Editorial

Reach

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At last year’s Alliance Council in Long Beach, California, President John Stumbo clarified our call to Love, Proclaim, Reach, and Launch. In this issue, he reminds us of our privilege to partner with Jesus in reaching people on the move, people of all ages, and people lacking access. Read his article,“We Will Reach.”

People on the Move

Peter BurgoWorld events have forced what may be the most widespread global migration of people in history. Decades ago, God established Alliance churches in parts of the world where we now find masses of internally displaced peoples. These churches provide not only tangible help to these dear ones but, more importantly, a sacred message that promises the presence of a loving Savior no matter where they lay their heads.

In other parts of the world, The Alliance is sending workers where millions of externally displaced peoples are expected to settle in the next decade. As hockey great Wayne Gretzky once asserted, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is; a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Today The Alliance is poised to meet peoples on the move both here in the States (read “Gone Fishing” and “Jesus Come Tomorrow?”) and throughout Europe (read “Choose to Love”).

People of All Ages

You can feel this father’s anguish as he describes the difficulties of raising his special-needs child in a world that often overlooks the underserved. As the Church, we often struggle in our response to those with disabilities and their families. We are moved to pray and assure them of our prayers. But this dad implores us to be courageous, ask how we can help, and be ready to act. Read his impassioned plea in “Don’t Just Pray.”

People Lacking Access

A New York Times reporter once asked Alliance founder A. B. Simpson, “Can you tell us when Jesus will return?” Simpson replied, “Yes, I will tell you, as long as you promise to print what I say word for word.” The reporter agreed, at which time Simpson quoted Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

More than 4,000 people groups have not yet had opportunity to receive and respond to Christ’s invitation to experience life with Him now and evermore. Read about one of the harder-to-reach groups—poor, exploited villagers in Nepal—and an Alliance marketplace worker who is trekking Himalayan mountain trails to hand deliver that invitation. Read about his trek in “Climb Every Mountain.”

People on the move. People of all ages. People lacking access. As Tim Crouch, who leads our International Ministries team, notes, “We in the Alliance family have an urgent call to pull together, view the world in new ways, and overcome obstacles that have prevented these unreached peoples from Christian witness.” Family, let us rise and let us reach.

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Peter Burgo, Editor-in-Chief

2 responses to Reach

  1. Is Alliance Life magazine remaining Alliance Life is it going to changed to alife? A lady in our womens group said she read an article that said it will not be alife because it doesn’t say enough about who we are??? Can you let people know about this, please? Thank you for your time and God bless your ministry!

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