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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 Greatest Rescue Mission

The July rescue of the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand is still capturing the world’s attention all these weeks later. Currently, Reach A Village is involved in an even greater rescue mission that is also worthy of global attention and will require an international response. People in unreached villages are trapped in the darkness of sin and death. How long will they have to wait to be rescued?   

There are many parallels between the mission to rescue the Thai soccer team and our rescue mission. No one nation or organization can accomplish the goal on its own; it takes a collaborative effort.

While over 30 countries assisted in some way with the rescue in Thailand, they all came alongside and served under the direction of the local Thai experts and leadership. In the same way, Reach A Village believes in coming alongside local Christian leaders and volunteers and supporting them in their efforts by providing resources that they need. Reach A Village has seen the effectiveness of having trained local believers take the lead in the mission to rescue souls.

The rescue situation in Thailand was monitored, and developments in the mission and needs for the effort were reported back. Reach A Village also believes in reporting back to supporters about the great work that our ministry partners are doing and communicating any pressing needs that would further or strengthen the rescue efforts.

At the outset, the obstacles in the path to rescuing the soccer team seemed insurmountable, but as everyone worked together, the miraculous was achieved. Likewise, our mission in Thailand seems daunting, as just 4 percent of villages there have a church. Over 77,000 villages still do not have a church! But we know that, as Luke 1:37 says, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” We have a Savior who is victorious over the darkness!

By Ellis Craft

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Announcing Our New YouTube Channel!

We are pleased to announce that we have started a YouTube channel! We are delighted to have this new forum to fill you in on all of the latest ministry developments.
 
Hosted by our International Ministry Director for Southeast Asia, Ellis Craft, the videos will feature topics relating to missions, interviews with missions leaders, testimonies of inspiring transformations, exciting developments from our global partners, and updates on church planting efforts. God is doing so many tremendous things worldwide, and we want you to have a front row seat!
 
We hope you’ll join us as new episodes will be aired weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Most will be 5-7 minutes in length. A link will be posted on our Facebook page as well. To subscribe and view our current videos, click here. 

God's Team Doesn't Require Superheroes

“‘For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.’” Matthew 18:20

Growing up in rural Alabama, I was a typical American boy who watched Saturday morning cartoons. Most were filled with heroes like Superman, Spiderman, Batman and the Lone Ranger. The rugged individualism portrayed by superheroes was an important cultural value. I thought that, surely, I should aspire to be that kind of hero in my generation.

When my heart was challenged with Jesus’ Great Commission, I sold my car to buy one-way tickets for myself and my family to Thailand. I wanted to join the ranks of Hudson Taylor, C.T. Stud and Adoniram Judson in spreading the Gospel to the world.

But, it did not take me long to discover that I was no superman. I was in a place where there was a ratio of less than one believer for every 10,000 people. The suffocating heat, the tropical diseases, a difficult language and the spiritual battles were all factors that quickly overwhelmed me. I ended up in a hospital with exhaustion. I hardly felt like a hero, and certainly not a superhero.

I arrived in Asia and had much to learn. Thankfully, I had a wonderful Thai leader who took me aside and shared his life and ministry with me. We traveled together, ministered together, and I began to understand how much I needed and appreciated him. He became a hero to me. I learned so much from him.

Have you ever noticed who the heroes are on Saturday morning cartoons now? My sons grew up watching Ninja Turtles and Transformers. Today, we have the Avengers and the Justice League. We live in a world that has begun to see the value of teams – teams of heroes with special gifts and abilities which, when combined, can defeat the greatest enemy.  

Jesus knew the power of teams. He called and traveled with a team of disciples. He sent them out in pairs and groups, not as individuals. To function well in God’s Kingdom, we need to learn how to be good team players. There’s no need to try to be the superhero in a world where it will take a team, multiple teams in fact, to fulfill the Great Commission.

I now recognize that when Reach A Village comes alongside local leaders and workers as part of their team, Jesus is truly in our midst.

Bob Craft

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