ACCI began in Alberta, Canada as New Life League (NLL), a recognized Canadian charity established in 1986 that focused on providing resources and personnel for printing Christian literature for Asia.  In 2002, leadership for NLL was transferred to a new board under Anthony Hedrick, who would serve as Executive Director from 2002-2007.  The new board voted to change the name from New Life League to Adventive Cross Cultural Initiatives and the offices were moved from Alberta to Ottawa, Ontario.

Since 2002, ACCI has expanded to support a wide variety of ministry projects in locations all around the world. Our vision as a ministry is as diverse as the callings of the people God sends our way.