At Reach A Village, our inspiration comes from the words of Jesus in Mark 1:38, “Let us go somewhere else — to the nearby villages — so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
Instead of remaining in places where people had already received the Gospel message, Christ intentionally chose to go and preach in unreached villages. Our ministry today is the same as His ministry: for more people to come to faith in Him.
Our ultimate goal for the ministry of Reach A Village is to finish the mission Jesus gave His disciples: to take the Good News to the ends of the earth so that every person in every village has the opportunity to have a relationship with Him.
During his many years as a missionary to Southeast Asia, Robert Craft noticed that mission work often focuses on people who live in cities, while neglecting the people who live in small, rural villages. He saw a pressing need to go beyond urban areas.
Because of his vision and call from God, Reach A Village now takes the Gospel to poor farming
villages and isolated places where people need to hear about Jesus. Reach A Village is sharing the Gospel in an effective, efficient way to bring more people to Christ.
Even after centuries of traditional mission work, over 1.7 million villages in our world remain unreached.
More than 3 billion people worldwide have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
How will they hear, unless someone goes to them?
Foreign missionaries cannot go to many places in our world because of political, cultural or geographical restrictions. That’s a reality.
And for the diverse places where they can go, what is the most efficient or effective way to reach people with the Gospel?
Mobilizing local believers is the most effective way to reach unreached people. The key to sharing the Gospel in unreached villages is the ministry of Christ-followers who live in nearby villages.
In 2012, Reach A Village began its work of empowering local Christian leaders to share the Gospel with those who have never heard, to nurture new believers and to start churches.
Through our strong relationships with established national Christian leaders, we know that they are eager to reach the most remote parts of their countries. The level of poverty and lack of training and resources are holding them back. Reach A Village helps bridge that gap.
When unreached people hear for the first time about a loving Savior who sacrificed Himself for them, their lives change forever. Every day — even though you don’t hear these stories in the news — hundreds of people are responding and beginning a new life with Jesus!
God is working through Reach A Village and our ministry partners to change individual lives, countries and our world. As we connect believers with those who need to hear the Gospel, the truth of God’s Word takes hold.
Reach A Village uses three main types of ministry to reach the unreached villages:
When the Gospel arrives in a village, hope and transformation spread through lives, families and the entire community. As people immerse themselves in the Bible and come to know Christ on a deeper level, lives and lifestyles change. The moral fiber of the village transforms. The local
church provides continuing discipleship and outreach in the community and beyond for generations to come!