Pioneer. The lyrics of this song have been revolving in my mind, whispered upon my lips, for the last week:

Pioneer, pioneer
Keep pressing onward, beyond your fear
Only the Father goes before you
To your own frontier
You’re a pioneer

As the founder of Within Reach Global, my passion has always been to go where there is no path and make a trail.

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and make a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our anthem at Within Reach Global is that of a trailblazer. We cannot help but go where the zeros are: zero churches, zero Christians, zero missionaries, zero chance of hearing the gospel of Jesus but for our obedience and willingness.

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Within Reach Global founders, David and Lorna Joannes, pioneering among unreached peoples, 2004

As I lead a group of pioneer missionaries in Southeast Asia, my heart is to see them to greater things than I will ever accomplish.

What you have done others will do
Bigger and better, and faster than you
But you can’t look back, you gotta keep pressing through
There’s a wilderness pathway, calling you

Nancy Honeytree wrote Pioneer during the Jesus Movement. Rick Pino has recently revived the song. Here are the lyrics. I pray you too are inspired to join us in bringing the gospel to those who have yet to hear.

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Pioneer, pioneer
Keep pressing onward, beyond your fear
Only the Father goes before you
To your own frontier
You’re a pioneer

Uncharted wilderness stretches before you
And you thrive on going where no one has gone
Still it gets lonely when darkness deepens
So sing by the fire until the dawn

You travel light, you travel alone
And when your arrive, nobody knows
But the Father in heaven, He’s glad you can go
For those who come after you will need the road

What you have done others will do
Bigger and better, and faster than you
But you can’t look back, you gotta keep pressing through
There’s a wilderness pathway, calling you

Calling you, calling you clear
Keep pressing onward, you can’t stay here
Only the Father goes before you
To your own frontier
You’re a pioneer

 

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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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