“Encouraging life, wherever, whenever.”
Encouragers Unlimited is a non-profit organization who’s main vision and goal is to encourage people, wherever and whenever God enables us to do so.
We believe that one simple act of encouragement is like a scent of water, bringing strength and encouragement to the weary. Encouragers Unlimited started as a ministry to young pastors and evangelists in the US, Europe and Africa. Dad and Mom Stern were known as Papa and Mama to many pastors and missionaries. Their legacy continues to strengthen the Body of Christ and others through Kings Kids Village, Sudan Reach and Encourages Unlimited – Europe. These ministries continue the work of encouraging ministers, orphans and students from war torn areas in their faith, strengthening them towards the fulfillment of their God given purpose.
Our founders, Paul and Eleanor Stern, have been in the encouraging industry for over 60 yrs, lifting up the hands of ministers who are weary and just need encouragement. In 1988, God spoke to Paul and Eleanor to begin to travel and encourage ministers all over the world, and Encouragers Unlimited was born.
Paul went home to be with the Lord in 2013. What a legacy he has left behind to all that knew him and were touched by the warmth and love that poured from his life.
Eleanor, now in her 90’s, is still a world traveller, following the voice of the Lord despite her age. She spends some time at home in the U.S. (Florida, Nebraska) with her children and grandchildren; but more recently most of her time is spent in Kenya, continuing the legacy of encouragement on campus at King’s Kids Village, a family-modeled children’s home started and funded through Encouragers Unlimited. Eleanor continues to live out the truth that you’re never too old to follow God into His purpose for your life. Out of that understanding, she has written a book… “Never too old”… Available on Amazon.
Encouragers Unlimited is currently directed by Paul and Eleanor’s Son, Jon Stern, along with his wife, Molly. Jon and Molly have been missionaries in Kenya for over thirty years, serving in various capacities in connection with church planting and development.
In 2002, they helped Paul and Eleanor establish a keystone of Encouragers legacy, Kings Kids Village, located in Nairobi, Kenya. Jon and Molly have since assumed the mantle of Kings Kids Village (2006) and of Encouragers Unlimited Ministries (2011).
Since 2012 to the present, Jon and Molly have taken on the added privilege and responsibility of serving on the pastoral team of Nairobi Lighthouse Church, while remaining the ministry leaders of both Encouragers Unlimited and Kings Kids Village. They have seen the grace of God for this very busy, yet fulfilling season of their lives.
Jim and Sue Christie are a great addition to the Encouragers Unlimited team. Jim took early retirement in 2007, not really knowing where God would lead them. The story of how they came to connect with us is nothing short of super-natural.
They have been serving at Kings Kids Village since mid 2010 and have grown into running the day to day operations of the home and school. Although Jim and Sue have many talents, their greatest attribute is their love for and willingness to serve the people of Kenya and beyond. May God richly reward their anointed service to the Kingdom of God.
Our global efforts are made possible by your generous donations. We are blown away by the financial support that our partners continue to give in order to see the mission go further. But even more encouragement needs to be given around the world. Would you consider becoming an Encouragers Partner?
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