Middle East Bible Outreach

The information on this page was last updated 2/21/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Summary

MEBO works closely with Middle Eastern Christian leaders on a multi-track mission to strengthen the witness of the Church in the Middle East. The family of ministries are six, locally-led, faith-based ministries united under the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development including the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Dar Manhal Al Hayat publishing house, the Beirut Baptist School, SKILD Center (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences), Baptist Children and Youth Ministry, and MERATH (Middle East Revive and Thrive).

MEBO exists to serve as the US fiscal sponsor and a bridge of support from global believers to the LSESD family of ministries serving the Middle East.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Middle East Bible Outreach
1633 Mt. Vernon Rd
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30338

Website: mebo.org

Phone: 404-395-2696

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 233067813

CEO/President: Carolyn Bishop

Chairman: Carolyn Bishop

Board size: 8

Founder:

Ruling year: 2001

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


Purpose

Because we follow Jesus Christ, who identified with and responded compassionately to the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized, calling us to love our neighbor and saying "blessed are the peacemakers," MEBO partners with a family of ministries that are reflecting Him in their context with intentionality and excellence.

MEBO is a non-profit organization representing thousands of individual church members who have a passion for helping Christians in Lebanon reach out with the love of Christ to their nation and other nearby countries. This effort is carried out exclusively through a partnership with the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development, who represents multiple Christian ministries based in Lebanon and enacted through local churches. The ministries include a K-12 school, a seminary, a publishing house, refugee and humanitarian programs, a special needs entity, and a children's camp ministry.

LSESD is a Lebanese nonprofit that seeks to strengthen the witness of the Church in the Arab World through inclusive education, community development, and church discipleship. A core belief at LSESD is that proclaiming the Gospel goes hand in hand with demonstrating the Gospel. Thus, they aim to imitate His holistic ministry by caring for the whole person - mind, body, and soul.


Mission statement

We empower the church in the Middle East to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ through outreach, education and love of neighbor.


Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating192 of 110423 of 143
Fund acquisition rating156 of 110523 of 143
Resource allocation rating24 of 11052 of 143
Asset utilization rating841 of 1104101 of 143

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%2%1%1%2%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%2%1%1%2%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%98%100%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%1%3%2%2%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%2%0%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%96%90%92%92%91%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%140%35%33%85%108%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
82%133%32%30%78%98%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-40%65%67%15%-8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-17%43%90%74%-121%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
8%3%8%7%6%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.620.230.434.3514.76
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.211.001.001.001.011.07
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.960.620.230.434.4015.73
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
18.811098.061326.95252.200.0013.14
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.000.000.000.000.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.6719.4651.1127.712.730.70
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
7%0%0%0%0%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
68%162%426%231%23%6%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20222021202020192018
Cash$8,235,470$9,952,095$5,694,351$580,786$153,383
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,235,470$9,952,095$5,694,351$580,786$153,383
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$415$967$3,922$6,877$10,076
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$415$967$3,922$6,877$10,076
Total assets$8,235,885$9,953,062$5,698,273$587,663$163,459
 
Liabilities20222021202020192018
Payables and accrued expenses$7,500$7,500$22,579$0$11,673
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$7,500$7,500$22,579$0$11,673
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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$7,500$7,500$22,579$0$11,673
 
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$762,589$581,761$350,130$66,809$30,994
With donor restrictions$7,465,796$9,363,801$5,325,564$520,854$120,792
Net assets$8,228,385$9,945,562$5,675,694$587,663$151,786
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20222021202020192018
Total contributions$3,578,263$6,576,911$7,544,386$2,991,197$2,227,998
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$55,547$2,788$0$0$0
Other revenue$1,466$1,024$0$0$0
Total other revenue$57,013$3,812$0$0$0
Total revenue$3,635,276$6,580,723$7,544,386$2,991,197$2,227,998
 
Expenses20222021202020192018
Program services$4,850,878$2,097,562$2,250,518$2,340,490$2,187,196
Management and general$162,965$178,416$162,202$156,393$164,924
Fundraising$60,632$58,918$43,635$58,437$60,146
Total expenses$5,074,475$2,334,896$2,456,355$2,555,320$2,412,266
 
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,439,199)$4,245,827$5,088,031$435,877($184,268)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,439,199)$4,245,827$5,088,031$435,877($184,268)

Compensation

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History

Beginning in the 1950s, the vision and efforts of American missionaries led to the creation of Beirut Baptist School (BBS), the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), and the Christian publishing house, Dar Manhal al-Hayat (DMAH). After transitioning to Lebanese leadership in the 1990s, this family of ministries has grown to six under the umbrella of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD).


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