The History of World Thrust
The WORLD THRUST INTERNATIONAL (WTI) MINISTRY came into existence as a result of experiences in the life of Dr. Bill H. Boerop, World Thrust’s founder. As a missionary in a country resistant to the Gospel, Bill knew the critical need for other Christians to stand with him in prayer, emotional, moral, and financial support.
As a pastor and later, as a representative and personnel recruiter for a world mission agency, he came to realize that many local churches had little or no involvement in world missions. Few resources were spent for missions. Prayer for missionaries or the need around the world was sparse, and many never sent a missionary to the field. There was a “missing link” in the chain of making the Gospel available to all people.
Another observation Dr. Boerop made was the philosophy of ministry adopted by churches. Global outreach was just a program of the church; it was not the mission of the church.
While traveling extensively in his church relations capacity Bill observed another significant dynamic. Again and again he saw that a fellowship of believers with a well integrated, personalized, strategic involvement in world missions experienced fulfillment, joy, and the Lord’s blessing.
Out of a burden for the world and the local church, Bill Boerop organized the first World Thrust seminar. The seminar incorporated an outstanding, “in progress” church conference focused on reaching the world for Christ. This host church was significantly involved in world evangelization. The combination of classroom instruction and example gave the seminar participants the opportunity to see the principles taught implemented and effective. It challenged the attending pastors and church leaders to take these tools and use them in their respective churches. Bill found the principles were most reproducible.
Results were tremendous. A large number of participating churches in World Thrust seminars became effective sending bases. Untapped resources of prayer, personnel, and finances, through the Spirit-led efforts, became available for the evangelization of the world.
After incorporating World Thrust in 1984, the ministry renamed its original World Thrust Seminar the Winning Strategies Seminar. In 1997 the ministry’s name was officially changed to World Thrust International, Inc. The Winning Strategies Seminar has been conducted in over 30 countries. It is now available on DVD, presented by an international teaching team.
Impacting the World
To date the Winning Strategies Seminar has been conducted in over 30 countries.
Trinidad & Tobago
Making the Gospel Available Around the World
Several mission statesmen have called for 200,000 more missionaries in order to make the Gospel available to all peoples. In light of the task, how appropriate! Where are these new recruits going to come from, but from the local church worldwide. Who is going to send them, pray for them, and support them, but the local church worldwide.
Therefore, World Thrust International is committed to multiply the number of local churches worldwide which will become those sending bases. We are grateful for what has already happened in two specific regions and is taking place in other parts of the world as well.