World Partners Update: May 2012
When Encompass World Partners rented an old school building in downtown Battambang, those in the surrounding area were a bit apprehensive. Most of the neighbors were Buddhists. The monks paraded down their street every day to receive food in exchange for bestowing chanted prayers. But one man, Kunpheap, who lived across the street, was always quite friendly. He had an older brother who lived in California and told him that Christians are good people. Continue...
by Dave Guiles
Last month, the Encompass Board of Directors gathered for its Spring Meeting. Comprised of men and women elected from local churches, these pastors and laymen work hard to ensure that we remain clearly focused on our mission:
Among their responsibilities is the task of evaluating the ministry of the Executive Director. Every three years the Board conducts an extensive evaluation with the goal of determining if he is leading effectively and responsibly. A Task Force presented the results of the current evaluation to the full board on April 28th.
The next generation of missionaries is arising through prayer, Sunday School classes, and the work of adults who are passionately giving children a heart for ministry. Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (WLGBC) is inspiring children to take on a missions and ministry mindset.
Thoroughly decorated to represent world missions, each of the church’s Sunday School classrooms is paired with a specific country, as well as a specific missionary supported by WLGBC. The three and four year old students are praying for the Hawkins family in Portugal. The Hakes in Thailand are lifted in prayer by kids who are five and six. Older children pray for countries where multiple missionaries are supported, and rotate in prayer for different families.
Cambodia has had full-time Encompass missionaries for 12 years where there has been much fruitfulness in ministry. The widespread effects of the former Khmer Rouge regime, human trafficking, and a predominantly young population have presented special challenges for Encompass missionaries as they reach out with the Gospel. Continue...
On May 25th seven men and their wives will receive their diplomas from the Grace Brethren Seminary in Bangui. These families will return to their own villages (some in very remote regions) where they will continue to preach and teach God’s Word.
For the first time, the Center for the Study of the Word (CEP) in France, which oversees the ministry of the Château of St. Albain, has a French president! Joël Rongier, elder in the Mâcon GBC, is the first French president of the CEP. Over the last three decades Joël has played an active role in the Château ministry, and has an understanding and heart for it.
Praise the Lord that the Kevin High family has successfully returned to Corrientes, Argentina. They needed to raise a significant amount of new support in a very short time-frame. God provided for their needs, and they were able to depart the United States on schedule.