From the Director
Charles Dickens' famous line could have been written about 2020: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” As a pandemic, economic downturn, and social unrest continue to rock our globe, many feel these truly are “the worst of times,” with probable long-term impact on our physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Yet for those who look through the eyes of faith, might these also be “the best of times”? Movement may be restricted, yet our missionaries are discovering creative ways to share hope with non-believers, disciple young converts, mentor leaders, and help local churches adapt to new ministry realities. We recently approved a promising new group of global staff to deploy to three different countries in Asia. Our U.S. church and individual partners are faithfully sharing their financial resources so ministry can move forward. And around the Charis Alliance world, we’re partnering with churches as they provide tangible assistance to those in nearly 100 communities impacted by global crises.
In the virtual pages of this 2019-2020 Annual Report, we’re pleased to share a sample of ministry highlights, updates on our finances, and concrete ways you can better connect with our global team. And whether for you this feels like “the best of times”’ or “the worst of times,” I think you’ll find reasons to celebrate how Jesus continues to make disciples among the least reached of our world through your support of Encompass World Partners.