Encompass World Partners News

Encompass Responds to the Coronavirus (COVID19)

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:42

As the coronavirus (COVID19) sweeps headlines across the world, it is difficult to know what to believe and how to respond. Authorities are scrambling to contain the virus by implementing travel bans and lockdowns.

The Virus: The coronavirus can cause a wide range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to SARS. It can infect both animals and people and is highly contagious.

Our first reaction, of course, is prayer. God is never surprised. As Barb Wooler and Wayne Hannah point out in 30 Days to a More Resilient Faith, God works powerfully in times of crisis. Viral outbreaks like this cause fear and paranoia. But when disaster shakes our world, we search for hope. Our hearts open up to the gospel. And Jesus meets us in our need. We pray that God will work through this to draw people to himself.

At present, there are no evacuation orders that affect Encompass staff. We trust our brothers and sisters in affected regions to have better knowledge and perspective than we could from afar. The main impact at this point is the disruption of local meetings or travel plans. In fact, our staff who experience crises often find unique opportunities to press in—to be a presence of hope and grace at an uncertain time.

That said, Encompass leaders are monitoring the situation to help our global staff make wise decisions. We are constantly communicating with those in affected regions. We care deeply about their safety and well-being and are vigilant in our collaborations on how to proceed.

Please pray that God would draw many people to himself in this crisis. Pray for our global staff—for wisdom and grace as they respond to the situation. And of course, for safety and good health. Pray that believers everywhere will show God’s love and compassion in the middle of this crisis.

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Karina Corrales with the Lord

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 15:15

On Sunday, December 29, our sister and partner in the gospel, Karina Corrales, went to be with the Lord after battling cancer for several months. Pray for her family and friends in Argentina, as well as former coworkers and students in Chad and Cameroon.

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Field Feature: Central Africa

Friday, 06 December 2019 20:10

Today in Central Africa the gospel is flourishing. Across seven countries, nine Bible institutes and two graduate schools are training new leaders. Over 3,500 churches are worshipping God in spirit and in truth, many of which are also planting new churches.

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Go Further Together

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:43

When God calls you to go, He never calls you to go alone. Shu Sugarawa came to Christ in California through an Encompass surfing ministry in Long Beach.

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Empathy Through Experience

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:53

One year, four countries. Hope Teams provide the opportunity to bring hope to a world on the move. During this relationship-focused year, teams serve the least-reached in highly diverse cities.

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Patience and Presence

Friday, 04 October 2019 18:50

Karen has been living in Central Africa for over three decades, patiently building trust with Muslim women in her community. Twice a week, she gathers with three Christian women to pray and to visit Muslim friends together. These relationships take a spirit of perseverance and prayer as faith conversations in this region can be difficult and often dangerous. Support Karen as she continues to build bridges with the least-reached in Central Africa.

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Mission Work Behind the Scenes

Monday, 29 July 2019 12:46

A primary goal of the Encompass home office is to support their workers in the field. This dedicated, caring team works behind the scenes to help solve an array of problems their global workers face as they strive to accomplish their work. 

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The Art of Asking Good Questions

Friday, 26 July 2019 13:22

“Something asked as a question rather than a declarative statement brings a whole different reaction.” It is this wisdom that guides Tom Barlow, Director of Ministry Coaching for Encompass World Partners, in his mentoring efforts. 

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The work hours are long, the roads are longer, and sleep is a luxury. This is life on tour. For the past couple of years, Theo has been working backstage for the famed band, Twenty One Pilots. He once said, “Unless I join the navy seals, I don’t think there’s anything more tiring than working for TOP.”

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When Dreams Meet Their Limit

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 00:30

Is there something better out there? Ethan Fogle was living out his dreams, but even he couldn’t help but ask this question. Was this FOBO (fear of better options) or was God calling him to something more? 

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