To recruit, train, and undergird the ministry of a growing interdenominational family of career and short-term missionaries that reach out internationally with the love of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel through holistic ministry that compassionately meets the needs of hurting people, evangelizes the lost, disciples the saved, and establishes new converts into the body and ministry of local indigenous Christian churches.
Global Outreach was organized in 1970 by a group of Christian lay people who had become involved in several community development projects. The primary purpose of Global was to facilitate United States volunteers as they contributed goods and services to strengthen established missionary efforts. Its scope would soon broaden.
There arose in Global Outreach a group of dedicated volunteers and faithful supporters who helped to shape, motivate, and fund it furture development. Under the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Sammy Simpson and Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Hancock, Global took on an organizational shape that propelled it towards the impacting international organization it is today. A deep debt of gratitude is owed to these Global pioneers.
The organization grew so fast that two staff members were employed in early 1976. Their responsibilities were to coordinate development projects, lead assistance to missionaries, and facilitate volunteer involvement in the States and in developing countries. In 1981 Global Outreach transitioned into a missionary sending agency, with its first full-time missionaries being approved that year. Since that time Global Outreach has continued to see phenomenal growth, today ministering in nearly 40 countries with more than 200 missionaries serving worldwide.
Global Outreach International has at its core seven basic values. The core values define and shape our approach to ministry and the way we relate to each other. The seven core values are as follows:
MISSION PARTNERSHIPS -- It is our desire to establish strategic mission partnerships with local churches in the sending of missionaries, both short-term and long-term, throughout the world.
EVANGELISM FOCUSED -- The Great Commission compels us to make evangelism our first and primary focus. Everything we do must filter through the desire for and the purpose of evangelizing a lost and dying world.
DISCIPLESHIP DRIVEN -- Matthew 28:19 clearly demonstrates that evangelism is incomplete without making disciples. Discipleship involves growth towards maturity and teaching converts to become "disciplers."
COMPASSION MOTIVATED -- Compassionate love moves us to reach out to the whole man: body, soul, and spirit. We want to help others help themselves.
RELATIONSHIP ORIENTED -- We long to be a "great missions family" connected through the love of Christ. We are more than individuals in an organization; we are Global Outreach.
"NO BOUNDARIES" APPROACH -- Education, age, marital status, family size, or physical handicaps should not build barriers to fulfilling God's call to missions. If God calls you to it and you can dream it, we desire to help facilitate it.
INTEGRITY GUIDED -- Global Outreach espouses accountability in action. We value hard work, fiscal responsibility, and ethical practices that are above reproach.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God without error in the original writings. (II Tim. 3:16)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 45:22, Rom. 11:36)
We believe that all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God; and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is absolutely essential. (Rom. 2:23, John 1:12, Titus 3:5)
We believe in the deity and virgin birth our Lord Jesus Christ; that he died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world, that he arose from the dead and ascended into heaven from whence He will return with power and glory. (John 10:3, I Tim. 2:5,6, I Cor. 15:3-4, Titus 2:13)
We believe in the doctrine of justification by faith, realizing that it is impossible for man through works to save himself. (Rom. 5:1, Eph. 2:8-9)
We believe in life after death; that "There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust." (Acts 24:15).
We believe in the resurrection of the saved unto everlasting life in heaven and the resurrection of the unsaved unto eternal punishment. (I Thes. 4:16,17, II Thes. 1:7-9)
We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers in Christ to share the good news of Jesus as Savior and Lord to all people of the world. We believe we should do this in deeds of love and proclamation. We are therefore concerned about all physical, social and spiritual needs of all people.
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What is Global Outreach?
An inter-denominational foreign missions sending agency
What do you believe?
See our Statement of Beliefs on the left-hand side of this page.
Where do we serve?
We serve in over 35 countries, listed on our website.
What are our methods?
Our methods are as diverse as our missionaries. Everything we do must involve evangelism, discipleship and compassion for the needs of people.
Are you a part of any denomination?
We are not part of a denomination. We work will all evangelical Christians.
How can I go on a team?
Start your own team or link up with a team already scheduled. You can download applications on this page or contact our home office for more information.
What kind of expenses are involved in going on a team?
They vary depending on location. Airfare, per diem, application fee, and insurance are required before departing.
Who pays for the trip?
The individual team member is responsible for the costs of his trip.
Can I go where there is no Global missionary?
Global Outreach works through their missionaries. Special exceptions might be considered. Contact Home Office
Do I need an invitation to work on a team?
Team members assist missionaries with their work. The missionary will be "in the loop" regarding the team as a whole
How long do teams last?
From a few days to 90 days
What is the minimum number of people for a team?
Can be as low as 1
What is the maximum number of people for a team?
This number varies depending on mission site. The missionary on the field sets it. He knows what he needs and how many it will take.
What does it take to be a missionary?
Only 3 requirements…a born-again believer, actively involved in a local church and clear call to missions
What is the process?
Fill out an application from this page, phone interview, check references, attend Missionary Orientation Training (MOT), provisional 1 year approval, raise support, leave for the field
How long does it normally take?
It varies from person to person, from 3 months to 3 years. We work with you to help with this process
Do you offer special training?
We have a required MOT.
How do I raise support?
We teach this in MOT. Your friends, family, business acquaintances and church members are your best options.
Do I get paid?
From the monies you raise, a salary will be set. We pay your salary from your account monthly. We handle all the withholdings.
Do you have missionaries to the United States?
We currently serve in foreign missions. Some are based in the U.S. but all ministry is outside of the U.S.
Can I serve with missionaries from other organizations?
Yes. Partnership is essential for missionaries. We also have seconded agreements with many organizations.
SAMS AND INTERNSHIPS
What is the process for going on a short-assignment trip?
Identical to career missions but you have a defined time of service
How long are SAMS or internships?
From 90 days to 2 years
Is special training required?
MOT is required
GIVING AND SUPPORTING
How can I give to Global or to a missionary?
You can give by check sent to Global Outreach, a fund withdrawal or you can give by credit card online. Make the check payable to Global Outreach with the name of the missionary you desire to give to on a piece of paper.
What do you mean by 100% goes to the missionary?
When you give a gift to a project or missionary, it goes in its entirety to where it is designated. No funds are withheld for any purpose, administratively or anything else. If $100 is given, they receive $100.
Will my gifts be tax-deductible?
Global Outreach is an IRS approved 501 c 3 non-profit organization. All gifts given are tax deductible unless they are for the purchase of an item.
Do you accept foreign currency?
We are able to receive foreign funds but there is a loss when funds are exchanged to US $.
How is the administration funded?
The support team is funded by gifts the same as missionaries.
What does the administration do for the missionaries?
We provide a full-range of financial services. We also provide database and communication support. Pastoral care is also a key part of our ministry.
How does my gift get to the missionary?
We use wire transfers to send the money to the missionary's individual account.