WHO WE ARE
ReachAcross is dedicated to sharing the Gospel with Muslims and serving them in practical ways. We are passionate about bringing the Word of God and the practical love of Jesus to unreached Muslims, no matter how difficult or inaccessible they may be.
Based in Brisbane, we are a growing team that seeks to reach our local community, state, and nation here in Australia. With a head office in Sydney, we coordinate grassroots engagement and local outreach to engage and reach Muslims within our community.
Our main focus in Brisbane is to reach those coming from a refugee and migrant background, as our local context and base provide an opportunity to do so in partnership with the local church, as well as the support of other mission agencies and Christian organisations in the area.
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We seek to:
Share the Gospel with Muslims
Serve them in practical ways
Disciple them to follow Jesus
Here in Australia, our focus is on reaching and engaging with the refugee and migrant communities. As a result, our approach is to share with them in the context in which they are in; to serve them in a way that is most beneficial to their specific needs, and to help them grow within the wider society. By doing so, we are able to be present within their community and to partner with them in a way that is inclusive of their cultural environment.
To see Muslims become devoted followers of Jesus Christ in self-sustaining and reproducing fellowships. We do this in three main ways, which are detailed below in our mission statement through a strategic and practical approach
The singular focus of our founder, Dr. Lionel Gurney, was what inspired him to begin the work that was then called the “Red Sea Mission Team”. As the work began to expand and grow across borders, the vision inspired others to join him in the mission.
In the early 1940’s, he obeyed God’s call to work among them. Others caught the vision; and by 1952, a small team of dedicated people had become what is now known as ReachAcross. Even from these earliest days ReachAcross made a bold proclamation of faith that Muslims everywhere would hear the Gospel.
“They are too difficult!” That is what our founder was told when he asked why Muslims bordering the Red Sea region were neglected.
However, the main focus of ReachAcross began to inspire many others to join the work, and to this day, our main focus remains the same which is sharing the Gospel, often done in the context of providing practical help.
Lioney Gurney travels from Canada to Serve with Afar People Group
Red Sea Mission Team was Launched
Newly renamed as ReachAcross
Expansion across Africa, Europe, Middle East, the UK, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand
Beginnings of ReachAcross in Brisbane
India Project Launched
Present Day Work
Service – we aim to serve with excellence, respect, and humility – so that Jesus Christ is honored in all we do
Love – we are devoted to loving God, our fellow workers, and Muslims – to ensure that our motives for service are worthy
Prayer – we make prayer a priority; that we may know God, and his guidance and enabling for service and ministry
Teamwork – we commit to working in teams, to partner with those who share our goals. We value the strength and creative synergy that mutual interdependence brings to any task
Courage – we live and work under God’s direction, and are prepared to face tough challenges and fears in spite of possible failure, danger, intimidation or loss
Integrity – we endeavor to be people of integrity, to build trust, and to have a compelling witness among Muslims
Learning – we seek to be a ‘learning’ people, to understand ‘the times’, and encourage innovation
As our point of difference, ReachAcross is unique in the way that it operates in our various fields internationally. We are intentional about investing in local leaders, identifying areas where assistance and support is most needed, and ensuring that each new project launched in new area(s) are led and supported by the community in which we serve. By doing so, we are able to be:
focused exclusively on Muslims.
working among unreached people groups.
international and inter-denominational.
a family of God’s people serving together for His glory.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe in:
One God, eternally co-existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created all things and sustains them by His power and mercy
The person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, His deity and true humanity, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious death and atonement through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His present ministry of intercession and His personal return in power and glory
The person and work of the Holy Spirit by whose illumination, conviction and regeneration men are brought to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and His work of sanctification whereby the Christian and the Church are enabled to worship, witness and minister, and live a godly victorious life
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant in all their parts as originally given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, as the supreme and all-sufficient rule of faith and conduct: the Word of God with full Divine authority
The fall of man and the consequent sinfulness, guilt and condemnation of all men, the free and perfect justification of all who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and their regeneration by the power of the Holy Spirit
The bodily resurrection and the final judgment of all mankind, the eternal perfection and blessedness of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost
The spiritual unity of all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ who comprise His body, the Church, irrespective of denomination
The supreme mission of the Church, which is to glorify Jesus Christ and to be His witness to every part of the world.