Encompass World Partners News

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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


CIDEL: Pray for Peace

Friday, 25 January 2019 12:51

Since the Central African Republic gained independence from France in 1960, the tiny nation located between Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo has had more than its share of political unrest and violence from militant groups. 


The Table was the Focus

Friday, 11 January 2019 14:29

Jessica Pietro thought it would be a great idea to host a small dinner for some of her church’s visiting missionaries. And to her surprise, what started out as a small vision to bless a few turned into a big night of impact for many. 


Enriched by Those She Serves

Friday, 18 January 2019 01:52

Sometimes when we set out to serve others, we end up more challenged and inspired by those we serve than they are by us. In those moments, we discover the truth of Jesus’ words, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Encompass missionary Ginger Hock has experienced this lesson many times in her 14 years of service in the Central African Republic.


Caring for Orphans, Hand in Hand

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:36

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”—Psalm 82:3. Those of us living in the US may look for ways to apply this verse to our lives. But for many people around the world, orphan care is a daily reality, one that appears on their doorstep and sits around their dinner table. One place that is especially true is in the Central African Republic.