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Stories of Transformation through Christ!

More than one million 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 the power of Jesus Christ. These are real stories of real people.  

 

Thai Christians Making a Breakthrough

Over 94 percent of Thailand’s population practices Buddhism, and it is an integral part of the Thai identity and culture. Each year, hundreds of thousands die believing they are hopelessly doomed to an endless cycle of karma and reincarnation. Most never met a follower of Jesus or read a Bible verse. In a country of over 68 million people, fewer than 500,000 are classified as evangelical Christians! Reach A Village has partnered with a Thai church network, the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association (FJCCA), to change that statistic.

Cutting-edge database technology developed by Dwight Martin of CrossTies Asia, a ministry of Reach A Village, shows that Thai Christians are the most effective at reaching their people for Christ, yet only a small percentage are actively involved in evangelism and discipleship. Reach A Village believes that we can make the most significant impact by helping the FJCCA mobilize, train and equip Thai Christians with the Scriptures and Bible study materials needed to reach more villages and start churches. 

The Harvest database enables workers to pinpoint unreached villages, and God is blessing their efforts in tremendous ways. Last year, 7,320 people began a new life in Jesus and 191 new churches were started! We anticipate even higher numbers this year. On average, more than 600 people are coming to Christ and 20-30 new house churches are started per month! Over 500 people were baptized at a service earlier this year, which is unprecedented in Thailand.

Galong3This incredible movement is being fueled by everyday Thai people like Galong, a 50-year-old wife and mother of two children who has only a first-grade education. Before becoming a believer, Galong (pictured at left in pink dress) had serious health issues and was in severe pain. She spent a lot of money trying to find a cure, but no one was able to help her.

Then, one day, her husband was given a Christian pamphlet and urged her to go to a meeting with him to learn more. There, she found Jesus and gave her life to Him. She asked Jesus to heal her, and He did! “My health got better and better and I got stronger and stronger. I was very thankful to God,” she says. Her life changed. Her family had peace and joy.

Now, Galong’s passion is sharing the Gospel in villages that have never heard before. She was blessed to receive a motorcycle that enables her to do evangelism every day. She goes out in the early afternoon and returns around 8 p.m., then does her job selling noodles along the roadside from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and sleeps from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Over 1,000 people have begun following Jesus because of her ministry, and she has helped to start around 50 house churches!

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Hope for Greater Things

Aye Le May in Myanmar was raised by Muslim parents, who instilled in her a strong faith in Allah from a young age. She was married at 20, and at first all went well. Then, the family business went from bad to worse. They went bankrupt in 2017, and her husband went on trial.

“I felt sad, I was angry with myself, and I felt hopeless,” Aye Le May says. “It finally dawned on us that we were headed either to jail or to the grave. In my great distress and depression, a former co-worker told me that I could find answers to all my questions in the Bible.” Aye Le May willingly listened and accepted an invitation to her home to hear more.

Her friend shared about Jesus Christ and gave Aye Le May a New Testament. When she heard that Jesus has the power to deliver and to bless, Aye Le May devoured the book and was eager to learn more. They studied together twice a week, with each session lasting about two hours!

Aye Le May was thrilled by what she was learning from the Bible. This God doesn’t just reveal His will; He reveals Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, the only sinless one, who paid the penalty of death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. In Islam, prophets can only show the way; they cannot rescue someone. No prophet can die in our place. Aye Le May could hardly believe that God would send His Only Son to be her Savior.

“Turning to the living Savior brought me inner peace and joy. But the situations around me actually got worse, not better,” Aye Le May shares. “I was lonely and afraid. Nevertheless, the Lord Jesus gives me hope for greater things.”

Later, Aye Le May’s youngest daughter developed an incurable kidney problem. “The doctor said it was hopeless, and we should prepare to lose her. They told us to call on a spirit priest or Mullah for her last hour and comfort,” she tells. “Instead, I went to the hospital with my Christian sister. We both held the hands of my daughter and spent the whole night praying for her in the name of Jesus Christ. The next morning, she was much better and her body started to function normally again. The Lord Jesus has been so good to us! He is alive, gracious and brought real transformation to our lives.”

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Rumena lives a very simple life. At 73 years old, she spends most days tending to her garden, chatting with friends, and occasionally walking to the market in her small Bulgarian village.

One day, a pastor and a small group from his congregation came to Rumena’s village. They showed a Christian film and talked about faith and God. They passed out a free Bible study book to those who had attended.

When the group returned the following week to visit the many people they had met, Rumena had only finished half of the book. She could not read it on her own because her eyesight was so bad due to cataracts. She relied on her dear friend to come and read it aloud to her.

The pastor encouraged the women to continue reading together as there were more books to follow. When they read the second book, Rumena’s heart was deeply moved by the God she discovered in the pages. The eyes of her heart had been opened. 

Rather than wait for the pastor to return, Rumena called him herself. She wanted to pray with the pastor and ask Jesus to be her Savior. After they finished praying, the pastor inquired, “What would you like to ask God to do in your life?” Rumena responded that she would like to be able to see so that she could read herself. The pastor prayed again and asked for healing of her eyes.

The next day, Rumena discovered that the cataracts were gone and her sight was restored! She still requires reading glasses, but now she can read the books and the Bible she received on her own. She gives all glory to God. He not only opened the eyes of her heart, He returned her physical sight!

A New Life

Kannika in Thailand was only 19 years old, but her life was quickly unraveling. Her husband was addicted to drugs and physically abusive. He forced her to use drugs as well, and she, too, became addicted. Kannika was so despondent that she didn’t want to live anymore. She felt trapped.

“One day, after my husband hurt me, I fled to my mother's house,” Kannika shares. “There, I met the village’s leader, and he talked with me. I told him about my suffering. He invited me to his home that evening to hear about Jesus. I decided to believe in Jesus. I prayed to Jesus for a new life and asked Him to help me stop using drugs.

“Amazing! Jesus healed my broken heart and helped me to stop using drugs. I have a new life. I can smile again. I now have a job to earn money myself. Thank you, Jesus! If I did not have the opportunity to hear the Gospel, I would not have a new life. I have received salvation, forgiveness from Jesus. I find true peace in my life with Jesus protecting my life. I will follow Him forever!”

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