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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! 

Shepherds Hear the Good News

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good new that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:8-11

Of all the people waiting for the coming of Christ, why did the Lord God first send the angelic messengers to simple shepherds? I have a theory that is based on my experience and the nature of God revealed throughout Scripture.

As a former missionary and founder of Reach A Village, I have felt the call of God to focus on ministry to forgotten people, often in remote areas, who most desperately need the Savior. The Christmas story is full of examples of God's reaching out to those in society who have neither wealth nor fame.

Joseph and Mary, were ordinary people from an obscure village who could hardly afford the journey to Bethlehem. They had to rely on the kindness of a stranger to allow them a place to sleep and for their child to be born. The birth was not amidst the smells of a disinfected hospital or the burning incense of a temple or palace. The birth of Jesus was surrounded by the smell of hay and manure. Not unlike the familiar smells of the areas we serve.

The glorious announcement of Christ's birth came by angel messenger to ordinary people who roamed the Judean countryside to find food for their animals. They are hardworking and rugged people who toil in a thankless occupation. In God's will and plan, they were not forgotten.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support to reach the forgotten people of the world. Though we don't know their names or faces, the Lord does. There is much rejoicing in heaven that the least of these are hearing and responding to the Gospel.

Thank you for helping thousands of people celebrate their first Christmas this year.

Bob Craft

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)

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