Fellowship International Mission, Inc. / FIM

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We believe that missionaries are more likely to be successful when they have freedom to do what the Lord has called them to do. We offer cutting edge services and care, helping missionaries to thrive in their personal life and ministry.

We are a family of global servants who passionately share the Gospel in response to God's call.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Fellowship International Mission, Inc.
555 S. 24th Street
Allentown, PA 18104-6666

Website: fim.org

Phone: (610) 435-9099

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 236405291

CEO/President: Dr. Paul Barreca


Board size: 10

Founder: Irena Wenholz & Mary Mellinger

Ruling year: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


We envision spiritually mature, reproducing disciples of Jesus among the nations.

Mission statement

We partner with believers and their churches through personalized ministries to accomplish the Great Commission.

Statement of faith


We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:20,21; Mt. 5:18; Jn. 16:12,13)


We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, and redeem sinful men, and forever continues true God and true man. (Jn. 1:1,2,14; Mt. 1:21; Lk. 1:35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24,25;4:24,25; I Pet. 1:3-5;2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Cor. 15:3,4)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 1:3;9:24;7:25; Rom. 8:34; I Jn. 2:1,2)


We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Jn. 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6-8; I Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14; I Cor. 6:19)

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Jn. 16:13; I Jn. 2:20,27; Eph. 5:18)


We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:1,2; Eph. 2:1-3,12)


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood on Calvary and rose again that our sins might be forgiven, and that we might have eternal life. (Eph. 1:7;2:8-10; II Tim. 2:8; Jn. 1:12; I Pet. 1:18,19)


We believe that once saved, all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Jn. 6:37-49;10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38,39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:5; II Tim. 1:12)

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)


We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13;8:12,13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Pet. 1:14-16; I Jn. 3:5-9)


We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and association is commanded by God. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11)

We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to be expressed between one man and one woman (as genetically defined), within the love and bonds of marriage (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5; Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, we believe that any other form of sexual intimacy is both immoral and a perversion of God's gift. (Leviticus 18:1-30; Proverbs 6:32; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8)


We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by work to the truths of Holy Scripture and to obey our Lord's commandment to make disciples as we proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11)


We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. The gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are given for the perfecting of saints today. Gifts, such as faith, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and mercy are also functional in the Church. Each individual believer should look to the Lord to bestow and develop His gifts. Sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. These include the office of Apostle, gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation, healing, and special wisdom and knowledge on a par with Scripture revelation. (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11, 27-31; 13:8-10; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; Mk. 16:20; Heb. 2:3,4)

We believe that the biblical offices of pastor and elder in the church, or their equivalents, are restricted to biblically qualified men. (1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (Jn. 15:7; I Jn. 5:14,15; Jas. 5:14,15)


We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age. (Eph. 1:19-23;5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2)

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Believers are to be encouraged to unite with a Bible-believing church. (Acts 14:27;20:17,28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4;15:19-31;20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16;5:4-7,13; I Pet. 5:1-4)

We recognize the ordinances of believer's water baptism and the Lord's Supper as a scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Mt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42;18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26)


We believe the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in each age. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these - the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Jn. 1:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10;3:2-10; Col. 1:24,25; Heb. 7:19; Rev. 20:2-6)


We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11;25:41; Rev. 20:10; Ezek. 28:12-19)


We believe in that "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16;20:1-6; I Th. 1:10;4:13-18;5:9; Rev. 3:10)


We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28,29;11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13)

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Lk. 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23;3:20,21; I Th. 4:16,17)

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Lk. 16:19-26; Mt. 25:41-46; II Th. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15)

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$24,129$24,056$26,171$17,884$15,958
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,364,955$2,143,748$1,591,572$1,333,978$1,111,160
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$153,443$158,458$180,287$176,843$176,969
Other long-term assets$24,596$24,596$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$178,039$183,054$180,287$176,843$176,969
Total assets$2,542,994$2,326,802$1,771,859$1,510,821$1,288,129
Payables and accrued expenses$304,049$349,387$209,985$176,992$157,184
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$304,049$349,387$209,985$176,992$157,184
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$134,333$0$0$0
Total liabilities$304,049$483,720$209,985$176,992$157,184
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$540,463$390,087$657,188$551,449$510,920
With donor restrictions$1,698,482$1,452,995$904,686$782,380$620,025
Net assets$2,238,945$1,843,082$1,561,874$1,333,829$1,130,945
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,548,634$4,023,390$3,677,741$3,422,112$3,178,842
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,142$25,060$5,682$1,444$1,858
Other revenue$3,800$5,651$9,809$4,438$14,402
Total other revenue$7,942$30,711$15,491$5,882$16,260
Total revenue$4,556,576$4,054,101$3,693,232$3,427,994$3,195,102
Program services$3,933,977$3,540,988$3,213,919$2,985,284$2,559,682
Management and general$210,854$205,210$226,326$216,513$368,736
Total expenses$4,160,675$3,772,957$3,465,200$3,225,100$3,062,917
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$395,901$281,144$228,032$202,894$132,185
Other changes in net assets($38)$64$13($10)$116
Total change in net assets$395,863$281,208$228,045$202,884$132,301


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/1/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


FIM's heritage goes back to 1949 when Mary Mellinger and Irene Wenholz sensed God's call to minister to children in Morocco. They needed a U.S. recognized agency to facilitate their calling. Rev. Ralph Boyer of York Gospel Center and several other IFCA pastors moved quickly to assist. On November 3, 1950, they incorporated as Morocco Evangelical Fellowship.

The mission quickly grew beyond its original scope and in 1953 merged with Sahara Desert Mission to become the Fellowship of Independent Missions. Growth in missionary members and countries of outreach continued under the leadership of Dr. Richard Ruth, the agency's first full-time Director. He led the Mission through a move to its present Home Office facilities in Allentown, PA. In 1992, the mission changed its name to Fellowship International Mission.

Following over fifteen years of inspiring leadership by Dr. Steve Wilt, in 2017 the Board called Dr. Paul Barreca to serve as the eighth General Director of FIM. Before joining the Mission, he served as a pastor for thirty-three years in four churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Paul now utilizes his pastoral experience and discipleship tools to assist missionaries and churches through the ministry of FIM.

FIM's distinctives flow from this rich heritage. One such distinctive is that FIM starts with the individual's call and helps them to fulfill that call and thrive in service for Christ. This is what Mary and Irene experienced as God called them to serve the children of Morocco. God placed a burden in their hearts and raised up ministry partners to help them fulfill their call. Another distinctive is recognition of the sending and sustaining authority of the local church. Every FIM missionary is accountable to their Key Accountability Partner (KAP) church. FIM partners with the KAP church to equip and sustain their missionary. This recognition of the church's authority is often referenced by mission agencies, but it is bedrock to FIM's ministry paradigm, flowing from the agency's origins in 1949.

FIM has maintained its unwavering commitment to sound theology while embracing creative methods for ministry. Missionaries with FIM utilize a variety of culturally relevant strategies to reach people with the gospel. FIM's administrative team possess a combination of missionary and pastoral experience, which equips missionary candidates to reach their intended ministry and stay focused on the essentials of the gospel.

For those sensing God's call, consider partnership with FIM. After all, it's your call. FIM is here to help you fulfill it.

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