I recently spent a week at the Encompass World Partners headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, learning more about the history and vision of our primary sending partner organization. During that time my heart was stirred by the clarity of the call God has given His people to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). It is evident from Genesis to Revelation that God is jealous for His name to be exalted to the ends of the earth.

Check out this passionate plea from Pastor John Piper that all Christians be involved in God’s mission to the nations:


At Grace Polaris Church, May will be a month of focused attention on missions. We will be hearing about God’s purposes in the world from God’s Word, we will be praying for His work among the nations, and we will even be pushed out of our comfort zones to engage in a variety of practical ways.

I am excited to be a part of what God is doing in the world…even from right here in Columbus, Ohio! How is God leading you to get involved?

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Dustin Speaks is the Mission Mobilization Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren, and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, the Speaks went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports—basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.