YUGO Ministries

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Youth Unlimited Gospel Outreach, Inc. ("YUGO") is an inter-denominational mission organization whose primary purpose is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by involving young people and adults in foreign missions through a ministry of evangelism and teaching in Mexico. YUGO is also the Spanish word for "yoke," a reminder of the One who said "Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me" (Matt 11:29). YUGO began in the late 1950's and was incorporated as a non-profit evangelistic organization in 1965. Today, YUGO's most visible ministry is the participation of over 2700 North Americans (primarily teenagers) each year on evangelistic outreaches in Mexico. Mexicans who receive Christ as a result of this ministry are then discipled through the ministry's church planting efforts. YUGO is also involved in the establishing of Bible Institutes that train Mexican pastors.

Contact information

Mailing address:
YUGO Ministries
PO Box 1355
Chula Vista, CA 91912

Website: www.yugo.org

Phone: (619) 336-9003

Email: info@yugo.org

Organization details

EIN: 956150002

CEO/President: Scott C. Wester & Nathan Alpert

Chairman: Kirk Cuevas

Board size: 11


Ruling year: 1965

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 10/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


YUGO exists so that lives are transformed by Jesus Christ in Mexico and the world!

Mission statement

Our mission is to mobilize and equip God's people to reach the forgotten.

Statement of faith

God: We believe in one true and living God (Mark 12:29-30) who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

Jesus: We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18), His substitutionary death (Isaiah 53:5), His bodily resurrection (Ephesians 1:19-20), and His future return for the Church. (John 14:3)

God's Word: We believe in the Bible as the divinely inspired (2 Tim 3:16), authoritative Word of God (John 1:1) without error in the original manuscripts.

Salvation: We believe that the free gift of salvation comes by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Church: We believe in the Church as the body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 12-13), bound together by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41-47), and consisting of those who are born again.

Missions: We believe in Jesus Christ's "Great Commission" to the Church to go into all the world, be His witnesses (Matthew 28:18-19), and make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching those who believe (Acts 1:8).

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating311 of 101043 of 120
Fund acquisition rating463 of 101259 of 120
Resource allocation rating728 of 101293 of 120
Asset utilization rating42 of 10107 of 120

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,550$9,332$10,001$18,566$18,480
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$256,969$205,102$199,451$238,980$722,443
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,600$11,240$24,164$40,678$28,192
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$6,600$11,240$24,164$40,678$28,192
Total assets$263,569$216,342$223,615$279,658$750,635
Payables and accrued expenses$171,598$4,682$4,551$4,974$17,822
Other current liabilities$18,415$46,404$29,175$18,615$21,590
Total current liabilities$190,013$51,086$33,726$23,589$39,412
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$190,013$51,086$33,726$23,589$39,412
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions($33,116)$18,709$15,239$163,319$145,597
With donor restrictions$106,672$146,547$174,650$92,750$565,626
Net assets$73,556$165,256$189,889$256,069$711,223
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,304,674$1,876,284$2,295,032$2,186,348$2,436,148
Program service revenue$12,986$833,535$790,708$804,398$814,863
Membership dues$314,037$74,032$97,190$112,218$95,267
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$9,675$35,414$42,218$33,994$39,008
Total other revenue$336,698$942,981$930,116$950,610$949,138
Total revenue$1,641,372$2,819,265$3,225,148$3,136,958$3,385,286
Program services$1,357,881$2,424,657$2,815,030$3,152,409$2,872,006
Management and general$309,760$308,752$349,104$310,236$308,166
Total expenses$1,733,072$2,843,900$3,291,328$3,592,112$3,257,106
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($91,700)($24,635)($66,180)($455,154)$128,180
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($91,700)($24,635)($66,180)($455,154)$128,180


Nathan AlpertPresident$113,000
Scott WesterCEO$98,824

Compensation data as of: 10/31/2019

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 8/4/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


YUGO began in the late 1950's and was incorporated as a non-profit evangelistic organization in 1965. Today, YUGO's most visible ministry is the participation of over 2700 North Americans (primarily teenagers) each year on evangelistic outreaches in Mexico. Since 1964, thousands of young people and adults have experienced the challenge of cross-cultural ministry through YUGO's outreach opportunities.

Program accomplishments

YUGO is a missions oriented organization that has as its focus the building up of the local church in Mexico. Approximately 2500-3000 youth and advisors take YUGO mission trips each year. There are an average of 2800 people each year that give their life to Christ. Numerous currently active missionaries received their start by participating as youth on YUGO mission trips.


We need church planters, Bible Institute teachers, office staff, Sunday School curriculum developers, Christian Education trainers, graphic arts specialists, film evangelists, and construction ministry coordinators. We are also looking for people with education and experience in youth ministry, camp ministry and church administration.
Due to our relatively small size, YUGO's corporate culture allows for a fair amount of flexibility and innovation. Of course, all of these positions are faith-supported, meaning you will be responsible for raising your own support.