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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! 

AFA Journal Interviews Robert Craft

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!

Introducing Our New Southeast Asia Ministry Director

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,
Robert Craft

For to Us a Child Is Born

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

While a student at Olivet Nazarene University, I would sing in the annual performance of George Frideric Handel's “Messiah” every December. My choir would practice for months in advance as the yearly event was a proud tradition.

One of the most popular choruses featured this verse from Isaiah. For a good portion of it, Handel focuses on the first phrase of the verse, "for to us a child is born" and places special emphasis on the word "us." With all the power of this prophetic verse, why focus on such a tiny, simple word?

Though the word is just two letters long, the implications are tremendous. God promised He would send a Savior to the world, and the word "us" has implications beyond Jesus' physical birth and His ministry on Earth. He was born into the world for all people, in every place and for all time. Jesus' birth is an eternal gift to all people who will ever live on Earth. His promises are for all time. How truly inspiring it is to think of how a mere two letter word has implications for the salvation of all people!

As you celebrate His birth with your loved ones, let us remember with joy that Jesus came and sacrificed Himself because of His incredible love for everyone who lived at the time of His birth, those alive today, and every single person around the world who has lived or will ever live.

By Erin Menke-Assam

 

erincircle2As 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.

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