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Our Story

Encounter was born in 2019 out of Matthew & Sarah Smith's vision to provide more support resources for national and international ministry workers directly where they are serving. After serving in Africa, Europe, and Central America, the Smith's realized the importance of having support networks and resources for those called into Christian ministry services. In 2020 Encounter Academy opened its doors to serve the children of ministry workers in Guatemala and Encounter Christian Guest House began receiving visitors in 2024. Encounter focuses on creating emotionally safe spaces for children and adults to cultivate a deep, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, learn new skills, and grow into all God intends for them to be. 

Meet The Team

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