The purpose of the Encuentro was to create a spiritual atmosphere where young people can grow and benefit from each other’s company, and from the company of mature adult Christians. Sports, games and other activities are a natural part of being together in one place for a week, but those are not the focus of the camp. The spiritual development of these young people is the overriding priority that shapes everything else during the week.
The previous post mentions my favorite devotion of the week. Here is another favorite spiritual moment from last week’s Encuentro.
3 Baptisms: This was not a conversion camp and we deliberately avoid pressuring kids to obey the Gospel. The strong spiritual environment manages to touch open hearts in its own natural way. Last Wednesday afternoon, three young ladies chose to be baptized into Christ. Two of them (I believe) were studying with someone and the third decided on her own to obey.
Trip Update: My father Royce and 5 others returned to the States yesterday. My immediate family, Wayne Galloway, Meredith Saltz and Angie Dimas are still in Bogota. All of us except Angie plan to return home Friday. Angie will be staying with family for at least one extra week, perhaps a little longer.
I preached twice Sunday morning and once last night (Tuesday) for the San Antonio congregation, and once Monday for the Gran America congregation. I’ll be with the El Rincon church this evening and plan to be with a new group in the suburb town of Sopo tomorrow night.