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Our History

In 1980, Bob and Gretchen DeVoe founded Lifeline Christian Mission with the goal to minister to people spiritually and physically.  Initially, the ministry began in Grand Goave, Haiti with a Christian church and school.  As God opened doors, ministry work spread to more communities through churches and schools, health clinics, nutrition programs, disaster relief, children’s homes, and a home building ministry.   

Six years later, through God’s leading, Lifeline’s ministry began in Honduras.  The early ministry work included a church, school and radio program. As the work evolved, ministry opportunities grew to include more Christian churches, another Christian school, a children’s home for girls, and a health clinic. 

In 2004, Lifeline began partnering with and sponsoring house churches in Cuba.  A major outreach of the ministry includes an organized sports ministry where church leaders coach children in the sports they love while sharing God’s love.  

Next, Lifeline expanded into El Salvador in 2005 with the vision to plant and multiply churches.  A Bible Institute soon launched to train and develop new church leaders who were needed for the growing churches and house churches.  Sports ministries were also implemented to mentor to the youth. 

In 2011, the opportunity arose to minister to the Navajo in Arizona.  A Christian school, Christian church and homeless ministry are growing, reaching out and ministering to the Navajo people. 

Lifeline’s ministry in Canada began in 2012 with the vision to plant churches across the country.  Through a partnership with U.S. and Canadian churches/organizations, the first church plant was in Calgary, Alberta.   Lifeline also works with its sister organization – Lifeline-Canada – to involve Canadians in Lifeline’s global ministry. 

Through all this, Lifeline has encouraged you to others to partner in Lifeline’s global ministry, both at home and abroad. 

  • Be a sponsor: As the schools and ministries grew, more children were added to the sponsorship program, which now includes thousands of children and sponsors. 
  • Go on a trip: Short-term mission teams now travel to numerous countries to encourage and minister to many cultures.
  • Pack shelf-stable meals: Millions of shelf-stable meals are packaged and shipped around to globe through Lifeline’s meal packing events.

Although we don’t know where God will lead us to tomorrow, we do know that God’s vision for Lifeline’s ministry is bigger than ours; we will simply follow where he leads us around the world.

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