Sunday, February 06, 2005

Encounter

I really hope somebody who went on the encounter will make a post all about it, filling us in on their whole experience, in depth, by the end of the night.

5 comments:

Shakeer said...

Hi Cory,
I posted a bit about it on my own blog. It's not much though.

http://s91285136.onlinehome.us/2005/02/love-is-place-that-you-come-to.html

Shinekaze said...

well cory since you asked i'll tell...

I think the encounter went well. there were times when i felt like we, as a lead team, were not getting throught to the guys. They arrived early on friday morning, the leaders had nothing to do until they arrived and we were tired of waiting and we were pumped about the encounter getting started off... once the kids arrived we got into our small groups and i started to get worried that the guys were going to stay bottled up the whole weekend. it took a while but we broke through and they began to trust each other. things went really well then as is normal the guys sort of withdrew after one of the talks, i think it was after mine... there was some heavy stuff i wrote into mine... things picked up again, and continued to flow smoothly. the large group sharing, you know which one im talking about, went extremely well... better than it did on my encounter, which was good, because a lot of the leaders agreed that this group needed a bigger experience in that sharing than we did back on nme '03. It was nice the guys were very reflective and bonded very well... i was quite happy to see that... as for me i went along did my talk, i was afraid that people would withdraw from me a bit once they found out what i was going to talk about... but i got more support than i thought i would, especially from teachers that i had during the down points in my life. it was nice going back to the river and sitting silently and reflecting. i went back to the same remote spot i did on NME during the quiet bible reflection time. it was nice to see how it had changed but stayed the same over the year and a half that i had been gone. i was amazed with my small group. i had chris fallin, chris nye, alex krause, jack porter, stephen purdy, hammad sheik, and trainer jen. They were all so ready and willing to share. i had been worried every time the dialogue stopped butlater i realized that it wasnt that it was losing momentum, but that in fact i was asking questions that they needed to reflect on before they answered. i hadnt remembered this from my encounter and it came to me later like 3 sessions into the encounter. at the end, they guys thanked me for allowing them to have those pauses, so i know i did something right. all in all the weekend went really well... im glad i had a chance to lead. i got to meet a great group of guys, have some stories to tell, and had an awesome experience. I wouldnt give it up for the world. i consider those men my brothers. and brothers are for life. now i want to cook so i can go back to serve and see the river... this time i will make sure i dont forget my camera...

imac said...

from what I heard, there was better stuff that night than my encounter(FME '04) as well.
Despite the so-called "minor" injury, it seemed like a tremendous experience. But, then again, Ben was rector, so that part was obvious.

Cory said...

Thanks Devon.

It took a while to learn that it was you. ("Who's shinekaze?")

Shinekaze said...

It means literally "death wind" in Japanese... It is more translated as "wind of death"... I use it as my SN nowadays... i dont use it for any of my chat names except irc because i have had my accounts for a long time... and itd be a hassle to change my email adress and make sure every body got it...