Far Reaching Ministries

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Summary

Far Reaching Ministries (FRM) and Far Reaching Ministries Aviation (FRMA) continue to focus on providing discipleship, followed by providing humanitarian resources relief. This includes providing education to the poor and persecuted people in various nations throughout the world.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Far Reaching Ministries
38615 Calistoga Drive
Suite 100
Murrieta, CA 92563

Website: frmusa.org

Phone: 951-677-4474

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 330776828

CEO/President: Wesley Bentley

Chairman:

Board size: 5

Founder: Wesley Bentley

Ruling year: 1999

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

FRM and FRMA resources are similarly utilized to rescue and prevent the suffering and exploitation of vulnerable communities by assisting to rebuild lives after facing religious persecution, violence, ethnic cleansing, rape, abduction, torture, and humanitarian crises caused by civil war. FRM and FRMA serves the afflicted, the starving, those enslaved by human traffickers, the ill or dying by bringing aid for their physical needs, but most importantly, fulfilling their spiritual needs.


Mission statement

FRM's mission is to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and dying of the world, with discipleship as the primary vehicle. Together, FRM and FRMA accomplishes this through evangelism, addressing audiences of all sizes (from evangelical crusades to one-on-one relationships), planting and establishing churches, as well as the founding Bible schools.


Statement of faith

Visit: frmusa.org/about/statement-of-faith/

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Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating524 of 110281 of 144
Fund acquisition rating360 of 110354 of 144
Resource allocation rating261 of 110348 of 144
Asset utilization rating981 of 1102126 of 144

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%2%2%1%3%1%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%1%1%1%1%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%39%29%46%33%36%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%1%1%1%1%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%61%71%54%67%64%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%89%90%86%87%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%86%73%80%90%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%77%65%68%79%85%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%14%27%20%10%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%10%16%9%7%2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
9%10%9%13%11%13%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.330.580.420.340.630.73
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.191.651.471.501.872.44
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.940.950.620.501.181.77
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
18.55514.982393.09725.94506.53311.86
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.000.000.000.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.7212.5819.4823.7710.116.75
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
7%0%0%0%0%0%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
67%173%238%296%157%137%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20222021202020192018
Cash$11,321,005$14,506,135$12,119,780$5,763,242$3,866,459
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$53,910$19,941$123,945$23,852$51,080
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$11,374,915$14,526,076$12,243,725$5,787,094$3,917,539
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,859,091$4,637,233$4,454,256$4,012,775$4,644,906
Other long-term assets$2,519,664$2,199,058$1,631,399$1,018,679$985,856
Total long-term assets$7,378,755$6,836,291$6,085,655$5,031,454$5,630,762
Total assets$18,753,670$21,362,367$18,329,380$10,818,548$9,548,301
 
Liabilities20222021202020192018
Payables and accrued expenses$22,088$6,070$16,866$11,425$12,562
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$22,088$6,070$16,866$11,425$12,562
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$26,901$26,901$26,883$28,425$28,525
Total long-term liabilities$26,901$26,901$26,883$28,425$28,525
Total liabilities$48,989$32,971$43,749$39,850$41,087
 
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$18,704,681$21,329,396$18,285,631$10,778,698$9,507,214
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$18,704,681$21,329,396$18,285,631$10,778,698$9,507,214
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20222021202020192018
Total contributions$4,932,307$3,620,376$3,601,693$2,503,839$2,537,607
Program service revenue$8,901,188$8,640,349$4,102,924$4,690,294$4,514,485
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($1,221,012)$21,031$34,888$395,091$7,007
Other revenue$0$0$7,500$30,000$30,000
Total other revenue$7,680,176$8,661,380$4,145,312$5,115,385$4,551,492
Total revenue$12,612,483$12,281,756$7,747,005$7,619,224$7,089,099
 
Expenses20222021202020192018
Program services$9,669,298$8,036,476$5,300,926$5,995,685$6,038,628
Management and general$1,053,905$842,560$825,199$783,647$869,644
Fundraising$105,408$65,559$47,436$77,332$37,900
Total expenses$10,828,611$8,944,595$6,173,561$6,856,664$6,946,172
 
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$1,783,872$3,337,161$1,573,444$762,560$142,927
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,783,872$3,337,161$1,573,444$762,560$142,927

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Pastor Luke BeebeDirector$204,535
Wesley BentleyCEO$127,302
Victoria BentleyCFO$30,631

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


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History

Wes Bentley, a former Marine, first traveled to Africa in 1996. Crossing crocodile infested rivers, and wading barefoot through swamps, he delivered food, medicine, clothing and hope to predominantly Christian native people in South Sudan where rebel soldiers battled to stop Islamic jihadists from genocide.

