World Outreach exists to evangelise and disciple unreached people groups, equipping them to disciple their own and other peoples
World Outreach is pleased to present our Annual Reports, celebrating our accomplishments and giving thanks to God for the guidance, inspiration and strength that enabled us to be of service to peoples and communities as we played our part in advancing the Kingdom of God.
In early 2021, we began what we call Vision 2025 (or V2025). This is a five-year strategic plan to, among other goals, double both the number of Unreached People Groups (UPGs) we are engaged with as well as the number of field workers. The Applications Team have also advised that, at the start of 2022, there are an additional 20+ applicants for missionary service. So, we are on track to achieve our goals.
Because of travel restrictions and border closures, we had to cancel the face-to-face Summit we had scheduled for July last year and transition to our first ever on-line Summit. This event was held on 12-14 October 2021.
The SoL was officially launched in April (2021). This is a free, on-line resource library of videos for leaders of all ages and levels of experience. The videos are ideal for self-directed learning, group discussion and staff training or can be used as part of a more formal leadership course.
Throughout 2021, many key training programmes, which were cancelled in 2020, resumed through on-line platforms. They include:
• The Nations Course (our missionary training course)
• WO Leadership program
• Coaching Workshop
16 new Mission Partners joined our workforce in 2021, bringing the total number of Mission Partners to 267. A year-end census showed that we have 651 national workers serving with our Mission Partners as team members in their ministries (an increase from 490 at the end of 2020).
Due to the global pandemic, most of our ministries had to pivot to respond in a relevant way. Food relief packages were handed out to hundreds of families. Our field workers found many unreached people groups that were previously resistant to the Gospel being open to hearing the message of Jesus for the first time because of these relief efforts.
At the end of 2020, WO has over 240 mission workers from 30 nations, serving in 33 countries, but ministering into an additional 37. WO is currently engaged with 140+ different UPGs. Added to this, WO has 350 national workers serving in a recognised WOI ministry, 9 offices throughout the world and a clear vision leading into 2025.
In 2019 we launched the Leadership Program to develop WO leaders to serve in the organisation. In 2020, we graduated our first cohort of leaders, and started with training our second cohort.
Our global and regional events were moved online due to travel restrictions. These include: Regional Vision Team meetings, Field Coordination Team meetings, Leadership Program sessions and Field Leader trainings. Online quarterly Town Hall gatherings and global prayer meetings were also introduced to foster greater connection among field workers.
The World Outreach Podcast was launched. Each episode is a dynamic conversation to advance the cause of missions amongst UPGs everywhere. . We invite you check these podcasts out at: www.world-outreach.com/podcast
“…and this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”