The holiday season is in full swing. The masses are on a spending spree to find last minute gifts for family and friends. Shopping malls are packed. Parking lots are a pain. There is joy and jubilance in the air, not to mention a bit of irksome holiday frustration. Thoughts of family afar off prick our hearts. Considerations of our busy schedules wear us out. Everyone is on the go, go, go and some of us simply secretly wish for the return to normalcy.

The holiday season can be overwhelming at times. But back to the basics…

We all know the real reason for the season. Jesus Christ—God incarnate—entered the earth as a baby, grew into a man on mission, and He still seeks to establish His Kingdom at every geographical coordinate of the planet. He desires that worshippers would arise from every nation, tribe, people, and language, and that every human would have a chance to hear His message of grace and glory!

But that’s where the problem lies. Carl F. H. Henry said, “The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.” And in countless regions of the earth, the advent of the Kingdom has yet to be realized. 

That’s the point of this short blog: the Kingdom of God is in the here and now, ever enveloping our earthly experience and permeating every nook and cranny of the atmosphere. This year, we want you to join us for a Christmas without borders; a moment to pause and reflect on the biggerness of God’s glorious Kingdom and how you can share in His passion for souls.

Time and geographical boundaries cannot hinder the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Wherever you are in the world now, remember that you are part of the body of Christ. And as we at Within Reach Global are ministering on the opposite side of the planet, we are one in Christ. So stand with us—worship, shout, prophesy! Your praise and prayers traverse the boundaries of the time-space continuum.

We may be the hands, the feet, the mouth. But you are also an integral part of the body, uniquely fashioned for purpose, called to join God’s epic redemptive salvation plan both in your zip code, in your state, in your country, and to the ends of the earth!

Our 25 local Chinese missionaries are taking the life-transforming power of the Gospel to forgotten corners of the globe. In fact, in the last 7 months, they have plated 7 new churches! Our 10 foreign (American and Filipino) missionary families are reaching out to unreached college students, orphaned children, drug-addicted communities, and urban entrepreneurs. That’s why we need your help!

Remember the unreached with us—the true unreached: those with little to no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no missionaries where we go, no Gospel radio broadcasts, no Christian bookstores, no missionaries, and no Christians. This is hard ground! But we go joyfully to regions yet unexplored that the name of Jesus might be made famous.

Christmas is just around the corner and this is a call to take its true meaning to places that have never heard it before. This is a call for Christmas without borders!

Here’s how you can respond:

  • Pray. That’s obvious. A. B. Simpson said, “Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.” Pray for our missionaries and for the unreached peoples we are reaching with the love of God. 
  • Give a special Christmas donation. I’m not talking about a guilt offering or even a year-end donation simply for tax purposes. But rather a joyful financial gift that sows into eternity and reaps a harvest of souls. Because that’s what we’re seeing in Southeast Asia! 
  • Join our Monthly Prayer and Financial Support Team by pledging an amount of your choice every month to the ministry of Within Reach Global. We are looking for people to “hold the ropes” for us as we are suspended in the goldmine of souls in Southeast Asia. Join the team today! 
  • Make a New Year’s resolution to volunteer your time, passion, and expertise toward the world of missions. We need social media content coordinators, bloggers, graphic designers, fundraisers, vision partner care coordinators, short-term missions coordinators, and prayer coordinators. Contact us today for more details. 

Join us in the divine narrative of redeeming the nations by bringing the love of Jesus to places that have never experienced it before! May your Christmas and holiday season be filled with joy as you recognize God at work in the nations.

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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