Advancing Native Missions, Inc. / ANM

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We believe all people everywhere should have access to the gospel. That's the mission Jesus gave the church - to take the good news to every nation and ethnic group, in every language, until everyone has access to the amazing message that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.

Today more than 3 billion people around the world have still not heard the gospel message. They don't live near a church, there is no pastor in their community, and they may not even know a single Christian.

Since 1992 ANM has helped individual Christians and local churches solve that problem by getting involved in global missions in ways that make sense for them. Because we believe there's a place for everyone in God's global mission, even if someone can't travel to distant countries and remote tribes.

Instead of sending American missionaries to other countries, we create partnerships between Christians in the U.S. and native Christian workers serving in their own countries, because we believe in -

local leadership
relational ministry
long-term impact
sustainable growth
economical investment
gospel-centered outreach

Donations to ANM support native Christian workers who are already accustomed to the languages, cultures, and living standards where they live, so donors can accomplish more with less while participating in the global body of Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Advancing Native Missions
PO Box 29
Afton, VA 22920


Phone: (540) 456-7111


Organization details

EIN: 752402759

CEO/President: Oliver L. Asher

Chairman: Ellen J. Lemke

Board size: 9

Founder: Benjamin "Bo" Barredo, Jr., & Carl Gordon

Ruling year: 1992

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


ANM exists so that all people everywhere will hear the story of Jesus. In Matthew 24:14, Jesus made a promise to His people - "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached among all nations." We believe this is true and that every Christian has a part to play in the mission of taking the gospel to all nations. This is what keeps us moving forward until our vision is fulfilled.

Mission statement

ANM encourages, equips, and advocates for strategic and fruitful local ministries around the world who are introducing the gospel of Jesus to unevangelized and unreached people where they live.

Statement of faith

We believe ...

...that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God, inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice;

...that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the full deity and perfect humanity of our Lord, His representative and substitutionary sacrifice, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father's right hand, His present high priestly ministry, and His personal return in power and glory; the regeneration by the Holy Spirit, which is absolutely necessary for the salvation of fallen, sinful, and lost mankind and which is a free gift of God's grace received by personal faith through Christ Jesus; the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust: those who are saved to everlasting blessedness, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;

and that the universal church is composed of all true believers in Christ Jesus who are united in Him and to one another by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The chief functions of the church are to worship God and witness for the Lord Jesus Christ until He returns. The local church is composed of a group of believers in a specific locality who gather in Christ's name for the breaking of bread, prayers, fellowship and teaching.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating374 of 101047 of 120
Fund acquisition rating516 of 101263 of 120
Resource allocation rating655 of 101281 of 120
Asset utilization rating151 of 101022 of 120

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$38,193$127,145$88,952$103,985$239,142
Short-term investments$9,610$7,208$5,665$37,136$7,676
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,476,642$1,685,889$2,039,362$1,704,806$1,707,132
Long-term investments$34,000$4,000$4,000$4,000$4,000
Fixed assets$1,000,753$1,044,440$1,049,532$1,077,402$1,140,309
Other long-term assets$50,266$51,419$52,149$53,018$54,168
Total long-term assets$1,085,019$1,099,859$1,105,681$1,134,420$1,198,477
Total assets$3,561,661$2,785,748$3,145,043$2,839,226$2,905,609
Payables and accrued expenses$147,710$181,324$46,381$146,760$38,347
Other current liabilities$3,859$6,474$4,122$6,605$12,636
Total current liabilities$151,569$187,798$50,503$153,365$50,983
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$375,000$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$387,258$16,117$2,747$6,868$13,473
Total liabilities$538,827$203,915$53,250$160,233$64,456
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$821,650$854,606$1,189,958$1,172,141$1,348,607
With donor restrictions$2,365,011$1,931,142$1,901,835$1,506,852$1,492,546
Net assets$3,022,834$2,581,833$3,091,793$2,678,993$2,841,153
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Total contributions$9,364,529$9,506,491$10,329,332$10,159,591$12,572,992
Program service revenue($7,469)$2,703($7,457)($13,121)$14,061
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$9,019$12,552$6,267$3,455$6,163
Other revenue$21,196$24,403$25,467$2,775$32,649
Total other revenue$22,746$39,658$24,277($6,891)$52,873
Total revenue$9,387,275$9,546,149$10,353,609$10,152,700$12,625,865
Program services$7,134,951$8,124,615$8,436,386$8,939,751$11,037,296
Management and general$1,295,303$1,357,930$1,145,878$950,146$928,380
Total expenses$8,946,274$10,056,109$9,940,809$10,314,860$12,402,110
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$441,001($509,960)$412,800($162,160)$223,755
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$441,001($509,960)$412,800($162,160)$223,755


