International Messengers

Summary

International Messengers is an evangelical, inter-denominational organization which is committed to the evangelism and discipleship of people of all nations, and to the motivation and training of members for active involvement in world missions. International Messengers provides training and recruitment of short-term missionaries in the US, Eastern Europe, Central America, China and Hong Kong. The ministry is committed to making disciples of all nations through partnering with local churches to renew, train and mobilize believers for active involvement in reaching the world for Christ. International Messengers see's itself as a partner with the local church; to equip and send people into the world with the truth of Jesus Christ. International Messengers provides revival ministry and consultation to the local church in North America through Messengers of Hope. In addition, it runs Mountainside Missionary Training Center, a 1-2 year program for adults and families with a call into missions from secular work. In Eastern Europe, International Messengers currently serves in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
110 Orchard Ct., PO Box 618
Clear Lake, IA 50428-0618

Website: www.internationalmessengers.org

Phone: (641) 357-6700

Email: office@internationalmessengers.org


Organization details

EIN: 411652782

CEO/President:

Chairman: Mike Gesler

Board size: 13

Founder: Mr. Robert Rasmusson

Year founded: 1984

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Purpose

International Messengers is an evangelical, inter-denominational organization which is committed to the evangelism and discipleship of people of all nations, and to the motivation and training of members for active involvement in world missions. International Messengers provides training and recruitment of short-term missionaries in the US, Eastern Europe, Central America, China and Hong Kong.

This ministry is committed to making disciples of all nations through partnering with local churches to renew, train and mobilize believers for active involvement in reaching the world for Christ. It see's itself as a partner with the local church; to equip and send people into the world with the truth of Jesus Christ. International Messengers provides revival ministry and consultation to the local church in North America through Messengers of Hope. In addition, it runs Mountainside Missionary Training Center, a 1-2 year program for adults and families with a call into missions from secular work.

In Eastern Europe, International Messengers currently serves in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. International Messengers has a staff of about 60 people and send 150-200 short-term missionaries to do relational evangelism and discipleship each year.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

International Messengers has the following purpose statement:

International Messengers is an evangelical interdenominational missions organization comprised of an international staff team. We are committed to making disciples of all nations through partnering with local churches to renew, train and mobilize believers for active involvement in reaching the world for Christ.

We believe that the spiritual revival of the Church is a primary key to effectively reaching this world with the love of Christ. We are committed to serving the local church, helping her move towards renewal, and then to again envision her central role in spreading the Gospel locally and globally. We see ourselves as partners with the local church to equip and send people into the world with the truth of Jesus Christ.


Statement of faith

International Messengers subscribes to the following statement of faith:

WE BELIEVE the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writing, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.

WE BELIEVE in One God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, having precisely the same nature and worthy of equal worship and obedience.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a substitutional sacrifice for our sins. He arose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, where He continues His High Priestly ministry at the right hand of the throne of God.

WE BELIEVE that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin through Adam and is therefore totally depraved, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

WE BELIEVE that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.

WE BELIEVE that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

WE BELIEVE that the true Church is composed of all who through personal faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together as the body of Christ of which He is the Head.

WE BELIEVE in the personal and premillennial imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe the destiny for the believer is to be present with the Lord and for the unbeliever is to be separated from the presence of the Lord in everlasting punishment.

WE BELIEVE the great evangelistic and missionary commission given by Jesus Christ to the disciples and to the continuing church is that of making Christ known throughout the world by word and example and bringing to maturity those who believe in Him through instruction from the Word.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating96 of 50020 of 85
Fund acquisition rating90 of 50018 of 85
Resource allocation rating110 of 50013 of 85
Asset utilization rating258 of 50050 of 85

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%3%3%3%2%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%3%3%2%2%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%101%97%98%101%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%3%3%2%3%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%-1%3%2%-1%1%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%87%86%88%89%88%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%97%98%100%95%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%85%85%88%84%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%3%2%0%5%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%4%3%0%8%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%10%9%8%9%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.191.181.181.241.391.39
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.681.831.801.651.79
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.311.992.162.232.292.49
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1210.2711.3710.2718.0115.44
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.100.090.100.060.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.415.435.074.854.954.51
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%6%5%5%3%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%80%81%76%70%69%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$2,040,196$1,783,339$1,807,367$1,727,418$1,429,945
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$183,557$137,606$104,396$131,387$117,565
Short-term investments$188,560$188,127$187,630$187,213$186,813
Other current assets$795$164$1,671$2,261$2,389
Total current assets$2,413,108$2,109,236$2,101,064$2,048,279$1,736,712
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$241,053$273,914$299,283$338,748$332,642
Other long-term assets$1,405,164$1,487,146$1,389,184$992,932$1,037,172
Total long-term assets$1,646,217$1,761,060$1,688,467$1,331,680$1,369,814
Total assets$4,059,325$3,870,296$3,789,531$3,379,959$3,106,526
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$234,941$185,464$204,584$113,718$112,513
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$234,941$185,464$204,584$113,718$112,513
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$234,941$185,464$204,584$113,718$112,513
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$1,988,580$1,707,076$1,755,474$1,958,356$1,674,498
Temporarily restricted$1,835,804$1,977,756$1,829,473$1,307,885$1,319,515
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$3,824,384$3,684,832$3,584,947$3,266,241$2,994,013
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$5,009,067$4,531,099$4,580,118$4,996,998$4,529,367
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,209$5,890$5,503$3,613$3,515
Other revenue($66,620)$113,922$111,757($39,949)$39,774
Total other revenue($59,411)$119,812$117,260($36,336)$43,289
Total revenue$4,949,656$4,650,911$4,697,378$4,960,662$4,572,656
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$4,203,841$3,931,442$4,141,836$4,182,556$3,814,943
Management and general$459,426$463,794$436,487$388,315$382,597
Fundraising$146,837$155,790$116,409$117,563$126,102
Total expenses$4,810,104$4,551,026$4,694,732$4,688,434$4,323,642
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$139,552$99,885$2,646$272,228$249,014
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$139,552$99,885$2,646$272,228$249,014

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History

International Messengers was founded in 1984 by Robert Rasmusson, as a branch of Oak Hills Fellowship in Bemidji, Minnesota. International Messengers started sending short-term mission teams to Western Europe in 1985 and then expanded to Eastern Europe and parts of Asia in 1986.

Evangelistic English Language Camps have continued to be the primary evangelistic tool International Messengers has used from that time until now. In 1989, International Messengers became an independent mission organization and began to place full-time missionaries and national staff in Eastern Europe to assist with the camps and the discipleship of new believers. International Messengers is committed to impacting the local church in North America, and encouraging growth in the church in Eastern Europe.

International Messengers specialize in a heart for the local church, practical training, high-integrity short-term opportunities, and caring for the needs of its staff. International Messengers praise God for a team of dedicated staff members who work with over 200 short-term missionaries each year.


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