We had an amazing last night with the students for El Reto Final! A night filled with worship from two different bands, testimonies from staff and students, a powerful message by visiting Pastor Jimmy from Cosecha Final Tepic, and a winner-take-all game between the top two teams! One of the worship bands was from a church in Rosamorada; because of all the people and equipment they needed to bring the big passenger bus!
The students in the band were also members of the El Reto teams. We really enjoyed our time together praising our Savior’s name. They are all so humble and clearly have a strong heart for God. We are thankful for the opportunity to worship alongside them.
After a few songs all of us were treated to a message from Pastor Jimmy. This time of the El Reto Final was so valuable not only for the students, but everyone else too. Towards the end of the message he had the students divided into two groups come forward and begin praying. Later he had them move together and pray for one another. It was an extremely powerful moment. A moment that you could easily sense the presence of God and the Holy Spirit!
There are too many pictures to share from this time of prayer than I can show in this update but you can check them all out on ElReto’s Facebook page. Later, we gave opportunities for members of the Staff and students to come to the front and share testimonies from the last six weeks. Next, we held the raffle for a slick mountain bike! As always, Max did an amazing job playing DJ for the raffle. He didn’t do it alone, though. He had some little helpers with him to randomly pick the tickets…
Now it came time to announce the winner of El Reto 2016!
This year Yessica, captain of the orange team from Rosamorada, had the most points. Alfredo and the blue team found all four of the tesoros, or treasures, which meant they were able to challenge the orange team to one last game in order to determine the winner! So both teams had a reason to celebrate once the announcement was made.
The last game really tested the students’ memory and was super intense. Students had to memorize pictures in order to complete a puzzle on stage.
Both teams completed the puzzle but with errors. After the orange team made their mistake, the blue team was able to finish correctly and claim the name as El Reto 2016 Champions! Congratulations Alfredo!
An amazing close to the past 6 weeks, I think highlighted by our time with the message and prayer. We are anxious to see and hear more testimonies from the students as they take time to reflect. We are also sad to see El Reto come to a close but are already looking forward to next year!
Here is a quick video clip of the evening...
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