Reach A Village has a single focus: reaching unreached people with the Good News about Jesus. Locating the unreached villages is crucial for this mission.
Ministry partners worldwide use everything from hand-drawn maps to digital images for locating existing villages that have no believers and no churches. They continue to be deeply engaged in training and mobilizing more local believers to go out and establish new churches.
Now, data and GPS specialists are working to create dynamic maps for each country. These maps show church locations and vast areas still without churches. This information helps Reach A Village focus people and resources on places where the Gospel has not yet gone.
A new database — “First-fruits” — will help local believers increase their effectiveness. We have an early version of this tool to track their activities, events and interactions with the people they reach as they share the Gospel in each village. Our ministry partners are now better able to keep up with the people and places reached with the Good News. Pray that the Lord will provide the resources needed to complete this project.
By directing local believers to areas identified as unreached, an information database enables them to work toward their goal of saturating their country with evangelical churches. It also helps them determine their progress by tracking the number of churches started and the annual growth of the Church nationwide.
Reach A Village ministry partners are already entering data and experiencing great impact in their ministry to reach the unreached. In Cambodia, Reach A Village is working with church leaders who have formulated a national plan to reach every unreached village in their country with the Gospel. Their goal is to accomplish this within three to five years with the help of such technology as a tool.
Reach A Village’s ministry partner in Thailand, the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association, has started over 2,900 churches since 2016.
Take a look at some of the Thailand data by exploring the chart below. To see where Reach A Village has been working, select the Central region and "Phetchabun" as the province. In order to view this chart as your full screen, click the lower right hand corner.
Reach A Village is grateful for research as an important tool to help believers fulfill the Great Commission. The need for funding to expand the mapping and include data from more countries is critical. Ministry leaders worldwide are waiting for guidance so they can take the Gospel to people in every unreached village.