In 1995, leaders at the U.S. Center for World Mission and the Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders approached Larry Ragan about writing a discipleship-based training curriculum for short-term mission teams. The first version of our curriculum was written and a training seminar was created. CULTURELink was incorporated in 2000; since then, more than 2,500 people have been trained by CULTURELink to be effective short-term team leaders. Our mission is to make disciples of those who will make disciples of all nations. In other words, we train the trainers. The multiplication aspect of this ministry has been profound.
To illustrate, if each of these trained leaders led only one team of ten people to minister cross-culturally, we could conservatively conclude that 25,000 people have been equipped by CULTURELink to be globally minded disciples, culturally prepared servants, and spiritually matured believers as they have served in numerous countries throughout the world. Life-changing ministry has occurred as God’s people have provided AIDS relief, feeding ministries, and disaster relief. Evangelistic outreach, church planting, and other special Christian projects have also been enhanced as a result of these teams’ work. Beyond the impact experienced by those who received the benefits of their ministry, the teams’ participants have been personally equipped, discipled, and influenced to live lives of long-term global service.
In 2010, CULTURELink broadened our focus to expand our impact on the global community. By revising our curriculum, adding consulting services, hiring full-time staff, and providing specialized short-term trips, the ministry has broadened its influence on the world.