Ambassadors For Christ, Inc.

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Summary

Ambassadors For Christ, Inc. (AFC) is an outreach ministry to Chinese students and professionals for Christ. AFC includes literature distribution, book publication, discipleship training, conferences, a collegiate faculty network, and the triennial Chinese Mission Convention. Through these ministries AFC uses every available resource to mobilize Chinese believers to be a vital force for God's kingdom.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Ambassadors For Christ, Inc.
21 Ambassador Drive
Paradise, PA 17562-7562

Website: www.afcinc.org

Phone: 717-687-8564

Email: afc@afcinc.org


Organization details

EIN: 520798499

CEO/President: Rev. David Zhou

Chairman: Kong Yi

Board size: 14

Founder: Rev. Moses Chow and Rev. Ted and Mrs. Choy

Year founded: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1986


Purpose

Reaching Chinese intellectuals for Christ in this generation.


Mission statement

AFC is called by God, in cooperation with local churches, to evangelize and disciple Chinese students and professionals in the United States and other parts of the world, to motivate and equip them to impact the culture for the Lord, and to mobilize and channel them into the service of Christ as a vital force for God's Kingdom.


Statement of faith

Ambassadors for Christ, Inc uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

1. We believe that God is a person who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity; Father, son, and Holy Spirit; three Persons and yet but one God, eternally existent.

2. We believe in the divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of the Bible, as originally given, and in its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

4. We believe in the universal sinfulness and lost condition of all men, and in their need of redemption through regeneration by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone.

5. We believe in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration and in His present ministry by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

6. We believe in the one holy universal Church which is the Body of Christ and to which all true believers belong and in its mission to witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel to all nations.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating692 of 91320 of 27
Fund acquisition rating370 of 91510 of 27
Resource allocation rating510 of 91516 of 27
Asset utilization rating876 of 91327 of 27

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%7%5%4%4%8%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%4%3%3%3%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
86%66%59%64%68%51%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%5%3%3%3%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
14%34%41%36%32%49%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%78%81%79%79%73%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%88%100%86%81%82%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%68%81%68%64%60%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%12%0%14%19%18%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%7%0%8%12%11%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%17%16%18%18%22%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.580.470.520.440.500.47
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.746.038.718.184.145.30
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.862.864.513.592.062.51
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.487.552.823.995.174.37
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.130.130.360.250.190.23
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.343.641.722.504.703.69
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
13%2%4%8%5%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%5%0%3%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
56%206%185%209%191%196%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$564,468$530,889$196,282$963,682$632,960
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,192,982$627,424$1,088,556$1,301,443$955,778
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,757,450$1,158,313$1,284,838$2,265,125$1,588,738
Long-term investments$2,573,409$2,416,425$2,500,055$2,272,829$2,338,769
Fixed assets$6,274,956$6,508,536$6,722,298$4,830,983$4,485,845
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$8,848,365$8,924,961$9,222,353$7,103,812$6,824,614
Total assets$10,605,815$10,083,274$10,507,191$9,368,937$8,413,352
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$191,159$250,846$269,217$422,179$351,904
Other current liabilities$41,698$160,502$53,065$15,771$12,040
Total current liabilities$232,857$411,348$322,282$437,950$363,944
Debt$0$0$525,579$36,259$234,183
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$525,579$36,259$234,183
Total liabilities$232,857$411,348$847,861$474,209$598,127
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$8,100,429$8,133,090$8,378,267$5,724,563$5,945,015
With donor restrictions$2,272,529$1,538,836$1,281,063$3,170,165$1,870,210
Net assets$10,372,958$9,671,926$9,659,330$8,894,728$7,815,225
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$3,772,341$3,095,222$3,441,615$3,891,504$2,495,359
Program service revenue$1,582,299$1,887,662$1,653,848$1,673,417$1,605,090
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$158,299$165,876$203,255$62,143$106,178
Other revenue$211,404$87,319$81,161$116,301$677,518
Total other revenue$1,952,002$2,140,857$1,938,264$1,851,861$2,388,786
Total revenue$5,724,343$5,236,079$5,379,879$5,743,365$4,884,145
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$3,908,178$4,235,366$3,637,221$3,687,631$2,913,352
Management and general$861,315$840,685$840,217$830,112$865,834
Fundraising$253,818$147,433$137,839$146,119$208,829
Total expenses$5,023,311$5,223,484$4,615,277$4,663,862$3,988,015
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$701,032$12,595$764,602$1,079,503$896,130
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$701,032$12,595$764,602$1,079,503$896,130

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
David ChowPresident$113,889
Paul SchultzController$60,047

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


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 6/9/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Like so many powerful Christian ministries, Ambassadors for Christ began as a meeting of concerned people. In 1956 Rev. Moses Chow and Ted and Leona Choy met with Christiana Tsai, the "Queen of the Dark Chamber" in Paradise, PA. The Choys, who worked at that time with International Students Inc. invited Rev. Chow to participate in an upcoming Chinese Bible Study. The event gave birth to ongoing activities including the initial publication of Ambassadors Magazine in the initial publication of Ambassadors Magazine in October 1957. Chinese student ministries gained in urgency and after much prayer for guidance from the LORD, Rev. Chow and the Choys founded Ambassadors for Christ on May 6, 1963.

In 1969 Rev. Moses Chow became Executive Director of Ambassadors for Christ. Under his leadership AFC continued outreach to students and Chinese Bible Study Groups. In addition outreach was launched directly into Europe and Asia via funding and short term mission projects. On June 15, 1974 AFC Headquarters relocated from Washington DC to Paradise, PA, the property having been donated to AFC as a faith step by Christiana Tsai and Mary Leaman in 1966. Over the years, the facility has expanded to accommodate the growing Mainland Chinese Literature and AFC Bookstore operations. In addition the Christiana Tsai Retreat Center, located in the farmhouse at the same location has been continuously updated to house seminars, workshops and retreats.

The following decade saw God's continued blessings on AFC's ministries. Ambassadors Magazine began more frequent bi-monthly publication. In 1977 Rev. Hoy Him Chan, became Executive Director when Rev. Moses Chow pursued missionary work in Southeast Asia. Under Rev. Chan's leadership the first Directory of Chinese churches, Bible Study Groups and Organizations in North America was published in 1980. Also, during this period the Ambassadors for Christ Bookstore was established.

In 1983 Rev. David Chow was affirmed as Executive Director. That December, Chinese Mission '83, the first triennial Chinese Mission Convention, was held in Washington DC. Under Rev. David Chow's leadership, the Mainland Chinese Ministry Department was established in 1985.

During the next years, AFC focused on establishing campus ministries all across the U.S. in cities such as Dallas, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. In addition, the Chinese Christian Faculty Network is establishing relationships between College and University professors for the purpose of coordinating outreach ministries to students in a much wider sphere of influence.

Recently, Ambassadors for Christ has launched into such forward reaching ministries as the development of a training and discipleship ministry, ministry in Europe, and a Chinese Mission Convention on the US West Coast, and in the South (Houston, TX).

In years to come, focus is sharpening upon ministry opportunities based in Europe and increasing influence in university campuses around the US. Please pray with us as we seek the next steps that God has planned, in order to reach this generation for Christ.


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