News & Prayer Items
Board Election Results
Monday, 11 March 2013 14:42
We are pleased to inform you of the results of recent elections to our Board of Directors.
Incumbents Judy Lingenfelter and Holly Wismer were re-elected. Steve Gallegor Jr. and Clive Craigen were elected to their first term. All four candidates bring a passion for the nations and strong credentials to our board.
Please pray for the administrative staff and board as they prepare for the Annual Meetings, scheduled for April 26-29, 2013, at the Atlanta headquarters. Ask God to give our Board of Directors clear vision and understanding so as to respond effectively to the challenges of taking the Good News to the least-reached of our world.Continue...
Please come for Tea
Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:49
Looming Food Crisis in C.A.R.
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:24
Humanitarian agencies are warning of a looming food crisis in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), a result of the insecurity that has displaced thousands of people and disrupted cultivation and trade. Predictions are that between May-September (the lean season) an estimated 80,538 people in the Séléka zone will face severe food shortages. Clashes between government and rebel forces in December and early January left some parts of C.A.R and an estimated 800,000 people under the control of the rebel Séléka coalition.
The situation in C.A.R remains unpredictable despite the 11 January ceasefire. A lack of humanitarian access, especially in the east, and poor roads, are hindering the provision of assistance. Trade has been interrupted between the area held by the Séléka coalition and the rest of the country, bringing transactions to a halt and leading to sharp price increases. The cost of a food basket has increased by 40 percent in the area under the control of the Central African armed forces.
There is concern about the 2013 growing season which is due to start in just a few weeks. Land preparation, which should have begun, is behind schedule in many places due to insecurity. The disruption of trade has caused income sources to decline. Many inhabitants of these areas have fled their homes and are living out in the bush. The marketing season of the annual cotton crop, a lifeline for the northern part of the country, has yet to start in the Séléka zone, depriving farmers their main income source.
- Please pray for a lasting peace in the CAR
- Pray for safety for the African church and that their faith in God’s sovereignty will be firm
- Pray for continuing safety of our missionaries
- Pray that food aid already in place will be able to be distributed
Filipino Governing Board meetings
Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:25
On March 4th and 5th all Filipino Leaders will be gathering in Manila to discuss important issues. Members of the Board include Franco, Olive, Rey, Allan and Cris.
Christian Beuggert, Philippines Team Leader, and Encompass staff Ted Ruiz will also attend.
Please be in prayer for the important matters to be discussed.
Ginger Hock travels to Chad
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:47
Ginger Hock will be leaving on March 4th for a two week trip to the country of CHAD.
Her new role as "Africa Administrator" requires her to assist with ministries in Chad and Cameroon. Pray for Ginger as she meets church leaders and sees the different ministries in Chad.
Please pray especially for this trip as well as for Encompass teams headed various directions. Federal budget cuts potentially effective this coming Friday, March 01 would result in a significant impact on travel. Travelers will need to allow extra time should these occur. Both the FAA and TSA will be impacted with extensive furloughs, which will result in longer lines in security, and in customs, as well as potential flight delays.Initial estimates are to allow at least an additional hour to get through security lines. Customs and Border Protection officers would be furloughed 12 to 14 days each, estimating three hour waits at the busiest airports.
Story telling in Manila
Monday, 25 February 2013 16:42
Viv Ruiz has been praying for an opportunity to do some "story-ing" training with her Filipina friend, Rosel. This month Rosel returned to Manila to continue working on the Tagalog Bible Story series and wanted to try the stories in some Bible study groups.
She started with the Woven Joy group. They are really excited and have now heard 3 stories. The big challenge is for the group to not only hear the story and find personal applications, but to remember and correctly re-tell the story to others during the week.
Please pray for each person to grow in confidence in learning and re-telling the stories
Pray that they will grow personally as they get a deeper Biblical knowledge
Pray that they will be able to share with non-believers so that they will come to know the One True God and trust in HIM alone for their salvation!
Work team in Chad
Monday, 25 February 2013 15:52
Please continue to pray also for Matthias Ezel's visit to Chad. He and Benjamin expect to make the long trip to Roro this week where discussions will continue about how to advance the metal shop ministry in that vast region. They are also hoping to do some well-drilling.
Matthias states that he is really happy to be back in Chad. But having been away a few months, the thing that presses on his heart is the immensity of the battle to simply minister in Chad. Hearing the news of coworkers, Chadian and western alike, struck down by sickness and even death makes the fight against discouragement a daily struggle. Thank God for reminders that we are not alone and we are not fighting a losing battle.
- Please Pray for wisdom in discussions and dealing with the many unanswered questions such as the future of both metal shops.
- Pray for safe travels.
- Praise that the metal shop in Moundou is continuing well with lots of work to do. Pray for wisdom and strength for Jeremie as he manages it all.
- Pray for strength and wisdom for Benjamin as he oversees the metal shop work in Roro.
- Pray for strength, protection and encouragment for each one ministering in Chad.
Part of this update taken from a recent letter by Melina EzelContinue...
Solon Hoyt dies at age 91
Monday, 25 February 2013 15:43
Solon Waverly Hoyt of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind., died at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake at the age of 91.
He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana for the past 30 years, where he was a member of Lakeland Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, Indiana.
He attended Bryan University in Dayton, Tenn., for three years; studied for a year in Huntington University in Huntington, Ind.; and then attended Grace Seminary in Winona Lake for three years. Solon was a missionary in Argentina for 43 years.
On August 22, 1942 he was married to Kathryn Ruth Hirschy, who survives in Winona Lake, Ind. He also leaves behind his daughter: Rita (husband Michael) Koch (Upland, Indiana); four sons: Lynn (wife Mary) Hoyt (South Carolina); Aldo (wife Alice) Hoyt (Denver, Co.); Ivan (wife Kimberly) Hoyt (Argentina); Alan (wife Sharon) Hoyt (Warsaw, Ind.); fifteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and six brothers.
His funeral service was held on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeland Grace Brethren Church, 2538 South County Farm Road, Warsaw, Indiana and officiated by Dr. Russ Simpson. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations in Solon's name may be directed to Lakeland Grace Brethren Church, 2538 South County Farm Road, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 and would be appreciated by his family.Continue...
Serve The City (Lisbon) receives Grant
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:51
• Please pray for the believers who volunteer and share the gospel in word and deed with Lisbon's most needy people.
• Pray that people will come to Christ through this ministry
• PRAY also for S., a 35 year-old homeless man who while drunk fell into the street and his head was severely crushed by a garbage truck. He is stable, but still in critical condition. Please pray that he will have the opportunity to hear the gospel from the Lisbon team.Continue...