. Until 1985 Reach Out’s ministry concentrated in the USA. After a trip to Eastern Europe, behind the Iron Curtain, my eyes opened. On a vacation soon after that trip, alone on a beach, reading two compelling books about taking Christ to the world, God spoke clearly to me… “Barry, go train youth leaders around the world.” That calling began a worldwide adventure! Within two years Reach Out's training had begun in Romania, Hungary and Slovakia, and eventually to many other countries.
. Then, stark, global reality set in. Staggering statistics burdened me. 89% of this planet’s young people live in developing nations—most in Africa, India and China. Across the world, only 1 youth leader serves every 120,000 teens. In the USA. 1 youth leader serves every 600 teens—97% of youth ministry leaders worldwide. That inequity has kept Reach Out globally motivated.
. And in poor and restrictive countries, the hunger of young people to know Jesus astounds us. In Africa, with access to students in schools, we share the gospel with 80,000 students every year. About 40% respond positively to the Gospel--an exceedingly high Return on Investment!