Reach: Cross-cultural Outreach & Ministry Training

Why Join Reach?

Over the years, both international and British graduates have found the Reach Programme to be formational, setting them up for the next phase of life. The flexible programme means that it is suitable for the international student who has become a Christian whilst here and wants to grow as a disciple before returning home, or the British graduate who wants to learn about cross-cultural outreach – whether they then go abroad or stay in the UK.

As Reach training builds deeper understanding of both the Bible and modern cultures, we believe it is a significant and strategic investment into the growth of the church. Our prayer is that, through Reach, we will train-up servant-hearted followers of Jesus who are committed to life-long discipleship, passionate about God’s work and have foundational equipping for cross-cultural ministry.

Jenny Brown, Reach Coordinator

Applications for 2020 now Open!

If you’re interested in joining the Reach Programme in 2020 visit the Reach page. If you want more info or want to invest prayer and finance to support a Reach Trainee, contact Jenny: jenny.brown@friendsinternational.uk

My Year as a Reach Trainee 

On the outside, Reach would seem to be about colourful hoodies, cross-cultural training and endless free Chinese meals cooked by loving students. It is all these things, but so much more. My year in Newcastle has seen me doing activities from basketball in the park to training courses near London, visiting our former international students as far as Cardiff and St Andrews, and building lasting friendship with so many students through the simple 2-word phrase: “English Practice”.

As well as learning how to study the Bible with Iranian and Japanese students, we learnt how to rest and how to reflect. Our study books have taught us the value of self-forgetfulness and how to read the Bible as a whole. Things which, after three years of intense lectures and CU evangelism, have really brought a confidence and a depth to my faith.

This is perhaps the best thing about Reach. It’s so flexible that, apart from Globe Cafés, matching hoodies and a love for international students, each Reach Trainee’s year could look totally different. For me it’s meant a greater focus on reading God’s Word than I’ve ever had since becoming a Christian at uni. It’s also meant a very helpful exposure to Mandarin ministry which has given focus to guide my future planning for now. Finally, it’s given me a long list of books and activities which I can’t wait to (attempt to) get through during my second Reach year!

Matthew Brindley, Reach Trainee, Newcastle

If you’re interested in joining the Reach Programme in 2020, you can find more here: www.friendsinternational.uk/reach

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