“Of the 7.5 billion inhabitants on earth today, 3 billion live in locations and among people groups that have no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” says Ken Conway.

After more than 30 hours of non-stop travel, nine members of The Ridge recently returned from a two-week trip to Asia where they experienced the people, the rich culture and the environment.  The team comprised Bill and Vicki Decker, Larry and Beth Rothermel, Brad and Nancy Page, Ken and Vicky Conway and Paul Toy.  Beth, who loves to travel, felt an immediate calling to take a trip to Asia, to see firsthand the work of our friends there, and to experience life in Asia. 

The group’s first stop was a large provincial capital. This is home to more than five million people, and is thousands of years old. That’s hard to fathom for those of us who live in the U.S., a mere 243-year old infant country by contrast.

Their second stop was another large industrial city, and. Yangshuo, a resort town in southern Asia’s Guangxi region, known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape and outdoor recreation, was their final destination.

“’Humanity’ is the common bond among people wherever you go. People are people–friendly and smiling,” notes Larry.  Friends in Asia are busy learning the local language, and setting up a document translation business. They are well on their way to success and need continued support in their endeavors.

As mature Christians who took in the culture during their travels, Romans 10:14 resonated with the travelers. “As a Christian, I couldn’t help but notice that despite how Western, prosperous and progressive things appear to be, there is still something lacking with some of the people, namely, the Word of God. I felt the darkness,” says Beth.

“One of the most significant takeaways from the trip is the stark realization and gratitude for the blessings of religious freedoms in the U.S.,” says Ken. “The Ridge supports missionaries and mission trips to try to meet the needs of people all around the world.”

Made ever more relevant as a result of their trip, Matthew 28:19-20 comes alive “when we go [send] and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” 

Pray for the light to overcome the darkness through the name of Jesus.