East West InterKnit, formerly East West Ministries, was founded by Dr. V. Samuel Jones, former missionary and long time member of the Billy Graham team, following a distinct sense of calling experienced during the historic Amsterdam conferences of 1983 and 1986. During these conferences Mr. Graham told his audience of itinerant evangelists that they were his successors. Profoundly inspired by this pronouncement, Sam felt God was calling him to assist them in reaching their people with the gospel.
Sam's travels during his approximately 38 years of international ministry took him to at least 115 countries. There he had opportunity to work alongside hundreds of national Christian workers and to observe not only their dedication but also the challenges and limitations resulting from lack of resources or training. He was uniquely gifted in identifying effective, committed, godly workers who would benefit from the kind of partnerships EWI envisioned.
Annette Jones assumed leadership of the ministry following Sam’s death in 1998.