Saturday May 21, 2022, 9-1pm
Come join us as we get our property ready for summer and work on various projects throughout our 86-acres. Volunteers will check in outside the main lodge building and go directly to their work sites. Lunch will be served in the Lodge dining room starting at 12:30 p.m.
To Sign-Up, CLICK HERE!
Possible Projects You Could Work On:
If you help with brush clearing or wood cutting, be prepared for poison oak - wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring extra clothes to change into before going home.
“You live out the gospel here. I’m learning what God’s love looks like and the two words that keep coming up are unconditional and sacrificial.” - Alec, intern
When he finished his service with the fire department at 16, he felt lost. “I felt like I had no control over anything I wanted in life. I gave up hope in those things and that caused a lot of pain. My family wasn’t in the most stable condition, and it was hard to look around and see others who had more stable families.” Timmy closed himself off to those around him, and his mother felt like she had lost her son. When Timmy arrived at Christian Encounter, he kept to himself. One of the interns reminded him of one of his cousins, which helped Timmy want to stay. The next several months were tumultuous as he struggled internally. Timmy was at war with himself.
“I felt like I had no control over anything I wanted in life.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15) The verses in Romans 7 encapsulated his thought processes perfectly. But he couldn’t see the way out. Seven months into his stay, he was faced with a decision. The previous night his thoughts came closing in on him again, and this time, he gave in to his natural instinct - he ran. Once he was located, he was brought back to the Ranch. The next day he was given a choice: to stay or to leave prematurely. He made his decision, and a one-way ticket was purchased. Even as seeds of hope and truth were bearing fruit over the past months, anger still lingered. “I blamed Him for a lot of stuff. I felt abandoned by everyone, including God.” But as these painful memories resurfaced this time, God spoke to his child: “I didn’t leave you. I was still there.”
July 29 - 30 | Sierra valley | Virtual Option AVAILABLE
2022 marks the Agony’s 40th anniversary and we’re expecting many returning riders to join us for this commemorative year. Among them are CER staff Caryn Galeckas and Suzanne Hartley, who plan to ride virtually before the event, allowing them to continue in their leadership roles during the event itself. This year’s staff riders are pictured below.
Clockwise: Nate Boyd, Executive Director; Caryn Galeckas, Office Manager; Suzanne Hartley, High School Principal; Aaron Pellerino, Maintenance Foreman; Jensen Near, Director of Student Life; Zoya Lee, Communications Coordinator
From Aaron, first time rider:
Working these past two years at the Ranch has been an absolute privilege and adventure! It is amazing to see how the Lord moves each day in the hearts of our students. Last year I sagged for the Agony Ride, and it was incredible to see the sacrifice the riders made for these students. Now, I get to be one of those riders! My prayer is for our students to witness the sacrificial love of Jesus in action. As I train, this isn’t just another physical challenge, but an opportunity to show them the love of God, who laid everything down for us!
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