I have had the privilege over the end of 2012 to dialogue with Dave Guiles, Executive Director of Encompass World Partners about how I could help advance the cause of Christ in mobilizing disciples, leaders and churches toward more meaningful engagement with cross-cultural ministries. It has been inspiring for me to hear and see how God is working in this way already.
Just before Christmas, we solidified a plan to partner together for the mobilization of disciples, leaders and churches in our Grace Brethren family and beyond. This part-time role will be as the “Coordinator of Mobilization Initiatives” with Encompass World Partners.
The newly emerging architecture for this effort will be in two areas: 1) Coalitions and 2 ) Coaching/consulting.
1) The Coalitions will be groups of 5-6 churches, some from the USA and some from the foreign field, who will covenant together to have a laser-like focus on a mission opportunity or initiative. Encompass will serve these coalitions in coordination and in cross-cultural expertise.
For example, there is already a Coalition of Churches to the Philippines:
- “In cooperation with Encompass World Partners, a partnership of US churches with churches in the Philippines, to assist in leadership development, Micro-enterprise Development, encouragement, and in other ways to assist our Filipino brother and sister churches.” (via our Grace Brethren Church in Waterloo, Iowa)
2) The Coaching/Consulting piece will be to recruit, orient and market a team of gifted individuals whose skill sets add value to local churches in cross-cultural ministries.
I’m so excited to be joining the Encompass Team and to see God use this architecture to multiply the transformational impact of Jesus to the nations of our world. My role is 3 year assignment with much to accomplish! All the Encompass staff must raise prayer and financial support.
For my assignment, I need to raise 100 prayer partners and $15,000 per year for my ministry budget and salary. (Encompass is contributing above and beyond that to my ministry budget and salary.)
Please Be A Prayer Partner:
I am building a list of prayer partners to communicate with via email and online. Please drop me an email to let me know if you would like to be apart of my prayer team. Or you can sign up online here
If you would like to receive daily email prayer requests from Encompass, sign up online.
Please Make a Financial Pledge:
As I have become more familiar with the Encompass process, they would like to have people make an official pledge on their website. You can do that at the following link:
You can give a one-time, special gift or make regular, on-going donations.
You can send a check:
Please make checks payable to “Encompass World Partners” with “Mike Jentes Support” on the memo line, and mail to the secure lockbox at
Encompass World Partners
City of Industry, CA 91716-8065
You may find making your regular donation convenient by using your bank’s bill pay option
Or you can sign up for Automatic Withdrawal from your checking account here: http://www.encompassworldpartners.org/images/stories/docs/new_automatic_withdrawal_form.pdf
You can give online with a credit card:
Please select my name from the drop down menu so it looks like this:
The Credit Card payment option, does give you the ability to contribute toward the “credit card processing charges” incurred for each donation.
Currently, there is no “recurring payment option” with a credit card donation.
Thank You for Your Support!
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
– 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV