We stood atop a massive castle that survived the Crusades nearly a millennium ago. From our outlook, I saw a seemingly endless collection of communities—481 villages we were told. The reality of the acronym UPG (Unreached People Group) hit me as I realized not one known Christian or church existed throughout the people group before us. We prayed. In time, God answered as stories of significant numbers of Christ followers flowed from those villages. It remains one of the most amazing events I’ve ever witnessed.
A few years later, I stood with another international Network Beyond team. Our vista was stark and empty, an appropriate picture of the spiritual condition surrounding us. Intense anger filled the streets. Gunshots dispersed the crowds as people raced for safety. Though my fourth time in the region, it was easily the most dangerous. Again we looked into the faces of people without Jesus. This UPG was hostile to Jesus in the extreme. Only later were we told of the spiritual dangers that were at home here.
Network Beyond is blessed with incredible partnerships—courageous men and women seeking to bring the Good News where it has not yet gone. Our partners followed a proven model called CHE (Community Health Education). Identifying the major health need of the region, workers were trained and made this city their home. Major public health breakthroughs occurred, but that was not all. The workers brought Jesus to the city.
The work is still in its infancy. It remains dangerous. But quietly among the masses, there are now a few dozen who follow Jesus. Your prayers and gifts contribute to works such as these. Network Beyond is about transformation which we know Jesus can bring. Behind the many trainings, relationships, travel, and ministry lies this desire … to present “the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard.”