East-West exists to mobilize the Body of Christ to evangelize the lost and equip local believers to multiply disciples and healthy churches among unreached peoples and/or in restricted access communities.
East-West Founders John Maisel and Bud Toole spent the 1980s traveling secretly behind the Iron Curtain. During this time, the two men trained 4,000 to 5,000 students underground through Biblical Education by Extension (BEE).
Communist governments soon collapsed—resulting in the fall of the Iron Curtain in the early 1990s. The 300 million people who had been taught the doctrines of atheism began to seek real answers, resulting in an incredible spiritual hunger.
A new need arose—to train church planters and pastors in these nations characterized by restricted Christian activity during its 70 years of communism. John Maisel and Bud Toole recognized this need and responded.
In May 1993, East-West Ministries International was established to train and mentor faithful and reliable national pastors. These pastors could then become a catalyst for indigenous church growth—evangelizing the lost, equipping new believers, and establishing grace-oriented churches.
Since 1993, the Lord has been faithful in expanding the reach of East-West Ministries. During this time of expansion and development, East-West has grown from two men to 200 staff members volunteers and hundreds of national partners.
Now in 54 countries, our staff is privileged to lead many strategic and creative ministries. They work primarily in limited access countries and among unreached and unengaged people groups around the world. East-West has offices in Plano, Texas; Houston, Texas; Moscow, Russia; Seville, Spain; New Delhi, India; and Central Asia.
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