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Reach A Village and CrossTies Asia unite for greater Kingdom impact
PARK FOREST, Ill. – A common vision and burden for an estimated 1 million villages worldwide that have no churches and virtually no access to God’s Word has brought international mission organizations Reach A Village and CrossTies Asia together in a new partnership. Leaders from both organizations announced that CrossTies Asia will now operate as a ministry of Reach A Village.
“This partnership joins together time-tested biblical missiology and the latest technology. It could really be a game-changer in our work to fulfill the Great Commission,” Reach A Village President Robert Craft states. CrossTies Asia Executive Director Dwight Martin adds, “By working together, we greatly enhance each other's ministry and can make a significant impact for God’s Kingdom.”
Through years of ministry experience and research, Craft and Martin have each come to the conclusion that indigenous Christians are the most effective in reaching their own people for Christ. Both organizations are committed to equipping and empowering local Christians to spread the Gospel to unreached villages within their countries.
Reach A Village provides training, Scriptures and Bible study materials and mobilizes national Christians to evangelize, disciple and start churches in nearby unreached villages. CrossTies Asia specializes in supplying Christian literature and resources in local languages, as well as research, data and technology that enables church and mission leaders to collaborate and formulate strategic ministry plans.
In Thailand, Martin serves as research coordinator for the Thai Church’s national plan for strategic evangelism and church growth. He and his team developed a database and mapping system called Harvest that tracks and maps the Body of Christ in Thailand (https://thaichurches.org). In looking at 10 years’ worth of data, Martin realized that the Thai Church was not growing fast enough to meet the goals of the national plan, and he wanted to find a method to accelerate the growth.
“Bob and I have known each other for a number of years as acquaintances,” Martin shared. “He took me to Myanmar and Cambodia, which are also Buddhist-background countries, and I was blown away by the church-planting work they were doing there. I thought, ‘We need to partner together!’”
Now, Harvest system data is available for Cambodia (https://cambodiachurches.org) and will soon be available for Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. With this technology, it will be easier to pinpoint unreached villages, and the hope is that church and mission leaders across denominational lines will be inspired to develop strategic national plans for church growth in these countries.
“While CrossTies Asia is now under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of Reach A Village, it will still continue to function as it has, serving the Church at-large,” Craft noted. “One of the intended consequences of this new relationship is to share the data and encourage a spirit of cooperation and strategic collaboration between mission groups and denominations within a country, making our combined efforts more fruitful in fulfilling the Great Commission in the face of such huge need.”