Who am I? Who is God?
What am I supposed to do about it?
REACH is a year-long missions program that provides a space for 18-30 year olds to explore life’s big questions and begin to live them out. Along the way, participants will be stretched, mentored, discipled, and given the tools to pursue a life of devotion to God in whatever setting they find themselves.
What’s it like?
REACH begins with three months of discipleship and missions training in Columbus, Ohio, followed by six months of cross-cultural outreach exciting locations around the world. The last three months include personal mentoring and local ministry in the participant’s home area.
During REACH God gave me a hunger for Him that I haven’t experienced in a while. It was like a desperate desire for God to come and show me His love so that I could more easily love those around me.DB – Team Eurasia
I’ve realized more than ever just how much our own neighbors, communities, and country needs us to share Jesus with them.KB – Team USA, Phoenix
Before REACH, I thought of God as ‘off-limits’ in a way; but now I see God as relational and caring.AM – Team Mediterranean
I feel like my whole understanding of, and ability to listen to, the Holy Spirit has grown so much through REACH... I’ve felt God breaking my heart for this country and the people here.KO – Team Indochina
There were times when I was worried or anxious about things and God would always come through, showing me over and over that he is trustworthy.JK – Team Montana
Before REACH, I thought of God as just God (he's good, loving and nice); but now, I see God as a best friend, Father, lover of my soul.CT – Team Himalayas
These are potential outreach locations, and will be finalized before training begins.
In partnership with AimRight Ministries, Team Phoenix will serve disadvantaged communities through a variety of programs including tutoring, Bible studies, food distribution, refugee outreach, and sports ministry. Through these efforts, they will build relationships with youth and offer them an alternative to the drugs, gang violence, and hopelessness that surrounds them.
Team Himalayas will work with a growing local church to spread the love of Jesus around the country. They will be involved in a variety of outreaches, including trekking into unreached villages to share the gospel; volunteering at a drug rehab center; teaching English; preaching; and assisting in discipleship training.
Working closely with a local church plant, Team Albania will help with worship, lead youth and children’s activities, and build relationships with their Albanian neighbors. They will also teach English and focus on serving the country’s minority Roma population.
While living in a rural village, Team Zambia will serve alongside a local ministry and church planting movement. With many opportunities for outreach, days may include discipling new believers; building relationships with locals; working with orphans; supporting a child sponsorship program; teaching practical skills for employment; and joining evangelism outreaches to local villages.
Team South Asia will partner with an organization in one of the region’s most crowded and vibrant cities, working in slums and red-light areas to bring the Gospel. Team members will build relationships with locals and volunteer with social development programs such as English language learning, computing, soccer, kids’ clubs, and youth groups.
Team Senegal will work closely with a local church in a rural community. In addition to building relationships with their neighbors through fellowship and outreach, the team will support village kids’ clubs, teach Sunday school, volunteer with an orphanage, assist teachers at a local school, and visit neighboring villages.
This team will join RI’s long-term team working in building relationships and discipling new believers in Bangkok. Possible service opportunities include: teaching English, ministering to kids, prayer walking and building relationships with women in the sex-trafficking industry.
How to Apply?
Applications for 2022 are closed. If you are interested in joining a team in the fall of 2023, download the application, complete it, and send it back to us by June 30, 2023.
Applicants must be 18 years old by September 1 of the year they are applying.