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  • Welcome to World Encounter

    World Encounter serves the poor in the developing world through faith-based, holistic community development. We nurture personal and community transformation, economic and social development, as we strive to alleviate spiritual and physical poverty.

    We work along-side the poor, providing microloans to help women work their way out of poverty. By providing micro-credit, women are enabled to develop small businesses to support their families, place their children in school and improve family health.

    World Encounter offers a hand up, not a hand out – helping people help themselves.

  • Congregations Can Impact Poverty

    President, Curt Rosen, conducted a workshop at the Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

    The workshop focused on how individuals and congregations can make an impact on poverty in the developing world. Through partnership with World Encounter anyone can participate, advocate, and support our work to alleviate poverty.

    This workshop and others on cross-cultural ministry can be conducted in congregations throughout the midwest. Contact World Encounter for more information on how to take the next step for high-impact missions.

  • Learn More

    We want our supporters to be informed!  Learn more about World Encounter and the people who work and serve on our board of directors. Read about “Backroads Banking,” our microloan program and why we believe microfinance is one of the most the dynamic ways to provide development to alleviate poverty.

    The more you learn about Christ-centered microfinance, the more empowered you will be to make a difference for those trapped in physical and spiritual poverty around the world.
    View our World Encounter Slideshow

    Resources for Learning about Microfinance

    When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself
    By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
    Provides churches with the foundational concepts and general principles they need to more holistically minister to the poor, without hurting the poor or themselves.

    A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty
    By Phil Smith and Eric Thurman
    Explores how small loans empower those living in poverty to start small businesses, in turn allowing them to support their families and improve local economies. Also explains how ordinary people can get involved.

    Christian Microenterprise Development: An Introduction
    By David Bussau and Russell Mask
    An introductory book on microfinance and how it can be used to further Christ’s kingdom.

    Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty
    By Muhammad Yunus
    Autobiography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus

  • 2017 ‘ROSE’ Brunch – Just for Women!

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    April 29th is a special morning set aside – just for women – to celebrate the lives changed through World Encounter’s microloan program for women in Africa. The morning starts with a gourmet brunch buffet with butlers serving in white shirts and black bow ties.

    Presentations by women entrepreneurs from the Twin Cities will demonstrate creative flower arranging, organizing your paper clutter, cell phone photography techniques and developing your personal wardrobe style.

    Learn about the challenges faced by women in Tanzania in order to start a small business. Discover how you can make an impact in a woman’s life and help women start a small business to support their families.

    Raffle items donated by the entrepreneur presenters, ticket sales, and event donations provide vital resources to support and expand World Encounter’s microloan program to more women in Africa.

    Go to the ‘DONATE’ page now to register

Upcoming Events

Spring •ROSE• Brunch

April 29, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Heritage Center, St Peters Church, Mendota Heights, MN
Check News & Events for more info

Tanzania Outreach Teams

May 3-16, 2017
Experience village life as you meet the women involved in the microfinance program
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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

6654 Main Street
Wonderland, AK 45202
(513) 555-7856