Reaching the Unreached

By Melat, Fundraising Coordinator

Melat (in the middle) visits with a group of girls in Willowtree

Melat (in the middle) visits with a group of girls in Willowtree

My days are spent mostly in an office chair in front of a computer, so I welcome the various opportunities I get to visit our six ministry communities. One of the most intriguing things I find is how different all the communities are. Each community has it is own sub-culture which was evident in the children that came to programs. However, the differences went beyond the cultural backgrounds of the children and their families. Their exposure to Christianity and the Bible varied from one community to the next. A sad reality is that often these children have no other place but in our programs to learn about the love of God and the hope that is found through Jesus. Throughout each visit I witnessed how vital the few hours spent at KIC or EPIC is for the children and the importance of the work the Outreach Workers were doing in these communities.

Roman 10:13-15 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Verse 13 is very familiar to me but I felt very convicted by the verses to follow. The relationships built in these communities are the gateway for the children to learn of the name that will save them. The Outreach Workers are the ones who bring the good news to a group of people who are often unreached. Regardless of socio-economic status or cultural background, God sees and loves us all the same and desires for us all to know the name that will save us.