“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
We seek to follow Jesus’ command and carry out the Great Commission by reaching every village possible. Our plan, strategy and model are based on the essential biblical principles Jesus modeled for His disciples as they reached villages.
Motivated by the needs of their people and the Holy Spirit’s call to go, local Christians apply for training from our ministry partners to share the Gospel and establish churches in unreached villages in their country. (Matthew 9:36, Matthew 4:19)
These local disciples are carefully vetted to determine their spiritual maturity and readiness to lead others. Trainees are mobilized to areas where the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed. (Mark 1:38) Because they are being sent to reach their own people for Christ, there are fewer barriers and costs than there are with traditional Western missionaries.
Mobilizing disciples involves constantly equipping local leaders and believers in these four Areas:
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Like Jesus’ disciples, these modern-day disciples undergo intensive, on-the-job training. At regular intervals during a period of 12-24 months, experienced trainers provide 3- to 5-day modular sessions of group instruction. The training sessions provide a total of 100 hours or more of teaching. (Mark 2:13)
They learn practical skills in strategic evangelism, discipleship, establishing worship and raising up leaders within the church. In between the group modules, they go out and apply what they have learned in the unreached community where they are working to establish a new church fellowship. (Mark 3:14 NLT2)
Jesus taught His disciples not only by word, but by modeling what they were to do. Each individual going through our training is supported by a mature, experienced mentor who provides coaching and guidance throughout the process. (Luke 11:28 NLT2)
Making disciples is the core of the Great Commission. Seekers and new believers are engaged in small-group Bible studies. They learn about following Jesus, obeying His teachings and applying spiritual truths in their daily life. (Matthew 28:20) As believers grow spiritually and in number, the small groups come together to form a new local church fellowship.
Multiplication is the norm in the Gospel narrative, and it is key to our strategy to reach villages. As new churches mature and leaders emerge, more people can be trained, sent out to start churches in other unreached villages and make more disciples. The cycle continues to repeat and expand as those disciples go on to make more disciples as well. (Luke 9:6)
Using these methods, Reach A Village ministry partners in Thailand and Cambodia are working diligently and strategically to reach every unreached village in their countries for Christ and start churches. Although the movement in Thailand is young, already more than 400 churches have been started in previously unreached villages. In Cambodia, over 1,800 villages have been reached and churches established in just three years!