How we began...
The history of the world as recorded in Genesis begins with the words "In the beginning God…”
The history of Exodus starts the same way. In the beginning God reached out to homosexual men and women on each continent around the world. Reaching out to them with grace and truth, God brought hope, healing and transformation to men and women affected by homosexuality. Then He called them to let Him work through them to bring His grace and truth to others around the world.
One example is Frank Worthen. In 1973 God led Frank to start a ministry to homosexuals in California. The ministry was called Love In Action, later called New Hope. In 1976, Frank and others organized a conference of ministries that serve people impacted by homosexuality in the USA. At this conference the participants, about 66 in number, formed a coalition called Exodus International, North America.
But God was not just working in the USA, He was leading people into ministry around the world. Sister organizations such as Exodus Europe and Exodus Asia Pacific were started by people like Johan van de Sluis and Peter Lane. These were started as indepedent networks.
Pat (Allan) Lawrence was another ministry leader who had started a ministry in Toronto, Canada in the 1980's. In the 1990's she became involved in the leadership of Exodus International, North America, becoming a board member. With a heart for missions and ministry outside of North America, Pat saw the need to connect the independent Exodus regions. She encouraged the Exodus regions to work together in a new way that would enable ministries to homosexual men and women to become more cohesive and effective. She proposed the ministries form a global leadership council that would begin the work of bringing the Exodus regions together. They would share a common mission and a common understanding of faith, homosexuality and the transforming work of God. Each region would have equal representation. There would be accountability and mutual submission at the local, regional and international levels.
In 1995, under Pat's leadership, Exodus International, North America hosted a summit of ministry leaders from the Exodus regions. They formed an international coalition of ministries, now called Exodus Global Alliance. Through Exodus Global Alliance, Exodus regions and local ministries would work together in 3 missions:
Exodus identifies with men and women who are affected by homosexuality partly because many of the people in Exodus once were homosexual men and women. We know what it feels like. We've experienced the hurt and rejection. We also know what it is like to want a relationship with God and wonder if there is any hope for us. We know from personal experience what it means to ask if change is possible. And we know from personal experience how change happens and what change looks like.
Even though the Exodus International, North America office closed in 2013, Exodus Global Alliance continues to be in ministry. Exodus Asia Pacific, Exodus Brasil and Exodus Latinoamerica along with the local ministries in each of these regions continue to minister God's truth and grace to people and equip churches to do the same. And the many churches and ministries in the USA who were part of the Exodus International network continue in their ministries. Some formed a new network called Hope For Wholeness network. Others formed a new network called the Restore Hope Network. Others are part of the Overcomers Network. And still others, while not part of a network, continue to minister God's truth and grace to people impacted by homosexuality. So there continues to be ministries around the world and in the USA who are called by God to share their positive experience of Christian faith and life transformation with others who experience same-sex attractions or are involved in same-sex relationships.