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Christian Encounter


Expressing the love of Christ

APRIL 2011

Phone: 530-268-0877

Mackenzie’s transcript tells her story

Edward Yao, front center, visits from China This young business man wants to help the youth in his homeland.


Director’s View: What’s the perfect age?


8th annual winter spin boosts CEM budget


A Publication of

Christian Encounter Ministries

Tending Lives…Training Leaders…

Student Profile:

Mackenzie’s change from a school of thousands to Christian Encounter High is the right move By Mike Petrillo

Some people with ample potential encounter tremendous obstacles to success. Many never overcome those hindrances and the world never gets to enjoy these hidden gems. Mackenzie began to experience those crushing life situations when she enrolled in one of the largest high schools in California. It was not a good environment for learning, for social development, or for spiritual growth. The atmosphere of bullying, fighting, and negativity broke the spirit of a young girl with Mackenzie’s warmth, kindness, and openness to people. Though she was very capable, in one particular semester she passed only P.E. and choir. Mackenzie had given up, and so dropped out of school. “She brings the warmth of genuine friendship to life at CEM.” The obstacles of life could have permanently crushed her. Fortunately, the opportunity to come Mackenzie’s former high school Christian Encounter High School to Christian Encounter Fall 2009 Grade Credits GPA Fall 2010 Grade Credits Ministries was presented Geography F 0.0 0.00 Algebra A 5.0 to Mackenzie and her English 2 F 0.0 0.00 English A 5.0 family. A change of Algebra 1A F 0.0 0.00 World History A 5.0 environment seemed Aerobics/ C 5.0 2.00 Biology B 5.0 crucial to allow her to Concert Choir B5.0 2.67 US History A5.0 flourish. Now, nearly Science 2 F 0.0 0.00 PE B 5.0 a year later, that single 10.0 0.78 Work Exp. A10.0 decision has changed Communication Pass 2.0 everything. First of all, 42.0 the light of Christ is shining in and through

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Mackenzie. She is one of those members of the CEM family that creates an atmosphere of acceptance, love, and joy. She brings the warmth of genuine friendship to life at CEM, and it is a rare and treasured commodity. As the burden of negativity was lifted, it was not long before Mackenzie’s academic life completely turned around. After making the honor roll last semester at CEM, she again has all A’s and B’s in the 3rd quarter of school. The grades are the black and white le�ers that symbolize far more than test scores and homework completed. Those A’s and B’s stand for all that God has done for Mackenzie, and all that He sees ahead for her. The Honor Roll means more, too, than just rank and GPA. It means that God is being praised because her life is being restored to the image of Christ, and that Honor is all His. Rejoice with us in the goodness of the Lord, as He seeks those who are harassed and helpless, sheep without a shepherd (Ma�. 9:36). He brings them safely home!

You are invited to a�end the Christian Encounter High School class of 2011 graduation ceremony Saturday, June 4, at 2:00 p.m. in Angels’ Meadow. Reception follows.

Christian Encounter Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational, residential program helping 16- to 25-year-olds by providing love, spiritual guidance, high school education, counseling, and 24-hour supervision. Internships are offered to qualifying upper-level college students and graduates. CEM is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountibility, and all gifts are tax deductible.

Director’s View

Your age: the best age to serve God!

Satchel Paige, the baseball great, said, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Another wise man, from a completely different time By Mike Petrillo and venue said, “Let no one despise your youth.” Whether Satchel read Paul’s playbook or not, I do not know. It is clear, though, that both men saw through the artificiality of calendars when assessing a person’s worth, ability, contribution to society, or even self-esteem. Young or old, sporty or creaky, smooth or wrinkly, in style or bellbo�omed, no preconceived notions of importance based solely on age really hold up. I admired a very elderly Pope John Paul II who decided to work and serve the church right up until the day he died. You may have your own opinions, but John Paul believed that each day he had some purpose for life, something to offer to God,

and he wanted to give it all. He was consistent in his beliefs and wanted to honor the sanctity and beauty of life even if his weakness, his ailments, his restricted activity and limitations of speech and thought seamed grotesque to some observers. I noticed at a recent staff meeting that of those who

these facts are incidental. We know of course that there are real differences based on age. Both lack of experience and too much experience can work against someone. Raw, natural speed sometimes wins the day. And thousands of perfect repetitions over time often cannot be beaten. Youthful vitality is certainly valued

