News & Prayer Items
Family reunion in a big way!
Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:40
The group totals 93. About 40 missionaries with their children are attending Encompass Family Reunion this week at a retreat center in Atlanta, The Lodge at Simpsonwood. With Encompass global staff, Board members, others who minister, and guests, the group made a whopping 93 on Tuesday. Reunion runs through noon on Friday.Continue...
A church is born in France
Monday, 22 July 2013 14:38
On July 7th the Pont de Chéruy, France point of light officially organized into a church, Folks from the Villeurbanne GB church teamed up with Action Biblique (a conservative international church group) and together there was the impetus and personnel to “give birth.”Continue...
Encompass World Partners is Headed Back to Bangui
Monday, 22 July 2013 13:59
On Tuesday, July 23rd, Janet Varner plans to travel by taxi from Yaoundé to Douala Cameroon to catch a flight back to Bangui to return to live on the mission station. Dr. Hibaile and family will continue to live at the station until the rest of our missionary family is able to return. Continue...
Mobilizing Momentum for the Nations – 533 Challenge
Friday, 19 July 2013 13:27
This week at the Momentum Youth Conference (sponsored by CE National), a wall of 533 picture cards is being transformed. The wall is filled with the faces of the least-reached nations in our world - 533 people groups (approximately 70 million people) who have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel. In order to direct prayer toward these peoples, Encompass is asking students to take part in the “533 Challenge” – a challenge to pray daily for the least-reached over the next 30 days.
Possible purchase gasification stove in Hanoi
Monday, 15 July 2013 21:23
On July 10th, Kevin Kane, Kent Good and Dave James, Encompass staff in Battambang Cambodia, went to Hanoi to visit a couple of small factories that manufacture a rice hull gasification stove that they are impressed with. It works very well and can be purchased at a substantially lower cost than they can be made in Cambodia.
Pray that import fees will not be so high that it makes the stove too expensive to sell in Cambodia. Please pray for wisdom as they investigate this opportunity and see God’s leading and wisdom.Continue...
Prayer request for Moundou
Monday, 15 July 2013 20:20
So that you can be praying, Karina Corrales sends news that “The electricity and light companies have sent (to our Chad mission in Moundou) bills with incorrect charges, extremely exorbitant, that don’t remotely correspond to mission consumption.
Since last week, Nestor, the administrative assistant, has made several trips to those offices, requesting a change of the water meter and a revision of both bills. Please PRAY for the resolution of this problemContinue...
Seminary students Good Samaritans to wounded soldiers
Monday, 15 July 2013 20:03
A recent report from Ginger Hock, Stateside staff with Encompass for CAR, mentioned in her most recent "Hock Headlines" that even in the midst of war, looting and worse in CAR, there are those who take the opportunity to be used of God.Continue...
Bicycle accident lands John Pappas in hospital
Thursday, 04 July 2013 15:32
John Pappas had a bicycle accident on his way to basketball on July 2. His wife Becky got the call from the hospital where John was taken by ambulance. John was in the intensive care unit for one night with 5 broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade, and a squeezed lung.
The next day John was moved from ICU to a "normal" station, and he has made steady progress throughout the day, even standing and walking around. The shoulder blade is fractured, but it doesn't seem that surgery will be required. The major concern involves the bruised lung and the possible development of pneumonia. Becky concludes, “Otherwise, we are so thankful for the joy of witnessing such significant changes. Thanks to all for praying! It's been a great encouragement to John and to all of us!"Continue...
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 16:47
A huge topic of prayer is for adequate food for the population in general and in particular for our students in CAR. Many factors will play a part in making food hard to get in the coming year:
- Lack of imports of basic food substances because of the war;
- Lack of cattle for plowing fields because they have been killed in the “upset”;
- Food stores, like peanuts, corn, beans etc were burned or stolen and eaten by military, so seed to plant was lacking.
- Peace hasn’t really entirely returned yet so some people are not able to care for their gardens as needed
- Not affecting the gardens of students themselves but definitely playing into the overall expense of food is the fact that some areas once involved in producing food are now occupied with gold mining.
- Pray for good harvest of what did grow.
Two weeks ago a gold “mine” in C.A.R caved in, and over 50 were killed. Gold mines are normally pits. The soil is often sandy and almost no safety precautions are taken. The area in which this one happened had already had a similar disaster a few years ago and the government subsequently declared it illegal to mine there. These are huge pits and with such a large number of people working them it couldn’t have been happening in secret.
Seminary classes resumed Monday July 1, in Dr Ngoumape’s home rather than out at the seminary property which lies outside the city and is less secure, being in a relatively unpopulated area. Though Dr. Ngoumape’s home is out at about 13 km from the center of town, it is still within a neighborhood. They will have classes until the 17th of August to complete this semester.
Please do continue to pray for the restoration of peace and safety and that the Lord will give to the CAR leaders who have at heart the good of the country.
Mark Sims is still anticipating a January start for the doctoral program. Please ask the Lord to pave the way for this to go forward. Conditions will have to improve for in order to be able to use the campus. Otherwise, another location will have to be found.Continue...