Literacy & Evangelism International

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Literacy & Evangelism International ("LEI") strives to promote literacy and knowledge of the message and ministry of Jesus Christ to all people both within and without the US. LEI is a missionary fellowship, Christians from various nations and denominations, drawn together by a passion for God and compassion for people who cannot yet read the Word of God. LEI desires to see the Church in every nation effectively reaching the illiterate, bringing them the Living Word, Jesus Christ, through enabling them to read the written Word of God. LEI assists Christian groups worldwide by helping them to create Bible-content adult literacy primers and new reader materials in needed languages. Each year LEI has Literacy or ESL Consultants traveling around the world in ministry. LEI goes anywhere in the world, at the invitation of established Christian organizations, to assist them in primer construction and training their people for literacy evangelism or ESL evangelism ministry. Literacy & Evangelism International has assisted over 300 Christian groups in 68 countries, working in over 265 languages. 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:
1800 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK 74107-1857


Phone: (918) 585-3826


Organization details

EIN: 736111804

CEO/President: Rev. Sid Rice

Chairman: Changes each year

Board size: 7

Founder: Rev. Robert F. Rice

Year founded: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Literacy & Evangelism International (LEI) seeks to free those around the world who are in bondage to illiteracy in their native language. Because illiteracy prevents people from reading God's written Word and therefore from knowing the truth of God's Living Word, Jesus Christ, all of LEI's teaching materials (primers) have Bible content. In many areas of the world, an ability to communicate in English is necessary, so LEI offers Bible-content English as a Second Language (ESL) training and materials also. LEI is a missionary fellowship, Christians from various nations and denominations, drawn together by a passion for God and compassion for people who cannot yet read the Word of God. LEI desires to see the Church in every nation effectively reaching the illiterate, bringing them to the Living Word, Jesus Christ, through enabling them to read God's written Word, the Bible. LEI assists Christian groups worldwide by helping them create primers and new reader materials in any language. LEI has produced primers in more than 265 languages in 68 countries.

Primers in hard copy or soft copy, which can be ordered on the LEI website Store page include:
(1) Firm Foundations, a set of three books plus three workbooks, for teaching basic English literacy to English speakers.
(2) Passport to the World of English and Using Everday English, two different sets of three books each for teaching English as a second language (ESL) to persons whose native language is anything other than English.
(3) Nuevos Caminos, a set of two books for teaching reading in Spanish to persons who speak this language but are unable to read or write it.
(4) Materials in many other languages may be downloaded for free in digital form on the LEI website Primers page.

LEI trains, equips and prepares Christians for basic literacy or ESL ministry - whether they work with LEI or with another agency or church. Training is held in the U.S. and overseas. LEI will work with churches wanting to send people on long - or short-term missions. LEI's teaching and evangelism techniques seek to: (1) Minister to the poor and oppressed, (2) Strengthen established churches, (3) Plant new churches.

Each year LEI consultants travel the world doing ministry. LEI goes anywhere they are invited by established Christian organizations or churches to assist them in primer construction or training in basic literacy or ESL.

LEI is a nonprofit organization. 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

    Literacy & Evangelism International (LEI) equips the Church to share the message of Jesus Christ through the gift of reading.

    We develop Bible content materials to teach basic reading in local languages and conversational English.

    We train church leaders and missionaries to use LEI materials for evangelism, discipleship and church planting.

Statement of faith

Literacy & Evangelism International uses the following to express its statement of faith:

the Bible as God's inspired, infallible and completed Word for all people everywhere, to show them the Way the Truth and the Life and to be their final authority.

one God, sovereign and unchangeable Creator and Sustainer of all, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, being infinite yet personal, just yet merciful, and perfect in holiness, truth & love.

the essential dignity and value of all people everywhere, created as God's image bearers, yet estranged from God because of Adam's fall and personal sin, being totally incapable of a right relationship to God apart from grace.

Jesus Christ:
Jesus Christ, who by virtue of His deity, virgin birth, sinless humanity, substitutionary death, atoning blood, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven as King and Priest, is the only one capable of redeeming people.

salvation by God's grace alone whereby the Holy Spirit regenerates, the Son justifies, and the Father adopts those who personally repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Savior and Lord.

Holy Spirit:
the Holy Spirit's deity and work of convicting, regenerating, illuminating, indwelling and manifesting His fruit and gifts in believers for the unity, edification and mission of the Church in the world, to the glory of God.

The Church:
the priesthood of all believers who together form the universal Church, Christ's Bride or Body of which He is Head and has commissioned to advance the light of the Gospel in this dark world.

