One takes place on the Lakota Indian Reservation of Pine Ridge through their Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center (PRRC). PRRC supports and deeply cares for Native Youth in a challenging environment. This spring, we trained 4 new Coaches for PRRC to use Encircled as a tool to bring hope.
The other takes place in a Twin Cities suburb, where a men’s Bible study that decided they wanted a “Rites of Passage” for their kids as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Encircled will help their kids to have sustained faith and a circle of friends, family, and mentors.
Lastly, coming fall of 2021, Encircled will launch our youth group curriculum, The Group Journey, to encircle more students than ever!
Would you consider a financial gift to help us launch our Encircled Group Journey? With $15,000 we can impact thousands of youth over the years to come.
If you’ve been Encircled, you know that every student has the opportunity to come together with people they choose to surround them. These might be friends, family, or mentors from your life, and often from your faith community!
These people commit to encouraging you in your long-term faith journey.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
- Romans 12:6-8
One part of the Encircled method is getting to know more about the gifts that you have been given through God’s grace. And when we say giftedness we mean everything from serving to leading and singing to swimming.
Birkebeiner 2021 ✅
Today marks the beginning of our skier’s races in this year’s Birkie! Here is Ben at the race checking in and thanking our sponsors and donors!
We Ski4You so that students can use the Encircled method: a three step method that allows students to build a circle of support, and explore their giftedness. In times like these, connection and support are more important than ever.
“Thanks to Chipotle in Chanhassen for fueling us for the race and to Drs Jaron and Jordan at Statera for getting me ready for the race!” - Ben Bevis
If you haven’t already, check out our Ski4You page (link in bio!)
Tomorrow we Ski4You! There is still time to check out how your sponsorship can help to expand the reach of Encircled’s mission by visiting https://www.4giving.com/6251 (link in bio). Today we want to highlight the rest of our corporate donors. With the help of our sponsors and donors, Encircled is putting students in the driver’s seat to explore their giftedness. Today we have Pioneer Midwest, Becker, and Odom Health & Wellness:
"We are your local ski shop and we want to help you enjoy the sport of cross country skiing more. We have a wide range of competitive skis that we hand pick from Salomon, Atomic, Fischer, Rossignol, Madshus. We fit every customer to their skis ensuring that no matter what level of skier you are that you will have skis that fit you. In the summer we also sell Northstar Canoes." - Pioneer Midwest
“Stop in to a Becker Showroom; we promise you’ll find everything you need to furnish your home both stylishly and affordably. Our Mission: to provide on-trend home inspiration helping people create spaces they love.” - Becker
“Odom Health & Wellness is a Minnetonka based Sports Medicine and Wellness Center that is dedicated to patients in our surrounding community. We take a holistic approach to care that focuses on customized treatment plans, resulting in top notch patient outcomes.” - Odom
Can you believe it? The Birkie is just two days away! Today we bring you our final skier introductions— meet Ben and Steve:
“Encircled is helping students feel known and loved by God and their circles of support. Encircled also helps students better know how they are gifted to do cool things in the world. When students have a Circle of Support around them helping them live out this Giftedness, this gives them hope, sustained faith and confidence. I believe this creates more intentional relationships and a more meaningful life!”
“I have a passion for helping young people grow in their faith and I know that they need a team of people surrounding them as they mature. I am delighted to contribute to the work of supporting young adults in finding their unique way of honoring God with their lives.”
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our #Ski4You donation page, link in bio!
As we get closer to our Ski4You fundraiser, we want to continue to recognize all of the individual and corporate donors that make it possible for Encircled to empower students to explore their giftedness. Today we want to focus our attention on Integrative Massage!
“Through an integrative approach in Massage Therapy you will increase athletic and job performance, shorten your recovery time, and increase your overall longevity!”
“At STATERA | health, we approach this problem by reverse engineering human longevity with foundational pillars, putting you in the driver's seat to better understand your health and take more control.”
It’s Friday! Today we have a couple more skiers to introduce: Dan and Brian will #Ski4You in next Thursday’s Birkebeiner. Swipe to read about their Birkie experience!
