Encuentro – Day 2

I fell asleep Sunday night listening to heavy rain outside the cabin.  There was no glass in the window and there was no thunder, which made the rainfall utterly relaxing.  The pleasant temperature only enhanced the experience.  I have rarely enjoyed falling asleep as much as my first night at the Encuentro.

A bedroom in an Encuentro cabin.

Day Two (Monday) – Our first full day was relatively smooth, especially considering that none of the staff had any experience in a “camp” environment with scheduled activities.  These activities ranged from sports to Bible studies to Arts/Crafts to a “New Songs” class I taught that afternoon.  The meals were good and we were promptly impressed with the efficiency of the permanent kitchen staff.

Spiritual highlight of the day: David Jerez’ cabin of boys (ages 10 – 12) led an evening devotion for the whole camp.  Two boys led prayers, two led songs and one commented on scripture.  Every boy was articulate, poised, spoke clearly into the microphone (a quality lacking in too many adult men), yet none of their voices had yet begun to change.  A solid, edifying, falsetto devotion in front of 230 people.  Young people are capable of big things if expectations are high and opportunity provided.

My favorite devotion of the week.

Here’s a picture of an everyday Encuentro assembly:

An Encuentro assembly

More highlights to come.

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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