Oliver AsherPresident$70,000
Pr MisraPresident International$54,900
Lynn ParkerVP Relationship Development$51,774
David ThackerCFO$51,331
Amber ParkerVP Staff Development$50,000
Jon CopperVP Marketing$50,000
Carl GordonSr Vice President$45,963
Krista DarcusVP International$44,792
Victor MorrisSr Vice President$28,857
Virginia LingleCorporate Secretary$27,702

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/10/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Everyone needs the hope of the gospel, but not everyone has even had a chance to hear about Jesus. That's why Christians have been on mission since Jesus gave the Great Commission, recorded in Matthew 28.

For centuries, missions was most often done by sending Western missionaries to share the gospel with unreached people groups (distinct ethnic groups with little or no church movement) in other parts of the world. In the late 20th century, as native (local) Christian movements grew and more countries became closed to American missionaries, it became clear that American Christians could make a greater impact by partnering with these native Christians. After all, they already knew local languages and ways of living! But many American Christians had no idea this was possible.

In the early 1990s, Carl Gordon and Benjamin (Bo) Barredo were working in missions in the U.S. when they recognized the need for a new organization to increase awareness of native missions and raise more financial support for growing Christian movements in other countries. As they expressed it, they wanted "to dig another well for the Lord's use." In 1992, supported by a small group of committed believers, they launched Advancing Native Missions (ANM).

As a step of faith, Carl and Bo visited various churches and pastors to share their vision. Their first long-distance trip was to Abundant Life Church in San Antonio in October 1992. The pastor of Abundant Life Church, Gerald Ripley, caught their vision, and the church gave ANM its first offering ($880.87) on Oct. 9, 1992. During the trip, the Lord also revealed to Carl and Bo what would become ANM's guiding scripture passage: Matthew 24:14.

Bo and Carl rented a one-room office in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and ANM opened for business on October 20, 1992. Carl was its first President, with Bo and fellow missions advocate Graham Stewart serving as Vice Presidents.

Their first volunteer, Cris Paurillo, arrived on that first day, and other volunteers and staff soon joined the young organization. ANM's first native partner was Yogyakarta Missionary Training Center in Indonesia, led by Paulus Wibowo.

The one-room office didn't last long. Over the next few years, continued international expansion and a growing staff led to several relocations, and ANM finally landed in scenic Afton, Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Carl served as President of the ministry for thirteen years. Bo followed him as President for thirteen more years. In 2018 Bo moved into a new role as Global Ambassador, turning over the leadership of ANM to Oliver L. Asher, who had previously served as COO and CEO.

From the start, relationships have been a priority for ANM. The early growth of the organization was largely a result of the networks of friends Bo and Carl had developed through the years. The Lord has blessed these relationships, and by the late-2000s, ANM donors were giving more than $10 million annually to bless people in more than 50 countries. By 2021, ANM donors were reaching 115 countries and more than 860 of the world's 7,000+ unreached people groups through more than 10,000 native workers.

Since the beginning, ANM's goal has been to reach the unreached peoples of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through evangelism, church planting, education, child rescue, disaster relief, medical care, practical aid, and ministry training, ANM donors are helping thousands of people every year encounter the hope of the gospel - and working toward the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14.

Program accomplishments

ANM has helped thousands of Christians and hundreds of churches get involved in missions through simple, fulfilling, and effective ways.

In 2020, this resulted in -

$6,022,498 to fund gospel outreach
1,561 churches planted
884 unreached people groups engaged
Ministry work in 116 countries
10,911 native Christian workers supported


One of the simplest ways to make a difference is to give a Bible. In some places, even many Christians do not have a Bible to read and study. In most places where ANM works, a Bible can be printed and delivered for only $5. Native Christian workers will deliver the Bible and follow up with the recipient to help them understand what they are reading.

There are still thousands of communities around the globe where there is no gospel outreach: no church, no pastor, maybe not even a single Christian. Only $10 funds an entire day of outreach in one of these communities. A donor can fund an entire month of full time outreach for only $250.

ANM's native partners understand the languages and cultures where they work, and they are accustomed to local living standards. That is why donations to ANM accomplish more than many donors expect.