Romanian Missionary Society

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Summary

For over 50 years, the RMS has been the vessel that God has used to bring the message of the Gospel to Romanians all over the world. We are continuing this blessed legacy, working to reach this nation in Romania and the Diaspora with the message of salvation through Jesus Christ by sharing the love of Jesus through care and support for orphans, widows and the most poor, by enabling pastors and missionaries to serve in the most remote and least reached areas, by encouraging and supporting young men to pursue theological education, by equipping and discipling the young generation of Christians, by making available quality Christian resources in Romanian, and by contributing to church plants and constructions, everything with the sole purpose of boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us as we continue to serve the Romanian nation worldwide in the name of Jesus!


Contact information

Mailing address:
Romanian Missionary Society
PO Box 527
Wheaton, IL 60187-0187

Website: www.RMSonline.org

Phone: (630) 665-6503

Email: contact@RMSonline.org


Organization details

EIN: 362669612

CEO/President: Doris Laurentiu / Val Monafu

Chairman: Dr. Cristian Chirla

Board size: 4

Founder: Dr. Peter Trutza

Year founded: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

RMS started in 1968 with a vision to reach Romanians trapped behind the Iron Curtain and continues today with a vision to reach Europe and the world from Romania.

Since the task is too great for any one missionary organization, we are open to cooperation with evangelical ministries from Romania or from abroad, to accomplish together the Great Commission.

Our missionaries work with churches, in summer camps, universities, prisons, orphanages, private homes - wherever there are people who need the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.


Mission statement

The Romanian Missionary Society - RMS - has been called by the Lord to serve the Romanian people by...

reaching out to those in need,

ministering to those who hurt,

sending messengers of the gospel to those who need salvation.


Statement of faith

1. We believe in one God, holy and almighty, eternally existing in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

2. We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments; that they are infallible, inerrant in the original writings, and the final authority for faith and life.

3. We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who became man by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth, and lived a sinless life on earth. We believe that He died at Calvary as a satisfactory substitutionary sacrifice for sinners, that His body was buried in and arose from the tomb; that He ascended to Heaven and was glorified at Gods right hand. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again for His own and then to set up His Kingdom.

4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration by whom all believers are baptized into the Body of Christ; that He indwells and seals them until the day of redemption. We believe He is the divine teacher and helper who guides believers into all truth; it is the privilege of all believers to be filled with the Spirit.

5. We believe that God created man in His own image and in the state of innocence. Through Adams transgression sin entered the world, and death through sin; and consequently, mankind inherited a corrupt nature, being born in sin and under condemnation. As soon as men are capable of moral action, they become actual transgressors in thought, word and deed.

6. We believe that salvation is a gift of God brought to men by grace and received only through personal repentance of sin and faith in the person and the finished work and atoning blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that regeneration is achieved through the work of the Holy Spirit.

7. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to everlasting punishment.

8. We believe that the church universal is a spiritual organism composed of the regenerated who are baptized into that body by the Holy Spirit at the time of the new birth and that the local church, the visible manifestation of the body, has the responsibility to provide for the fellowship and edification of believers and to propagate the gospel into the world.

9. We believe that a Christian should maintain a strong and consistent testimony, striving always to walk in the footsteps of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and working under the direction of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of lost souls and the edification of the Body of Christ.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating734 of 94034 of 51
Fund acquisition rating740 of 94236 of 51
Resource allocation rating536 of 94229 of 51
Asset utilization rating591 of 94028 of 51

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%8%5%10%12%14%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%8%5%9%12%14%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%98%100%98%98%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%7%9%9%11%12%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%2%0%2%2%1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%82%77%77%73%71%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%115%55%102%103%110%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%94%42%78%75%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%-15%45%-2%-3%-10%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%-13%57%-3%-4%-11%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%11%14%14%15%17%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.250.930.681.651.391.20
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.281.001.001.001.001.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.970.930.681.651.391.20
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
24.3324.3326.8942.4745.2754.32
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.030.040.040.020.020.02
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.6812.3617.107.098.439.79
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
4%4%4%2%2%2%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
73%103%142%59%70%82%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$78,961$519,575$110,425$118,402$138,999
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$260$554$1,171$1,113$1,112
Short-term investments$561,234$192,432$192,206$189,608$183,747
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$640,455$712,561$303,802$309,123$323,858
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$640,455$712,561$303,802$309,123$323,858
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$26,322$26,502$7,154$6,829$5,962
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$26,322$26,502$7,154$6,829$5,962
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$26,322$26,502$7,154$6,829$5,962
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$397,829$434,187$183,568$198,798$207,937
With donor restrictions$216,304$251,872$113,080$103,496$109,959
Net assets$614,133$686,059$296,648$302,294$317,896
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$508,240$871,033$485,577$408,755$352,256
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$10,079$4,140$4,040$5,691$8,367
Other revenue($9)($345)$4,208$3,679($6,391)
Total other revenue$10,070$3,795$8,248$9,370$1,976
Total revenue$518,310$874,828$493,825$418,125$354,232
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$486,981$370,848$384,719$315,531$276,776
Management and general$67,483$67,727$70,527$66,449$64,873
Fundraising$41,582$42,965$46,732$48,112$47,990
Total expenses$596,046$481,540$501,978$430,092$389,639
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($77,736)$393,288($8,153)($11,967)($35,407)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($77,736)$393,288($8,153)($11,967)($35,407)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Dr Livius PercyPresident$78,043
Marioara LaurentiuExecutive Dir.$56,710

