Lesea, Inc./ Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association

Summary

LeSEA is a multifaceted organization including television and radio broadcasting, global 24 hour prayerline, Christian tours, food and relief assistance throughout the world, Christian education, and Healthy Choices dietary supplements. LeSEA (Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association) was founded by Dr. Lester Sumrall. This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As a result it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.


Contact information

Mailing address:
61300 S. Ironwood Rd
South Bend, IN 46614-6614

Website: www.lesea.com

Phone: (574) 291-8200

Email: comments@lesea.com


Organization details

EIN: 351066748

CEO/President: Mr. Stephen Sumrall

Chairman:

Board size:

Founder: Dr. Lester Sumrall

Year founded: 1957

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

LeSEA, Inc. ("LeSEA") is a broadcast ministry which includes television and radio broadcasting. LeSEA has a number of other ministries including the production of content for television and radio, a global 24 hour prayerline, Christian tours, food and relief assistance, Christian education, and Healthy Choices dietary supplements. LeSEA (Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association) was founded by Dr. Lester Sumrall in 1957.

LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry ("Feed the Hungry") is the relief and development arm of the ministry. Feed the Hungry directly oversees the entire relief process. Before a distribution takes place, Feed the Hungry secures guarantees from the appropriate government agencies, giving Feed the Hungry the rights to distribute the food directly to the local pastors. With over sixty volunteer directors in more than fifteen countries, Feed the Hungry responds to disaster situations around the world.

The World Harvest Prayerline is a prayer network which allows people to submit prayer requests and to view the requests of others for intercessory prayer. Prayer requests are prayed for by dedicated volunteers 24 hours a day. LeSea Broadcasting's flagship station, WHME/Harvest 103.1FM, began broadcasting in 1971. Today the station provides a mix of praise music combined with teaching and worship programs, 24 hours a day. World Harvest Radio International is a short-wave radio network created to help spread the word under many media from books to satellite television. Pulse FM is a 24 hour, all music, Contemporary Christian radio station originating from studios in South Bend, Indiana. LeSEA operates a number of television stations across the country and provides programming to the Sky Angel and WHT Satellite networks. LeSEA Tours organizes pilgrimages to the Holy Land and has been doing so for over thirty years.

Making Healthy Choices provide supporters of the LeSEA family with nutritional products, nutritional information, and a health expert that allows them the opportunity to enhance their total health through mind, body and spirit. Funds raised from all product and book sales generated by Making Healthy Choices are used to support the humanitarian projects undertaken by LeSEA around the world. Making Healthy Choices is a division of LeSEA Broadcasting, which functions under the umbrella of LeSEA, Inc.. LeSEA also supports the World Harvest Ministers Network, an interdenominational fellowship of ministers and churches dedicated to one another for the purpose of promoting world harvest by facilitating excellence in individual ministry through the sharing of corporate strength. The Network currently consists of more than 725 members.

This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

Prudent donors want to understand what it is they are going to support. Some ministries claim they have no legal obligation to share financial or other information -- but they do have a moral obligation to do so. Without access to comprehensive ministry information it is not possible for donors to make optimal giving decisions. Ministries that seek to obscure critical information from scrutiny undermine the faith and trust of donors and damage attitudes that have a long term negative impact. For those few ministries that state it has no legal obligation, it should be noted that donors are even less so obligated with any legalist obligation to give, but they do have a moral obligation to give in a prudent and wise fashion. Transparency is a consensus of practical sound wisdom. Many Christians are willing to live ethically without a governmental entity mandating that they do so. Transparency is the key component to a growing and prosperous donor -- ministry relationship and fundamental to long-term ministry success. Information, however, must be timely, relevant, accurate and complete for it to be used effectively.

Christians should have nothing to fear by being open. All will be judged at a future date, and with this thought in mind, how are we to conduct ourselves before God today? Organizations described as "Christian Ministries" are at least giving people an image of God. Is God characterized as closed, impartial and hidden; or, open, personable and knowable? Scripture enjoins Christians to conduct themselves honestly (1 Thes. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:2), with due candor (Jms. 5:12) and grace (Col. 4:6), without deliberate offense to Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), with decency and orderliness (1 Cor. 14:40), blameless, giving no occasion for rebuke (Phil. 2:15), and offering no opportunity for false accusation (1 Pet. 3:16). Responsibility for the resources God has placed in the trust of His saints is called "stewardship" in the Bible (1 Pet. 4:10), the person responsible for the resources is called the "steward" (Lk. 12:42; 16:1-8). Most Christians would not argue with the principle that the chief aim of man is to ..."to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." However, how can a "Christian Ministry" "glorify God" if they are not open? Are not organizations that hide things characterized as cults? Should not Christian ministries lead by example? Besides being characterized as a steward, Christians can be characterized as ambassadors and as light because God is light. Just these few summary ideas indicate that Christian ministries should be open and transparent. In addition, responsibility to God is linked to responsibility to government and mankind.

MinistryWatch.com's hope is that Christian ministries are indeed an example to follow and not otherwise. It is one of our premises that Christians should be light in a world of darkness and as such, Christians should be setting the standard by their conduct.

It is not enough for ministries to live up to the minimum of any written law, or to give all men their due. Ministries ought to give them more than their due. Ministries should be concentrating on the good of others, seeking reward in self-denial and sacrifice, and not of personal advantage. Therefore ministries should treat others as they would want to be treated by them, regardless of unworthiness and ingratitude.

Donors should be seeking information before they give as well as after. Before in order to have an idea where the money is intended, as well as if it corresponds to the donors values. And then after to see if it really happened. Trust but verify, so that they know if they would desire to continue to give.


Mission statement


Statement of faith

LeSEA subscribes to the following statement of faith:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose in-dwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

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History

Lester Sumrall, with the help and support of his family, and many friends, founded LeSEA (Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association) in 1957: A ministry which has subsequently given birth to well over one hundred books and study guides, eleven television stations, a satellite ministry, an FM radio station, three short-wave radio stations reaching over ninety percent of the world's population, and a bimonthly magazine. Perhaps the crowning glory of Lester Sumrall's work is his ongoing ministry to feed desperately poor families within the Body of Christ. Established in 1987, LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry has given millions of pounds in food and supplies valued at millions of dollars to countless believers around the globe.


Program accomplishments


Needs

LeSEA has the following 14 reasons why people should join with them in giving:

(1) You join a WorldWide Ministry with over 50 Years of Prudent Stewardship.
(2) You help win souls for Jesus Christ around the world.
(3) You reach out to others through a 24-hour Prayerline.
(4) You have access to Tapes, Books, And Bible Lessons.
(5) You benefit from a nationwide Intercessory Prayer Group.
(6) Your photograph joins the LeSEA family in the National Prayer Chapel.
(7) You help sponsor Christian family programs through World Harvest Television.
(8) You support world missions through World Harvest Radio.
(9) You see the results of your support through the Update Newsletter.
(10) You'll be inspired by Monthly Bible Lessons.
(11) You'll receive the print version of World Harvest Magazine.
(12) You feed body and soul in 50 nations through LeSea Global Feed The Hungry
(13) You receive travel and tour values including LeSea's exciting Holy Land Pilgrimages.
(14) Church leaders benefit from World Harvest Ministers Network, helping to keep the local church strong and vital.