“Love the mission! Glad to help make the encircled process available to more youth. Kids need many people in their lives to encourage and support them and help point them toward a positive future.” - Brian
“The world is messy, lonely, and difficult. Without caring and invested people in the lives of young adults, there is a huge likelihood that these young people will fall through the cracks of society. Encircled keeps them from falling through the cracks and enables them to not only succeed in life but become a contributing member of their community.” - Dan
Be sure to check out our corporate donors as well: JP Willman in Minnesota, and Strong Tower in Colorado.
Encircled is lucky to have a community of friends, family and businesses that are here to support our mission to encircle students! Our #Ski4You fundraiser is sponsored this year by a variety of fantastic businesses. Today we want to introduce you to US Power Guard and Diamond Leaf:
“Power generation experts. No capital solution for onsite generation, and full warranty and service program for one low monthly fee if you already have a generator. We make critical power easy.”
Learn more at:
Encircled’s Ski4You Race is coming up quick, visit our link in bio to donate, and follow along with us at #Ski4You or @encircled.official!
Happy Monday! To start your week off we want to introduce you to a couple of our skiers that are taking on the Birkebeiner this 25th (only 10 days away)! John and Paul are both seasoned skiers who are excited about Encircled’s mission.
“Encircled is equipping students, and faith communities to do the most essential work of encircling students with a group of chosen trusted adults to help, and equip the next generation as they discover their giftedness and live it out as a part of God’s story. “ - John
“As a parent of a teenager and two young adults, I see the importance of bringing people in their lives and surrounding them with support and allowing them to grow and I see Encircled creating that same support system. I love hearing about the success stories from Encircled and the impact it has made in the lives of young people.” - Paul
Link in bio to sponsor your favorite skier in the 2021 Birke!
Don’t forget to follow along as well highlight our skiers and sponsors for #SKI4YOU!
Mark your calendars, February 25th is the legendary Birkebeiner cross country ski marathon where we Ski4You! With your sponsorship, six skiers will take on the Birkie to raise money to help expand the ministry of Encircled. Your donations can give students the opportunities to explore their giftedness and to be Encircled for a life time.
To sponsor your favorite skier, visit http://www.4giving.com/6251, or check out the link in our bio!
Follow along with us on @Encircled.Official or #Ski4You as we gear up for the race by highlighting our skiers and sponsors.
Learn more about Encircled’s ministry and vision at https://www.encircled.org.
“Encircled identifies for the students the gifts that they have and helps them understand what those gifts will mean for them as they move forward in their faith journey. Beyond that, Encircled allows them to share those gifts with those who surround them to have encouragement and guidance as they move forward.”
It’s not just about knowing your giftedness, but figuring out how you can celebrate it with the world around you.
Join Encircled and bring your circle together to speak into your giftedness as you look into the future.
Encircled is a method of learning how God can work through you and your gifts!
Although you may be surrounded by supportive friends, family, and faith community now, these people are likely to shift as you grow and go out into the world. Encircled encourages students to surround themselves with people who want to commit to supporting them in living out their giftedness.
Our method takes intentional time to put 16-18 year olds in the drivers seat of exploring their gifts and developing a circle of support. The three meeting process allows students to meet with a coach and create a plan for their long-term faith journey.
“I am living out my giftedness through personal ministry and discipleship in Alaska. It's quite surreal to be living out my purpose post-college 🙂 God has thoroughly equipped me to deeply love and encourage my students (though our youth group is small) by gifting me with the ability to develop, mentor, and teach youth, through the love of Christ. Yet not I, but through Christ in me.”
- Katie, Encircled Student
Encircled wants to celebrate our students as they head out into the world and live out the giftedness that God has given them! Find out how you can make Encircled part of your faith community at www.Encircled.org
Let’s get right to it— because intentionality is a big part of what Encircled is about! We know you probably have a community surrounding you right now, just like you probably know what some of your gifts are.
Encircled takes the time out of your busy schedule and puts intentionality behind creating a plan as you launch into adulthood. Our method empowers you to look closer at your gifts— and how you can use the things God has equipped you with to interact with the world. Encircled takes the time to bring your circle together in one place (the Encircle Your Life meeting!) to commit to your long-term journey.
What are you waiting for? Take the time to build an intentional circle and learn about what you can do with your giftedness with the Encircled method!
Get involved at www.encircled.org or follow us @encircled.official!