In the early 1980s, Steve Fry, out of a desire to help enable churches to engage in missions endeavors, launched Messenger International. Through a network of friendships, Messenger International mobilized hundreds of young people from throughout North America to minister together at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. For two weeks the teams presented the gospel through drama, dance, music, servanthood, and literature distribution at various locations where Olympic activities were being staged.
Due to the success of this outreach, other national and international projects began to emerge. From 1984-1994, over 10,000 youth and adults from local church teams participated in Messenger outreach projects in North America, Central America, Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa.
In the mid 1990s, the leadership of Messenger saw the need, and sensed the direction from the Lord, to broaden their scope of ministry. Spiritual leaders were struggling, both personally and in their family lives, as well as in their ministries. The desire for genuine relationships among leaders and the thirst to drink afresh of the ways of God became the heart cry of many leaders. At that time Messenger’s focus became that of creating a safe place for leaders who love the ways of God. Messenger has become a place where leaders can be strengthened and encouraged, where deep relationships can be discovered and enjoyed, allowing both mentoring and ministry partnerships to find healthy expression.