World Partners Update: February 2013
by Dave Guiles
I frequently tell the story of an encounter a few years ago with a leader from the Central African Republic. He was requesting assistance from Encompass in the training of a man for a key leadership role.
“Tell me again,” I asked, “How many churches are there in the CAR?”
“More than 2,000,” was his reply.
“And how many pastors are urgently needed?”
“More than 1,000!”
“And how many professors are needed immediately at our four Bible Schools and Seminary?”
“More than twenty!”
“Then please help me understand,” I gently asked, “how training one more man will make a difference?”
Millions of people use Facebook and Twitter every day. But how can a Like or a Tweet become something that has eternal impact on the life of someone halfway around the world? Only God could take a regular guy like Scott Feather to birth the beginning of a movement that will impact Africans in the Central African Republic forever.
Mike Taylor serves with Encompass by leading multiple medical trips to the CAR each year, providing Christ-centered medical care to thousands of Africans in need. This arm of ministry to Africans is called Three Strands. Continue...
The rebel conflict in the CAR has affected our missionaries, but they are all safe.
Click here for an update on the urgent situation in the CAR.
A new Ministry Center has opened in Dublin, Ireland! Crossroads Church, led by Scott and Rebekah Becker, is partnering with Irish ministry Zest4Kidz which helps children in difficult situations around the world. The center will enable creative outreach through kids’ activities, a counseling ministry, and possibly a volunteer-run café. Please pray for several volunteers experiencing trials in their personal lives, and for funds to finish the building renovation.
In early January, Encompass workers in Asia convened for their Family Conference in Thailand, which occurs every three years. Team members from Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Turkey, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, and Cambodia met to spend time in worship, prayer, and encouragement. Praise God for the spiritual refreshment of time spent with fellow believers!
Praise God for protecting Walter Testa and Gerardo Peyrera, missionaries from Argentina serving in Mexico City. Traveling through Guatemala on December 12, they were robbed and abducted by nine armed men. Walter and Gerardo are unharmed but lost valuable material possessions. Both testify to God’s faithfulness, and the body of Christ has come together to care for them. What a joy to be in God’s global family!
In January, ethnic minority church leaders from across the USA met at Encompass headquarters in Atlanta for encouragement and training. Under the guidance of Jesus Munoz and the sponsorship of GBIF, this group meets to promote stronger links among our ethnic minority congregations. Praise God for His blessings and pray for His guidance as leaders seek to reach minority groups with the love of Christ.