Sorry it's taken so long to post Part II (Caroline & Scott). I hesistate to even write about the Encounter, because it's one of those things that you can't really put into words. You have to experience it to really understand. So, this is my 2nd attempt- the first was deleted- at describing the Encounter.
At about 5pm we headed up to Richardson Springs, a Christian retreat center & YWAM base. The people who lead the Encounter Pastor Richard & Pastor Claudia Vargas are from Miami, FL (originally Colombia) and in the leadership of the G12 vision. There are several topics and then after the teaching there is a time of ministry.
One part was on forgiveness. She taught on the importantce of forgiveness. It's not a feeling or emotion, it's a choice you make for your own freedom. When you have unforgiveness and bitterness inside of you you withhold God's blessing in your life. Then, we all paired up. Our partner was the person/people we were forgiving, so we looked at them and forgave them face-to-face. It is super intense, because in order for God to heal you of things they first have to come to the surface. So, it's looking again at all the difficult rejections, hurts, etc...
One things she said, really stood out to me. And that's the difference between remorse and repentance. A lot of "Christians" live in remorse. They feel bad about their sins, cry, etc... but nothing ever changes. They go right back into their sin. God is calling us to live in repentance. It's where you realize the depths of your sins and never do them again. You turn from them. In order to come into relationship with God or be saved and also to maintain that relationship the requirement is repentance. Feeling bad is just not enough.
The main thing God showed me is just how much He loves me. I was truly overwhelmed with the revelation of His love. The weekend looked different for everyone and for some it was an incredibly intense, difficult battle. It wasn't like that for me and at first I was like, "what's up God? Why isn't that happening to me?" And, he just showed me that He knows me so well. He knows exactly what to do in my life and all I need is to completely trust Him.
Well, that was about .023842 percent of the Encounter. There's just soooo much. If you want to know more about just ask.