He said he was an atheist, so I asked him why he kept coming to the Saturday fellowships at The HubWithin Reach Global‘s outreach center.

“Of course I love that you’re here and all, but I’m curious,” I chuckled, tapping him on the back.

He admitted that at first, it was to prove that Jesus doesn’t exist.

But after about two years of consistently coming, his reasons for attending have changed. He was still proclaiming himself an atheist that night, but what he said made me smile:

“We need faith in China. Without it, we’re always just running after money. And things. And houses. And that’s all we talk about. And I can’t deny it. There’s power here. Lives are being changed.”

There’s something about China. A hunger. A thirst. I can’t seem to think of China without thinking of the song, “Love is Here” by Tenth Avenue North.

Joel 3:13 – “Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe…”



Blog by JA, Within Reach Global staff

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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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