In 1979, Peter Pretorius, a successful South African tobacco farmer, and his wife Ann, came to the Lord after witnessing Peter’s father’s dramatic healing. They began to share the Gospel immediately, wherever they could. By 1983, the ministry was founded and registered in South Africa and began Gospel Outreaches in rural town halls. In 1986, the Ministry was officially registered in the USA.
By 1987, Jesus Alive purchased a 5 000-seater tent and moved from place to place holding Gospel Outreaches throughout South Africa. By early 2017, the ministry grew to lead more than 11 million souls to the Lord in 21 African nations through mass, city-wide Outreaches. Churches were strengthened, lives changed and countless individuals were healed and delivered through the power of God
In 2006, the transition from city outreaches to rural outreaches was made. Jesus Alive discovered that most of Africa’s unreached were not in the often over-evangelised cities, but in rural villages where few evangelists visit.Teams comprising of a local evangelist and the Christian Discipleship Programme (CDP) coordinator, local trainees, were established in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and South Africa. These teams continue to run our programs today
By 2012, our rural evangelism model had matured into an efficient, strong and powerful evangelistic force. In that year, 288 575 souls were led to Christ through rural outreach meetings and school evangelism in 40 villages.
In 1995, Jesus Alive launched its Christian Discipleship Program (CDP) to help equip the local church and establish new believers in God’s Word. 50 hours of Word based teaching from leading teachers around the worl, recorded by Peter Pretorius onto 17 DVDs, and translated and dubbed into more than 50 African languages. CDP became part of Jesus Alive’s outreach strategy resulting in regional CDP centres being set up between participating churches. Church leaders were given the 17 discs, a TV monitor, DVD player and generator so they could host weekly sessions, giving the new believers, pastors and churches the spiritual resources they need to continue in a life of victory and transformation through God’s Word. This continues today
In 2018 Jesus Alive establishes a Prison Outreach program by setting up Christian Discipleship Program centres in prisons across Kenya. Staying true to our vision of going where others will not go and reaching the unreached .
Jesus likens the righteous to those who take care of the hungry, the thirsty, the strangers, the naked, the sick and those in prison. HIS priority is people, and HE has equipped and motivated us to make the wellbeing of our fellow human beings our priority
By 2018 we had reached 19 935 400 people with the Gospel and recorded 12 252 492 decisions through our various outreaches