AMOR Ministries, Inc.

Summary

AMOR Ministries, Inc. ("AMOR") is a nondenominational relief and development agency which specializes in facilitating short-term building projects in Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Puerto Peasco, and Yucatan, Mexico. AMOR has served in Mexico since 1980. The mission is to strengthen the local church in Mexico. AMOR is the response to a need communicated by Mexican pastors from various communities for adequate housing. Because of this need, AMOR's emphasis is on house building. AMOR pursues the need for adequate housing by arranging short-term mission trips. The trips are one-to-five days long, and are available 365 days-a-year. Since 1980, over 83,000 people making up over 2,900 groups have been on AMOR mission trips. These groups have built over 4,000 homes, helped plant, build and expand over 100 churches, medical facilities, and schools.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1664 Precision Park Lane
San Diego, CA 92173-2173

Website: www.amor.org

Phone: (619) 662-1200

Email: amor@amorministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 953618530

CEO/President: Mr. Scott Congdon

Chairman: Mr. Mike Mirau

Board size: 10

Founder: Scott & Gayla Congdon

Year founded: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

AMOR Ministries, Inc. ("AMOR") is a nondenominational organization that works with Mexican churches to improve their present conditions through spiritual and physical assistance. AMOR specializes in facilitating short-term building projects in Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Puerto Peasco, and Yucatan, Mexico. AMOR has served in Mexico since 1980. The mission is to strengthen the local church in Mexico. AMOR is the response to a need communicated by Mexican pastors from various communities for adequate housing. Because of this need, AMOR's emphasis is on house building.

AMOR pursues the need for adequate housing by arranging short-term mission trips. The trips are one-to-five days long, and are available 365 days-a-year. Since 1980, over 83,000 people making up over 2,900 groups have been on AMOR mission trips. These groups have built over 4,000 homes, helped plant, build and expand over 100 churches, medical facilities, and schools.

The AMOR mission trip is a short-term mission trip based on serving the local church in Mexico, while creating cross-cultural understanding through direct exposure to the Mexican culture. AMOR doesn't just want a group to build a house in a developing nation. It wants a group to understand the conditions of poverty through immersion. A group will bring their camping gear, hand tools, and prepare their own meals. The ministry will provide a secured camp ground, trained staff, and unlimited administrative assistance to make a group's trip a total success. Over 10,000 people, making up over 300 groups a year now come to Mexico with AMOR, and the predominant reason is that a friend told them about their Mexico mission trip experience. It is not an easy experience, but it is life-changing and life challenging.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

AMOR expresses its mission as follows:

The AMOR mission trip philosophy was established in light of the uniqueness of AMOR Ministries and has been refined over time. The philosophy is threefold:
(1) To serve the local church in Mexico by providing homes, facilities and outreach ministry according to the standards and needs of the various communities in which we work.
(2) To serve the local church outside of Mexico by providing ministry opportunities to work groups according to the standards and needs of the various communities in which we work.
(3) To work and minister according to the goals, objectives and ministry strategies established by the Mexican Ministry Planning Board and in the best interests of our mission trip participants and donors.


Statement of faith

AMOR express their beliefs in the following way:

We Believe...
- that God, as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are one.
- that God guides, inspires, and strengthens us through His Holy Spirit and Word.
- that as Christians, we live by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that we consider this the Good News of the world.
- in His commandments to love God above all, and our neighbors as ourselves.
- that God impels us to make a difference in our world.
- that we should always act out of love, considering all men and women as our brothers and sisters.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating89 of 43023 of 60
Fund acquisition rating285 of 43044 of 60
Resource allocation rating59 of 43023 of 60
Asset utilization rating66 of 43017 of 60

