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Encounters Change Lives
By Joel Osteen - Aug 10, 2009
Victoria and I are so thankful for the team that works with us in the ministry to help deliver the message of hope in Jesus Christ every single week. There’s no way we could do this on our own, and we count it an honor to serve with such an amazing staff and volunteer team.

Jim and Jeanette Lewis are two of our faithful ministry team leaders who oversee our Men’s and Women’s Encounter Retreats. An Encounter is a 24-hour get away from the day-to-day stresses of life to focus on yourself and your relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a time to release burdens, break strongholds, develop relationships, and experience deeper peace and freedom! God meets each attendee in a deep, personal way, and they leave the Encounter impacted and changed. Here are a couple of testimonies from people who have attended:

You have no idea how the Women’s Encounter revived me. I was a wretch undone; bitter, lonely, and just a mess. It seemed that everyone took from me, demanded from me, and trampled on me; and I got nothing but the worst of everything. At the Encounter, people listened to me, affirmed me, and even complimented me, wanting nothing in return.

My Encounter Weekend allowed me to develop a deeper relationship with God and my new brothers. Now that I am walking with my brothers, walking the path God has put before me is not so lonely anymore.

If you’d like more information on our Encounter Weekends, or want to learn how you can set up an Encounter Ministry at your own church, simply send an email to

Please know that Victoria and I love you and pray for you every single day. Our desire is to equip you in every way possible to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give you!
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