The Outreach Foundation Celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2019

40 years is quite something.

The Outreach Foundation took shape in 1979 with a vision to reclaim evangelism and mission as Presbyterian priorities. Since then, Outreach has distributed more than $125 million to over 50 global partners in 37 countries in support of what our founders called “Christ-centered evangelistic mission.”

Whether it be a 40th birthday or a 40th wedding anniversary, the number 40 is cause for celebration. It brings about a gathering in one form or another. It shouldn’t surprise us that the number 40 in the Bible is mentioned over 140 times. Generally, it references a special work of God. Sometimes it refers to a period of preparation, testing, or trial. Moses and the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, a generation. Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights before receiving the 10 commandments. He sent spies, for 40 days, to investigate the land God promised the Israelites as an inheritance. The prophet Jonah powerfully warned ancient Nineveh for 40 days. Jesus was tempted 40 days and nights. He also appeared to his disciples and others for 40 days after his resurrection from the dead.

The mission of The Outreach Foundation is engaging Presbyterians and global partners in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Outreach seeks to build the capacity of global church partners, send and support missionaries, care for vulnerable children, expand support for mission, and transform lives through mission involvement.

The congregations and individuals who make up The Outreach Foundation have been engaged in God’s mission for 40 years, and that is quite something. For 40 years God has worked through us and in us to help, build, and transform the world for Jesus Christ.

Quite something.

Mark Mueller
Director of Development