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December/January "Within Reach" Published

Monday, 30 November 2015 21:37

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Memorial Services for Janet Varner

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:53

In addition to Janet’s burial in the CAR, there have been three additional memorial services planned for the United States. On Saturday, November 21st a service was held at Liberty Grace Brethren Church in Johnstown, PA, Janet’s hometown. Representatives from several area churches were present and the service was organized by Pastor Rick Horner of Conemaugh GBC. All who were present were unanimous in their desire to honor Janet and above all to praise Janet’s Lord for the impact this servant of God had in so many lives, in so many places.


3 Reasons Praying Together Matters

Monday, 23 November 2015 12:37

It’s easy to think of prayer as a solitary endeavor, a conversation just between God and yourself. If we do pray with others, it can default to grace before a meal or congregational prayer on Sunday mornings.


Janet Varner Remembered in Africa

Friday, 20 November 2015 20:10

Encompass missionary Janet Varner's wish to end her ministry among the Central Africans she loved so much was fulfilled. Earlier this week, she was memorialized and laid to rest in the Central African Republic. Our thanks to Dr. Augustin Hibaile for sending these photos.


Plasters OK in Paris

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:08

Encompass missionaries the Plasters report they are okay following last weekend's attacks in Paris, France. Rob says, "We spent Saturday with a friend who is a crime scene investigator. Their family lost two friends who were attending the concert.


Memorial Service for Janet Varner

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 20:38

A memorial service will be held for Encompass missionary Janet Varner at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, at Liberty Grace Brethren Church in Johnstown, PA (1081 Tener Street, Pastor Doug Black). In lieu of flowers, you are asked to give to a fund which will benefit malnourished children of Bible Institute students in Bata and Mboki, Central African Republic.


"Go, and I Will Take Care of You"

Friday, 13 November 2015 18:11

Gwen Higaki and her husband, Vernon, have made 10 trips to Cambodia, and anxiously await number 11 in January.

“People say to us, ‘Oh, it must be beautiful if you’re making so many trips!’” Gwen says. “And we look at each other and say, ‘No, it’s not beautiful -- it’s a third world country. But it’s where God called us.”


Pray for Heidi Sisson

Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:49

Please be in prayer for Heidi Sisson, veteran missionary in the Central African Republic, currently serving on Special Assignment with Encompass. Heidi has been dealt several difficult emotional blows in recent days, including the hospitalization and subsequent ongoing care of her mother, the sudden passing of her younger brother Thomas, and the home-going of her long-time ministry colleague, Janet Varner.


Pray for Saunders Family

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:43

Mark and Bobbie Saunders are Associate Missionaries with Encompass World Partners. Mark is a veteran pastor with many years of ministry experience in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Their plan for a "second ministry career" was to move to Atlanta and use their skills and experience in teaching English as a Second Language to help reach immigrants for Christ, working alongside others at Encompass.


Gribble Center Progress Update

Monday, 09 November 2015 14:32

The James Gribble Leadership Training Center, in the Central African Republic, is not just a theological seminary. Once completed it will house a seminary along with a theological training program for lay people, training for youth, and a program for evangelists and church planters.

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