Africa New Life Ministries International

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Our model of caring for the whole child recognizes that, with educational sponsorship at the core of our work, children need other key factors to succeed: growing faith, community development, and a healthy body. At Africa New Life, we believe that education is the key to helping children escape the cycle of poverty.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Africa New Life Ministries International
7405 SW Tech Center Drive
Portland, OR 97223


Phone: (866) 979-0393

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 481291935

CEO/President: Dr. Charles Mugisha / Alan Hotchkiss

Chairman: Dr. Pamela Pyle

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. Charles and Florence Mugisha

Ruling year: 2004

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


Africa New Life shares the gospel using two hands: the hand of compassion and the hand of evangelism. Our goal is to see lives transformed through meeting basic needs, to give hope for the future for those living in poverty in Rwanda, and to share the freedom and hope found in Christ. At the heart of our model for breaking cycles of poverty is educational sponsorship. With a high school education, or a vocational equivalent, children in Rwanda have hope for the future.

Mission statement

Africa New Life Ministries exists to communicate the message of Jesus Christ in word and deed, to Africa and all the nations. This ministry will help all peoples to know about the relationship with God available to them through belief in Jesus as Savior. This will be accomplished by providing access to education, leadership training, and healthcare; through church planting and Christian discipleship; and through holistic care for vulnerable children, and women and men in need.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class difference.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating460 of 111058 of 146
Fund acquisition rating980 of 1111125 of 146
Resource allocation rating437 of 111162 of 146
Asset utilization rating89 of 111012 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$178,520$71,214$157,935$299,106$741,975
Short-term investments$792$541$500$500$7,124
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,653,546$4,828,267$3,839,584$1,098,339$1,455,047
Long-term investments$1,214,761$1,282,800$1,139,298$1,112,125$1,063,275
Fixed assets$40,535$30,163$276,719$330,069$372,486
Other long-term assets$393,813$209,927$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,649,109$1,522,890$1,416,017$1,442,194$1,435,761
Total assets$4,302,655$6,351,157$5,255,601$2,540,533$2,890,808
Payables and accrued expenses$875,412$1,987,167$1,671,972$191,755$158,210
Other current liabilities$2,060$77,060$77,060$0$0
Total current liabilities$877,472$2,064,227$1,749,032$191,755$158,210
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$37,507$0$271,707$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$37,507$0$271,707$0$0
Total liabilities$914,979$2,064,227$2,020,739$191,755$158,210
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$532,006$1,280,995$700,561$175,941$227,972
With donor restrictions$2,855,670$3,005,935$2,534,301$2,172,837$2,504,626
Net assets$3,387,676$4,286,930$3,234,862$2,348,778$2,732,598
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,406,695$12,973,520$11,618,421$11,076,579$11,770,592
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$49,935$40,325$40,829$42,971$42,826
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$49,935$40,325$40,829$42,971$42,826
Total revenue$14,456,630$13,013,845$11,659,250$11,119,550$11,813,418
Program services$13,123,752$9,969,283$9,505,369$9,832,176$9,965,208
Management and general$358,323$557,385$486,876$360,728$191,417
Total expenses$15,246,819$12,064,893$11,273,972$11,506,787$11,399,478
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($790,189)$948,952$385,278($387,237)$413,940
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($790,189)$948,952$385,278($387,237)$413,940


Alan HotchkissExecutive Dir.$147,382
Charles Buregeya MugishaPresident$147,382
Natalie E Green$140,596
Daniel J LeischnerCFO$130,979
Donna M Henry$110,000
Matthew C Stein$102,390

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/27/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Charles and Florence Mugisha were born to Rwandan families living as refugees in Uganda. Charles' parents fled Rwanda after the first genocide in 1959. Life was not easy for refugees in a war-stricken Uganda under the rule of several dictators.

As the war came to an end, Charles wanted to return to school. Desperate to finish his education, he began praying. Tears streamed down his face, and Charles felt connected to God for the first time. He began to attend church in a neighboring village and gave his life to Christ. Just a few weeks later, Charles joined with other young people and began preaching the gospel on the streets.

