“Standing outside an ancient church on Mokattam Mountain in Egypt, my eyes were transfixed by an old lady rummaging through manure. She wanted something to eat or sell...anything to help her survive. I sensed God calling me to dedicate my life to people like her – trapped by the curse of terrible material poverty. Looking back, this was the catalyst that led to the start of Mission Direct…” Nigel Hyde, Founder, 1997
Nigel spent several years with an existing mission organisation, but continued to feel the need for a different kind of ‘mission opportunity’. If you couldn’t put your life on hold for years - you had nothing to offer. However, Nigel sensed that lots of people wanted to help the vulnerable in a practical way that didn’t spell giving up their homes and jobs. A profound win-win developed that is now Mission Direct.
Nigel founded Mission Direct with three friends - Lawrence Jones, Tim Martindale and Ronnie Fleming - in late 2004. Each founder had previous experiences of overseas mission work and strong relationships with deserving partners. Initially, it was mostly friends and colleagues that tried out these two week trips, but word spread about the impact being made and the incredible, life-changing experience on offer.
Mission Direct now works in 12 countries supported by an amazing team. CEO, Nigel left Mission Direct in 2014 when he moved to start a charity in Sierra Leone, appointing Alan McCormick as his successor. Alan spent 5 years with Mission Direct, retiring in 2019 and handed the reins over to Wil Horwood who joined after having spent 12 years as CEO for Hope Worldwide.
Mission Direct will continue to work overseas with long-term commitments that allow volunteers to assist for 2-week stints as – as of 2017 – will also continue to support UK projects with 3-day outreach teams. Keep your eye on the news pages and our social media accounts for any of the latest news and events.
All that Mission Direct does is underpinned by our values. They shape our culture and ethos and impact every activity.
Passionate to serve the vulnerable, based on biblical principles.
We put the highest priority on recruiting, developing, valuing and retaining outstanding staff, donors, volunteers and in-country partners.
We join local people in what they already do well, bringing the resources, hope and encouragement that yields a significant legacy.
We do what we say we’ll do – we strive to deliver tangible, high quality outcomes and provide outstanding value for money.
“Mission Direct is founded on Christian principles and adopted the Nicene Creed as its statement of faith. We are fully inter-denominational and international in our approach. We recognise everyone is on a faith journey, some are clear on what they believe, others exploring. Our teams bring those journeys together, growing individuals in faith and insight through the remarkable people they meet, the experiences they encounter and the perspective they receive.”