George Verwer is the founder and International Director of Operation Mobilisation, which is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship training and church planting. George has a burning concern for vital, propagating and revolutionary Christianity in his own life and in those he meets.
Saved at the age of 16 in a Jack Wyrtzen meeting in which Billy Graham spoke in Madison Square Garden, New York, George returned to his school in northern New Jersey. Within a year about 200 of his classmates had found a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ. Shortly after his conversion he said to God, 'Only one thing I want in life ? I want to learn to pray, to love you, I want to know you and commune with you.' He has not moved from that principle.
George had a growing conviction to share the Word of God on foreign soil. He started with distribution of Gospels of John in Mexico along with two friends. This continued with others during summer holidays ? beginning in Mexico in 1957.
Attending Maryville College after high school, he transferred to Moody Bible Institute where he met a woman, Drena, who was a fellow student and who later become his wife. They went to Spain, where in 1961 the work of OM was born. The goal, always the same, to get to know God together in discipling young Christians while concurrently carrying out a rigorous programme of world evangelism.
Today OM reaches across the world through two ships and over 2,800 people working in 80 nations to make Christ known in the lives of all they meet. George has raised up dedicated leadership to pursue this task across the world.
George and Drena have three adult children and make their home in England, the international headquarters of OM.
George shares the Christian revolution of love and balance right around the world. He starts at home emphasizing the need to worship God, live in fellowship with one another by walking in the light, and live a disciplined life of victory as forgiven, repentant, Cross?centered Christians.
At Urbana '96, he shared with the delegates that he loves hats, that he has an 'amazing technicolor globecoat,' and that he likes to holler.
George has a new book entitled Out of the Comfort Zone. Be sure to check it out.