International Messengers

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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.


Contact information

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

Website: www.internationalmessengers.org

Phone: (641) 357-6700

Email: office@im-usa.org


Organization details

EIN: 411652782

CEO/President: Darwin Anderson

Chairman: Greg Nicholas

Board size: 17

Founder: Mr. Robert Rasmusson

Ruling year: 1984

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Purpose

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 partners with the local church to equip and send people into the world with the truth of The Gospel.


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 rating375 of 101047 of 120
Fund acquisition rating342 of 101247 of 120
Resource allocation rating341 of 101246 of 120
Asset utilization rating640 of 101073 of 120

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%4%3%3%3%2%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%4%3%3%2%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%96%101%97%98%101%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%4%3%3%2%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%4%-1%3%2%-1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%86%87%86%88%89%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%93%97%98%100%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%80%85%85%88%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%7%3%2%0%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%9%4%3%0%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%10%10%9%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.291.101.181.181.241.39
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.671.681.831.801.65
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.871.841.992.162.232.29
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
20.379.6710.2711.3710.2718.01
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.100.100.090.100.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.625.865.435.074.854.95
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%6%6%5%5%3%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
69%85%80%81%76%70%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$2,432,855$2,040,196$1,783,339$1,807,367$1,727,418
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$185,687$183,557$137,606$104,396$131,387
Short-term investments$84,515$188,560$188,127$187,630$187,213
Other current assets$798$795$164$1,671$2,261
Total current assets$2,703,855$2,413,108$2,109,236$2,101,064$2,048,279
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$203,873$241,053$273,914$299,283$338,748
Other long-term assets$1,595,537$1,405,164$1,487,146$1,389,184$992,932
Total long-term assets$1,799,410$1,646,217$1,761,060$1,688,467$1,331,680
Total assets$4,503,265$4,059,325$3,870,296$3,789,531$3,379,959
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$279,500$234,941$185,464$204,584$113,718
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$279,500$234,941$185,464$204,584$113,718
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$279,500$234,941$185,464$204,584$113,718
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$2,165,847$1,988,580$1,707,076$1,755,474$1,958,356
With donor restrictions$2,057,918$1,835,804$1,977,756$1,829,473$1,307,885
Net assets$4,223,765$3,824,384$3,684,832$3,584,947$3,266,241
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$5,137,871$5,009,067$4,531,099$4,580,118$4,996,998
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$10,700$7,209$5,890$5,503$3,613
Other revenue$214,871($66,620)$113,922$111,757($39,949)
Total other revenue$225,571($59,411)$119,812$117,260($36,336)
Total revenue$5,363,442$4,949,656$4,650,911$4,697,378$4,960,662
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$4,275,252$4,203,841$3,931,442$4,141,836$4,182,556
Management and general$491,186$459,426$463,794$436,487$388,315
Fundraising$197,623$146,837$155,790$116,409$117,563
Total expenses$4,964,061$4,810,104$4,551,026$4,694,732$4,688,434
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$399,381$139,552$99,885$2,646$272,228
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$399,381$139,552$99,885$2,646$272,228

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Ed KleimanMember/Staff$79,370
Darwin AndersonMember/CEO$52,207
J Paul SchmidtTreasurer$50,400
Steve SharpMember/Staff$16,800

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/26/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

The concept of International Messengers (IM) actually took place in the mind and heart of Robert Rasmusson in 1980. IM became an independent, nonprofit mission organization in 1989. The offices were moved to Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1992.

IM set out to provide effective cross-cultural, short-term missions experiences for college-age students and adults. This pursuit led to a new and innovative ministry concept called Evangelistic English Language Camps (EELC), born in 1985 with a camp in Austria. The camps were expanded to Communist Poland the following year and then began in Hong Kong and other Eastern European countries from 1987 - 1992.

In 1990 IM started offering 2-1/2 week opportunities aimed at involving adult lay people and impacting the local church. Winter camps began in 1991 for the same purpose. At about the same time, IM started to focus on recruiting church teams, where all the team members were from one church. The number of people involved in these English camp teams has grown annually from 15 in the beginning to over 200 at present. In the late 90's the concept continued to expand into medical, nursing, educational and professional English camps which have had an effect on the adult population of Central & Eastern Europe.

The ministries of our cross-cultural staff include Bible study and discipleship, children-at-risk ministry, cooking class outreach, evangelism through English teaching, jail ministry, marriage and parenting outreach, medical ministry, men's accountability ministry, ministry to people with HIV, ministry to the elderly, ministry to the homeless/addicts, ministry through business, motorcycle ministry, Native American and First Nations ministry, outreach to businessmen, outreach to sex-trafficked girls and women, planting and pastoring churches, refugee ministry, Roma ministry through adult education, therapy using dogs and horses, translation of discipleship material, university student outreach, women and children-at-risk ministry, and youth ministry.

We anxiously wait to see God's plans unfold for IM in the coming years.


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