Charles and Florence met while attending Reformed Theological College in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. While Florence was planting a campus church, Charles began ministry in a nearby suburb of Kampala in Gaba to work with a church planter. Although the spiritual opposition in that village was strong, Charles and his mentor, Pastor Peter Kasirivu, prayed and persevered in their ministry. Eventually, a church was established, and hundreds of people started coming to Christ. Today, a church of more than 2,000 people and various ministries serving the poor are in that community.

In the early nineties, Charles was a missionary in England and Northern Ireland. In 1995, after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Charles returned to his family in Uganda and discovered that his father had returned to Rwanda. Charles followed, and even though the war had ended, Charles saw signs of death everywhere. When he saw the orphaned, widowed, and homeless, Charles knew he had to help.

From an early age, Florence believed in the impact of educating girls. Education was out of reach for many Rwandan children in her generation, especially refugees. She was expected to stay at home, take care of children, or work in the fields. However, Florence loved school so much that she snuck away whenever she could to learn. Her family finally recognized her passion for education and let her go to school.

Charles and Florence attended Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, where they both acquired master's degrees. In 2001, while pursuing his degree, Charles wrote the ministry plan for Africa New Life. That summer, he and Florence returned to Rwanda to see what God wanted to do through them and the ministry. When they returned to the U.S. the next semester, Charles and Florence brought 30 pictures of children who needed sponsorship, and the ministry was born. Today, Africa New Life provides for 11,000 students who are working toward a high school education, vocational training, or a university degree.

Florence knew that young girls without education were particularly at risk to become abused by their employers. In response, she founded a ministry within Africa New Life called New Life Family Center, which provides vocational training and spiritual rehabilitation for women. Many of these young women are genocide survivors, and the Family Center also provides counseling and reconciliation for women of various ethnic backgrounds learning to work together. Florence's ministry both through Africa New Life and beyond empowers women to overcome personal pain and a lack of education to pull themselves out of poverty and live to their fullest potential.

Charles completed his doctorate through Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 2015 and continues to serve as the lead pastor of New Life Bible Church in Kigali and as the President of Africa New Life. Florence serves as the Director of Women's Ministries for Africa New Life and is a motivational speaker and a dynamic communicator of the good news of Jesus Christ. Together, Charles and Florence are raising their four children, Isaac, Jonathan, Sarah, and Joseph.

Program accomplishments


Africa New Life celebrates its 20-year anniversary as a ministry.

The Africa College of Theology receives national accreditation from the Rwandan government, becoming one of only two accredited theological institutions in the nation at the start of 2021.

Africa New Life launches a new sponsorship community in Gashora, an arid district south of Kigali.

Planning begins for a church building and a sponsorship office.

Construction is completed on a New Life Bible Church and a sponsorship office in Karangazi.

Africa New Life announces a new partnership with Baylor University in Waco, Texas, to bring pop-up medical clinics to communities in Rwanda.


Top teachers from our schools collaborate on distance learning materials for students across all grade levels during the COVID-19 school closures.

Emergency food relief efforts are launched in response to the devastating economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than seven million meals are provided through relief packages distributed to students and their families, pastors, women from our vocational training programs, and more.

Africa New Life launches a new partnership with Nyamagabe, a rural and mountainous district in southwestern Rwanda.

Planning begins for an educational sponsorship program and a church in the area.

A third set of friends of Africa New Life climb Mount Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for our food program.

The Food for Tomorrow campaign brings new awareness to and funds for the school lunch programs in Rwanda.


Your gift to Africa New Life's Impact Fund (general fund) makes the transformation of lives in Rwanda possible. A gift to the Impact Fund can be used wherever opportunities or needs arise, whether in Rwanda or here in the US; it allows Africa New Life to be the most responsive when we need to be. We believe the Impact Fund is the most strategic and timely investment you can make. Thank you for helping this ministry grow!