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2bobcraft2We have our fingers on the pulse of modern missions. Mission work is changing rapidly as the world's cultures and global conditions are changing. Ease of travel and communication impact how the Gospel is spread. But at the heart of missions, there is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the obedience of the Church to carry out Jesus' command to go into all the earth.

We want to present challenging biblical truths, insights into today's missions environment, and progress reports on reaching the entire world with the Gospel. Please keep checking our blog regularly for updates, stories and challenging thoughts from Scripture! 

The Power of a Local Partner

I love to travel, and I love to read travel magazines. One thing I constantly read about is the importance of finding a local person to show you a new area. Why? Because local people know what is really happening in a community. They can guide a visitor to the best restaurants and events. They can give tips about parking and places to avoid. Locals have deeper insight into life in their area.

Recently, I visited our Reach A Village ministry partners in Bulgaria. We traveled outside the capital city with Sergo, a ministry partner who helps to organize, train and mentor local believers to establish churches there. He drove us three hours to witness a group baptism.

During the drive, Sergo pointed out numerous towns and villages. He faithfully shared which areas our partners are reaching. He also shared a lot of demographic and religious background information about each specific area. His knowledge was impressive.

At Reach A Village, we treasure our ministry partners — and for good reason. They are the lifeblood of this ministry. They are believers from numerous locations internationally, yet they are similar to you and me with their passion to share the Gospel, commitment to living a Christ-centered life and great heart to see people come to faith in Jesus.

As Sergo talked with us, aptly pointing out ministry needs and opportunities, I thanked God. The Lord has called thousands of people like him to reach their own nations with the Gospel, and He is helping them to have great success.

Sergo and our other partners in Bulgaria are local people who understand how to share the Gospel in their country. To God’s glory, all of us are working together to see the Great Commission fulfilled. As part of the body of Christ, those of us in America provide financial and prayer support to help people like Sergo do the work God has called them to do.

Thank you for helping to make this ministry possible. Because of us — in the United States and around the globe — God’s work is a reality in our world. Every day, more people are committing their lives to Jesus. Alleluia!

By Erin Menke-Assam

 

erin casual croppedAs Director of Partner Development for Reach A Village, Erin Menke-Assam enjoys engaging people in the ministry and helping them to become part of fulfilling the Great Commission. Erin earned her Master’s degree in International Public Service from DePaul University. Her experience in international non-profit Christian organizations includes research, development, serving as a literacy trainer and helping to implement literacy programs internationally.

Washed Whiter Than Snow

"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than show." Psalm 51:7

For weeks, our Reach A Village team had been looking forward to the fellowship, food and fun of our staff picnic. After months of rainy weather, the day dawned sunny and beautiful – with temperatures into the 90s. We were under a shelter and there was a good breeze, but still, there’s only so much a “fan” blowing around hot air can do.

Back home after a wonderful day with my teammates, I climbed out of the shower and sighed, “Ahh, it feels so good to be clean again.” I was reminded of David’s words expressing the feeling of contentment, joy and peace that comes when Jesus washes us clean from the dirt and grime of our sins.

I thought about the 3 billion unreached people in villages worldwide. They have no idea how to get that cleansing, so they live every day perpetually clothed with the stain of their sins.

Imagine the sheer elation, relief and gratitude they feel when Reach A Village ministry partners arrive at their village telling them how to finally be set free and experience the cleansing from sin that Jesus offers! Then, they also want to go and share the news with everyone they can. And the impact continues to ripple outward.

It’s so amazing to have even a small role in this! With your help, Reach A Village will continue to mobilize local believers until people in over 1.7 million unreached villages have an opportunity to hear that they, too, can be washed whiter than snow through the blood of Jesus.

By Holly Lawton

Holly Lawton serves as Communications Manager for Reach A Village. Holly’s desire is to use the abilities God has given her in writing, editing, public relations and fundraising to assist in spreading the Gospel so that more people will know the Savior. She has worked at the headquarters offices of several interdenominational global missions organizations and with Houghton College, a Christian college. Holly earned her degree in Communication and Business Administration from Houghton.

Bob Craft's One-on-One Interview With Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, a renowned church-planting expert and executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, recently interviewed Reach A Village Founder and President Bob Craft about keys to the staggering number of new believers and house churches being started by Thai Christians. This movement in Thailand was featured in the Christianity Today April cover story.

Craft said that, ultimately, it is the work of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, but he also shared some insights from the Thai Christians’ methods. For example, they keep the initial Gospel presentation simple and relatable to normal Thai life and experience. The Western Christian worldview and “Christianese” are avoided as they can inhibit the spread of the Gospel in Asia. Craft explains that terms like “testimony” and even “sin” can be confusing or misunderstood by those coming from a Buddhist background.The focus is kept solely on biblical truth.

“Keep in mind that in countries like Thailand, we do not leave the 99 to find the one lost sheep. We leave the one found sheep in the fold to rush back and try to rescue the 99,” Craft notes. “Thailand and other countries have vast populations in geographic areas or ethnic enclaves that have less than 1 percent believers among them.”

Click here to view the interview.

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