A team from Grace E-Free in Elkader served in Guatemala in March. They were able to lay sewer tile for drainage on the church property and begin construction on the church. Two teams will serve on a mission trip to Guatemala in June.
Global Compassion Network
becomes GoServ Global
New Name. Same Mission.
EAGLE GROVE, Iowa – October 15, 2015 – With its fifth anniversary approaching, faith-based nonprofit Global Compassion Network has updated its name to GoServ Global, but the mission remains the same.
“Our new name, GoServ Global, quickly articulates our mission to serve around the world,” says Ken DeYoung, the organization’s co-founder. “So the new name, GoServ Global, is a perfect fit.”
The organization was born after DeYoung, an Iowa farmer and pilot, volunteered to fly medical equipment and personnel to Haiti in the wake of the horrific earthquake in 2010. Upon learning of the dire need for orphan housing and help rebuilding sustainable villages, DeYoung and fellow co-founder, Terry Baxter, began facilitating mission trips to the island and GoServ Global (formerly known as Global Compassion Network) was born.
Baxter, an Iowa-based pastor, author and popular Evangelical speaker, was also elected to the Iowa House of representatives in 2014 and continues to be active in the GoServ Global mission.
“GoServ Global was born, literally, on a ‘wing and a prayer,’” DeYoung says. “Since then, we’ve organized a dedicated donor base and hundreds of volunteers who have transformed lives in areas across the world and, in the process, have found their own lives transformed.”
The name change was the result of months of examining the nonprofit’s true mission in serving as the “hands and feet of Christ” through its domestic and international efforts.
“This whole process has helped us to better define what GoServ Global has grown to become through service to others,” says Paul van Gorkom, GoServ Global Executive Director. “We’re looking forward to how the new name will energize our organization to do even more good for both the ones we serve and those who go to serve in Christ’s name.”
About GoServ Global
GoServ Global is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2011 to care for and support both the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by humanitarian disasters around the world. In the U.S., GoServ Global provides immediate relief after natural disasters, bringing hearts, hands and equipment to help victims heal from damage to property and spirit. Internationally, GoServ Global responds to emergency situations, and then identifies opportunities to create lasting solutions for long-term humanitarian needs. See more about ongoing projects in Haiti, Peru, India and the U.S. by visiting www.globalcn.us.
As I began flying medical supplies into Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake, I was taken back by the extreme poverty. My heart was broken by the need I saw…and the need we continue to see. We are so fortunate to live where we do and have the resources, as Americans, we take for gra
Why was I born in Iowa and not in Haiti? What is my responsibility as a Christian to care for the orphans, widows and poor and how can I make a difference? The orphans in Haiti had parents with the same goals and aspirations for them as I have for my grandkids. How can I close my eyes to this? The help we take into Haiti is a life-changer for them. To think that one truckload of corn can build a home for a family that is living under a tarp with no clean water or food, that is an amazing thing.
Join us on a dental mission trip serving those in need in Les Cayes, Haiti located on the coast 120 miles from Port Au Prince, in our newly-built Dental Clinic with state-of-the-art equipment. GoServ Global – with the help of Zion Lutheran Church of Clear Lake, IA – provides three treatment rooms, a sterilization area, and modern equipment including digital x-ray. All you need to bring is a servant heart; we provide the rest!