This civil war pitted the Muslim and Arab controlled northern Sudan government against the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) from the south. Millions of people have died as a result of war and famine since 1983. Despite denials from the Muslim controlled Sudanese government, they have sponsored genocide, have used chemical weapons and established a thriving slave trade; all perpetrated against the predominantly Christian South. Wes has personally witnessed children die from lack of medication and food, fields where thousands lay dead and people being led away to the slave auction.

Prior to Wes' work in Africa, God prepared him as a missionary in Russia prisons where he served for five years. Then the Lord led Wes to recognize a greater need in Africa. After much prayer, Wes was convinced that God gave him a vision to reach the entire continent of Africa. In 1998, Wes founded Far Reaching Ministries (FRM).

The first step was to start a Bible school for training SPLA chaplains, as well as native pastors. The second was to begin a child sponsorship program for the thousands of Sudanese refugees in Uganda. FRM opened both projects in 1999. From FRM's original base in Nimule, Sudan, they have developed an extensive women's ministry outreach. Upwards of 1,000 women are discipled, taught skills to help them earn an income to support their struggling families and have access to literacy training.

In 2001, FRM expanded its ministry into Kenya, where Calvary Nairobi was established and a children's ministry in the one of the world's poorest slums. Because of the fruitful church plant in Kenya, over the next three years, missionaries from FRM planted additional churches in Uganda, in the key cities of Kampala, Entebbe and Fort Portal. In addition, an extension campus of Calvary Chapel Bible College was opened in Kampala to teach God's Word to the nationals.

In 2004, FRM took on a project in Northern Uganda to minister to the Night Commuter Children. They also discovered numerous orphaned and disabled children in Uganda, who had no one to care for them. FRM began working with various orphanages to provide food, clothing, school tuition and most importantly the love of Jesus Christ to those who had suffered unimaginable pain and cruelty. To date, FRM continues to work with these projects to bring continued relief. Also in 2004, FRM established a sister missions organization to disciple hopeless and impoverished women and children named Far Reaching Ministries Aviation (FRMA). FRMA purchased its first airplane in 2006. The Cessna Grand Caravan enables missionaries to travel by air instead of by vehicle on dangerous miles of roads. Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) operates the airplane, which is available for other missionary organizations to utilize for ministry, humanitarian purposes and medical outreaches.

South Sudan became the newest nation in the world on July 9, 2011. Ten years ago, no one could have imagined that this little country, whose people who have been afflicted from the north, can now claim South Sudan as their own-a Christian nation and one not oppressed under Islamic Sharia Law.

Since its inception in 1998, FRM has graduated nine classes of chaplains, deploying over 400 men throughout Sudan who minister to their fellow soldiers, as well as plant churches in remote villages. In addition, the women's ministry has flourished. Indigenous women who have matured spiritually are able to start other women's ministry groups throughout the region. Looking to the future, it is FRM's hope to host tent revivals in villages all across South Sudan, showing The Jesus Film. The chaplains will share the gift of salvation and establish small bush churches where they will continue to teach God's Word. Wes believes that South Sudan is at a critical time in history where a great harvest is to be had.

FRM's chaplains continue to serve on the frontline of the Islamic government of north Sudan's massive military campaign to kill an entire people group in the Nuba Mountains, and as of December 2013, FRM's chaplains in South Sudan are once again facing a murderous enemy. Rebel forces have come against their own leaders in an attempt to take over the government. Countless innocent civilians and military personnel have been killed and millions have been displaced and are on the verge of starvation because of the uprising and heavy fighting. As a frontlines ministry, FRM has had 17 of their team members die in the service of the Lord; five in the last year and a half alone.

Over the last sixteen years, Pastor Wes has been invited to speak at hundreds of denominational and non-denominational churches worldwide to share the plight of the persecuted church and to encourage the Body of believers to live for the glory of the Lord with passion, courageousness and absolute obedience.


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