East Gates International


East Gates Ministries International ("East Gates") is dedicated to serving the growth and development of the Church in China. Shown on East Gates' logo are two Chinese characters -- East and Gate. Together, they reflect East Gates' vision which is to be a gate for the West into the East when it comes to understanding and serving the Church in China. This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 2010
Sumner, WA 98390-2010

Website: www.egmi.org

Phone: (253) 770-2625

Email: egmi@egmi.org

Organization details

EIN: 911495327

CEO/President: Rev. Nelson Graham

Chairman: Rev. Ben Cross

Board size: 6


Year founded: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


East Gates Ministries International ("East Gates") is dedicated to serving the growth and development of the Church in China. Shown on East Gates' logo are two Chinese characters -- East and Gate. Together, they reflect East Gates' vision which is to be a gate for the West into the East when it comes to understanding and serving the Church in China.

This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

Prudent donors want to understand what it is they are going to support. Some ministries claim they have no legal obligation to share financial or other information -- but they do have a moral obligation to do so. Without access to comprehensive ministry information it is not possible for donors to make optimal giving decisions. Ministries that seek to obscure critical information from scrutiny undermine the faith and trust of donors and damage attitudes that have a long term negative impact. For those few ministries that state it has no legal obligation, it should be noted that donors are even less so obligated with any legalist obligation to give, but they do have a moral obligation to give in a prudent and wise fashion. Transparency is a consensus of practical sound wisdom. Many Christians are willing to live ethically without a governmental entity mandating that they do so. Transparency is the key component to a growing and prosperous donor -- ministry relationship and fundamental to long-term ministry success. Information, however, must be timely, relevant, accurate and complete for it to be used effectively.

Christians should have nothing to fear by being open. All will be judged at a future date, and with this thought in mind, how are we to conduct ourselves before God today? Organizations described as "Christian Ministries" are at least giving people an image of God. Is God characterized as closed, impartial and hidden; or, open, personable and knowable? Scripture enjoins Christians to conduct themselves honestly (1 Thes. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:2), with due candor (Jms. 5:12) and grace (Col. 4:6), without deliberate offense to Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), with decency and orderliness (1 Cor. 14:40), blameless, giving no occasion for rebuke (Phil. 2:15), and offering no opportunity for false accusation (1 Pet. 3:16). Responsibility for the resources God has placed in the trust of His saints is called "stewardship" in the Bible (1 Pet. 4:10), the person responsible for the resources is called the "steward" (Lk. 12:42; 16:1-8). Most Christians would not argue with the principle that the chief aim of man is to ..."to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." However, how can a "Christian Ministry" "glorify God" if they are not open? Are not organizations that hide things characterized as cults? Should not Christian ministries lead by example? Besides being characterized as a steward, Christians can be characterized as ambassadors and as light because God is light. Just these few summary ideas indicate that Christian ministries should be open and transparent. In addition, responsibility to God is linked to responsibility to government and mankind.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating703 of 71791 of 93
Fund acquisition rating546 of 71875 of 93
Resource allocation rating713 of 71893 of 93
Asset utilization rating653 of 71787 of 93

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,211$3,211$3,211$3,211$11,386
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$575,450$711,768$591,386$599,949$532,944
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$731,871$739,071$749,719$782,494$813,391
Other long-term assets$207,850$194,115$168,911$162,390$142,135
Total long-term assets$939,721$933,186$918,630$944,884$955,526
Total assets$1,515,171$1,644,954$1,510,016$1,544,833$1,488,470
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$605$605
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$605$605
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$221,091$207,366$176,585$179,881$167,658
Total long-term liabilities$221,091$207,366$701,181$714,255$713,386
Total liabilities$221,091$207,366$701,181$714,860$713,991
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,294,080$1,437,588$808,835$829,973$774,479
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$259,039$174,198$265,555$335,717$304,578
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,210$3,414$1,509($863)$51
Other revenue$34,729$755,600$29,971$52,415$6,109
Total other revenue$42,939$759,014$31,480$51,552$6,160
Total revenue$301,978$933,212$297,035$387,269$310,738
Program services$233,080$255,252$261,210$277,408$289,548
Management and general$185,059$21,585$28,153$28,501$34,654
Total expenses$445,487$304,458$318,173$331,775$348,452
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($143,509)$628,754($21,138)$55,494($37,714)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($143,509)$628,754($21,138)$55,494($37,714)

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