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We 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!
We are excited to share that the Christianity Today April cover story "Making Missions Count" features interviews with Dwight Martin of CrossTies Asia, a ministry of Reach A Village, and with Bob Craft. We are so pleased for this opportunity to talk about the role new technology and national Christians, like our Thai ministry partners the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association (FJCCA), will play in the future of global missions.
New technology can show in real time where ministry needs are greatest and help bring organizations together to work toward Great Commission goals. The Harvest database, which is described in the article as “the most comprehensive national church database in the world,” was developed by Dwight’s team to aid the Thai Church’s national plan for strategic evangelism by mapping the locations of all churches in Thailand and identifying unreached villages.
Dwight’s research spurred a partnership with the FJCCA that has turned into a fast-growing church planting movement in unreached villages in Thailand. In just a year and a half, nearly 12,000 people have started their journey with Jesus and engagement in God’s Word through Bible study! Out of 13 mother churches, more than 400 house churches have been started since 2016.
Reach A Village plays a supporting role in the partnership, collaborating with the movement’s leaders to provide new Thai believers with the tools and resources they need to grow in their faith. Our ministry model is to come alongside local, indigenous Christians to help supply access to training, culturally appropriate study materials, and local language Scriptures so that they can reach their own people for Christ, nurture new believers, and start churches in unreached villages.
We believe that you will be inspired as you read this article and see how the Lord is working in new and different ways around the world! Please click here to view the article.
The ministry of Reach A Village was featured in the March issue of AFA Journal, a publication of the American Family Association. In an interview, President Robert Craft told about our focus on training local believers in order to reach the remaining 1 million unreached villages around the world. “They are unreached, but not unreachable,” he commented.
He explained that, from his own experience as a missionary, he had observed that indigenous Christians were more effective when it came to communicating and connecting with the people on a spiritual level because of their shared language and culture. He outlined our ministry model and process for mobilizing these local believers to fulfill the Great Commission.
Reach A Village is grateful for this wonderful opportunity to share about what God is doing around the world!
To read the AFA Journal article, please click here!
A few years ago, I began considering how to find someone to travel to Southeast Asia in my place and continue the partnerships I’ve had with ministries for almost 20 years. As Reach A Village has grown, so have my responsibilities as president. Additionally, I will turn 67 in March, and some health issues prompted me to get more intentional about the search.
It wouldn't be easy to find the right person. The individual would have to live in North America, yet be passionate about reaching the lost in Asia, be able to work across cultures with international pastors, teachers and church leaders, and travel tirelessly to areas where the Gospel has not spread. Some formal ministry training would be required.
Yet, God was already preparing someone. Ellis was a missionary kid in Thailand and the Philippines. His studies included Bible and community development. He spent 10 years working with a non-profit helping adults with disabilities. Ellis felt God calling him to a ministry spreading the Gospel and focusing on discipleship. He left his job to attend Moody Theological Seminary. After graduating in 2018, he joined Reach A Village and is now International Ministry Director for Southeast Asia.
During the past year, Ellis and I traveled to ministry sites together. As I watched him interact with our ministry partners, it was obvious that his studies in sociology, community development and ministry leadership, along with his work in management, staff development, and training, prepared him well for this new role. Please join me in welcoming, Ellis Craft, my son and new co-worker, to Reach A Village. Pray that God will bless him and his family as he serves in this unique ministry.
Serving Christ Together,