World Partners Update: June 2012
by Judy Daniels
In 2004, Armand Beltoubai of Cameroon, was 26 years old and working for Willbros Spie Capag, a company building the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline in Central Africa. He and his wife, Eugénie Bissi, had just married in 2003. Armand was earning a good salary, and for many people, this scenario would have been the path to contentment.
But Armand took a different path to contentment in 2004. He felt God’s call to serve as a pastor in full-time ministry, so he quit his job and entered the Brethren Seminary in Bata, CAR. Today, Armand is president of the African Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches in Cameroon. “These paths have made me a servant,” he says.
Armand grew up in a Christian home in Cameroon, with parents who encouraged him in church activities. But it was in 1999, as a high school student, that he accepted Christ through the preaching of his uncle, Martin Nah, a Central African pastor.
We are pleased to announce the sale of the International Missions Center (Winona Lake, IN) to the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. This marks a milestone in our journey to better position Encompass World Partners to reach the nations within and beyond the borders of North America.
Now the real work begins. Over the next three months, we are pursuing a ‘double relocation’ though establishing smaller, more efficient offices in Winona Lake and Atlanta.
When Christ motivates people to reach the nations, exciting things start to happen. Doug and Jami Kurtz of Martinsburg, PA know this first hand.
Doug and Jami both had eye-opening experiences to see opportunities to reach out in their community. At first, Doug was unsure of his desire to be involved in Hispanic ministry. However, after he was unable to communicate as he tried to help a Hispanic man named Jorge, Doug realized the need for ESL ministry. The two men had only been able to communicate through pointing and gestures.
Pray for the 20 evangelists trained by Pastor Mboi Andre who went out in pairs on a three month campaign to reach the unreached in the far east of the C.A.R. Pray for safety and the Holy Spirit to open doors to unreached groups and regions.
The first gathering of leaders from the Charis Europe Network (European GBC churches, National Ministry Partners, and Encompass Europe representatives) was over the Easter weekend at the Château of St. Albain. These men and women met to dialogue, pray, and discover ways of partnering together as Europeans on mission. Of the 35 people present, many went away with concrete plans to partner together with someone else of the group.
An exciting new river ministry is being launched among the Amazon River communities in Northern Brazil. This outreach is being spearheaded by Wayne and Ellen Patton and Dave and Kim Johnson. Pray that the Lord would enable the Patton’s to relocate soon to the island of Cotijuba. Pray for Brazilian believers to hear God’s call and partner with our team in evangelism and church planting on the islands.
Jesus Munoz resigned as the senior Pastor of the Valrico GBC (Iglesia Comunal La Esperanza) last Sunday and Pastor Javier was installed as the new pastor. Jesus and his wife, Rosa, accepted the invitation from Encompass to move to Atlanta as the Director of Ethic Ministries for the southeastern USA. Pray for a quick sale of their house and for a new place in Atlanta. Pray also for Pastor Javier and the Valrico GBC.
Catalyst has attracted young leaders from throughout the evangelical world for more than 10 years, thanks to its high-energy approach, thought provoking content, and innovative atmosphere. Catalyst can cost up to $650. But if you partner with Encompass, we can help you save nearly $280 + enjoy the added value of the Encompass one-day tour, tailgating at the event, and community with others. Visit encompassworld.org/catalyst for more information. Register by June 15.