Loving Shepherd Ministries

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We're reaching the world's vulnerable children - those most in danger of starvation and trafficking - through a variety of programs ranging from Adoption to Foster Care to Family Preservation and Discipleship.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Loving Shepherd Ministries
PO Box 375
1935 N Main St
Bluffton, IN 46714

Website: loving-shepherd.org

Phone: 260-824-9000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 364495623

CEO/President: Doug Isch

Chairman: Mark Gerber

Board size: 8


Ruling year: 2002

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


Vision: As vulnerable children reach their God-given potential, they will grow up to become godly leaders and influencers, breaking destructive cycles and creating lasting change in the communities we serve.

We believe in empowering vulnerable children so they can reach their full potential. We serve 250 vulnerable kids in Haiti through our unique continuum of care, which includes Child Development, Trauma Recovery, Vocational Training, Discipleship Programs, Life Skills, Service Opportunities, and more.

LSM operates multiple businesses in Haiti for the purpose of creating revenue streams to support LSM's ongoing work to help vulnerable kids, as well as to provide sustainable jobs within the communities we serve. In Ethiopia we use job training to empower formerly trafficked mothers.

Loving Shepherd Ministries provides vulnerable kids with a unique continuum of care from childhood through adulthood, facilitating spiritual and mental recovery while providing tools to help them grow into self-sufficient leaders, holistically equipped to transform their cultures for Christ.

Mission statement

We help the world's most vulnerable children reach their God-given potential by:
Creating and Sustaining Families
Engaging the Church in the U.S. and Abroad
Developing Educational and Business Opportunities

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating581 of 109277 of 144
Fund acquisition rating521 of 109569 of 145
Resource allocation rating171 of 109526 of 145
Asset utilization rating1003 of 1092134 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$249,144$215,244$46,520$98,900$46,925
Short-term investments$919,254$1,054,565$886,523$852,683$852,094
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,585,711$3,011,046$2,136,205$1,985,360$2,140,451
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,302,105$5,198,065$4,750,068$4,186,641$3,631,245
Other long-term assets$77,046$52,459$78,299$59,785$36,710
Total long-term assets$5,379,151$5,250,524$4,828,367$4,246,426$3,667,955
Total assets$8,964,862$8,261,570$6,964,572$6,231,786$5,808,406
Payables and accrued expenses$119,596$55,860$39,190$79,301$54,758
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$119,596$55,860$39,190$79,301$54,758
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$164,600$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$164,600$0$0
Total liabilities$119,596$55,860$203,790$79,301$54,758
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$6,155,182$5,821,923$5,319,067$4,399,512$3,833,048
With donor restrictions$2,690,084$2,383,787$1,441,715$1,752,973$1,920,600
Net assets$8,845,266$8,205,710$6,760,782$6,152,485$5,753,648
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,615,470$4,799,623$3,435,029$3,546,665$4,062,040
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$52,183$81,680$35,208$12,924$41,776
Other revenue$2,049,653$1,576,507$1,299,018$886,952$566,896
Total other revenue$2,101,836$1,658,187$1,334,226$899,876$608,672
Total revenue$6,717,306$6,457,810$4,769,255$4,446,541$4,670,712
Program services$5,383,453$4,657,597$3,761,589$3,634,677$3,885,124
Management and general$302,646$233,828$233,159$251,756$228,552
Total expenses$5,931,597$5,104,612$4,173,880$4,003,937$4,239,619
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$785,709$1,353,198$595,375$442,604$431,093
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$785,709$1,353,198$595,375$442,604$431,093


Doug IschPresident$79,645
Ed SchwartzDir-New Init$68,430

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/20/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


For a timeline, visit: https://loving-shepherd.org/the-lsm-story/

Program accomplishments

Haiti - 240 formerly vulnerable children in 20 Homes of Hope grown into country changers for Christ.
Ethiopia - 590 at-risk families empowered through education, job skills training, discipleship, and more.
USA - 7,300 adoptions navigated, saving prospective adoption families incalculable time and money.