Going to hard-to-reach remote areas

An open top truck carries missionaries & evangelism equipment

Indigenous ministries are working to reach the hard-to-reach and the never reached. When they have begun a work in one of these remote areas, they return often to strengthen the new believers.

Many times the only way to transport equipment and materials needed for evangelism is to rent a truck. Otherwise, they have to walk, carrying everything needed by hand. The cost for these rentals, or long distance trips by foot, greatly hinder their outreach. They would be able to cover more ground and work more effectively if they owned reliable transportation.

A ministry leader in Andhra Pradesh State, India, describes some of these problems in a recent letter to Christian Aid:

"Because of your prayers we conducted a successful outreach trip to a remote village located across a wide river. We left at 9 a.m. in a large rented topless truck with 30 young people and four church elders all riding in the back with the equipment. We reached the river about 12:30 in the afternoon and parked the truck, because the river was too deep to drive through. From that point, we had to carry all of our equipment across the waist-deep river and walk the remaining five miles to the village."

The temperature that day was 113 degrees Fahrenheit, when they drove 55 miles to reach the river. By the time they reached it, they were weary and sluggish. While it may have been a relief to jump into the river once they got there, they still had five more miles to go. Many of them wore sandals and some were barefoot as they carried all of the equipment across the waist-deep waters and then walked the rest of the way.

Christian Aid donors have been faithful in supplying many of the needed tools for evangelism. But this kind of ministry could be greatly enhanced if they had a hardtop van, protecting them from the hot sun. A cart would be helpful for moving equipment in places where driving is not possible. And sturdy walking shoes are needed, as well, since walking is often a necessary part of these trips in remote areas.