People International USA

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People International is an interdenominational Christian organization, whose vision is to see churches established that proclaim the Good News among the Muslim peoples of Central Asia and model true Christian living on the example of Jesus Christ.

People International was established in 1979 and since then has been researching Central Asia and making the needs of the Central Asian people known to Christians in other parts of the world.

Since 1980, People International has been sending in short-term teams and placing workers long-term on the field to live and work among the local people.

Contact information

Mailing address:
People International USA
P.O. Box 3005
Vancouver, WA 98668


Phone: 360-567-3757

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 363486570

CEO/President: Thomas Houser

Chairman: Joy Fischer

Board size: 10


Ruling year: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


To unveil God's glory to Central Asian Muslims by establishing and enabling His church.

Mission statement

Statement of faith

The members of People International believe in:

The one true God who lives eternally in three persons-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testament, as originally given by God, are divinely inspired, infallible, without error, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgment.

The incarnation of God's eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ-born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Savior of the world.

The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers-given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfill the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgment, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating122 of 107710 of 140
Fund acquisition rating55 of 10784 of 140
Resource allocation rating288 of 107825 of 140
Asset utilization rating432 of 107751 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,236$1,236$1,236$1,085$1,085
Short-term investments$1,121,543$1,069,592$756,362$653,562$478,809
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,641,305$1,307,259$1,151,765$944,366$846,030
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$152,055$157,192$162,329$167,466$172,603
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$152,055$157,192$162,329$167,466$172,603
Total assets$1,793,360$1,464,451$1,314,094$1,111,832$1,018,633
Payables and accrued expenses$0$19,445$14,643$4,850$4,265
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$19,445$14,643$4,850$4,265
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$0$19,445$14,643$4,850$4,265
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$0($24,552)$169,355$8,254$9,133
With donor restrictions$1,793,360$1,469,558$1,130,096$1,098,728$1,005,235
Net assets$1,793,360$1,445,006$1,299,451$1,106,982$1,014,368
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,883,577$2,668,951$2,907,507$2,592,822$2,487,922
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$21,465$9,948$21,062$17,301$20,213
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$21,465$9,948$21,062$17,301$20,213
Total revenue$2,905,042$2,678,899$2,928,569$2,610,123$2,508,135
Program services$2,335,685$2,350,646$2,469,044$2,360,133$2,294,962
Management and general$260,067$236,058$232,901$201,663$219,382
Total expenses$2,595,752$2,586,704$2,701,945$2,561,796$2,514,344
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$309,290$92,195$226,624$48,327($6,209)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$309,290$92,195$226,624$48,327($6,209)


Tom HouserExecutive Dir.$90,286

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/3/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


People International was established in 1979. The first years of this Good News ministry were devoted to spreading information about the needs of Central Asia to the Church in the West. Muslim Awareness Seminars were held, prayer fellowships started, literature published, and inquiries about Central Asian Muslims were answered. Pioneer researchers were sent to the region. Wherever our researchers went they found millions who desperately needed to meet Jesus and experience life in His Kingdom. They also found that churches in the West had little or no information about these people.

With this informational vacuum in mind, the organization began to publish more and more literature. People Group Profiles and research reports began to be published on a regular basis. Regular newsletters started to be distributed. The more that was published, the more that was taught, and the more traveling that was done, the more the work grew. Soon others wanted to know how they could also get involved.

Specific people groups were adopted for research and ministry. They were generally those of either Turkic or Persian origin who were living geographically between Albania in the West and China in the East. Today these Central Asian peoples have a population of over 400 million, and live in one of the most untouched areas of the world today.

In 1987 a new focus was added to the work. Not only was the organization committed to educating the western church about Islam and Central Asian Muslims, but also more efforts in sharing the Good News and establishing faith communities began to take place. With this new thrust, short-term teams were sent into "closed" areas of Central Asia, and where possible we started to place long-term teams.

Additionally, outreach work began among Central Asian Muslims residing in Western Europe and North America - particularly among those people coming from countries basically closed to Western workers. The ministry grew and the number of those sent out grew as well.

In 1991, with the collapse of the "Iron Curtain" P.I. again went through a period of sharpening its vision and focusing its outreach work. With all the political changes taking place in Central Asia, and with opportunities opening up for "tentmakers" to go and live and work in these countries, it was decided to prayerfully concentrate most of the organization's efforts on placing long-term people throughout "Greater Central Asia".

In 2010, P.I. completed a restructuring to allow for greater growth. As of 2014, there are sending offices in eight countries with people having been sent out from 24 countries, working among Central Asians Muslims, in Greater Central Asia, with growing outreach in the West, as well. P.I. is committed to sending out well-trained people, developing exiting teams and starting new pioneer works in new locations.

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