Global Outreach is a nondenominational missions and development organization that trains, sends, and supports missionaries in a wide variety of contexts around the world. Our home office in Tupelo, MS serves as a financial and communications hub for our missionaries. We have a 100% policy: one hundred percent of gifts designated for a specific missionary or project go there without any being taken off the top by our home office.
the Gospel / the Good / the Church
We exist to exalt Christ and engage people in mission by proclaiming the Gospel, doing good, and equipping the Church.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:9-10)
Our missionaries are engaged in doing good in Christ's name in the following areas (and more):
WATER & SANITATION
EDUCATION, PASTORAL TRAINING, & CHURCH PLANTING
To exalt Christ and engage people in mission by proclaiming the Gospel, doing good, and equipping the Church.
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 U.S. and abroad) 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.
LOW BOUNDARIES -- 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 and are ECFA accredited. We value hard work, fiscal responsibility, and ethical practices that are above reproach.
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 its future 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 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.
Our present goal is to see 500 total missionaries sent by Global over the next 1-2 years. We are actively pursuing partnerships with other organizations and seeking to facilitate training in the areas of missions, leadership development, and short-term teams leadership. If you or your organization is interested in partnering with us in any of these areas, please contact us.
Our employees, board of directors, career missionaries, and short-term team participants are all asked to affirm the following:
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.
What is Global Outreach?
An inter-denominational missions sending nonprofit working in many contexts around the world, sending and supporting missionaries and offering training to other organizations in the areas of missions, short-term teams, and leadership development.
What do you believe?
See our Statement of Beliefs.
Where do we serve?
We serve in over 35 countries around the world.
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?
There are a number of ways to do this. We can connect those who desire to lead short-term trips with long-term missionaries interested in receiving trips; typically, as team leader, you would work with your circles (such as your church) to build the team, based on the number of people the missionary desires. If you'd like to join a trip that's already planned, we can provide you with a list of upcoming trips with openings.
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 us with questions.
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?
It may vary widely depending on the project.
What is the minimum number of people for a team?
A "team" can consist of one person.
What is the maximum number of people for a team?
This number depends largely on the desires of the career missionary the team will be visiting.
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. This "call" is something that varies widely depending on the person and their relationship with God. Some experience a dramatic and clear communication from the Lord; others simply feel a strong desire or curiosity. We don't privilege any specific way of being "called" but rather desire to see someone actively pursuing the Holy Spirit's wisdom in all of their decision-making.
What is the process?
1. Written application, which includes basic information, background check release, and references.
2. Phone or Skype interview.
3. Come to Missionary Orientation Training (MOT) in Tupelo.
4. After this, you'll enter a one-year provisional approval period. This time is different for many people depending on their location, current ministry involvement, and family needs.
5. After a year--or after you've reached a point of being fully funded--you'll appear before our office and board to give a report and be commissioned.
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 (Missionary Orientation Training). We are currently working to expand the training and professional development available to our missionaries to include e-learning and regional conferences.
How do I raise support?
Fundraising training is a large part of MOT. We recommend beginning with your closest circles of influence: your friends, family, business acquaintances and church members. We provide you with a prominent and secure online donation page that can be freely communicated, and we help with communication and newsletter support.
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 and account transfers.
Do you have missionaries to the United States?
In the past, Global Outreach did not have US-based missionaries. This is no longer the case. We are actively working to establish and expand Global Outreach USA. If you have a US-based ministry project or idea that needs fundraising and you'd like to partner with us, please contact us.
Can I serve with missionaries from other organizations?
Yes. Partnership is essential for missionaries. We also have seconded agreements with many organizations.
SAMS (Short Assignment Missions) AND INTERNSHIPS
What is the process for going on a short-assignment trip?
It is the same as that of a career missionary; the main difference is that short-assignment mission projects have specified lengths of time / end dates.
How long are SAMS or internships?
From 90 days to 2 years.
Is special training required?
We ask all short-assignment missions personnel to attend Missionary Orientation Training. There may be additional training or guidance from the missionary or ministry you'll be working with.
GIVING AND SUPPORTING
How can I give to Global or to a missionary?
There are a variety of options for this. Please visit our Donation page.
What do you mean by the "100% policy"?
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 currency other than USD?
Yes, but there is a loss when funds are exchanged to USD.
ADMINISTRATION / Tupelo Office
How is the home office funded?
Our administrative team is funded by donations, same as our missionaries. We also offer paid training and leadership development to other churches, non-profits, and organizations. If you're interested in receiving professional development training in the areas of leadership, missions, or short-term teams leadership, please contact us.
What does the administration do for the missionaries?
Our services can be subsumed under the broad heading of member care. We provide financial back office services, wire transfers, tax handling, communication and marketing support, and pastoral care in a variety of ways. We are working to expand our member care through regional conferences, regional directors of member care for more present face-to-face care, and e-learning.
How does my gift get to the missionary?
We use wire transfers to send the money to the missionary's individual account.
We are grateful that the following individuals have agreed to serve on our board:
Mrs. Linda Bowlin; Tupelo, Mississippi
Dr. Jerry Childs; Edmond, Oklahoma
Mr. Thomas Christopher; Danville, Kentucky
Mr. Charles Dee; Onalaska, Wisconsin
Mr. Scott Edwards; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mr. Mike Falkner; Thaxton, Mississippi
Mr. Edison Futrell; Marietta, Georgia
Mr. Harold Garrison; Ripley, Mississippi
Mr. Harry Gaston; Gautier, Mississippi
Dr. Larry Gillenwater; Kingsport, Tennessee
Mr. James Hardin; Powder Springs, Georgia
Mr. David Heady, Jr.; Louisville, Kentucky
Rev. David Heady, Sr.; Venice, Florida
Dr. Jerry Horn; Collierville, Tennessee
Mrs. Becky Ivy; Owensboro, Kentucky
Mr. Ricky Jackson; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mrs. Sue Jarvis; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mr. David Lawson; Hustonville, Kentucky
Mr. Bobby Joe Lundy; Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mr. William Malone, Jr.; Belden Mississippi
Mr. Harry Martin; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mr. Billy McWilliams; Hattiesburg Mississippi
Mrs. Lauren Patterson; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mr. Gary Pettit; Thaxton, Mississippi
Mr. Ben Scott; Antioch, Tennessee
Mr. Michael Shane Scott; New Albany, Mississippi
Mr. Lanny Shackelford; Oxford, Mississippi
Mr. Charles Shaw, Jr.; Eupora, Mississippi
Mr. Danny Sheffield; Tupelo Mississippi
Dr. David Sills; Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Debbie Simpson; Gilbert, South Carolina
Dr. Kelley Simpson; Fort Collins, Colorado
Rev. Chris Snowden; Ada, Oklahoma
Dr. Derwood Tutor; Belden, Mississippi
Mr. Melvin Wages; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mr. John Warren II; Owensboro, Kentucky
Dr. James (Jay) White; Belden, Mississippi
Mrs. Debbie Wiley; Tupelo, Mississippi
Mr. Ben Yantis; Logansport, Indiana
Mr. Jimmy Renslow; Greensboro, NC
Dr. Stan May; Nashville, TN
Mr. Eric Moore; Charlotte, NC