ReachLife Ministries is a 501c3 not for profit organization based in Memphis working within the Binghampton Community. It was established by the owners of Reach Records, a Christian hip hop label. As Reach Record’s Christian hip hop artists traveled weekly across the globe performing and teaching to over 100,000 youth in churches and ministries, they saw first hand the influence of hip hop as a medium for teaching God’s word. When the concert was over, youth were left not knowing where to turn to grow and how to live out a biblical lifestyle. Ministry leaders, particularly in the urban setting, expressed a need for resources that unpacked the scriptures in the same language and cultural relevance as the music in order to continue the ministry beyond the concert.
ReachLife chose to be a part of the transforming work God has already begun in Memphis and wants to impact youth and empower leaders locally. There are over 148,000 youth between the ages of 10-24 currently living in Memphis who are daily being influenced by hip hop culture and its lifestyle. They want to extend the reach of the current organizations to reach those youth, engage them with relevant teaching of the word, and disciple them in godliness. ReachLife is providing a key element that empowers leaders to transform this city!
Reach has already had the opportunity to saturate Memphis with biblically solid, relevant music to over 6,000 youth through their relationships with over 20 different ministries. Reach is currently producing multimedia resources to equip these ministries with engaging, solid tools related to youth in their language. These projects include a 13 week DVD study of the Pauline Epistles with the biblical lessons applied in an urban setting. They are also developing a study on biblical manhood in the urban context. One in three inner city men will have a child without playing a role in their child’s life… the majority of young men in inner city Memphis will grow up with no concept of being a godly man. ReachLife wants to transform hearts, and raise up men who will lead their families and communities in godliness.
Visit ReachLife at reachlife.org or reachrecords.com to find out more. ReachLife also has an upcoming benefit dinner in March featuring Joe White, President of Kanakuk Kamps, as the guest speaker for those interested in learning more.