Ambassadors For Christ, Inc.

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Summary

Ambassadors For Christ, Inc. (AFC) is an outreach ministry to Chinese students and professionals for Christ. AFC includes literature distribution, book publication, discipleship training, conferences, a collegiate faculty network, and the triennial Chinese Mission Convention. Through these ministries AFC uses every available resource to mobilize Chinese believers to be a vital force for God's kingdom.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Ambassadors For Christ, Inc.
21 Ambassador Drive
Paradise, PA 17562

Website: www.afcinc.org

Phone: 717-687-8564

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 520798499

CEO/President: David Chow

Chairman: Kong Yi

Board size: 14

Founder: Rev. Moses Chow and Rev. Ted and Mrs. Choy

Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1986


Purpose

Win the Chinese intellectuals of this generation for Christ!


Mission statement

The Christ Messengers Association is called by God to coordinate with churches to lead Chinese students and professionals in the United States and around the world to the Lord, equip them to be disciples of the Lord, and encourage them to integrate their beliefs into culture, so as to serve Christ and become the kingdom of God 's living force.


Statement of faith

We believe that God is a Trinity, manifesting His own God through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; three persons, but one eternal and existing God.

We believe that the Bible is completely inspired by God, is completely trustworthy, is the most original and infallible, and is the highest standard of our belief and life.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, holy and sinless, and who gave his blood and blood to atone for the sins of the world; who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, and will return in his power and glory according to his promise.

We believe that all human beings have fallen into sinners and are in need of God's salvation. Be born again and be saved by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to justify and sanctify all who believe and to live holy lives by the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the church is a holy church, belonging to the body of Christ, made up of all true believers, with a mission to bear witness to Christ as head and to preach the good news of the Gospel to the world.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating794 of 102425 of 30
Fund acquisition rating333 of 10279 of 30
Resource allocation rating672 of 102722 of 30
Asset utilization rating999 of 102430 of 30

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%4%7%7%5%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%3%4%4%3%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%70%65%66%59%64%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%4%4%5%3%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%30%35%34%41%36%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%75%78%78%81%79%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
90%68%97%88%100%86%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
69%51%76%68%81%68%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
10%32%3%12%0%14%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
13%16%1%7%0%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%21%18%17%16%18%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.180.330.470.470.520.44
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.516.615.976.038.718.18
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.812.192.792.864.513.59
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.662.802.987.552.823.99
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.360.340.130.360.25
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.443.522.863.641.722.50
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%5%6%2%4%8%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%5%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
72%286%202%206%185%209%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182017
Cash$1,459,116$1,031,702$564,468$530,889$196,282
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$547,801$836,392$1,192,982$627,424$1,088,556
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,006,917$1,868,094$1,757,450$1,158,313$1,284,838
Long-term investments$4,813,164$2,888,172$2,573,409$2,416,425$2,500,055
Fixed assets$6,186,974$6,207,285$6,274,956$6,508,536$6,722,298
Other long-term assets$264,138$186,380$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$11,264,276$9,281,837$8,848,365$8,924,961$9,222,353
Total assets$13,271,193$11,149,931$10,605,815$10,083,274$10,507,191
 
Liabilities20212020201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$205,642$222,699$191,159$250,846$269,217
Other current liabilities$511,656$404,600$41,698$160,502$53,065
Total current liabilities$717,298$627,299$232,857$411,348$322,282
Debt$0$0$0$0$525,579
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$525,579
Total liabilities$717,298$627,299$232,857$411,348$847,861
 
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$9,061,767$7,950,519$8,100,429$8,133,090$8,378,267
With donor restrictions$3,492,128$2,572,113$2,272,529$1,538,836$1,281,063
Net assets$12,553,895$10,522,632$10,372,958$9,671,926$9,659,330
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212020201920182017
Total contributions$4,513,736$3,503,029$3,772,341$3,095,222$3,441,615
Program service revenue$612,611$1,260,753$1,582,299$1,887,662$1,653,848
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,063,897$136,972$158,299$165,876$203,255
Other revenue$231,934$455,885$211,404$87,319$81,161
Total other revenue$1,908,442$1,853,610$1,952,002$2,140,857$1,938,264
Total revenue$6,422,178$5,356,639$5,724,343$5,236,079$5,379,879
 
