day Summer backpacking trip.
After our students and interns return - in order to help process the trip and gain even more from the experience - they write reflection papers.
Join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm as students and interns read their reflection papers aloud.
(And enjoy our slideshow of pictures from the trip!)
In June, we had the opportunity to celebrate God’s work in and through the lives of individuals this past year.
Jan Kern was the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Service Award, providing extensive invaluable insight and coaching to the staff this past fall.
Amanda (Polejewski) McIntyre (‘07) shared a message of encouragement from the stage as our Alumni Award recipient.
Student Amanda received the Cornelius Grant, which will aid in her ongoing stay in the program.
Graduation was held in early June. We are very proud of our students who finished their California high school graduation requirements, but are continuing their time as students at Christian Encounter.
2020 will mark Christian Encounter’s 50th year since its inception in 1970. Join us Sept. 18-20, 2020 for a time to celebrate the ministry’s half-century milestone and to reflect on five decades of tending lives and training leaders.
Who: Anyone who wants to come celebrate with us!
What: Reconnect, reflect, remember. The weekend will include music, fun activities, and replays of classic Ranch skits. More details to follow.
When: Sept. 18-20, 2020
Where: Christian Encounter Ranch
Why: Celebrating our 50th anniversary and reuniting with former students, interns, and staff.
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.
They came to California from every state in the Union—from Maine to Oregon and everywhere in between—and many landed at Christian Encounter Ranch. It was the early ‘70s and most were unkempt, “aromatic” hitchhikers: girls in bell-bottom pants, Beatle-haired guys, and guitar-strummin’ folk singers— and no one knew quite what to make of the unbridled young hippies. They were in the midst of a revolution, seekers of freedom and excitement, rejecting everything conventional and valued by their parents.
Our 37th Agony Ride is just around the corner! Not a cyclist? There are many other ways to get involved! From meal prep and photography to massage therapy and repairing bikes, we’d love to have you join our support and gear team! Sign up to help at agonyride.org. And sponsor a rider while you’re there!
For over two decades, our 15-passenger van, affectionately dubbed the “Great White”, has not only shuttled our residents to countless group outings, but has served as a primary transport vehicle on our annual wilderness and igloo trips. Because this type of vehicle was not made to handle rough terrain, our desire is to replace it with an SUV that can meet this specific need.