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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! 

Great Thanksgiving!

2 Corinthians 4:15 (NLT)   As God's grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 

This verse expresses exactly what I feel each day as I wake up involved in the ministry of Reach A Village. I am so blessed and so thankful to be part of the process of reaching "more and more people" through equipping, training and mobilizing local "missionaries" into the remaining unreached villages of their areas.

This little girl in the Philippines received her first bible from our ministry last week.  It brought tears to my eyes when she asked for my autograph! She was so proud of that bible and so thankful to us for bringing it to her along with the bible study classes in her school.

I have the joy of reading a constant stream of stories and testimonies of lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. The vast majority of these stories come from people who previously had never heard the Gospel, owned a Bible or had even known a follower of Christ. These new believers now glorify and praise God for His saving Grace that has finally reached their village and their family.

I want to thank those of you who have faithfully prayed for this ministry, read the stories on our website and been an encouragement to us. We want to also thank those of you who have included this ministry in your financial giving. You have helped thousands of people hear the gospel for the first time and provided them the opportunity to study God's word with a believer who speaks their language and knows their needs.

Bob Craft

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Reflecting on Vietnam - July 2014

 

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Ramona and I were in Washington D.C. for the 4th of July. While we were there to celebrate, it was an unavoidable time to reflect on the war that changed my own life and the lives of many from our generation. Vietnam was a costly war.  That cost was evident as I stood before a wall etched with the names of more than 58,000 men and women who fought and died in the Vietnam War.

Jesus said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13 (NLT)

Read more: Reflecting on Vietnam - July 2014

Transformed

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

biblesmileThere are many in our world who will admire Jesus during the Easter season as they reflect on the stories of His compassionate miracles and His selfless sacrifice. These are attributes to which many in this world would aspire. In fact, I have been to places in our world where people gladly place an image or picture of "Jesus" alongside the other gods they worship. His life and death story is inspirational and certainly warrants attention and respect. But for those who have had a personal spiritual encounter with Jesus Christ there is a far deeper dimension to Him. His story and the words He has spoken in the gospels, become life changing.

In Christ, there is a personal transformation from fear to faith. I work in cultures where people often serve the "gods of nature". These gods demand daily sacrifices and capriciously punish people with illness and misfortune. When people in such environments discover that there is a Creator God who loves them and sent His Son to die for them, they are set free from fear and they place their faith in this loving God. This is an eternal truth that transforms.

For those who put their faith in Christ there is also a transformation from perplexity to peace. Around the world people are perplexed by the problems of broken relationships, addictions, hurtful actions against friends, family and even strangers. These problems are universal, but the solution found in forgiveness through Christ on the cross, is truly cross cultural. Listen to these words of a former prostitute in Myanmar, "Jesus has worked major changes in my life. Since I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, I have received true forgiveness, love, satisfaction, fulfillment, joy and peace. I no longer live in my old habits of fear. Christ is the lover of my soul, my friend; He is my Life and Living water."

For those who have placed their faith in Christ, there is an experience of transformation from fear to faith, from perplexity to peace and from guilt to glory. "We are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory." "Glory" is an interesting word. We rarely use it in ordinary conversation about ordinary people. It is usually reserved for soldiers and athletes, those who perform noble feats or achieve physical excellence. But in Christ, He shares His blessing with us, ordinary people, allowing us to experience a radical transformation of life through His Spirit. The Bible reveals the Word of God and Jesus said, "The words I speak to you, they are Spirit and they are life." (John 6:63)

His Word brings transformation.

ERC

 

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