“The harvest is in the seed.”

That’s what our local missionary, Brother Yang, told me many years ago. We are now seeing fruit spring up in an area where the gospel has been largely unheard of before.

Our local missionaries have been discipling a small group of young people at 26 Tribes outreach center for months. We believe in discipleship even before conversion. They have been meeting Jesus along their journeys of hearing the story of God through the lives of our missionaries.

What Alan Hirsch encourages truly resonates in our hearts, that “if you look at what Jesus is doing, he’s got a whole lot of pre-conversion disciples.” Meaning, people are on a journey toward meeting the Savior—a journey toward redemption—and if our focus is primarily on discipleship first, evangelism occurs automatically.

One day after our short term teams from America left 26 Tribes outreach center, 6 young people decided to be baptized in the Langcang River!

It was a miraculous sight, as God’s light fell over them.

New creations.
The old has passed.
Newness has arrived.

Thank you for your prayers and support over the years. This is the fruit of your financial sacrifice and prayers for Within Reach Global.

God’s story continues to be written, and it is a thrill to be a part of this epic narrative!

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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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