GoTEN - Go To Every Nation
GoTEN is an acronym that means Go To Every Nation. Our name comes from the last words Jesus gave to his followers… Go make disciples of every nation (Mat 28).
Neighbor - Friend - Family
At the heart of our ministry is the commandment of Jesus to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31). This principle is not just a directive to care for those who live near us, but a call to extend our love, service, and compassion to every individual we encounter. By doing so, we naturally develop friendships, embodying Jesus's own approach to those around him. Jesus was known for being a friend to those in need, reaching out to the marginalized, the sick, and the sinners, offering them hope, healing, and a sense of belonging. He showed us that true friendship is about more than just companionship; it's about bringing transformation and love into each other's lives.
As Jesus developed friendships with those He ministered to, He often took these relationships to a deeper level, treating His followers and disciples as family. He said, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:50). This statement highlights how spiritual bonds can surpass even biological ties, emphasizing the importance of spiritual family.
We at GoTEN nurture relationships—from neighbor to friend to family—guided by the belief that it fosters an environment where the image of God in humanity is celebrated and valued.
A Place to Connect, Grow, & Learn
GoTEN has created a ministry context in Phoenix, AZ among unreached refugees. Approximately 83% of all refugees that have been legally resettled in Arizona have come from countries that are predominantly unreached… meaning it is less than 2% Christian. God has moved people with little access to the Gospel into our neighborhoods. GoTEN's ministry context is entered around the GoTEN Training Center at 4801 N 19th Ave. The neighborhood is diverse, with immigrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Syria, and Somalia. At the GoTEN Training Center, we offer free English classes, sewing classes, kids programs, and other refugee services to assist newly arriving refugees. Our programs prioritize establishing long-term connections between Christians within the Phoenix metro area and unreached refugees. Volunteers from local churches who serve in the ministry become missionaries to the unreached. In essence, we are both a refugee ministry and a missionary training organization, as it is our desire to facilitate discipleship relationships among unreached people. This ministry context not only provides a wonderful opportunity for the local church to engage their unreached refugee neighbors, but it also makes for a great environment for missionary pre-field training. Goers with GoTEN or other partnered mission agencies can send their workers to Phoenix to serve in a ministry context that provides a classroom learning environment as well as a practical environment for application of ministry tools being learned. GoTEN is both a training and sending agency.
From Here to There
Our ministry's vision extends from Phoenix, AZ to the farthest corners of the globe, driven by a desire to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people and to lift the weight of oppression from their shoulders. Whether we are serving our neighbor next door, building friendships with those who feel forgotten, or embracing family members in need of healing and reconciliation, our goal is to live out the teachings of Jesus in tangible, impactful ways. Join us as we strive to make a difference in the world, following in the footsteps of Christ by loving, serving, and being a friend to all.
President / Founder
Director of Staff Care
Director of Mobilization
English Ministry Leader
Sewing Ministry Leader
Kids Ministry Leader
Board of Directors
Kyle Brown - Chairman
Bobby Hart - Vice Chairman
Stephen Streeter - Treasurer
Lisa Horner - Secretary
Chad Smith - Fundraising Committee Chair
Debbie Clark - Programs Committee Chair
Keith Cowan - Finance Committee