Global Action was founded in 1998 by the Swedish evangelical leader Lars B. Dunberg (b. 1944). As a young boy, Lars attended an evangelistic crusade in Stockholm, Sweden where he was deeply impressed by the soul stirring music of Cliff Barrows (1916-2016) and the powerful preaching of the American evangelist Billy Graham (1918-2018).
Dunberg received his theological training at William Booth College in south London and was greatly influenced by the Salvation Army’s nondenominational ethos and its passion for working with the poor. Lars went on to serve as an evangelist with Youth for Christ in the 1960’s, and went on to become the first president of the International Bible Society, which is widely known for the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible.
Shaped by the vision of its founder, Global Action has remained committed to evangelical essentials, interdenominational cooperation, and proclaiming the gospel to the poor throughout the world. It has been engaged in leadership development, disaster relief efforts, church planting, medical missions, and care for orphans and widows. Global Action has provided theological education for more than 9,000 pastors and leaders who live in the world’s least developed nations.
In an effort to respond to what Operation World is now calling one of the greatest needs in missions today, Global Action now focuses most of its efforts on training leaders in the non-Western world to impact their communities. In the spirit of the Lausanne Covenant (1974), its leadership is committed to partnering with “the whole church, to take the whole gospel to the whole world.”
Global Action equips leaders in Central America, Cuba, India, parts of South Asia, and Eastern Europe. It is now laying plans to expand its work in South America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and Central Europe.