Our Story

Global Heart Ministries was founded by Steve Sharp in 2008 with a focus on sharing the Gospel with people living in the unreached region of the Middle East and Central Asia.

Steve Sharp, President/CEO of Global Heart Ministries in Istanbul, Turkey.

In 1999 Steve was called to bring the Gospel of Christ to Turkmenistan, one of the most closed countries in the world. In 2007 Steve completed a worship CD for Turkmenistan, the first one ever created by a non-Turkmen composer featuring indigenous singers and instruments. He was even invited by the president of Turkmenistan to serve as the grand marshal of an international music festival where he presented the CD as a gift from the United States. Unfortunately, when the president realized the CD was not just folk music but also Christian, Steve was briskly escorted out of the country. 

Before leaving Steve noticed that almost every dwelling, even yurts far in the desert, had a satellite dish. He realized that even though missionaries were not allowed to enter Turkmenistan, satellite programming was untouched by the government. The ministry soon began airing Christian satellite broadcasts in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. Eventually, the ministries’ programs could also be seen across the Middle East. 

As millions of people heard the Gospel through satellite television and online platforms, the ministry began working to connect seekers and new believers to local Underground Church pastors who could answer their questions about Jesus and disciple them in their new faith. 

In 2020 the ministry launched the Connect Center. Using innovative technology and a team of in-country staff, the Connect Center provides digital and social media content that engages seekers and shares the truth of Jesus. 

Today millions of people have heard the Gospel through Global Heart Ministries. Thousands of women and men have communicated with our staff at the Connect Center, indicated a decision for Jesus and connected with a local persecuted church. Currently, the ministry is experiencing exponential growth in reaching people in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan through digital media platforms. The ministry plans to expand our outreach initiatives, eventually serving in 10 countries across the region.  


We Believe…

…in the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures as authoritative, sufficient, and without error in the original manuscripts with the need of the teaching of the Holy Spirit for a true and spiritual understanding of the whole.  (Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2‚ 3; 18:28; 26:22‚ 23; 28:23; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)

…that God eternally exists in three co-equal persons‚ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God.  (Matthew 28:18‚ 19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3‚ 4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1‚ 3; Revelation 1:4‚ 6).

…in the deity of Jesus Christ; His perfect humanity; His virgin birth; the authority and infallibility of His teaching; His work of atonement for the sin of the human race by His vicarious suffering and death; His bodily resurrection, and His ascension into Heaven; His present high-priestly intercession for His people; His lordship over His Church as its Head; and His Personal return in power and glory. (John 8:58; John 10:30; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35; 1 Peter 2:22; John 20:30, 31; Hebrews 2:17; Romans 5:8; John 20:27-29; Luke 24: 50-51; Revelation 9:11-16)

…God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He dwells in all who believe in Jesus. From the moment of belief in the Son, the Spirit baptizes believers into the body, seals them for salvation, regenerates them to new life, bestows spiritual gifts on each one, and is fully present to continually fill (control and guide) His own. (John 16:7-11; John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)

…salvation is a gift of God and no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again. We believe man is justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone apart from works.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation and that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation; nor are any other acts, such as confession of sin, baptism, prayer, or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10; Romans 8:1; 29-30; 38-39; John 10:27-30; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; 16:31; Romans 1:16‚ 17; 3:23, 26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal. 3:22)

…man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God, but that man sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity.  Man can do nothing to merit God’s favor, and as such, is in need of salvation.  We believe that mankind’s sinful nature is rebellious toward God and His good design for life and worship.  Mankind’s rebellion causes confusion about good and evil, and harm to people, ultimately ending in judgment, despair and death. (Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:19; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:23; Romans 1:20-24; Ephesians 2:1-3; Genesis 1:31; Galatians 5:16-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; James 1:13-15)

…all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of Christ’s invisible and universal church. We believe that the local expressions of the church, as the Body of Christ, are essential in the plan and purpose of God. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:19b-23; 2:19-21, 4:3-6; Colossians 3:14-15; Acts 14:23; Ephesians 2:15b-16; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:6; 1 Timothy

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