Mustard Seed International

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/25/2021. To update the information in this column, please email:


Mustard Seed International is an interdenominational, international, evangelical Christian missions organization, established in 1948. For over fifty years faithful supporters of TMS have sown seeds of hope through the wide range of evangelistic outreach ministries the organization sponsors across Southeast Asia. These include: orphanage/children's homes, christian schools (kindergarten through high school), vocational training, medical clinics, hospitals, Bible colleges, theological institutes, churches and as needed relief efforts. All TMS missions are staffed by indigenous Christian personnel and cross-cultural missionary families.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mustard Seed International
PO Box 91569
Austin, TX 78709-1569


Phone: (843) 388-9314


Organization details

EIN: 952053950

CEO/President: Paul Richardson

Chairman: John Irwin

Board size: 5

Founder: Ms. Lilian Dickson

Year founded: 1959

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


We plant seeds of hope in the hearts of children because we believe that life-giving education can change the future of Southeast Asia. We love because God first loved us. It is this love that compels us to go into remote areas to start schools, care for orphans and serve those in need. We believe in the importance of local leadership; therefore, we train and equip indigenous youth with the necessary tools to help their society flourish.

Mustard Seed International empowers the next generation and establishes thriving communities through a holistic model of transformative Christian Education.

Mission statement

TMS uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

"To present Christ as Savior to all we meet, to heal disease and all manner of suffering and to love sincerely and deeply those people whose lives we are privileged to touch."

Statement of faith

Transparency grade


To understand our transparency grade, click here.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating754 of 94135 of 51
Fund acquisition rating798 of 94338 of 51
Resource allocation rating845 of 94345 of 51
Asset utilization rating283 of 94114 of 51

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses


Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$98,111$124,035$29,795$1,791$0
Short-term investments$12,015$116,072$109,174$145,466$134,329
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$144,274$268,374$363,841$342,284$359,989
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$144,274$268,374$363,841$342,284$359,989
Payables and accrued expenses$9,227$11,670$11,322$37,989$2,453
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$9,227$11,670$11,322$37,989$2,453
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$41,304$41,491$41,666$63,251$52,669
Total long-term liabilities$41,304$41,491$41,666$63,251$52,669
Total liabilities$50,531$53,161$52,988$101,240$55,122
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$93,743$215,213$310,853$241,044$272,136
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$32,731
Net assets$93,743$215,213$310,853$241,044$304,867
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$161,193$156,396$291,109$211,349$413,257
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,031$4,906$4,379$15,358$5,536
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$4,031$4,906$4,379$15,358$5,536
Total revenue$165,224$161,302$295,488$226,707$418,793
Program services$217,355$205,138$172,549$227,516$346,061
Management and general$49,732$41,896$37,552$50,437$48,388
Total expenses$282,074$259,200$225,679$290,530$411,491
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($116,850)($97,898)$69,809($63,823)$7,302
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($116,850)($97,898)$69,809($63,823)$7,302


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

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 5/25/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Mustard Seed can trace its roots to founder Lilian Dickson's (1901-1983) work in Taiwan just after World War II.

In 1969, Mrs. Lillian Dickson opened and dedicated a Vocational Training Institute and a chapel in Taiwan. These were additions to Mustard Seed's existing Rescue Home for boys. "People will be our kind of work," she explained. As she watched the beaming children march from the Vocational Building to the Chapel, she reflected: "This is the pathway of Hope".

Since then, Mustard Seed has expanded to other areas of Southeast Asia and continues to focus on building education programs. Through the schools we start, staff, and operate, we provide hope to our students, teachers, and the communities they live in. The education, training and discipleship they receive nourishes their hearts and minds. In every classroom and children's home we run, we teach in words and deeds about our greatest Hope. Driven by that Hope, teaching is our small act of worship.

Holding strongly to Lilian's legacy, we are focused on training and empowering indigenous leaders after God's own heart. Currently, almost all of our sites are led by local leaders. We're aiming much bigger - we established an innovative teacher and leadership training program to exponentially increase the number of local leaders who will be equipped to serve communities all over their nation. It is through this generation that the mustard seeds we're planting will grow into something Christ-sized big!

Program accomplishments

2020 In Numbers:

3 new schools opened

91 children received love and care in Mustard Seed children's homes

540 youth received mentorship and life skills through youth outreach programs

71 teachers-in-training were equipped and discipled through the transformation program

402 teachers provided love and mentorship for their students

41 transformation interns served children in village schools

45 communities rose up in new hope for their future

3643 children discovered their true potential through transformative Christian education