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Stories of Transformation through Christ!

More than 1,000,000 villages still have not heard the Gospel. You can help us reach as many as possible. People, just like these, are waiting to be transformed by Christ.

Every village that is reached results in amazing stories of transformation through Jesus Christ and the Living Word of God. These are real stories of real people.  

 

Answered Prayers

“God answers our prayers before we even pray them!” proclaims one of our church planters living in Ukraine.

War in the region has created great turmoil and upheaval. “Many ministers were forced to leave the ministry and resettle elsewhere,” the church planter tells. “Those who are willing to stay are overloaded and find it difficult to provide for their families.” The personnel shortage was growing, and at the same time, the demand for ministers seemed to increase tenfold as many are seeking God in the midst of war.

Unsure what to do, the church planters who remained began to pray that God would raise up men and women who could serve these settlements. Miraculously, many men and women have chosen to stay there and serve. 

“The main difficulty is that these brothers and sisters do not have the experience or necessary knowledge to preach and teach in their communities,” the church planter shares. Again, they prayed for God to intervene. Surely if God had raised up these men and women, He would provide the training they so desperately needed.

God answered these prayers through connecting them with Reach A Village ministry partners in Ukraine. So far, 11 people have been able to attend a series of training seminars that will equip them to lead small-group Bible studies!

“God continues to faithfully answer our prayers!” the church planter says. “We pray for an end to the turmoil in this region of Ukraine, for those who are on the front lines of evangelization, and for the many non-believers who might hear the Word of God and discover Jesus.”

Already Paid

Rangsey is a fisherman in Cambodia who sells crabs from his boat dock. Now, his strong Christian faith radiates out from him to his customers, but he shares how he used to feel weighed down by the requirements of the traditional Cambodian religion handed down from his ancestors.

Rangsey believed that he needed to do enough good deeds to overcome the bad karma from his past reincarnations and earn eternal life in heaven. But he always fell short. He felt there was no hope in this life, only hopelessness and fear of hell.

One day as he was pondering these things, a church planter named Chantrea came to visit him. When she asked what was troubling him, Rangsey replied that he did not believe that our good deeds can save us from hell. Chantrea explained to him that Jesus Christ loves us with a limitless love and died to redeem those who believe in Him and accept Him as Lord.

As she spoke, Rangsey felt his heart flooding with the Lord’s pure love for him as a sinner, and tears coursed down his cheeks. He told Chantrea that he wanted to accept Jesus Christ immediately, follow Him and be His child. Chantrea then led Rangsey in a prayer confessing his sins to God.

Chantrea encouraged Rangsey to come to church on Sunday to worship God and receive a Bible that he could read and study in order to grow stronger in his faith. She said that as he prayed, Rangsey would draw closer to God and that God would speak to him through His Word.

Rangsey recalls, “My heart filled with great joy that I was receiving the redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ and eternal life in heaven with God, and I did not have to pay anything! I just believed in the name of the Lord Jesus, because He shed His awesome blood and paid for me already.”

I Was a Stranger

Many of our church planters in Serbia and members of their congregations were once refugees. They have lived in fear of what the future will hold. They know what it means to be alone, without security, and hopeless.

These church planters explain that the Lord is now helping them to utilize their difficult experiences in ministering to others. As Syrian and Iranian refugees enter Serbia, these congregations have found ways to serve and to demonstrate God’s love.

“Refugees are coming here with the same feelings we had: unsure of what the next day may bring or when the next meal will be, not knowing how they are going to feed their children, or if they will ever be free,” one church planter tells.

Through the efforts of our church planters and their gracious congregations, many of these refugees have had their needs met and, in turn, have become more open to the Gospel. Recently, 13 new followers of Jesus were baptized!

“Jesus has indeed become my true refuge, a source of hope and peace in the midst of continuously unpredictable and difficult circumstances,” says one of the new believers.

The freedom they had been looking for by leaving their countries, they found in the One who alone can give real freedom. No matter where they end up, these 13 believers are free because they have Christ in their hearts.

Paying It Forward

On the first night of camp, there was an invitation to receive Jesus as Lord. “I didn’t have the courage, so I told myself that if they asked again, I was going to do it. On Tuesday night, they asked again,” Alexandra recalls. “That was the moment that I received Jesus in my life!”

When Alexandra returned home and told her parents, they were a bit suspicious, but allowed her to attend church and Bible study. She continued going to the summer camp, and two years later, Alexandra was baptized. “Even my mom told me that she saw a change in my life when I got back home,” Alexandra says.

Alexandra’s story doesn’t end there, though. She returned to the camp as a counselor for two years and has now joined the staff! She likes helping the girls find solutions to the problems they face in life.

Alexandra is committed to guiding the girls and building a foundation so that they will continue their relationship with Christ, keep reading the Bible, and keep praying long after camp ends. “I saw how much God changed my life, and I want to see that change in their lives too,” she submits.

Can you imagine having to overcome the ups and downs in life without your faith in God and your Bible? Millions of children have not yet had the opportunity to hear the Gospel and have no idea that Jesus or the Bible even exist!

Your generous support will give children around the world access to the Living Word of God and the hope of eternal salvation in Jesus Christ. When you help change children’s lives, you enable them to help create change in their families, their communities and our world just as Alexandra did!

 

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