High Adventure Ministries, Inc.

Summary

High Adventure Ministries, Inc. ("High Adventure") is an international broadcast ministry dedicated to reaching the world for Christ through an extensive radio broadcasting network, worldband, and shortwave radio. A secondary goal of the ministry is information. High Adventure has stated that knowledge is a key for the evangelization of non-believers. And that knowledge is also fundamental for the informed intercession of believers. However, it chooses 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 100
Simi Valley, CA 93062-0100

Website: www.highadventure.org

Phone: (805) 520-9460

Email: mail@highadventure.net


Organization details

EIN: 952832688

CEO/President: Ms. Jacqueline Yockey

Chairman: - -

Board size: 3

Founder: Mr. George Otis

Year founded: 1972

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

High Adventure Ministries, Inc. ("High Adventure") is an international broadcast ministry dedicated to reaching the world for Christ through an extensive radio broadcasting network. The purpose of High Adventure is to present the gospel to those who have never heard, as well as disciple existing believers.

The means selected to accomplish this task is radio -- particularly worldband, shortwave radio. A secondary goal of the ministry is information. High Adventure believes knowledge is a key for the evangelization of non-believers. Knowledge is also fundamental for the informed intercession of believers. As such, High Adventure provides news and information through regularly scheduled radio programs, a monthly newsletter and other informative relevant materials. A third goal includes meeting human needs. Although High Adventure is not formally a "relief" organization, its believes providing for such essential needs is a demonstration of Christ's love to the individual. The result of physical "relief work" is often an openness or introduction to spiritual matters. Throughout its history, the ministry has provided food, medical care and equipment, clothes, audio-visual equipment, blankets, toys, Christian libraries, Bibles, eyeglasses, and orphan care to thousands.

In achieving its mission, the chief method used by High Adventure is the strategic use of mass communication. Radio, distribution of books, films and literature, and training of people to understand how the disciples of the kingdom of God relate to those spheres of human endeavor which play a dominant role in our world. The ministry presently owns and operates its own facilities in the Holy Land, California and Palau. High Adventure maintains satellite offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Singapore and Australia. These offices help to introduce the ministry to some of the communities they serve. High Adventure Ministries is also known as High Adventure Ministries Voice of Hope Global Broadcasting Network.

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.

MinistryWatch.com's hope is that Christian ministries are indeed an example to follow and not otherwise. It is one of our premises that Christians should be light in a world of darkness and as such, Christians should be setting the standard by their conduct.

It is not enough for ministries to live up to the minimum of any written law, or to give all men their due. Ministries ought to give them more than their due. Ministries should be concentrating on the good of others, seeking reward in self-denial and sacrifice, and not of personal advantage. Therefore ministries should treat others as they would want to be treated by them, regardless of unworthiness and ingratitude.

Donors should be seeking information before they give as well as after. Before in order to have an idea where the money is intended, as well as if it corresponds to the donors values. And then after to see if it really happened. Trust but verify, so that they know if they would desire to continue to give.


Mission statement

High Adventure expresses its mission statement as follows:

The mission of High Adventure Ministries is to "Go into all of the World" proclaiming the "Good News" of the kingdom of the Living God. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a time in history when "the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea."


High Adventure expresses its purpose as follows:

The purpose of High Adventure is to present the gospel to those who have never heard, as well as disciple existing believers.


Statement of faith

High Adventure subscribes to the following statement of faith:

1. We believe the Bible to be divinely inspired, infallible and the authoritative Word of God and source of Christian doctrine.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracle working power, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed Blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

4. We believe that, for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.

5. We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit and that Christians are enabled to live a godly life by the indwelling of His Spirit. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit, empowering us to be victorious and bold witnesses unto all the world.

6. We believe that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is both evident and relevant for today. Also, that the manifestation of His presence can be seen through present-day miracles in the lives of believers and non-believers alike.

7. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved unto the resurrection of life; and that they are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

8. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ. We believe that the church is the body of Christ and is composed of all those who, through belief in Christ, have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

9. We believe in the great commission of Christ to the church. We believe that the church has a dual mission; to worldwide evangelization and to the discipleship and nurturing of Christians.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
199919981997
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%13%18%12%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%10%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%54%55%67%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%10%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%46%45%33%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
199919981997
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%67%72%71%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%101%104%112%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%68%75%79%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-1%-4%-12%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-3%-12%-28%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%26%19%22%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
199919981997
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.322.372.272.23
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.534.104.263.69
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.539.739.658.23
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
199919981997
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.091.721.262.09
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.580.800.48
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.070.520.250.76
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
199919981997
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%19%24%18%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%34%34%37%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets199919981997
Cash$103,291$123,978$163,138
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$200,253$179,141$132,473
Short-term investments$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$18,739$92,426
Total current assets$303,544$321,858$388,037
Long-term investments$72,371$63,350$55,517
Fixed assets$869,150$985,435$987,485
Other long-term assets$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$941,521$1,048,785$1,043,002
Total assets$1,245,065$1,370,643$1,431,039
 
Liabilities199919981997
Payables and accrued expenses$154,607$231,198$150,684
Other current liabilities$21,747$24,834$35,284
Total current liabilities$176,354$256,032$185,968
Debt$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$59,293$67,437$71,555
Total long-term liabilities$59,293$67,437$71,555
Total liabilities$235,647$323,469$257,523
 
