- is a spiritual family (network) of autonomous local and international ministries which are part of, and, under the spiritual Apostolic headship/fatherhood of Franz and Gerlinde Lippi, based in Graz, Austria
- stands for BALKAN LOVING APOSTOLIC SERVING TEAM as it started as a mission to the Balkan nations (but has now expanded beyond the Balkans)
- started off as missions out of a local church in Graz, called EXOUSIA GEMEINDE, which was also fathered by Franz & Gerlinde Lippi
George E Markakis is a member of BLAST Ministries under the spiritual oversight of Franz Lippi. All of the ministries of GEM are therefore part of and under the spiritual authority of BLAST Ministries and Franz Lippi.