AMG International

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AMG International is a gospel-first global ministry that meets people's deepest needs - spiritual and physical - while...

Inspiring Hope - Our greatest desire is to inspire hope in people as their deepest spiritual and physical needs are being met. When children are fed, educated and enjoying good health, families can envision a brighter, hope-filled future.

Restoring Lives - We are intentional about how we work, and we pursue solutions that lead to genuine restoration. Everything we do is designed to demonstrate the love of Christ to people in need, while gently guiding them into relationship with the Savior. We consider the root issues, not merely the symptoms.

Transforming Communities - Pastors and church leaders receive training, children's nutrition and medical needs are met, communities are rebuilt, churches are planted, the sick are cared for, the gospel is shared, and parents learn to care for and protect their children.

Contact information

Mailing address:
AMG International
6615 Standifer Gap Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421


Phone: (800) 251-7206

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 131766596

CEO/President: Tasos Ioannidis

Chairman: William Hardin

Board size: 10

Founder: George Georgakis & Nicholas Lambrides

Ruling year: 1954

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Our vision is that every community in every nation on earth will be redeemed and radically transformed by the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are a gospel-first global ministry that meets the deepest needs - spiritual and physical - by inspiring hope, restoring lives and transforming communities.

Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel, or AMG International, is a gospel-first global ministry that has been meeting people's deepest spiritual and physical needs since 1942. We currently work in over 35 countries, with the goal of inspiring hope in Jesus Christ, restoring lives and transforming communities. By working through local leaders and churches that know their areas best, we tailor our approach to each community using strategies such as poverty alleviation, media evangelism, church planting, medical care and disaster relief efforts.

Our holistic approach recognizes that people in extreme physical need often are not interested in the truth of the gospel until their basic needs are cared for. Because of this, our ministry reaches people on both spiritual and physical levels. We provide services to the poor, sick and downtrodden, while focusing on the ultimate spiritual need for people to know God in a personal way that inspires hope in their hearts.

The heart of our ministry is our partnership with local leaders and churches. We support and equip them as they faithfully fulfill God's call to the nations. Their connections with the locals and familiarity with the culture enable them to fully understand the community's deepest needs and build relationships with the people we serve.

Many people have come to know and trust Jesus Christ through evangelism carried out by AMG International missionaries, national leaders, church planters, schools, radio programs and media evangelism. Thousands of hungry children have been fed and cared for in AMG International youth development centers, and broken bodies have been given medical help in hospitals, clinics and leprosy centers.

Mission statement

Advance the gospel by equipping Christ-centered leaders and local churches around the world to meet the deepest needs in their communities.

Statement of faith

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical separation from God, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of our crucified Lord, His ascension into heaven, and His presence there for us as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in that "blessed hope"-the personal and victorious return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We believe that all who receive by repentance and faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

We believe that, according to the specific teachings of the entire Bible, which is the written Word of God, God created man and women as unique biological persons made to complete each other, and that human sexuality in God's plan is to be expressed only within the context of monogamous marriage between a genetic male and a genetic female, and that such marriage is the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society.

