Africa New Life Ministries International

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Our model of caring for the whole child recognizes that, with educational sponsorship at the core of our work, children need other key factors to succeed: growing faith, community development, and a healthy body. At Africa New Life, we believe that education is the key to helping children escape the cycle of poverty.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Africa New Life Ministries International
7405 SW Tech Center Drive
Portland, OR 97223


Phone: 866-979-0393


Organization details

EIN: 481291935

CEO/President: Dr. Charles Mugisha

Chairman: Marvin Eggleston

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Charles and Florence Mugisha

Ruling year: 2004

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


Africa New Life shares the gospel using two hands: the hand of compassion and the hand of evangelism. Our goal is to see lives transformed through meeting basic needs, to give hope for the future for those living in poverty in Rwanda, and to share the freedom and hope found in Christ. At the heart of our model for breaking cycles of poverty is educational sponsorship. With a high school education, or a vocational equivalent, children in Rwanda have hope for the future.

Mission statement

Africa New Life exists to transform lives and communities in Rwanda through preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and acts of compassion.

Statement of faith

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

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

We believe in the deity of Christ, in 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, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory.

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

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

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class difference.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating315 of 99938 of 118
Fund acquisition rating882 of 1001105 of 118
Resource allocation rating321 of 100144 of 118
Asset utilization rating22 of 9995 of 118

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$299,106$741,975$361,658$337,334$253,861
Short-term investments$500$7,124$1,033,730$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,098,339$1,455,047$2,040,501$2,339,683$1,398,627
Long-term investments$1,112,125$1,063,275$0$0$0
Fixed assets$330,069$372,486$405,111$416,189$255,679
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,442,194$1,435,761$405,111$416,189$255,679
Total assets$2,540,533$2,890,808$2,445,612$2,755,872$1,654,306
Payables and accrued expenses$191,755$158,210$114,947$196,119$119,142
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$191,755$158,210$114,947$196,119$119,142
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$191,755$158,210$114,947$196,119$119,142
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$175,941$227,972$81,013$25,909$72,654
With donor restrictions$2,172,837$2,504,626$2,249,652$2,533,844$1,462,510
Net assets$2,348,778$2,732,598$2,330,665$2,559,753$1,535,164
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Total contributions$11,076,579$11,770,592$11,802,237$9,396,217$8,255,989
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$42,971$42,826$79,386$341($2,251)
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$42,971$42,826$79,386$341($2,251)
Total revenue$11,119,550$11,813,418$11,881,623$9,396,558$8,253,738
Program services$9,832,176$9,965,208$11,010,047$7,325,556$7,304,969
Management and general$360,728$191,417$164,250$175,231$138,605
Total expenses$11,506,787$11,399,478$12,125,656$8,371,969$8,119,153
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($387,237)$413,940($244,033)$1,024,589$134,585
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($387,237)$413,940($244,033)$1,024,589$134,585


Alan HotchkissExecutive Dir.$106,808
Charles Buregeya MugishaDirector$106,808

Compensation data as of: 10/31/2019

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 6/7/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Charles Mugisha was born to a Rwandan family living as refugees in Uganda. His parents fled Rwanda after the first genocide in 1959. Life was not easy for refugees in a war-stricken Uganda under the rule of several dictators. It was during this time that Charles learned how to pray.

As the war came to an end, Charles wanted to return to school. Desperate for an education he began praying in his own words. As tears poured down his face Charles felt connected to God for the first time. He began to attend church in a neighboring village and gave his life to Christ. Just a few weeks later, Charles joined with other young people and began preaching the gospel on the streets.

After attending College in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, Charles began ministry in a nearby suburban of Kampala in Gaba to work with a church planter. Although the spiritual opposition in that village was strong, Charles and his mentor, Pastor Peter Kasirivu prayed and persevered in ministry. Eventually, a church was established and hundreds of people started coming to Christ. Today a church of more than 2,000 people and various ministries to the poor are in that community.

In the early nineties, Charles was a missionary in England and Northern Ireland. In 1995, after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Charles returned to his family in Uganda and discovered that his father had returned to Rwanda. Charles followed. Even though the war had ended, Charles saw signs of death everywhere. When he saw the orphaned, widowed and homeless, Charles knew he had to do something to help these people.

Charles received an invitation to attend Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. With the help of churches and individuals, Charles arrived in the U.S. with his wife, Florence, and their son, Isaac. His burden to help Rwandan children, refugees and the genocide survivors remained on his heart.

In 2001, while in seminary, Charles wrote the ministry plan for Africa New Life. And that summer he and Florence returned to Rwanda to see what God wanted to do with them and through the ministry. When they returned the U.S. for the next semester, Charles and Florence brought 30 pictures of children who needed to be sponsored and the ministry was born.

Today Africa New Life provides for more than 10,000 children on track toward high school graduation, vocational training, or a university degree.

Charles completed his Doctorate through Gordon Conwell Seminary in 2015. Together, he and Florence are raising their four children, Isaac, Jonathan, Sarah, and Joseph, in Rwanda.

Program accomplishments


Africa New Life celebrates its 20-year anniversary as a ministry.

The Africa College of Theology receives national accreditation from the Rwandan government, becoming one of only two accredited theological institutions in the nation at the start of 2021.

Africa New Life launches a new sponsorship community in Gashora, an arid district south of Kigali.

Planning begins for a church building and a sponsorship office.

Construction is completed on a New Life Bible Church and a sponsorship office in Karangazi.

Africa New Life announces a new partnership with Baylor University in Waco, Texas, to bring pop-up medical clinics to communities in Rwanda.


Top teachers from our schools collaborate on distance learning materials for students across all grade levels during the COVID-19 school closures.

Emergency food relief efforts are launched in response to the devastating economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than seven million meals are provided through relief packages distributed to students and their families, pastors, women from our vocational training programs, and more.

Africa New Life launches a new partnership with Nyamagabe, a rural and mountainous district in southwestern Rwanda.

Planning begins for an educational sponsorship program and a church in the area.

A third set of friends of Africa New Life climb Mount Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for our food program.

The Food for Tomorrow campaign brings new awareness to and funds for the school lunch programs in Rwanda.


Your gift to Africa New Life's Impact Fund (general fund) makes the transformation of lives in Rwanda possible. A gift to the Impact Fund can be used wherever opportunities or needs arise, whether in Rwanda or here in the US; it allows Africa New Life to be the most responsive when we need to be. We believe the Impact Fund is the most strategic and timely investment you can make. Thank you for helping this ministry grow!