by: Chuck Boatman
CEM's Executive Director
Seeing lives change is one of the primary joys we experience in being a part of CEM. Sometimes the change happens slowly in the form of steady growth. More often, the growth comes in spurts, with occasional setbacks requiring the change process to begin again.
I was reminded of this recently as I was reading Jeremiah. In chapter 18, God told the prophet Jeremiah to visit a potter and observe him at work. The vessel the potter was creating developed a flaw, so he made it a lump of clay again and formed a new vessel on the wheel.
The Igloo Trip is our bi-annual single-gender four-day winter camping trip that takes place in the Sierra Mountains, during which the participants work together to build igloos and other snow structures to protect them from the elements.
In mid-March, staff, interns, and students take a break from their normal morning schedules for a week of condensed spiritual input.
This year, we had the privilege of hearing local ministers Scott Gallagher, Guy Prudhomme, and Zach Malech share from the book of Titus. Dan Prout led us in a teaching on prayer.
After staff and interns covered the students in prayer, the students in turn prayed over those in authority.
We were encouraged to hear from former students Alyssa McMahon (2016) and Jackie Turner (2010) as well as current students Zack and Nate. Interns Justin Dillenback and Maddie Johnston also led us in devotional times.
by: mADDIE jOHNSTON
Current CEM Intern
You’ve not truly experienced the “stink eye” until you’ve gotten the stink eye from Savannah for joking that she got less wise after her wisdom teeth extraction. And for good reason—Savannah, whose dry humor and good-natured smile are staples in the current Ranch family, has wisdom beyond her years.
Growing up, Savannah grappled with understanding what she called “tough love” at home. “I’d cry myself to sleep every night,” she said, “because it was either me that was getting yelled at, or it was someone else in my household. And I’d be the one that would be the punching bag.” The stress mounted, and Savannah often awoke sick in the mornings as her body reacted to the emotional strains. Before long, she found herself craving anything to help ease the stress, and she turned to alcohol and marijuana. When those attempts to cope were discovered, she was faced with a choice: complete a recovery program, or spend time in a juvenile detention center.