Community gathers to pray: ‘Bring Chance Home’

Photo by Rhea Falig/Fall River County Herald

Many family and friends attended the prayer vigil at the Fall River County Fairgrounds in Edgemont this past Saturday night, held in honor of Edgemont native Chance Englebert who has been missing for more than two weeks.

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By Rhea Falig

Staff Writer

EDGEMONT— On the evening of Saturday, July 20, family and friends gathered at the Fall River County Fairgrounds in Edgemont with one heart and goal in mind — to pray for the safe return of the 25-year-old missing son, husband, father, grandson, friend… Chance Englebert. 

It was a beautiful and somber evening as worship music played softly in the background, many were in tears finding comfort in a hug or warm smile. People were invited to light a candle, write a note, and receive a bracelet with the inscription, “Bring Chance Home.” There were also several moments of silent and guided prayer for his safe return, as well as a reading of the Lord’s Prayer out of Psalm 23:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.Your rod and your staffprotect and comfort me.You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

Pastor Kori Lehrkamp led the vigil and comforted family and friends with the reminder of the  need for community. “Jesus lived life in a community. We need community to love us, support us, pray for us, and as we gather Jesus gathers with us,” she said. 

Englebert went to school for 12 years at Edgemont and graduated in May of 2012. The Edgemont area native went missing exactly two weeks to the day prior to the prayer vigil after leaving a Gering, Neb., residence on foot. Englebert was last seen on a business surveillance video time-stamped at 7:51 p.m. near 10th Street and Martha Drive in Gering. This was his last known physical location. Search agencies also received a ping on his mobile device from the area near WTT Truck Stop around 10 p.m.

Chance and his wife Baylee have a baby boy named Banks and his mother Dawn Englebert describes Chance as a family man with a smile that would light up a room.

“He always has a story to share,” she said. “He would drop anything to help a family member or friend in need. He is an amazing son and brother. In the short few months of getting to watch him be a dad he was the best daddy I could hope for. He truly loves his son Banks.”

Dawn expressed her gratitude to everyone present at the vigil saying, “The prayer vigil showed us what we already knew, everyone loves Chance and wants him home. He is loved and missed. He completes our family and we feel lost without him.”

On behalf of the entire family, they are requesting continued prayers and asking citizens to please continue spreading his story.

“Someone has to know what happened that night,” Dawn added. “We are begging for them to come forward. If he needed to walk away from being an adult we understand 100 percent and we are here to help him. We just need answers. Please.”

Anyone with any information in the case can contact the Scotts Bluff County Communications Center at 308-436-6666.

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