Net assets199919981997
Unrestricted$988,293$1,001,637$1,138,943
Temporarily restricted$21,125$45,537$34,573
Permanently restricted$0$0$0
Net assets$1,009,418$1,047,174$1,173,516
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue199919981997
Total contributions$1,582,997$1,649,026$1,922,147
Program service revenue$1,322,263$1,286,713$911,806
Membership dues$0$0$0
Investment income$2,487$9,932$29,477
Other revenue$11,864$34,248$0
Total other revenue$1,336,614$1,330,893$941,283
Total revenue$2,919,611$2,979,919$2,863,430
 
Expenses199919981997
Program services$1,988,372$2,232,006$2,270,865
Management and general$765,172$577,661$692,100
Fundraising$199,162$296,594$232,492
Total expenses$2,952,706$3,106,261$3,195,457
 
Change in net assets199919981997
Surplus (deficit)($33,095)($126,342)($332,027)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$315,162
Total change in net assets($33,095)($126,342)($16,865)

Response from ministry

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History

High Adventure Ministries Voice of Hope Global Broadcasting Network has a rich history extending over three decades. From its beginning with a small station in a Middle Eastern war zone, the ministry has grown to become a worldwide network of stations broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ to every continent. Jackie Yockey is the Chief Operating Officer and she has been an integral part of the ministry since its beginning, both on staff and as a member of the board of directors.

George Otis, founder of High Adventure Ministries, pursued a career in the secular business world, which eventually led to his appointment as general manager of Learjet. Years later, following his powerful conversion to Christ, he recounted his triumphant testimony in a book. He describes the experience of walking with Jesus as a "High Adventure" even more thrilling than the speed or power of jet aircraft.

In 1965, George began Bible Voice, a book publishing business. A noteworthy accomplishment was the first audio-recorded production of the Bible. He has since authored twelve books, one of which describes the radio broadcasting ministry's miraculous beginning, entitled Voice of Hope. High Adventure Ministries was organized in 1973, and named after his testimonial book. The ministry was started primarily to lead Christian pilgrimage tours to the Holy Land.

Through one such tour in 1979 came the prospect of touching Middle Eastern nations with the gospel of salvation as well as reaching deep into the 10/40 Window with the message of Christ. The Voice of Hope was to broadcast from a battlefield in South Lebanon at the foot of Mt. Hermon, not far from Caesarea Philippi were Jesus declared to his disciples, "I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven" Matthew 16:18-19.

At that time many said, "It can never be done." But by God's protection, the radio station survived repeated terrorist attacks. In 1985, terrorists did successfully carry out a suicide-bombing mission on the studios, claiming five lives. Undaunted, the station was back on the air within hours! The Lord has since been building up His church through the preaching of the gospel. His Word has gone out to the Holy Land, the 10/40 Window, and to the uttermost parts of the earth!

The Voice of Hope in the Middle East now consists of AM, FM, shortwave and satellite. These stations broadcast to a multitude of nations in many languages. High Adventure built and operated a television station for a short time then gifted it to the Christian Broadcasting Network. It was renamed Middle East Television. CBN has remained a close partner in the region over these many years.

Continuing the vision to build a global network of full gospel stations, the Voice of Hope for the Americas was signed on in 1986. World-band station KVOH was built on Chatsworth Peak in Simi Valley, California, just a short distance from the former ranch of the infamous Charles Manson. Broadcasts originating there are heard on shortwave in North America, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In addition, it has been heard in other parts of the world such as Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The primary audience is Spanish speaking people in Mexico and Cuba. The station is a great missionary tool reaching into homes and helping to plant churches and stir revival.

In 1992, efforts to sign on a station for Asia and to reach into the 10/40 Window from the East were realized on the Micronesian Island of Palau of the Western Pacific. Known for the World War II battle of Peleliu and the site of broadcasts by "Tokyo Rose," today Palau is a developing Republic noted for scuba diving and strange geological formations known as "Rock Islands." Granted call letters KHBN, the facility has three short-wave stations covering Korea, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and points beyond. KHBN has had a great impact in China and has received many miraculous testimonies of the power of God at work through the preaching of His Word!

In 1996, a former jamming station of the cold war in the Soviet Union located in the breakaway Republic of Georgia was utilized to initiate broadcasts into Europe. A year later the facilities of Deutsche Telekom in Germany were selected as a long-term site to broadcast into Europe, India, South Asia and Africa. The "European Beacon," "India Beacon," and "Africa Beacon" are broadcasting the hope of God's Word over vast sections of the globe and reaching into the 10/40 Window from the West!

In September 1999, George Otis, now in his 80's, went into semi-retirement, turning over the reigns of the global ministry to Jackie Yockey. George is now President Emeritus and continues to speak on behalf of High Adventure, Voice of Hope in churches, on domestic radio and television, and lead tours of Christian pilgrims to Israel.


Program accomplishments

High Adventure now consists of 11 international shortwave, AM and FM, radio stations which effectively reach 200 nations in 22 different languages.


Needs

Jackie Yockey of High Adventure is asking for prayer for her husband Harry whom has been diagnosed with cancer.