Dave & Marlana Young

Since his first mission trip as a teenager, Dave has been focused on becoming a missionary. His early professional and educational experiences prepared him for his role at Global Ventures. In 2013, he joined the organization full-time to lead the International Coordination Department and work with the Creative/Media Team after volunteering on short-term missions.

Marlana started her ministry journey in 2001 at age 19! After serving as a missionary in Latin America for 14 years, she became part of Global Ventures in 2015. Their passion is to spread God’s love worldwide and involve others in making a global impact through sharing the powerful Gospel of Christ.

They travel extensively but consider Tulsa, Oklahoma their home. They have two children, Bryson and Kaelyn, who share their love for Jesus, travel, and people.

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 is the International Coordination Director at Global Ventures, and Marlana heads the Mission Trips Department. They raise support for projects worldwide. Last year, they worked in Brazil, Peru, Romania, and India. In 2024, they will work in Thailand, Paraguay, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

Their daily tasks involve managing the International Coordination Department which plans projects around the globe. The department handles humanitarian efforts, school programs, community outreach, city-wide crusades, discipleship programs, and building relationships with leaders in local communities.

In the Mission Trips Department led by Marlana, hundreds of team members join Global Ventures for each year’s projects. Many participants have their first missions experience here as Marlana’s team helps them reach areas needing the precious Gospel.


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.