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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.

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Bob Craft’s CT Article Shares Cambodia’s Miracle!

Reach A Village Founder and President Robert Craft recently wrote an article for Christianity Today sharing how God is answering the prayers of Cambodian Christians with a modern-day miracle. While Christians in other countries in the region face government restrictions, this Buddhist nation’s prime minister, Hun Sen, hosted a banquet for 3,000 church leaders and thanked them for their contributions to Cambodian society through education, ethics, social projects and promoting peace and unity.

Hun Sen also pledged continued religious freedom. This paves the way for our ministry partners, the National Christian Churches Network, Cambodia Council (NCCN-CC), to continue their efforts to reach every village in Cambodia with the Gospel. Under the direction of Pastor Uong Vibol, the NCCN-CC reported 58,313 new believers through the outreach of more than 3,000 churches during the past fiscal year! “Who would have imagined this kind of growth in a single year, considering the history of Cambodia?” Craft says.

He explains, “By the end of 1979, 80 percent of Cambodian believers had been martyred during the horrors of Marxist leader Pol Pot’s Killing Fields. Most Christians were among more than 1.3 million Cambodians whose bodies were scattered in more than 20,000 mass burial sites called ‘killing fields’ throughout the country, in what many consider the worst genocide of the 20th century. There may have been as few as 200 remnant believers who were meeting in secret among the ruins of Phnom Penh city.”

To learn more about Cambodia’s past, the historic events taking place recently, and the Gospel movement that is gaining momentum across the country, click here and read the entire article.

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A Light in the Darkness

How do most of us define the word “darkness”? We often say that darkness is the absence of light. That is true as far as the human eye can discern it. For many years scientists thought that the dark parts of the universe, the “black holes,” were empty spaces devoid of matter, especially matter like stars, which emit light. However, it turns out that “darkness” is actually “dark energy” or “dark matter.”

At Christmas, we celebrate because Jesus came into the world to rescue people from darkness. He knew that “darkness” is a real spiritual force that can be felt. The darkness that people in unreached villages experience is tangible and frightening. Darkness comes in the form of addictions, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and being enslaved to local gods, spirits and customs that keep them in paralyzing fear.

Jesus is the Light! When the Light of Jesus comes into the village, everything changes. His Presence dispels darkness and drives out fear. The light of the Gospel transforms people and sets them free from sin and darkness. The Light of Jesus continues to shine blessing and restoration into hearts and families in the village.

How does the Light of Jesus come to villages that still remain in darkness today because they have never heard? The answer is simple but sobering. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 (NIV) The followers of Jesus are now the ones who must take His Light to villages that have not heard.

Each of us has a part to play in delivering people from darkness by being a light to those around us. Each of us has a responsibility to send someone into unreached villages to take the light and be the light of Jesus. Thank you for partnering with Reach A Village to shine the Light of Christ and dispel darkness from lives in villages around the world!

Spreading the Light Together,

Robert Craft

Founder and President

 

May the Light of Jesus fill your home this Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Reach A Village family

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.

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