In 2000, Leif and Jennifer launched Global Mission Awareness (GMA) with a vision to impact the least, the last, and the lost. They have since set foot in over 90 nations on 6 continents with the message of the Father’s heart. God has opened doors for GMA to penetrate some of the most spiritually dark areas of the world, places many consider impossible to reach with the gospel. Love has melted the hardest of hearts and literally transformed regions that were hostile to God. Over one million people have been saved during their years in ministry. They have been blessed with four beautiful children and one son-in-law, and GMA has become an extension of their lives.
Meet Leif & Jennifer Hetland
Global Mission Awareness
Leif Hetland is founder and president of Global Mission Awareness. He ministers globally bringing an impartation of God’s love, healing, and apostolic authority through a paradigm of kingdom family. A forerunner in modern-day missions, Leif has brought the gospel into some of the most spiritually dark areas of the world. Over one million souls have been saved through his ministry. He has written numerous books, including Called to Reign, Giant Slayers, Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes and his best-seller Healing the Orphan Spirit. Leif and his wife Jennifer reside just outside Atlanta, GA where they continue to touch countless lives through their ministry.
Leif Hetland hails from Haugesund, Norway. In 1984, he answered the call of God to ministry. While on the road ministering in April 1988, he met Jennifer Hilderbrand at Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. In 1989, Leif and Jennifer were married.
By 1995, Leif and Jennifer were pastoring First Baptist Church in Sandnes, Norway. Burned out and frustrated, Leif attended a small pastors meeting in the city of Haugesund where a man named Randy Clark was ministering. Randy approached Leif with a prophetic word saying, “You are like a bulldozer. God is calling you to prepare the way in unchartered territory. You are a forerunner here to prepare the preparers for the coming of the Son of Man.” He also declared that Leif was an apostle called to prepare nations that had not yet heard the Gospel. Afterwards, the Holy Spirit spoke a verse into Leif’s spirit, “Ask of me and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the world as your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) The Holy Spirit had transformed a worn out Baptist pastor into a passionate lover of God filled with the Spirit and burning with compassion for the lost.
Jennifer Hetland came to know Christ at an early age. She started out as a minister's child and then married a minister, as well. Her ministry is first and foremost to her family: Leif and their four children, Leif Emmanuel, Laila, Courtney, and Katherine. She carries a heart for women and young people. Affectionately called, "Mama Jen" she wants them to be all that God has created them to be. Her heart for releasing identity is evident in each of the children’s books that she has authored which tell the story of her own children’s journey.