“Each and every age is a necessity within every social structure for balance and stability, progress and invention.” currently work at CEM, we have folks in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s. That seems like a perfect blend to me. It means Satchel Paige and Saul of Tarsus would be proud. I also noticed that the CEM Board of Directors has an age span of 45 years from youngest to eldest. That covers the bulk of the USA population. I do not believe

by all. Peaceful confidence is never overrated. Each and every age is a necessity within every social structure for balance and stability, progress and invention. As I near the last few decades of life, I am most aware of the negative differences between age and youth. Memory, balance, strength, creativity, etc. are all

Todds relocate to Alabama

Grady Todd, CEM Maintenance Operations Manager, along with his wife, Faith, and their three children, Duncan (4), Joseph (2), and LuElla (10 months) moved to Madison, Alabama, in March. They will live just next door to Faith’s family and be much closer to Grady’s parents and brothers who live in Missouri. Faith and Grady served at CEM in many ways, beginning with internships for both. Grady came in 1994; Faith arrived in 1999. They have been involved with wilderness and Igloo trips, Agony rides, discipleship and spiritual partnerships, as well as Grady’s day-to-day maintenance of the 80+ acres of Ranch property. Their children were especially loved as well, bringing life and freshness; they were a constant source of humor and joy. CEM students were astute observers of the young Todd family, some experiencing, vicariously, the adventures and love they missed in their own childhoods and family’s lives. We will miss the Todds!

in decline. Unless you have a Moses body whose “eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated” at 120, you know what I am talking about. However, Moses spent years inside the Glory of the Lord, and instead of being worn out, Moses was energized by the presence of God. At any rate, most of us grow more weary and our eyes do get dim as we age, and then we die. But Timothy and Paul, though on opposite ends of the youth/elder spectrum, were gifted by God to serve the Body of Christ. Both had a mission to accomplish. Youth has inspiration, age has wisdom. Youth has strength and enthusiasm, age has endurance and perspective. Our real value to the Kingdom of God is more dependent on the Moses factor than we might think—not the number on the calendar, not the weakness of the body, not the total of anything—except time spent with the Almighty. One last thought, “You are exactly the age God wants you to be.” Live for Him.

Blessings 276 shares of Waddell and Reed stock 3’ X 10’ Agony photo banner Kitchen supplies, toilet paper Ba�eries for heart rate monitors 1985 Toyota pickup 1986 Ford F250 pickup 2002 Dodge Van 1990 Toyota Station Wagon Clothing, shoes, and linens Pastries, canned foods, produce, beans, coffee, turkeys, pizzas, cereal, meat, ice cream, and much other great food! Cleaning supplies, paper products 3 bolts of fabric Fleece blankets, two new bed pillows Student desk Cookbooks, books Cross Country skis, poles, and boots Music stand Xerox laser printer, office supplies Large nativity scene New office chair, rolling stool, sink, box springs 2000-wa� generator Commercial blender 2 baker’s racks, kitchen items Pine bookshelf and table 9 large poinse�ias (in December) Dozens of prizes for You Spin—They Win Leather couch 3 lovely new quilts

Needs DVD’s: The Carol Burne� Show, Bill Cosby Show, Monk, I Love Lucy 32”X32” flour sack dishtowels Plastic-tipped darts Good vacuum cleaners Commercial garden hoses Scrapbooks, scrapbooking supplies Dave Ramsey’s Generation Change Bible Study College-ruled spiral notebooks Dry-erase markers Archery equipment Powerbars Truck inner tubes Page 3

Spinnin’ for the CEM kids! Some people are just so, so good! For eight years Gary Clelan, our good friend at The Union Newspaper and professional spin (stationary bicycle) instructor, has organized the mid-winter YOU SPIN—THEY WIN benefit for CEM at Monster Gym in Grass Valley. Other pro instructors working the cyclists hard were Ed Townsend, Chris Schau, Holly La Chappell, Louise Jones, Michelle McIntosh, Sco� McIntosh, and Harry Abbo�.

Thank you for making

Christian Encounter Ministries’

2011 You Spin - They Win a heart-warming success! Alta Sierra Pizza B & C Home and Garden Center Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Briar Patch Co-op Chick-fil-A Culture Shock Yogurt Dave’s Auto Repair Scott Fletcher, DDS Grass Valley Eye Care Grass Valley Sign Hills Flat Lumber Jamba Juice Java Garden

Travis really gets into this! (It is easier when you’re 18 years old.)

