In 1999, John Heerema, Big Life’s Executive Director, along with two Christian friends made the decision they could no longer go about their daily lives pretending they were giving their all to Christ. Feeling a heavy burden for so many in the world who desperately need to hear His story before their earthly lives come to an end, they were called to action.
Thus, Big Life was formed and began working in restricted access countries in the Middle East using a sports platform to evangelize foreign baseball teams through one-on-one opportunities. Following 9/11, however, their visas were abruptly revoked and access to these countries was halted.
Shortly thereafter, Big Life transitioned to West Bengal, India, again using the platform of sports. But, by the fall of 2003, Big Life shed its sports platform after seeing the Lord moving the strategy towards one of church planting. This strategy involves empowering believers worldwide to reach their own people for Jesus Christ. United in a vision to plant churches in villages, Benjamin Francis, a native of Calcutta, came on board and a church planting movement was set in motion.
From that point until today, Big Life has experienced, through the power of the Lord, a church planting movement that has now spread to more than a dozen countries. This movement has continued to grow at an astounding rate each year, transforming over 200,000 lives.