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To some “reach beyond” is a challenge. To others, it’s a lifestyle. Ty and Paula Stakes are missionaries who have dedicated their lives to reaching people who have never heard the name of Jesus in the Asia Pacific Region.

Moved by the sacrificial love of Jesus, Ty penned the lyrics of the song, Reach Beyond. But lots of people write songs.






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Through some pretty miraculous circumstances, God opened the door for us to meet with Phil Stacey, top-five finalist on American Idol, but more importantly, passionate evangelist and servant of Jesus Christ. Phil was deeply moved by the lyrics of the song, and offered his voice talent as a gift to the ministry.

He also opened the door for collaboration with Dove Award winner, Chris August who composed, arranged and produced Reach Beyond.

Following his service in the Navy, Phil dedicated himself to using his musical talents to glorify God by recording his self-titled album, Phil Stacey, followed by Into the Light, produced by Brown Bannister (Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman). To date, Phil’s recording career has earned three top-40 Christian and country hits.

Today the song serves as an anthem for all believers who recognize the price Jesus paid for us, and the responsibility we have to reach others with His message of forgiveness, grace and redemption. The song calls all believers to model the actions of Jesus and “reach beyond” to others.


Reach Beyond

Lyrics – Ty Stakes, Composition and Arrangement – Chris August, Vocals – Phil Stacey

Listen to Phil talk about his heart for
the lost and his passion to "reach beyond."

















Reach Beyond

Lyrics – Ty Stakes, Composition and Arrangement – Chris August, Vocals – Phil Stacey

I’ve run in circles, I’ve been afraid,
But I’ve been awed by the sunrise and the wonders You have made.
I’ve judged my brother, I’ve been unkind,
But You showed mercy in my sorrow, and Your truth has changed my mind.

And I’ve wondered, why You would reach out to me?
Am I not beyond your help, am I not beyond reach?”

(Chorus)
You reach beyond every limit, crossing time and space.
You reach beyond majestic beauty to this broken place.
You reach beyond heaven’s glory to hang upon a cross.
You reach beyond every border, counting all as loss.
You reach, You reach beyond, You reach beyond to us.
You reach, You reach beyond, You reach beyond to us.

No turning back now, I offer my life.
Help me follow Your example and be a living sacrifice.
Use my voice, Lord, oh, use my hands, speak the truth,
Touch the hurting, let the broken understand...
That because of Your love, You would reach out to me.
No one You’ve created is beyond Your reach!

(Chorus)

I’m afraid to cross the boundary of all I know and all I see.
Help me reach beyond my fears to live what I believe!

(Chorus)

Reach Beyond© song lyrics – Copyright by Reach Beyond, 2014

























So, what does the song, Reach Beyond have to do with the ministry of the same name?

Jesus Christ left the glory of heaven to reach out to broken humanity, to give us hope and to redeem us from eternal separation from Him.

With that kind of demonstration of love, how can we do anything less? At Reach Beyond, we refuse sit idly by as people enter eternity without Christ when we can reach them. Read our full manifesto

But you play a role in that too. To reach the unreached with the gospel, everyone has to do their part—everyone reaching out until everyone is reached.

Please, join us today to take the Good News of Jesus to ends of the earth.






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