Les Schwab Tires Mountain Recreation Northstar at Tahoe Paulette’s Country Kitchen Penny’s Diner Port of Subs Quail Valley Golf Course Riebes Auto Parts South Pine Cafe SPD Markets The Clip Stop Toffanelli’s Restaurant Tour of Nevada City Walker’s Office Supply Weiss Brothers Nursery

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Head down! Pump hard! Breathe, breathe, breathe!

The midnight four: Dian Scha�auser, Clarence McProud, Gary Clelan, and Ed Townsend spin to the end! Chris Schau’s cha�er keeps spinners encouraged for two hours—without a break! Page 4

News of former CEM folks

On the mission field: Steve and Leslie Harris (interns in the 1970’s) arrived in Honduras February 27. They have rented a 2-room apartment in Yamaranguila, a town of about a thousand people. The mission they’re with, Mercy International, builds houses both locally and up in the mountains where the poorest of the poor reside. Steve’s first trek coming off the mountain was an adventure. He writes, “The hike out of the mountains was in the rain, and the mud was slippery…As we drove back on the mountain road…I noticed a school bus approaching, then stop… The bus had lost traction and had begun to slide back downhill. The bus driver had somehow a�ached a rope to the bumper and about 15 Honduran adults and children were a�empting to pull this full-sized bus up the mud-soaked incline. We all ran over and joined them in the mud and somehow pulled the bus up the hill to a level place where the driver could get traction…” Steve and Jill Palmer (intern, 1988) are back in India with their two li�le ones to continue their mission work. We rejoice with them that their family visas came through on time! Fri� Moga (intern, 1983) is Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. He will lead a short-term mission trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 24-July 7. Making the trip even more meaningful than usual, his youngest daughter, Anna, will go as well. Serving in the military: Polina Anderson (student, 2003) is a Corporal in the Marines. She says, “I am currently deployed on the USS Kearsarge. Times are ge�ing kind of hairy as I am sure you have seen on the news. We have some of our guys in Afghanistan, and they can sure use a lot of prayer…Tell all I say hi, and have them pray for us.” Maria Zandbergen (2006 student), now a Private in the U.S. Army, is a�ending Ft. Lee Quartermaster Corps as a cook. She writes, “…God is still teaching me and I’m learning. I pray (Continued next column)

These interns are looked up to: Mike Ri�er from Paso Robles, CA; Melanie Bea�ie, Colorado Springs, CO; Kayla Babson, Harrisburg, NC; Michelle Anderson, Los Angeles, CA; Cal Grant, Santa Maria, CA; Zoya Lee, Fremont, CA; Nikki Romero, Turlock, CA; and Rebecca Castle, Turlock, CA. (News continued) I graduate…with flying colors so I can join cooking competitions and work in the Pentagon or someplace …with high standards. God is opening doors. My duty is to walk through each one slow and steady, learning as I blossom in His word and teaching…” Loralee (Montgomery) Boe (intern, 1984) should get a prize for keeping in touch creatively. She sent a Valentine’s Day le�er: daughter, Chelsea, is on the waiting list to take her physical and sign papers to join the Air Force. Son, Taylor, is in college at Orange Coast in Costa Mesa, CA—he should be an airframe mechanic in 2012. Loralee has celebrated 18 years as Children’s Minister at Crossroads Christian Church in Vacaville, CA; and her husband, Dave, continues in his job with USPS, teaching Sunday School, and leading worship at camp and AWANA club. Andrew Nu� (2009 student) graduated from the California Regional Fire Academy in Sacramento, March 20. The training is technical and difficult, and we’re so proud of him!

Annie Middlebrook, center, returned to CEM for Spring Break from her studies with “Ignite,” a twoyear program on the campus Life Pacific College.

Zaidee Kara was born to Duane and Audrey Johnsen (intern, 2004) February 21. Congratulations! The Johnsens live in Santa Barbara. Charlie (2003 intern) and Melissa Cazin’s new baby, Jack, was born in early February; he has already been to the ranch to visit—with Mom and Dad, of course. Charlie works for Wells Fargo Bank in Grass Valley.

How many young men can say they’ve use a sawsall to break up ice between rooms—all part of the walk-in freezer replacement project.

