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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! 

A Momentous Event in Cambodia!

In October, I had the honor of joining our Cambodia Ministry Director, Uong Vibol and members of his team in Phnom Penh for a momentous gathering hosted by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen for 3,000 leaders from Christian groups and denominations across the country. What makes this event even more extraordinary is that Buddhism is the official religion in Cambodia, and around 95 percent of the population claim it as their religion.
 
While he is not a Christian himself, Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked the Christians for their role in strengthening Cambodian society in the areas of education, ethics and social projects that contribute to peace, stability and unity in the nation. He also stated that the government will continue to grant freedom of religion.
 
This was encouraging news to all of us! Reach A Village partners with the National Christian Churches Network (NCCN), one of the largest groups of evangelical churches in Cambodia, which is headed by Pastor Vibol. Vibol and other leaders were responsible for organizing the event. Through this partnership, more than 1,500 new churches have been started over the past two years, with the primary focus on unreached villages.
 
Our Cambodia ministry team has a strategic national plan to take the Gospel to every unreached village across the country within five years. They recently determined that over 8,600 villages and communities still do not have a church. The prime minister’s pledge of continued religious freedom means that the door will remain open for their ministry!
 
Now, there is an even greater sense of urgency to accomplish this mission that is so close to Pastor Vibol’s heart. We recently learned that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. We are all saddened by this news and ask you to join with us in fervent prayer for God’s hand upon Pastor Vibol, his family and co-workers, and the ministry in Cambodia. Thank you for your prayers.
 
Serving Christ together,

Robert Craft
Founder and President

 

Note: This photo is courtesy of the prime minister's Facebook page.

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.

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