Rev. Steve Harling, a long-time pastor and missionary leader, officially assumed the role of President at Reach Beyond last Thursday, Sept. 1.
According to his organization, Harling will take a global tour of its media and medical-based operations on five continents during his first hundred days at the helm.
“I am looking forward to inspiring, mentoring, and mobilizing a new generation of global servants,” said Harling in a press release. “Together, along with our ministry partners, we’re eager to take the Gospel to places where it’s never been.”
Harling and his wife, Becky, spent 36 years pastoring churches of up to 4,500 members. The Harlings served internationally with SIM USA, pastoring the Khartoum International Church in Sudan. Harling also has more than 25 years’ mission board experience with SIM, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Global Refuge, and Bethany Home. He expects to continue using his preaching and organizational skills to highlight the evangelistic work of Reach Beyond.
“For over 85 years, God has used Reach Beyond’s unique approach to partnership, blending media with medicine, to transform thousands of lives. I’m eager to build on that heritage,” Harling stated. “Together we can bring the good news of Jesus to every remaining people group … and we can do it within our generation.”
Wayne Pederson, outgoing President of Reach Beyond, and wife, Willi, will be moving into a new phase of life, spending more time with family, serving on ministry boards, and focusing on a recently launched initiative called the International Day for the Unreached.
“The transition in leadership has gone very well,” said Harling. “God has used Wayne to position Reach Beyond for high-impact ministry into the coming years. I’m forever grateful for the leadership he has provided. I have big shoes to fill.”
Reach Beyond, formerly known as HCJB Global, began in 1931 to launch radio stations that spread the Gospel throughout Latin America and beyond. The organization continued to grow, adding broadcasts in dozens of languages and dialects, including Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic, propagating the message of salvation throughout the world.
To date, Reach Beyond has partnered with local believers to establish more than 500 community radio stations – most in parts of the world where the population is less than two percent evangelical. Reach Beyond is also using innovative technologies to reach unengaged people through the media they use.
In the early 1950s, the ministry – convinced that the poor and destitute needed to feel Jesus’ touch as well as hear His Word – began building medical facilities to address the healthcare needs of their listeners. Today, Reach Beyond provides mobile care, clean water initiatives, and training for medical and community development missionaries around the world.
By NRB Staff
Published:September 8, 2016