Shawna (Melvin) Majerus (student, 1995) brought the newest student to the Ranch. She had mentored Alexa for a year in Flagstaff, AZ. Shawna, her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Mara Jade, recently moved to Alameda, CA where he is a project manager for a solar installation company. Page 5

New maintenance operations manager Pedro Mauras teaches a refresher course on wood stove safety.

Presidents’ Day weekend Igloo trip is radically different By Caryn Galeckas

As our local TV station’s reporter gushed on about the perfect skiing conditions that seven feet of new powder brought to the mountains, I contemplated the odds of our being able to build even one igloo that coming weekend, let alone the three we would need. Have you ever tried to make a snowball out of dry, powdery snow? Have you ever tried to walk through seven feet of new powder? Neither works very well. The gals’ Igloo trip couldn’t be rescheduled, so off we went, curious to see what adventures awaited us. Right off the bat, the road conditions turned a one-hour drive into a four-hour drive. Upon arrival, we were fortunate to follow another group breaking trail, but eventually caught up and helped with the process—a tedious task, moving forward about 5 feet per minute. Our supply sled wouldn’t slide and had to be abandoned. Eventually, we made it to a flat place to camp, packed the snow well enough to set up tents, got dinner cooked, and shu�led some gear from the abandoned sled. Ge�ing water from the creek 20 feet below us was out of the question, so we melted snow. The next day, as the weather cleared, the temperature began to drop. We found ourselves facing the impossibility of building igloos, impending sub-zero temperatures, and a shortage of fuel due to melting very dry snow to make water. For safety reasons, we decided it was time to head for home. God promises to work all things together for good for those who love Him. We saw His hand keeping us safe in difficult circumstances. The gals saw His love expressed in our decision to head home early. They also saw positives in their ability to laugh and sing in the midst of hardship, and in helping and supporting one another. Praise God for His presence with us in all things!

Mia is all smiles when she gets the word, “It’s time to go home!”

Y’all come!

Spring Work Day May 7, 9:00 a.m. Mackenzie and Sharon struggle to get a wet tent stuffed for the hike down the mountain.


Memorials are given not because someone died, but because someone lived and blessed our lives. Given by: Kathleen and Gerald Richardson Judy and JB Morrow Bill and Ann Sims Steve and Annie Stewart

In memory of: Doc Eaton Muriel Galeckas Ben Adkins Jennie Kern


Often material gifts fail to express the depth of love or regard we may have for a friend or relative. A donation in appreciation of such a one is a living, working gift to God. Given by: Jesse and Sylvia Chavez Steve and Leslie Harris Grace Wulf Woody and Nancy Johnson Connor Knapp Jonathan and Jennifer Palmer

In honor of: Nikki Romero Jim and Marion Parker Jim and Marion Parker Ryan and Rebekah Yates Jackie Turner Jackie Turner Page 6

Unlike the weather the girls endured, bright sun greeted our fellows in January. They built three big igloos and still had time for play!

Join us!

Easter at the Ranch Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m. Brunch Follows

CEM has a recession-busting mini-vacation for your entire family—all for only $50.00! Mom doesn’t have to cook or clean, and the whole family can pan for gold, hike, play ball, scale the tree house, “tube the NID,” swim, fish, build sand castles, catch bugs, and make new friends! $50.00 reserves your family’s cabin, RV, or tent space and guarantees all the good food and recreation you want from a camping experience! That’s right, $50.00 is the entire cost!

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2011 Family Camp Registration Form

Please send $50.00 non-refundable registration fee per family (+$10.00 for each non-family friend). Or, sign up online at Find Family Camp under the “Events” tab, and fill out and submit the form. Then, make a credit card or PayPal “donation”of $52.00 ($2.00 to cover processing fees).

New students Alexa and Senia are already pals.

Family name (& parents’ first names)____________________________________________ Names and ages of children ____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Names of guests (inc. age for children) __________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _______________________________________________________________ Phone(s) _____________________________________________________________________ Email _______________________________________________________________________ Accomodations requested: [ ]Cabin (can sleep 5) [ ]Tent site [ ]RV site (RV size) _______________________ Expected arrival time:_____________ Expected departure time______________________ We plan to eat the following meals at CEM: [ ]Sat. bfst [ ]Sat. lunch [ ]Sat. dinner [ ]Sun. bfst [ ]Sun lunch [ ]Sun dinner [ ]Mon bfst Page 7

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24-hour Agony Bicycle Ride July 29-30, 2011 In the Sierra Valley You will never forget it!

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