Global Ventures has a far-reaching goal to raise up 1,000 front-line evangelists and reach 1 billion souls for Jesus. This year marks its 25th Anniversary with more opportunities for short-term mission trips and innovative evangelistic methods available to believers to fulfill the Great Commission.
Each day, 70,000 people die never having heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since AD 30, 67 percent of all people have never heard the name of Jesus. Today, a third of humanity have no opportunity to hear the Gospel where they live.
Desiring to bring the Gospel to the unreached regions of the earth, Global Ventures Founders John and Martine Smithwick have a goal to raise up 1,000 front-line evangelists through the lifetime of their ministry and through the combined efforts of these evangelists to reach 1 billion souls for Christ.
In 25 years of ministry, Global Ventures has taken John and Martine face to face with millions of people ranging from remote village tribal members to shamans saturated in the dark arts of witchcraft and voodoo to a diversity of humanity across many countries and cultures. They along with their team members have encountered amazing adventures and miracles that have transformed lives, along with a myriad of mission memories that would stir anyone’s heart for the world.
A world of Global Ventures
As surprising as it may be, 4 billion people on earth have never heard the Gospel of Jesus and 2 billion have zero access to Bibles, Christian churches, and literature. Most of this group lives in predominantly Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist areas.
For a quarter of a century, Global Ventures’ primary mission field has been the 10/40 window, an area with the highest concentration of unreached people and poverty and the lowest percentage of Christian missionary activity.
“Our heartbeat is to facilitate a global evangelism movement by raising up an army of front-line harvesters,” says John. “We exist so that all may know the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Since 1998, Global Ventures has seen 2.4 million decisions for Christ, handed out 684,000 pieces of Gospel literature, documented 26,000 healings, sent 2,600 missionaries, and planted and sponsored 43 churches. All this has been accomplished by the Holy Spirit through short-term missions’ teams, citywide festivals, service projects, church planting, missions training programmes, and the Global Ventures media outreach.
“Taking a trip with Global Ventures was the experience of a lifetime,” says Rico Gonzales. “Global Ventures is kingdom-focused, providing excellent systems and tools to prepare and equip you. There is nothing like getting the chance to pray with people receiving salvation, healing, and knowing that one day you’ll see them again in Heaven.”
“On the mission field, you literally get to watch the Bible come alive like a pop-up book,” says one of Global Ventures’ missionaries, Teresa Burnett.
The world’s population is accelerating, necessitating greater God-given strategies to reach more people.
“We want to multiply the evangelism campaigns, targeting multiple cities and regions in a shorter window,” says Martine. “Our expanded vision is to see 1,000 team members go into the field, 500,000 decisions for Christ, and to train over 100 students to reach the world for Jesus every year.”
This is something Global Ventures accomplished in Nepal in 2015. With 117 people and eight target regions, 150,141 Nepalese were reached face-to-face with the Gospel, with a TV broadcast blanketing the rest of the country.
“We are focused on using all the tools at our disposal,” says John, “to raise up and mobilise missionaries to go into these countries.”