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History of GO International
GO InterNational was founded by Rev. Maurice Stevens as Missionary World Service and Evangelism (MWS&E) in 1968. Maurice had served as a United Methodist pastor and evangelist for a number of years. After a mission trip he made to Haiti in 1968 he returned with the burden to “take people out of the pew into the mission field.” His initial board of directors was formed of lay people who accompanied him on those first trips to Haiti, Colombia and Africa. As an evangelist Maurice recruited and led mission teams to more than seventeen countries in the eighteen years he served as President. Maurice also led mission conferences and revival meetings across the southeastern United States.
Following Maurice’s untimely death in 1986, Rev. Larry Cochran was elected President and served for 21 years. In August of 1994 MWS&E officially changed its name to GO InterNational. Under Larry Cochran’s leadership GO InterNational forged partnerships with indigenous leaders in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. While short term teams remained a key focus of the ministry, GO also began to assist the training of indigenous leaders, ministering to children in crisis and creating economic development projects as a part of a holistic ministry.
In September 2006, Rev. Bert Jones was elected as the third President following the resignation of Larry Cochran. Bert has expanded the ministries of GO InterNational through the development of new partnerships and ministries, additional staff, internship programs and the expansion of leadership training and International Holiness conferences.
GO InterNational remains focused on evangelism, short term mission teams, partnership with indigenous leaders and helping people who have a passion to fulfill the Great Commission. We are working on more than a dozen countries through a variety of ministries that range from feeding children in extreme poverty to digging wells in communities to planting churches in regions where there are none. Our desire is to make Christ known to the nations.