Expenses20212020201920182017
Program services$3,277,483$4,058,972$3,908,178$4,235,366$3,637,221
Management and general$923,081$917,673$861,315$840,685$840,217
Fundraising$190,351$230,320$253,818$147,433$137,839
Total expenses$4,390,915$5,206,965$5,023,311$5,223,484$4,615,277
 
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$2,031,263$149,674$701,032$12,595$764,602
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,031,263$149,674$701,032$12,595$764,602

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
David ChowPresident$113,889
Paul SchultzController$60,047

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


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History

Like many evangelistic ministries, the Messenger of Christ Association began as a group of brothers and sisters who were burdened with expanding the kingdom of God. In 1956, Pastor Zhou Zhupei, Brother Cai Xihui, and Ms. Cai Silian met with Ms. Cai Sujuan, the "behind the darkroom", in Paradise Town, Pennsylvania. Brother Tsai and his wife were serving in the International Student Association at the time. They invited Pastor Zhou to attend a Chinese Bible study class. Since then, many activities and ministries have emerged, including the Messenger Magazine, which was launched in October 1957. The need for Chinese student ministry became more and more urgent. After a lot of prayers and God's guidance, Pastor Zhou and Brother Cai and his wife established the Christ Messengers Association on May 6, 1963.

In 1969, Pastor Zhou Zhupei served as the Director General of the Christ Messengers Association. Under his leadership, the Messenger of Christ Association continued to preach the gospel to students and set up a Chinese Bible study class. In addition, through the dedication of brothers and sisters and short-term mission teams, the ministry expanded to Europe and Asia. On June 15, 1974, the Headquarters of the Apostle of Christ moved from Washington, D.C. to Paradise, Pennsylvania. This land was donated by Ms. Sujuan Cai and Ms. Mary Leaman by faith to the Christ Messengers Association in 1966. Over the years, the messenger has been able to expand the mainland Chinese language ministry and the messenger's study. In addition, the farm-style messenger "Cai Sujuan Retreat Center" (or the messenger farm) has also been renovated and renovated several times, making it the best venue for small seminars and retreats.

For the next ten years, the grace of God continued to bless the ministry of the Association of Christ Messengers. The Emissary Magazine has switched to bimonthly due to the need for more frequent distribution. In 1977, during Pastor Zhou Zhupei's mission in Southeast Asia, Pastor Hoy Him Chan became the Director General of Christ Messengers Association. Under the leadership of Pastor Chen, the first North American Chinese Church, Bible Study and Institution Directory was published in 1980. At the same time, the messenger study was also established.

In 1983, Pastor David Zhou served as the Director General. In December of the same year, the first Chinese Mission Conference was held in Washington, DC. The conference has been held every three years since then. The Mainland Chinese Language Ministry was also established in 1985 under the leadership of Pastor David Zhou.

Over the next few years, the Christ Apostle Association focused its ministry on campus ministry, which spread across the country, including Dallas, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The "Chinese Christian Faculty Network" also establishes a network of contacts and coordination for the faculty and staff on various campuses, so that the campus gospel ministry can have a deeper and wider influence and effect.

In recent years, the Apostle of Christ Association has extended and developed training, discipleship, European mission, and mission conferences in the West Coast of the United States and the South of the United States due to the needs of the ministry.

In the future, more resources will be invested in the ministry in Europe, and the impact on campus ministry across the United States will be strengthened. Please join us in prayer as we seek God's plan for our next steps to win this generation for Christ. According to the power at work in our hearts, God can do more abundantly than we ask or imagine. May he be glorified in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)


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