Our Journey

A Legacy

For 31 years, I served in various senior leadership and Vice President roles at Missions Door - an organization that supports missionaries to evangelize, disciple and plant churches. I ultimately had the responsibility of overseeing the personnel and multi-faceted projects in 24 countries.

A Dream

In 2004, I had the vision to launch an organization that would focus on leadership and community development. I decided to enroll at the University of Colorado at Denver to obtain a Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management. Upon my graduation, instead of starting a new nonprofit, I decided to launch it as a program within Missions Door.

A Call

In 2016, it was time to put my fears aside and take a leap of faith to solely focus and establish Global One80 as ministry organization that would empower leaders in the United States and other countries to transform lives and communities with the Gospel of Jesus.

My Global One80 journey began when I was 20 years old. I moved, against my parents’ wishes, from my affluent neighborhood to a poor slum of Santo Domingo to start a church that would transform the lives of the poor and marginalized.

An Impact

It was in this community where I met a young leader, Victor Arias, who at the age of 16 told me that he wanted to go to college. I raised funds to send him to a good university and invested my time through coaching, training, and helping him finance his education. After graduating, Victor worked as the Executive Director of Compassion International in the Dominican Republic and through that role he impacted the lives of 50,000 children. God has allowed me to see my legacy continue, and now Victor serves as President / CEO of Global One80.

A Passion

This organization captures what my wife Oneida and I have done for over three decades. My life journey has been shaped by people, experiences, failures, successes, stories, and the amazing opportunity to learn from many different cultures where God has allowed us to serve. We want to live a life that impacts the lives of others, so when we launched this ministry, it has been our desire to continue our journey to transform global communities with the Gospel of Jesus, one life at a time.

Joaquin A. Vargas


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