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How Gospel International Outreach Began

“How Gospel International Outreach began. My name is Kenneth Newkirk and I am a missionary from the Unites States. I have always had a strong desire to learn about the lives and adventures of people who travel the globe to help change the lives of those in need. From the time I became born again in 1998, I have studied the bible intently and have been very drawn to working in the mission field, but never dreamed that I could be used in such a way as all the people I had admired. After 7 1/2 years I was struck by a car in 2005 which resulted in many injuries and the use of a wheel chair. I spent the next four years recovering from my injuries and studying the bible more than ever before. God began a work in me that has changed everything. After this, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “I didn’t take you down to the foundation, your foundation was bad. I took you down all the way to ground level.” I felt like Job and could now understand many of the trials he and others from scripture have gone through. As I look back on the last 9 1/2 years from the accident I can see many great experiences God has put me through to make me a better man. In 2010 He sent me to Israel, by myself to live for three months. I had not traveled outside of the country, nor had I been on an airplane since the accident. I look back and can see that he was asking me to get out of the boat of human securities and rise above my circumstances while still in a wheel chair and trust Him totally and not on any person. This was the most exciting thing I had ever done. After returning from Israel I spent two years in Arizona and New Mexico on the Navajo Indian Reservation. I began to teach and learned many great things from the Navajo people. Next the Holy Spirit asked me to go to Africa for 10 months again by myself. This was just as intense as going to Israel and I loved the challenges that I was again faced with. While I was working in Western Kenya I realized that I was to begin a ministry in the US for world missions. I was teaching the bible in churches and home fellowships and also drilling water wells. I fell in love with the people and all that I was experiencing and knew that this was the calling on my life. One day very soon I know that I will get out of this wheel chair and walk by the hand of The living God. But for right now I go forward in my calling. The chair may slow me down a little, but in no way does it stop me. I also dedicate myself to help and discipleship of those who too have recognized a strong calling on their life. Some are being prepared for the mission field and others for work in the US. As I watch them grow I look for ways that I can be of help to them to become all that God has for them.”  

Kenneth Newkirk

Founder of GIO