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Stories of Transformation through Christ!

More than 1,000,000 villages still have not heard the Gospel. You can help us reach as many as possible. People, just like these, are waiting to be transformed by Christ.

Every village that is reached results in amazing stories of transformation through Jesus Christ and the Living Word of God. These are real stories of real people.  

 

1,000 Village Match Challenge

When I obeyed the Lord’s leading and founded Reach A Village, I had no idea how much would be accomplished through this ministry in just five years. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, our staff, ministry partners and donor partners, 7,006 villages have been reached with the Gospel. That averages out to almost four villages reached each day!

Now, the Lord has given us a tremendous opportunity to see even more villages reached, but we need your help. A generous Reach A Village donor partner has promised to match gifts dollar-for-dollar, so that instead of reaching 1,000 villages, we can reach 2,000! Just imagine the number of people living in those villages who will hear about Jesus because you helped send someone to tell them!

vannai2Before a church planter came to share the Good News, Mrs. Vannai’s village in Cambodia was enslaved by fear of angering the spirits. Mrs. Vannai was the village magician, who acted as the intermediary between the people and the spirits. But, even she was not immune from their wrath, and the spirits would strike her with illness or other problems if she made even the smallest mistake in serving them.

When she learned that Jesus loved her and died on the cross for her, Mrs. Vannai accepted Him as Savior and was freed from her bondage. Though she faces extreme persecution from other villagers because she is no longer the magician, Mrs. Vannai boldly witnesses to them about how they, too, can be set free.

There are an estimated 1 million villages around the world that still need someone to come and explain the Gospel message. With your gift of $300 – or just $25 a month for one year – and the match, a local believer can be trained, equipped with Scriptures and Bible study materials, and sent to a village that has no Christian presence.

Please help us in this effort to see 2,000 more villages added to the number being saved from the power of sin and death! Your gift of any size will be matched, and lives and communities like Mrs. Vannai’s will be transformed.

 

Reaching Villages Together,

Bob Craft

 

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No More Pain

As a single mom living in Ukraine, Samantha* faced a struggle that parents across the globe fear. Her daughter was terminally ill. For two years, she cared for the toddler, watching in helpless agony as her daughter suffered extreme pain daily.

It took its toll, and Samantha became consumed by depression, anger and the lonely feeling that no one could help her. Hope was something that she could not muster. It seemed unfair that such a small child should have to deal with so much. Samantha also felt cheated as she contemplated the reality that she might lose her daughter forever.

One day, Samantha sat on the bus crying uncontrollably. A fellow passenger asked if she needed help, but Samantha replied that no one could help her. She relayed her situation to the friendly man to prove that there was no hope, no solution, and no relief from pain. The man was on his way to a Bible study and invited Samantha to join him.

After that first Bible study, Samantha began attending the meetings regularly. She studied the Word and talked with the pastors and other Bible study members frequently. Her daughter was lifted up in prayer constantly, and, most importantly, Samantha started a relationship with Jesus Christ. As she turned toward God, she began to feel peace and discover hope.

For two more years, Samantha took care of her sick daughter, and she learned to rely on God every moment of every day. The thought that both she and her daughter were destined for eternity with their Lord and Savior calmed the storm that was her life.

When God eventually called her daughter home to heaven, Samantha rested in the abundant peace of knowing that they would be reunited one day in the presence of the Savior. In fact, she consoled others by reminding them that there is no suffering or pain in heaven.

Samantha credits her strength to her glorious God who promises eternal life free from the struggles of this world. She recognizes that her trials are light and momentary compared to an eternity with Jesus. Her inner peace and joy show people that God changes hearts and gives solace, even in sorrow.

 

 

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Pastors After His Heart

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15

Anastasia was raised in a Bulgarian home with traditional beliefs. When she heard about the new Evangelical church fellowship group that had started in her village, she viewed it as a destructive cult.

During afternoon coffee with a friend, she expressed her indignation over the presence of the new church group. Much to Anastasia’s dismay, her friend shared that she had attended two of the church services and had sincerely enjoyed them.

Not long after the coffee outing, Anastasia scraped her leg on a rusty nail. The scrape turned into a swollen and painful infection. Unable to walk, Anastasia called her friend for help.

The friend immediately brought the pastor to Anastasia’s home. The pastor skillfully administered a tetanus shot and cleaned and bandaged the wound. That was the start of healing for both Anastasia’s leg and her heart.

Anastasia was moved by the genuine response and attitude of the pastor who had rushed to her aid without even knowing her personally. She was impressed by the pastor’s kindness and his ability to talk openly with her. His faith had been acted out in such a selfless and loving manner.

The experience encouraged Anastasia to visit a small group meeting, and soon afterward she accepted the Lord as her Savior. Since then, life has become much more fulfilling for Anastasia. The more she grows in her walk with Jesus, the more she discovers the depth of God’s peace. Her heart is full of joy.

Anastasia remarks, “May God bless all the workers in His field, and equip them with strength, inspiration and all they need to be even more fruitful.”

Holding on to Faith

Ilija accepted Christ through a home church group in Serbia started by Veran, but his faith has been tested. Ilija is 60 years old and has battled health issues, including diabetes, for the past 12 years.

He took pills and injections, but last year Ilija’s condition got considerably worse. His blood sugar rose really high, he lost weight and suffered systemic fatigue. Ilija didn’t know what to do, and he began losing hope that things could get better.

Veran often spoke with Ilija about God’s sacrifice and the character and capacity of Christ to heal our diseases and cleanse us from our sins. Ilija didn’t understand some of what she told him, but faith was the only option he had left, so he grabbed hold of the lifeline offered to him.

It’s so common for us as humans to turn to the Lord of the Universe as our last resort, but nonetheless, His grace and endless love are there waiting for us the moment we do. Ilija has experienced much healing both physically and spiritually.

While it has not been an easy spiritual journey for him, Ilija gives thanks to Jesus for all that He has done in his life. Ilija testifies that Christ gives him rest and peace and holds him together. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

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