Explore our History
GlobalGrace Fellowship, formerly Go Ye Fellowship, traces its history back to the early 1930s when Andrew E. and Jennie Mitchell received a vision for foreign mission evangelism. At their local church in Los Angeles, Jennie organized a Sunday School class for young married couples. Calling themselves the “Go-Ye Bible Class” after Matthew 28:19, they pledged $50 a month for missions, wrote letters of encouragement, and met weekly to intercede for each missionary by name.
Jennie challenged the class to take on the full support of one of their own couples and send them out. First one couple, then another, went to southwestern China. Next a couple left for Borneo, and another for India.
Soon the Mitchells’ son Hubert and his wife Helen, along with their children, obeyed God’s call to Sumatra and were included among those supported by the Go-Ye Bible Class. Helen died on the field in 1940 following childbirth.
By 1936, the senior Mitchells saw the need for a stronger home-support base, and the Go-Ye Bible Class became the “Go-Ye Fellowship,” an interdenominational missions group.
Over the years, Go Ye ministries included a missionary training institute, radio programs, Bible studies, rallies, field visits, fund raising, art, literature and printing, in addition to sending its own missionaries and helping to encourage and support others.
When by 1944 the growth of the Fellowship necessitated incorporation, the mission became “The Go-Ye Fellowship, Inc.” Soon Go Ye could claim workers on every habitable continent.
Hubert Mitchell married Rachel Edwardsen, a Norwegian missionary, after the Lord brought them together in a remarkable way.
Jennie and Andrew trekked across continents bringing the good news of Jesus Christ, visiting and encouraging the Go Ye missionaries. Andrew died in 1964, and Hubert Mitchell took on leadership of the mission in 1967. Jennie continued to minister worldwide until her home going at 92 years in Nairobi, Kenya in 1977.
In 1993, Go Ye President Hubert Mitchell handed the reins to Bill Gustafson. At that time the mission had 34 missionaries; several had been with Go Ye from our early beginnings.
In order to build relationships with the worldwide missions community and draw on advanced resources for a growing number of missionaries, Go Ye moved in 1993 to the William Carey International University campus, across the street from the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena.
Go Ye Fellowship brought its missionaries together for its first Convocation in January 2004. After 11 years as President, Bill Gustafson turned over the leadership to Gordon Rohn. By this time the mission had grown to just over 60 missionaries
The year 2007 occasioned a grand celebration of Go Ye's seventy-five years of missionary service. Go Ye missionaries and friends came from the far corners to gather for a feast of food, fellowship, and praise to the Lord. A special delight was the presence of one of Go Ye's first missionaries, Bob Williams, “Borneo Bob”, at 95 years old.
Most of Go Ye’s pioneer missionaries had gone on to their reward or had retired, resulting in a work force that is, on the average, considerably younger.
Summer of 2012 brought Go Ye missionaries from all over the globe for a week-long “Family Reunion” in celebration of Go Ye’s 80th anniversary. Close to 100 missionaries (with kids), Go Ye staff and leadership, speakers and special guests gathered in Big Bear California for a time of fellowship, teaching, and worship with “soul care” as the theme.
Today Go Ye Fellowship includes approximately 65 missionaries, working throughout the world, served by a home staff of five.
What a heritage!