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  • Welcome to World Encounter

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

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

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

  • 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

Upcoming Events

A Toast to Tanzania • Food & Wine Pairing

September 22, 2017 (7:00 PM)
Heritage Center, St Peters Church, Mendota Heights, MN
Check News & Events for more info

Tanzania Team

March 24-April 6, 2018
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