There was a sense of oncoming glory as we planned this year’s second missionary convention. We felt in our spirits that something big was about to happen, and were excited to unveil 2 powerful elements that would help us reach countless more souls with the gospel.

Twice a year, we gather all 20 of our local and foreign missionaries for our Within Reach Global missionary convention. We focus on team building, team development, personal development and personal and team strengths and gifts.

Two of the best things we did during this last missionary convention was 1. have each of our missionaries take the Gallup Strengthsfinder test and 2. unveil our brand new organizational structure to everyone.

Everyone’s personal strengths combined resulted in a fascinating landscape of where our team’s gifts and talents fell. It was incredible to see who was great at visionary thinking, who was great at getting things done and who excelled at creating a deeper team unity and focused outreach.

The Gallup Strengthsfinder test was a huge tool that we will be implementing for each missionary so as to create greater impact among unreached people groups and college student ministry.

The second powerful new tool we unveiled came after many long months of prayer and strategic futuristic thinking. We are seeing great growth—new missionaries and partners—and expect that our team will grow exponentially in the near future. Because of this, Lorna and I have been praying about how to better present the unique facets of Within Reach Global’s ministry with greater clarity, so that moving forward everyone knows firsthand what their roles and responsibilities are.

We believe that this missionary convention was one of the most impactful that we have ever had, because it helps us move forward and reach many more souls with a clearer focus on our vision and mission.

VISION: Our vision is to honor God by reaching unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window with the Christian gospel.

MISSION: We accomplish our vision by trailblazing to places where there is no presence of the gospel, discipling, training and partnering with local believers, establishing outreach centers, planting churches, and releasing church plants to reach their own people groups.

We spent time reporting about all the new breakthroughs we had seen: outreach among monks, unreached peoples being baptized, college students getting saved, orphan ministry. We spent time praying together, seeking God how he would use us to reach many more people. It was an exciting time as the echo of worship songs rose in Mandarin and tears of humility and passion fell.


Our heart, our passion, is to honor God by bringing the gospel where it has not yet been known. Thank you so much for praying for our missionary team. They are on the cutting edge of finishing the task of the Great Commission, and desperately need your prayers and support.


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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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