Encompass World Partners News

Sacrificing the Specifics

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 06:58

The World Watch List1 published by Open Doors counts 65 countries where Christians are persecuted. In places at the top of the list, like North Korea and Somalia, converting to Christianity can lead to death. In most watch list countries, missionaries are not allowed, and if a foreign worker is suspected of proselytizing, they will be expelled or imprisoned.

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Slow-Growing Seeds

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 05:51

Like so many missionaries in closed countries, Aaron and Beth’s* daily lives look different from those of traditional church planters in other parts of the world. The challenges are monumental, and the work can seem to progress at a slow pace. But their consistent effort and creative approach are steadily making inroads into their community.

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Destiny Disrupter

Friday, 22 March 2019 13:48

During our 2019 Connect and Equip missions conference in Wooster, Ohio, Encompass Executive Director Dr. Dave Guiles shared a challenging message about the disruption of destinies. 

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Discovering Global Missions

Thursday, 21 March 2019 12:51

A recent Barna study found that 51% of churchgoers in the United States do not know what the Great Commission is, and though 25% retain some familiarity with the passage, they cannot recall its exact wording. That leaves just 17% of attendees who can articulate the essence of Jesus’ ultimate command.

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Me Kickboxing...Who Would Have Guessed?

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:18

I'll admit...I have some pretty funny stories of me trying to learn kickboxing in a foreign language, but those stories are not as worthy of sharing as these. I want to share four interesting moments from the last two months all involving my gym. They highlight God’s answering of my prayers for favor here and for boldness to share my faith. 

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Connecting for Greater Kingdom Impact

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:47

An old paradigm for missions divided Christians into two categories: goers and senders. The people who went gave up their careers to overseas mission work, and those who stayed behind sent prayers and money to aid them on their journey. For the most part, that was where their connection ended. 

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In Business to Thrive in Hard-to-Reach Places

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 03:37

Jesus urged his disciples to count the cost of following him, concluding with the words, “Anyone of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33, ESV). Most of us haven’t paid a very high price for our faith, but in the Central Asian country where Encompass missionaries Dan and Ellen1 serve, it’s not an overstatement to say that when people decide to follow Jesus, they lose everything. 

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Every Picture Was a Gift for Her

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 20:10

Photographer Erica Manning was praying for God to provide new ways for her to serve others. To her surprise, how God ended up answering her request was far from what she imagined. 

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Sharing Naomi's Perspective: A Hope Team Story

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 14:56

Last week was our team’s fourth time visiting a migrant's home in the city. The other visits had been more random. But this time, we wanted to intentionally choose a person, approach them, and invite them to tea. As we approached a woman, I watched as the Father blessed our selection. 

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Walking Side by Side

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:53

William and Joan Darr know how difficult is for young families in America to move somewhere else so that sound theological training may be obtained. 

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