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%17%12%26%41%41%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%4%2%6%8%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%25%16%24%20%20%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%4%2%6%8%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%75%84%76%80%80%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%91%89%85%86%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%105%77%99%102%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%95%69%84%88%87%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-5%23%1%-2%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-27%142%-6%23%-3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%5%8%9%6%5%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.323.583.152.212.481.76
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.331.236.497.704.69
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.534.763.8914.3519.108.25
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.091.872.340.430.390.19
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.540.432.342.585.35
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.071.171.77-1.12-0.99-6.33
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%40%35%121%123%115%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%79%83%1%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%17%21%-10%-9%-8%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$869,485$1,092,773$227,126$171,073$324,563
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$40,370$45,602$56,712$63,419$130,760
Short-term investments$7,479$5,076$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$917,334$1,143,451$283,838$234,492$455,323
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$301,240$268,637$1,556,878$1,570,658$1,679,224
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$301,240$268,637$1,556,878$1,570,658$1,679,224
Total assets$1,218,574$1,412,088$1,840,716$1,805,150$2,134,547
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$96,281$218,775$126,189$109,116$102,852
Other current liabilities$394,768$269,060$537,328$495,909$2,335,077
Total current liabilities$491,049$487,835$663,517$605,025$2,437,929
Debt$0$3,373$1,455,996$1,501,969$13,207
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$108,750$108,750$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$3,373$1,564,746$1,610,719$13,207
Total liabilities$491,049$491,208$2,228,263$2,215,744$2,451,136
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$721,453$897,607($387,547)($410,594)($368,878)
Temporarily restricted$6,072$23,273$0$0$52,289
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$727,525$920,880($387,547)($410,594)($316,589)
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$1,041,914$901,136$993,350$872,769$764,869
Program service revenue$55,697$70,917$92,812$125,406$236,117
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$72,261$145,550$0$355,000$0
Other revenue$3,005,214$4,642,266$3,009,751$3,031,111$2,766,652
Total other revenue$3,133,172$4,858,733$3,102,563$3,511,517$3,002,769
Total revenue$4,175,086$5,759,869$4,095,913$4,384,286$3,767,638
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$3,956,873$3,971,816$3,441,821$3,844,410$3,260,091
Management and general$231,230$373,684$374,179$278,016$184,765
Fundraising$180,338$105,942$256,866$355,865$312,640
Total expenses$4,368,441$4,451,442$4,072,866$4,478,291$3,757,496
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($193,355)$1,308,427$23,047($94,005)$10,142
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$519,282
Total change in net assets($193,355)$1,308,427$23,047($94,005)$529,424

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

In 1980, AMOR Ministries was incorporated as A.M.O.R. (Aiding Mexican Orphans and Refugees). A board of directors was assembled the same year as a means of accountability for the ministry. The first AMOR office was located in a small trailer on the University of California campus and moved in the fall to a donated office space in Gardena. The work projects from 1980 through 1984 consisted of building and refurbishing local orphanages in Tijuana and developing inner city programming in the United States. The name of the organization was officially changed to AMOR Ministries and the offices moved to Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, California in 1982. It is also this same year that AMOR recognizes the importance of recruiting volunteers and interns to help Mission trip participants complete their projects. By the end of 1984 more than 1,200 people from 50 mission trip groups were attending AMOR mission trips yearly.

The first AMOR home was built in 1985 at the request of local pastors in Tijuana. That was also the first year that AMOR had a new vision for the future. AMOR determined to work to improve the conditions of the local church in Mexico through spiritual and physical support. In the U.S., AMOR began a joint effort with Pacific Christian College, called Project Lovetide. The Christmas outreach that year far surpassed the goal of 200 baskets by distributing more than 1,000 baskets of gifts and food.

A Foreign Ministry Planning Board of ten Mexican pastors was formed to assist AMOR field staff in 1988. The board selects the sites for building AMOR homes within their respective communities and presents their nominations at a twice-monthly board meeting. Those families selected will then be visited by the Planning Board to verify need, and upon approval, receive an AMOR home built by mission trip participants. More than 100 homes are built by close to 3,700 participants.

The offices of AMOR Ministries moved again in 1989 to Lemon Grove, California. The satellite office in Fullerton remains open for volunteer recruitment and Project Lovetide, which has now expanded to San Diego County. The AMOR home is redesigned and now more than 200 homes and six churches are built using cement floors and a stucco finish. More than 3,000 participants from 141 churches contribute to AMOR, receiving the Disneyland Community Service Award for the second year in a row.

The AMOR offices move one last time in 1991 to San Ysidro, California, just two miles from the border of Mexico. A second field office opens in 1992 in El Paso, Texas accommodating trips to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The AMOR board of directors recommends that AMOR should discontinue all inner-city programming and focus on house-building in Mexico. They believe the focus of AMOR needs to be on a single mission. AMOR branches farther into Mexico in 1993 by taking groups to Puerto Peasco, located six hours south of Phoenix, Arizona. The trips are marketed to churches in Arizona and offered only in February and November, because of staffing and logistics. The Foreign Ministry Planning Board's name is changed to the Mexico Ministry Planning Board and a food bank is started to support the poorest members of the board's congregations.


Program accomplishments

Since 1980, over 83,000 people making up over 2,900 groups have come on AMOR mission trips. These groups have built over 4,000 homes, helped plant, build and expand over 100 churches, medical facilities, and schools. In 1999, over 14,000 mission trip participants, mostly teenagers, built over 700 houses for poor families in Mexico.


Needs

You can be involved with the ministry of AMOR in two ways: through programs that support a group's mission trip or financial support of the ministry.