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East-West Ministries Celebrates 25 Years of International Service with Gala

East-West Ministries International just celebrated 25 years of international service at its gala at the Hilton Anatole where 1,300 attendees helped raise $1.3 million for the nonprofit to continue its work with unreached and restricted-access areas of the world.


East-West Ministries (East-West), a Plano-based nonprofit serving internationally in nearly 50 countries to share the message of Jesus with those who don’t know Him and see the Church established in places where it doesn’t currently exist, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner and worship program on Saturday, March 24 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Chantilly Ballroom. The near-sold-out crowd of 1,300 heard from the No. 1 New York Time’s best-selling author Eric Metaxes about his recently-released book, “Martin Luther” and sang alongside Phil Wickham, a singer and songwriter who has released nine full-length albums featuring hit songs "Beautiful" and "This is Amazing Grace." East-West raised $1.3 million through ticket sales, table and corporate sponsorships, and additional gifts that will support East-West as it continues to work with unreached and restricted-access areas of the world.

“Since the founding of East-West in 1993, we have witnessed the amazing works of God as He has used our missionaries, national partners, prayer warriors, financial partners and advocates to transform lives and spread His glory in the spiritually darkest areas of the world," said Kurt Nelson, East-West's CEO. "It is our honor to celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness to East-West."

The event was co-chaired by Kaye Dawn Lunsford and Cindy Brinker Simmons. East-West speakers throughout the night included Simmons, Nelson, Founder and Chairman Emeritus John Maisel, President Mario Zandstra, Executive Vice President of Field Ministries Dave Gibson and Senior Vice President of Development Kristen Shuler. Three missionaries also shared stories from their service in Cuba, Israel and Southeast Asia. The sponsors included:

Bandera Ventures

Nature Nate's
Caple Royalty Services
Builders Carpet and Design Center
Foster Financial Group
Gittings Photography
AM Digital Agency
The Lion's Den
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

Kate and Danny Graham
The Luttrell Family
Denise and Ray Nixon
Ann and Jeff Swope

Kamela and Kenneth Aboussie
Melissa and Mike Allen
Keely and Bill Cawley
Joni and Mark Hinton
Beth and Tad May
Paticum Foundation
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, a real estate investment company
Cindy Brinker Simmons
Cathy and Mike Ullman

7th Generation Foundation
Madeline and Fred Hamm
J.L. Jackson
Catherine and Dick LeBlanc
Wendy and Butch McCaslin
Ashley and G. Stacy Smith
Carolyn and Bud Toole
Brittany and Baxter Underwood

Nancy and Robbie Briggs & Anne Logan
Genny and Mike Doramus
Mexia Investments LLC
Pat and Kurt Nelson
Michelle and Kevin Smith
Eve and Blake Wiley

April and Mark Anthony
Darla and Jerry Baird, Group Travel
Mr. & Mrs. Firman Cook
Dallas Baptist University
Ashley and Joe Januszewski
Laura and Cliff Musgrave
Joni and Larry Tommerup
Jordan and Brandon Williams

Dr. Roland Black
The Blesi Family
Lisabeth and Hil Bowman
Gail and Greg Boyd
Rebecca Bradley, Caddy4Life
Jessica and Josh Brame & Greg Spitler
Laurie and Kyle Brown
Heather and Jimmy Bryan
Wes Camp
Joy and Victor Carrillo Family
Donna and Mark Chronister
Cypressbrook Company/Brook and Mike Novelli
Carolyn and Bob Easley
Cynthia Figueroa & James Kenney
Kathi and Dave Gibson
Karen and Daniel Gold
Charlotte and John Kimberlin
Maura and Mark Montgomery - Houston
Henry Morgan
Vicki Mullins
Susan and Boots Nowlin
Michelle and Mark Pokorny
Providence Church – Frisco
John L. Roper
Mary Alice and Jaime Savana
Kacie and Brannon Sims
Sam Spicer
Lori and Jerry Stewart
Alycia and Mark Stisser
May Lynn and David Turtletaub
Anne and Walt Waldie


About East-West Ministries
East-West is a Plano-based nonprofit dedicated to glorifying God by multiplying followers of Jesus in the spiritually darkest areas of the world. We focus our attention on unreached and unengaged groups as well as areas with limited or restricted access to the gospel. We do this through four foundational strategies: mobilize the Body of Christ, evangelize to the lost, equip local believers and multiply disciples and churches. The ministry of East-West began in Russia in 1993 and has since grown to nearly 50 countries, representing 10 major world regions. For more information about East-West, please visit or call (972) 941-4500.

Contact Info
Dala Communications for East-West
4144 N Central Expwy
Dallas, TX 75204

Phone: 972-931-7576