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Vision of Global Challenge Expeditions

Global Challenge Expeditions is a wineskin for God in which young leaders are discipled. It provides a playing field for young adults to experience life-changing challenges in an adventurous journey.

GCEX was born out of a strange and wonderful mission trip with young South Africans to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We could not fly directly into Bosnia and Herzegovina and spent two weeks to reach our destination. We needed to trust God in so many different ways and saw Him make a way for us each time. This is when God started placing thoughts in my mind about a travel-based discipleship/leadership program.

In Psalm 84 it is written: "Happy are those who set their minds on a pilgrimage…" At its core, the Global Challenge is exactly this - a journey of seeking and meeting God.

Another Scripture that is at the core of our movement is from Job. Our desire is that the things that counted for God in Job’s life, will be imparted in a generation that will once again become people of integrity, who fear God and run away from evil.  We believe in developing servant leaders who will be hardworking and selfless. Leaders who will passionately share how being followers of Jesus Christ will impact one’s life.

GCEX is an experiential learning tool. It facilitates real life issues and helps participants to have a global perspective and a deeper understanding of the complexities of life. This enables you to tell your own God-stories.

Furthermore… we will discover more of the vision as we travel!

Anna Marie Franken
International Project Leader




  • We travel around the world following a God-seeking lifestyle.
  • We believe in a surrendered, joyful, down-to-earth, teachable and adventurous generation to become true servant leaders of this age.
  • The Word of God, faith, prayer and the Holy Spirit are central to our pilgrimage.
  • We restore character-building, integrity and the fear of God in this generation.
  • We share the Good News to a world in need.




We envision:

  • That people across the globe will partake in the vision of GCEX
  • Differently designed journeys
  • Thousands of people embarking on this mission


Current journeys:

GCX-One Year (Northbound and Southbound)
Travelling around the globe, teams will race against each other and together they will serve, minister, explore and discover the heart of God.  Read more
The Pilgrimage
This experiential learning program will give you more theoretical knowledge and application as you journey closer to the heart of God.  Read more
Hidden World
A journey into the heart of Latin America packed with adventure, mystery, challenges and wonders that encourage you to trust God in a new way.  Read more
Explore Africa
The mysterious continent with lost and hidden treasures, lying in front of us like an adventure waiting to happen.  Read more
Work Your Way
GCEX initiative that provides young men and their friends the break to travel and experience different cultures but with the added benefit of working to cover some of your travelling expenses.  Read more
80 Days Eastbound
Participants will travel as a group to 8-10 countries in the East. Visit places where God is truly working, be amazed by His creation and fellowship with other believers.  Read more
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Global Challenge Expeditions Trust
Registration Number: 066-651-NPO
Street Address: 11 Tulip Street, Jeffreys Bay, 6330, South Africa
Postal Address: PO Box 1064, Jeffreys Bay, 6330

Telephone: (+27)42 293 1511
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