Encompass World Partners News

Making Sense of Missions vs. Missional

Friday, 26 April 2019 01:40

I’ve been musing on the apparent tension between global and local mission endeavors during most of my adult life. I was that home-grown kid from the heartland of America that had my world rocked by the opportunity to live into my sent-ness in my early twenties. That was when my wife and I were sent by our church in Ohio to join a disciple-making team in the world-class city of London with Encompass World Partners. All of a sudden my provincial Midwestern upbringing and the values that it represented seemed out of place with a world that needed Jesus. A world I could see from the window of a small flat in the heart of the world’s most ethnically diverse city.


Low Turnout for CAR Runoff Election

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:20

Turnout for the February 14 Presidential runoff election in the Central African Republic was low, and results are not due for almost two weeks. Both candidates are Christians and are offering the war-torn country peace if elected.


Did you know that team conflict is one of the most common reasons for why cross-cultural workers leave their field of ministry prematurely? It’s a painful stat. It’s often caused me to pause. How good at team playing am I?


Amazon River Outreach

Monday, 01 February 2016 15:27

Encompass missionaries Wayne and Ellen Patton live and minister on the island of Cotijuba, Brazil, along with their teammates Dave and Kim Johnson. God has given this team a vision for working with Brazilian believers in reaching the many unreached peoples living in the vast Amazon River region.


Kathy Herman with the Lord

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 18:49

Many in the Encompass family will remember Kathy Herman, who worked in our Winona Lake office from 1979 to 1997. Kathy passed away Monday around mid-day. She was a valued teammate and beloved friend of many of us. She will be greatly missed.


Creative and compelling: here’s how global workers in Encompass’ Transformation Works Network meet needs and make disciples among the least reached.


American Missionary Killed in Café Attack

Monday, 18 January 2016 16:18

An American missionary was among those killed after Al Qaeda fighters attacked a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou. Michael Riddering, 45, died in the Cappuccino Cafe, where he was to meet a group that was going to volunteer at the orphanage and women’s crisis center he ran with his wife, Amy Boyle Riddering.


CAR to Hold Run-Off Vote

Friday, 08 January 2016 16:09

The first round of voting in the Presidential primaries in the Central African Republic were largely successful. Encompass has heard from a trusted source on the ground who says, "The first round of voting in the elections passed without problems.


Sadly, it’s time to put my Christmas pants away. I’m not ashamed to admit it: I enjoy some holiday R&R in an old pair of red and green flannel pajama pants (trousers for my British friends). There are so many great traditions to enjoy during this season, but my Christmas pants have become a personal favorite. Ironically and symbolically each year I put these comfy, warm, and stretchy pants back in the closet and kick into planning mode for the new year. I pull out a new calendar and inevitably start thinking about my New Year’s resolutions.

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