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/30/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In 1968, Dr. Peter Trutza, with a group of 25 Romanian and American church leaders from the United States, founded the Romanian Missionary Society, to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the Romanian Christians trapped behind the Iron Curtain and to reach with the Gospel the people in that area. In those early days of Communist persecution, the focus of the ministry was on Christian radio broadcasting, through HCJB, and relief assistance.

In 1982, Dr. Josef Tson, was elected to serve as president, after Dr. Trutza's retirement. Dr. Tson had been exiled by the Communist government of Romania for taking a stand in the defense of Christians and against the abuses of the Communist regime.

Convinced that Communism would soon fall, Dr. Josef Tson brought to the RMS a new vision for training young men and women for ministry. To achieve this, he initiated an ambitious program of publishing Christian books and training materials in the Romanian language, to provide all the books necessary for theological training. At the same time, the radio ministry took a new turn by broadcasting an evangelical Christian program over BBC and Radio Free Europe, reaching a very wide audience.

When Communism fell in Romania, during the bloody days of December 1989, a new era opened for RMS. Dr. Tson returned to Romania and initiated the establishment of a number of ministries which were and still are instrumental in preaching the Gospel in Romania and Eastern Europe. Some of these ministries are:

- Romanian National Alliance of Evangelicals, - "Emanuel" Bible Institute in Oradea (now, "Emanuel" University) - Radio "Voice of the Gospel" network, in partnership with HCJB - Christian Publishing House "Cartea crestina"

The impact of these ministries gained strength as time went by: the National Alliance of Evangelicals gives a strong and united voice to all evangelicals of Romania; hundreds of graduates from the "Emanuel" Bible Institute / University minister in churches, schools, social work agencies, charitable foundations; Christian radio is a permanent presence in the major cities of Romania, and since 2005 (by direct satellite-to-listener broadcasting) in all of Europe; "Cartea crestina" has published over 200 titles and more are published every year.

Starting in 1995, Dr. Tson began an itinerant ministry in Romania, focusing on spiritual life seminars, calling all Christians to a renewal of their commitment to Christ. The impact was felt not only in Romania, but also abroad, and "growing in the likeness of Christ" has become a dominant theme of Dr. Tson's preaching.

The same year Dr. Darrel Anderson started serving as Executive Director of RMS and initiated a number of programs that continue to impact our ministries in Romania, as follows:

- Sponsor-a-Pastor, to aid pastors in small rural churches and new church plants, - Adopt-a-Student, assisting Seminary students in both Romania and Moldova, - YouthNetwork, a resource website for youth workers in Romanian churches, - Orphan assistance, through Bible clubs and summer camps.

Dr. Tson chose to retire in October 2004, to focus on teaching and writing, as well as spending time with his family. He maintains a busy schedule, preaching and teaching at missionary conferences, churches, theological schools, youth conferences, pastors' conferences. He continues to write feverishly and to date he has published 17 books.

In 2004, Dr. Livius Percy was elected President. Ever since 1982 he has been involved in various capacities in the RMS ministries and shares the same ministry vision of RMS, to enable the Romanian Christians to fulfill the Great Commission.

Dr. Percy brought to the RMS a focus on the younger generation, aiming to equip the Christian youth with a solid understanding of the Christian worldview and a desire to evangelize their peers. Starting in 2005, in close partnership with Dr. Tson, a new ministry to the Romanian Christian youth was initiated, offering Worldview and Apologetics seminars in the major university centers of Romania and Moldova.

We are moving in the direction of broadening the scope of our ministries, to reach the widest possible audience outside the church. The editorial plan, the spiritual life conferences, the radio and TV broadcasts, the apologetics seminars - all are geared towards equipping the young generation for the ministry of the Gospel by presenting the message in a way that is relevant for our generation.

A former communist leader in Romania stated, "The only force that can restore the moral fiber of this nation is the Christian faith". From its inception, RMS tailored its missionary strategy to effectively carry out the Great Commission. As societal and political trends shift, we continue to build upon our many years of ministry experience in Romania, with the all-consuming goal of helping to advance the kingdom of God.


Program accomplishments

6200+ orphans helped

850+ students financed

200,000+ books distributed

146 churches helped


Needs

Help a Child Connect: Every child deserves an education. In these trying times, help us in aiding the most disadvantaged students of Romania reconnect to their schools.

Support a Church in Need: Your support will help Christians in Romania worship together, while enabling them to grow as communities and take the Gospel to those in dire need of Salvation.

Give Hope to an Orphan: Show your love and support to those trying to alleviate the tremendous suffering of thousands of orphans from Romania. Bring a smile to a child's face.