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself is the sole foundation concerning truth, morality and the proper conduct of mankind, and the board of trustees of AMG International is the final authority on its application for doctrine, policies and practice.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating989 of 1104129 of 143
Fund acquisition rating852 of 1105112 of 143
Resource allocation rating640 of 110581 of 143
Asset utilization rating1070 of 1104139 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$2,451
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,528,543$3,206,085$1,468,167$938,877$996,243
Long-term investments$6,094,212$7,346,291$6,567,683$5,154,114$4,436,342
Fixed assets$1,070,638$453,058$464,643$204,289$215,086
Other long-term assets$6,502,781$6,550,150$6,720,720$6,854,662$7,043,148
Total long-term assets$13,667,631$14,349,499$13,753,046$12,213,065$11,694,576
Total assets$18,196,174$17,555,584$15,221,213$13,151,942$12,690,819
Payables and accrued expenses$410,184$491,276$508,491$332,008$649,866
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$410,184$491,276$508,491$332,008$649,866
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$496,791$550,819$519,943$607,339$618,044
Total long-term liabilities$722,517$688,884$1,012,171$896,302$975,906
Total liabilities$1,132,701$1,180,160$1,520,662$1,228,310$1,625,772
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$14,350,912$13,190,417$10,593,803$9,287,222$8,715,178
With donor restrictions$2,712,561$3,185,007$3,106,748$2,636,410$2,349,869
Net assets$17,063,473$16,375,424$13,700,551$11,923,632$11,065,047
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,985,271$8,751,395$7,771,116$6,895,605$7,368,071
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$758,525$692,974$759,297$701,750$158,706
Other revenue$13,868($79,564)$34,260$2,659$149,682
Total other revenue$772,393$613,410$793,557$704,409$308,388
Total revenue$9,757,664$9,364,805$8,564,673$7,600,014$7,676,459
Program services$6,441,654$5,705,524$5,969,556$6,209,578$6,368,362
Management and general$452,855$462,802$323,485$302,170$226,882
Total expenses$7,749,267$6,977,163$7,082,059$7,289,667$7,437,499
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$2,008,397$2,387,642$1,482,614$310,347$238,960
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,008,397$2,387,642$1,482,614$310,347$238,960


Demosthenes KatsarkasDirector$188,634
Anastasios IoannidisCEO/President$150,649
Stephen TurnerCFO$149,281
Brian DennettPresident of Engagement$145,799
William PassonsCOO$129,546
George KaloterakisDirector$55,641
Paul JenksDirector$53,462
Dr David V ChigurupatiDirector$4,176

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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In 1940, a photographer in New York City named George Georgakis came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior through the words of a street preacher. George immediately began sharing the Gospel with others, particularly his fellow Greeks. Together with his friend Nicholas Lambrides, he started the American Committee for the Evangelization of the Greek-later changed to American Mission to the Greeks, and now known as Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International-in 1942. The organization sent Gospel literature overseas and provided aid for undernourished and homeless children in Greece. In America, the organization sponsored Greek children in a nearby orphanage and produced a bilingual Gospel magazine in Greek and English.

Four years later, the organization was being run out of a one-room office in New York City when they invited Dr. Spiros Zodhiates to join their ministry. Dr. Zodhiates came on board as a field representative and editor of the magazine and became president in 1966 when Nicholas Lambrides died. In 1949, while distributing New Testaments on the island of Crete, Dr. Zodhiates had an experience that expanded the ministry of AMG International. A young, barefoot girl, clothed in rags, asked Dr. Zodhiates for bread to give to her dying mother and little brother. After that, AMG International changed its mission to include feeding the hungry, caring for destitute children and healing the sick, in addition to preaching the Gospel.

Over the years, the organization's original mission of reaching the Greeks expanded to adopt a more global focus, hence the name change in 1974 to Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel International. By then, AMG International was ministering to people in India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, in addition to Greece. By 1999, AMG International's ministry had extended to approximately 50 countries.

In 2005, Dr. Zodhiates retired, and Paul Jenks became president of AMG International after being CEO since 1996. In 2013, Paul and his wife, Lois, returned to the mission field, where Paul continues supporting AMG International in the role of Vice President of Asian Outreach.

Today, led by Anastasios (Tasos) Ioannidis, AMG International is looking for exciting new opportunities for Gospel-focused, life-changing ministry in the digital age. We seek to meet people at their point of greatest need, whether it be hunger, sickness or hopelessness. We desire to point them to Jesus as the only answer to life's problems and the only hope for eternal life. To do so, we partner with Christians who share this passion and give them opportunities to share their treasure with those in physical and spiritual need.

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Program accomplishments

In 2022:
727,256 individuals served through disaster relief
130,077 individuals reached through media evangelism each month
180,465 patients treated
5,200 people were provided with access to clean water
78,216 students impacted
2,665 pastors and church planters trained
41 church plants