REACH Inc.’s roots stretch back to an evangelistic Bible study in Olongapo in 1953. Gene Tabor was a U.S. Navy man conducting a Bible study with Filipinos in and around the U.S. base. Though tempted to give up, he claimed Isaiah 42:4 as a promise from the Lord.
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.
Eleven men and women eventually accepted the Lord in that Bible study. They were a down payment on God’s promise toward a disciple making ministry in the future. Gene returned to the Philippines with his family in the 1960s under the Navigator banner. Fruitful ministry and innovation laid the foundation for the contextualized disciple making ministry that became REACH, Inc. in 1976. Through the years, thousands of men and women embraced Christ and experienced new birth and hope. They walked with Him, were transformed in His presence by His Word, and responded to God’s call to discipleship, while learning to draw on His resurrection power to make an impact within our twisted and broken world.
What is REACH?
REACH stands for Resources Employment And Community Horizons. We employ resources for maximum impact so the community of disciples can minister to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of members and society at large.
As such, REACH is a contextualized, infiltrative disciplemaking movement. We penetrate society by reproducing Christ in the lives of disciples at home, at work, and in high schools and universities, where students will become tomorrow’s Christian professionals who will be able to make an impact on every aspect of community life.
Ministry centers around four commitments
1. The Whole Person
The Asian mind does not easily dissect things and people into independent parts. We were created in God’s image; the whole of us, not just our spirits. While the unique importance of the spiritual realm is unquestioned by REACH, the parable of the Good Samaritan shows that the Gospel – whose essence is love – cannot pass by on the other side of the road where a brother or sister in Christ lays robbed, beaten, and bleeding. REACH cannot stop short of a commitment to making men and women whole in Christ.
2. Indigenous Leadership Patterns
Most REACH staff are self-supporting disciple makers, dedicated and gifted to produce and lead substantial ministries. Leadership patterns include a strong family spirit of mutual support, consensus, and shared responsibility. This contrasts with the Western sense of individualistic responsibility and achievement.
3. The Poor
God is eternally biased in favor of the weak, oppressed, and helpless. The theological terms for this are justice and grace. REACH’s commitment to the poor does not curtail ministry to others, but helps us walk as Jesus walked.
4. Infiltrative Disciple Making
REACH is committed to evangelizing, establishing, equipping, and exporting disciples into the harvest field to fulfill the Great Commission. REACH seeks to infiltrate social structures with disciples who live out the Christian life and minister in their spheres of influence to redeem a broken world. The ministry has been particularly fruitful on agricultural campuses, which supply many professionals working in government agencies.