The Future:
the extension of the Gospel to all people groups, Christ's personal, visible and bodily return, and the resurrection and judgement of all mankind -- the lost to eternal damnation and the saved to life with God forever.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating230 of 94013 of 51
Fund acquisition rating264 of 94215 of 51
Resource allocation rating117 of 9427 of 51
Asset utilization rating631 of 94030 of 51

Click here to read Literacy & Evangelism International's response to our ratings

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$14,960$14,388$15,826$16,361$17,000
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$342,040$310,767$340,160$367,679$321,273
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$299,949$302,746$292,668$319,264$337,624
Other long-term assets$74,192$65,275$67,426$61,872$59,726
Total long-term assets$374,141$368,021$360,094$381,136$397,350
Total assets$716,181$678,788$700,254$748,815$718,623
Payables and accrued expenses$1,982$3,558$3,334$12,377$7,894
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,982$3,558$3,334$12,377$7,894
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$1,982$3,558$3,334$12,377$7,894
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$459,031$415,624$434,588$458,626$486,996
With donor restrictions$255,168$259,606$262,332$277,812$223,733
Net assets$714,199$675,230$696,920$736,438$710,729
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Total contributions$808,857$890,357$826,667$874,356$788,131
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,536$5,185$967$2,482$3,307
Other revenue$64,622$93,081$49,899$57,879$49,015
Total other revenue$70,158$98,266$50,866$60,361$52,322
Total revenue$879,015$988,623$877,533$934,717$840,453
Program services$772,938$923,592$848,262$831,050$782,622
Management and general$51,628$59,433$53,122$57,297$52,318
Total expenses$847,449$1,006,003$920,838$910,291$857,312
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$31,566($17,380)($43,305)$24,426($16,859)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$31,566($17,380)($43,305)$24,426($16,859)


Dr Sid RiceCEO/Vice Chair$84,927

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your statistical analysis of our ministry's financial performance. Rod Pitzer's letter, dated April 27, 2001, was addressed to our Exec. Director, Rev. John Taylor. John is in Malaysia, so in order not to be late in sending this, I have been asked to reply.

I was pleased with our four star rating in the first area of financial efficiency, Fund Acquisition, as we have always sought to keep our fundraising expenses to a minimum, with much of the work being performed by volunteers.

In the area of Resource Allocation, the numbers--and the resulting one star rating--can be explained as follows:

1. The Spending Ratio in excess of 1.07 (wherein we spent more than we received in revenue) is not really a negative factor. We seek to budget for a zero balance each year, spending all of the income which we expect to receive. We believe that to do any less we would be withholding from the Lord's work assets which have been entrusted to us for ministry. But like all faith ministries, we are subject to the whims and vagaries of our supporters. Our policy has been to maintain a cash balance which permits such fluctuations within a reasonable and prudent range. We have never had to borrow money as a result. Our trustees provide guidance and oversight in such matters. As your figures indicate, we had a significant positive balance in 1997, and the same is true in our latest fiscal year--2000.

2. The Program Output Ratio figure, which was below the population average, is the result of deficiencies in our cost accounting system which we recognized over a year ago, and which we have been working to correct. Many labor costs have been charged as administrative expenses when, in fact, they should have been identified as program costs. A good example is the information technology labor involved in converting a handwritten draft of a new language primer to camera-ready copy on the computer. It is clearly a major element in the publication of a primer, yet in the past it has been charged as an administrative expense. This should be corrected in 2001.

Regarding the Asset Utilization Area, LEI's primary assets are two buildings: Our world headquarters and a facility for housing/feeding students and teachers and conducting various training events. Both buildings are debt-free, but subject to depreciation, which affects their book value. They are adequate for the foreseeable future, and no expansion is planned. We decided a few years ago to take some of our training programs to other countries rather than bring students to Tulsa.

I hope the above information is what you are looking for, and supplements your statistical analysis to the extent of adding a degree of confidence in the fiscal integrity and stability to our ministry. We have been serving our Lord for 34 years, and plan to continue to do so until people everywhere have the opportunity to read God's written Word, in order that they might know His living Word--Jesus Christ.

In His Service,

Ralph Hord
Special Assistant to the Exec. Director

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/23/2020. To update the information below, please email:


  • Literacy & Evangelism International was founded in 1967 by Dr. Robert F. Rice, a former missionary to South Korea. His experience and research prove that more than half the world's adults cannot read, so they are unable to unlock the truths of God's Word.
  • In 50 years of outreach, Literacy & Evangelism International has constructed primers in 265 languages in 68 countries. Primers are nondenominational in Bible content.
  • The Tulsa Literacy Center and English Language Ministry serve as models for beginning a literacy or English program in the local community, in prisons, in other states, and around the world.
  • Passport to the World of English and Using Everyday English are faith-based multi-media curriculum used in the United States and around the world to teach those who need to learn English.

Program accomplishments

LEI has assisted approximately 300 Christian groups in more than 68 countries, working in more than 265 languages. LEI has trained hundreds of missionaries for its own and other ministries in its International Literacy Training and ESL Institutes.

Accomplishments in 2018-2019:

We trained 6,872 literacy teachers and 80 ESL teachers. We graduated 10,777 new readers. We developed Bible-content adult literacy materials in Asante Twi, Esahie, Mfantse in Ghana; Epie and Tangale in Nigeria; Fon in Benin; Fula in Guinea Bissau; Kagulu in Tanzania; Lusamia in Uganda; Samburu in Kenya; Magahi in India; Greek in Greece; Ukrainian in Ukraine, Macedonian in N. Macedonia; and revised/updated several language materials.


Scholarships for trainees from overseas attending the International Literacy Training Institute at the LEI headquarters each June-July. Project support for expenses in developing and printing Bible-content adult literacy materials in overseas countries. Support for indigenous missionaries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.