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100 Years of Sacrifice


As Encompass celebrated the 100-Year Anniversary of our pioneer team beginning work in central Africa, Executive Director Dave Guiles shared the story of how it all started with attendees of the ACCESS2018 National Conference of the Charis Fellowship, USA, on July 25, 2018, at Grace Community Church in Fremont, Ohio.

In the words of pioneer James Gribble himself. “[God] has been pleased to put us in the very forefront of advance work of missions in Africa today. It is truly significant that so small a mission as ours should occupy such a center of missionary influence. It all comes from God and to Him be all the glory!”

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” -Phil 3:8–10