Encompass World Partners News

Discerning Your Calling

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:17

There are times when God’s call comes like a bolt of lightning, but more often it is a gradual unveiling. Manuel Olivas had been interested in missions ever since he was a kid, but his wife, Rochelle, didn’t share his interest until this past year. Was this new curiosity God’s leading? And if so, where was he calling them?

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How Can Coffee Go Further?

Thursday, 18 April 2019 12:23

Gospel witness can start with buying someone a cup of coffee, or by helping someone thousands of miles away get a cup of coffee. In the fall of 2018, students at Grace College in Indiana were able to make a tangible difference in the ministry of a business-as-mission café run by Encompass teammates in Southeast Asia, without even leaving campus.

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Soccer, Friends, and the Unpredictable

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:02

Starting a new job is always a challenge, and even more so when that new job is half a world away. That’s what Merielle was facing when she left the US to work at a business-as-mission café in Thailand. And through the change, she has experienced God’s faithfulness in remarkable ways.

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Mobilizing for Missions

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:21

Culture shifts of the last 20 years have affected nearly every area of church life and ministry, but perhaps none more so than missions.

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What does Notre Dame and Tiger Woods have to do with Holy Week? Sounds like the set-up to a bad dad joke, right? Well, you’re going to have to trust me. I would not write a blog based solely on a pun because that would be a waste of time…like a belt made out of watches. 

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Is Evangelism Relationally Deceptive?

Friday, 12 April 2019 15:06

The Barna group has released a new report called Reviving Evangelism. The study looks at the faith-sharing experiences and expectations of Christians and non-Christians alike in all generational brackets. Among the major findings in the report, the most pressing discovery is that young adult Christians hold a conflicted sentiment toward evangelism. 

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Counting the Cost in the CAR

Friday, 05 April 2019 13:20

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24–25 

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Rain had been falling for a full week before cyclone Idai made landfall on March 4th, 2019. By the time the hurricane struck, there was no place for the water to go, so it spread laterally. One such inland “river” was reportedly 31 miles wide, carrying along and depositing millions of tons of mud and debris. 

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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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