East-West began because two men saw a need for the gospel in unreached and restricted access areas of the world.
In an act of bold obedience to Christ’s command to go and make disciples of all nations, East-West was launched in 1993 by John Maisel and Bud Toole. What informally started behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s became a missions organization with a zeal for empowering national pastors and local believers to transform their communities by making disciples and multiplying churches.
The vision of East-West is to glorify God by multiplying followers of Jesus in the spiritually darkest areas of the world.
The mission of East-West is to mobilize the Body of Christ to evangelize the lost and equip local believers to multiply disciples and churches among the unreached.