Dave & Marlana Young

Since his very first mission trip as a teenager, Dave couldn’t escape the calling on his life. Most everything he did professionally and educationally would prepare him for his future role with Global Ventures. In 2013, he was asked to join Global Ventures as a full-time missionary to lead the International Coordination Department and collaborate with the Creative/Media Team after years of volunteering on short-term mission trips.

In a similar way, Marlana couldn’t shake God’s plan for her life to minister the Gospel and train others to do the same! After 14 years as a missionary to Latin America, she joined Global Ventures in January of 2015 as a full-time missionary. Their passion is to spread the love of God to the farthest corners of the earth, and to enable others to be a part of this global impact, transforming the world with the Gospel.

They travel extensively around the world but call Tulsa, Oklahoma home. They have two beautiful children, Bryson and Kaelyn who love Jesus, travel and people too!

Over 20 Years in Ministry in 30 Nations

Upcoming Projects: Thailand, Paraguay, Indonesia and Cambodia

2024 Fundraising Goal: $72,000

(Your support covers all travel costs, setup trip expenses, missions projects in-country, and a portion of their personal salary for the year.)

Role at GV & Ministry Plans

Dave serves Global Ventures as the International Coordination Director and Marlana is the Director of the Mission Trips Department and they raise support to work on projects all over the world. This past year, they have worked in Brazil, Peru, Romania and India. In 2024, they will be working in Thailand, Paraguay, Indonesia and Cambodia.

Day-to-day work at Global Ventures consists of managing the International Coordination Department which is the logistical arm of the organization consisting of planning humanitarian projects, ongoing evangelism and discipleship initiatives, corresponding with in-country contacts, conducting field setup trips, and further developing pastoral and community relations around the world.

In the Mission Trips Department, Marlana manages hundreds of team members from all backgrounds and walks of life coming out on Global Ventures mission trips. For many, this is their first missions experience and Marlana and her team are happy to help individuals get to the frontlines, where the Gospel is needed.


Please consider joining Dave and Marlana as a partner, both financially and in prayer, as they continue to venture out, bringing the Hope of the Gospel to those in need!

Global Ventures is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Your giving will go directly towards ministry costs.