Reciprocal Ministries International, Inc.

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RMI's mission is to transform lives through church to church partnerships. We facilitate and are the bridge to make these successful cross-cultural partnerships work. We work hand in hand with national churches to enable them and resource them for life transformation. This takes place through evangelism, discipleship, education, community development and social compassion. It is a holistic endeavor that will enable an entire US church to have a strategic impact in the national church's lives and into their community.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Reciprocal Ministries International
5475 Lee Street
Suite 301
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971


Phone: (239) 368-8390

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 650062156

CEO/President: Dan Shoemaker

Chairman: John Peterson

Board size: 7

Founder: Herbert Shoemaker

Ruling year: 1989

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Our Motivation:

The Gospel that transforms - RMI considers the Gospel to be the unsurpassed agent of radical life change. (We want everything we do to proclaim Christ.)

The Church as God's instrument - RMI values the Church as God's chosen agent to enable life change. (We mainly work in and through the local church, both here in the US and overseas.)

Partnerships that are engaged - RMI mobilizes church to church partnerships to effectively engage in transforming and ministering to one another and into their communities as part of Christ's body. (Sister Church Partnerships are our foundational ministry.)

Service that is sacrificial - RMI believes that Christ is honored and pleased by service that requires sacrifice on the part of the server.

Mission statement

Mobilizing Global Partnerships to Transform Lives in Christ.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, existing without beginning or end, manifesting Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one in nature, attributes, power and glory.

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. He died on the cross and shed His blood in a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins according to Scripture. He arose from the dead according to Scripture and ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. We believe in the personal, visible, bodily, and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as fully inspired of God and that they are inerrant in the original writing. We believe that the Scriptures are complete revelation of God's Will for the salvation of man. The Scriptures are indispensable in disciplining believers in spiritual growth, for effective service in the kingdom of God and the supreme authority in faith and practice.

We believe that man was created to enjoy a close, intimate relationship to God, and that Adam, created in the image of God, was tempted by Satan and sinned through disobedience. Because of Adam's sin, all men have guilt imputed and have need to be saved, regenerated by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

We believe that salvation is only by grace, through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and is a free gift of God to all men who receive Jesus Christ.

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service. We believe that the fruits and gifts of the Spirit are subservient to the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, consists only of those who are born again, who are baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ at the time of regeneration, for whom He now makes intercession in Heaven and for whom He shall come again. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ commands the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, baptizing and teaching those who believe. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ commanded that we show our love for Him and others by performing works of service and ministry in His name.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating231 of 10746 of 33
Fund acquisition rating293 of 107510 of 33
Resource allocation rating372 of 10758 of 33
Asset utilization rating401 of 107414 of 33

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$4,000$5,900$10,100
Short-term investments$309,000$396,217$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,757,002$1,519,157$1,319,574$1,265,124$1,101,133
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$60,131$28,142$30,810$37,306$19,026
Other long-term assets$12,700$5,800$1,200$1,200$1,200
Total long-term assets$72,831$33,942$32,010$38,506$20,226
Total assets$1,829,833$1,553,099$1,351,584$1,303,630$1,121,359
Payables and accrued expenses$15,199$12,129$17,174$18,480$11,258
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$15,199$12,129$17,174$18,480$11,258
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$750$1,954
Total liabilities$15,199$12,129$17,174$19,230$13,212
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$966,096$0$841,306$624,089$573,484
With donor restrictions$848,538$0$493,104$660,311$534,663
Net assets$1,814,634$1,540,970$1,334,410$1,284,400$1,108,147
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,962,479$3,026,683$3,000,717$3,158,762$2,664,496
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,938$4,404$588$590$445
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$4,938$4,404$588$590$445
Total revenue$2,967,417$3,031,087$3,001,305$3,159,352$2,664,941
Program services$2,439,012$2,494,123$2,667,063$2,705,610$1,985,155
Management and general$180,266$174,789$182,741$188,245$178,719
Total expenses$2,716,205$2,774,629$2,951,295$2,983,099$2,238,153
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$251,212$256,458$50,010$176,253$426,788
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$251,212$256,458$50,010$176,253$426,788


Daniel ShoemakerDir, Preside$95,979
Kim RoseVice Preside$77,370
Herbert ShoemakerDirector$10,438

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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In 1953, years before the Peace Corps started, and after her first year at Philadelphia Bible Institute, an 18 year old girl named Shirley Fry (Shoemaker) spent the summer in Haiti on a short term mission trip. Without preparation in Haitian culture, and no language or medical training, she and her companion were often sent with an interpreter to remote villages to hold simple clinics, children's Bible clubs and various other ministries. Despite many hardships and sicknesses, she fell in love with the Haitian people. After a second trip to Haiti, she met her future husband, Herb Shoemaker, at The Kings College in New York.

After marriage, in 1956, Herb attended Columbia Bible College and it was there that their son Dan was born. After graduating, and some basic training in missions and dental work, they went to Haiti as career missionaries. After a year of living and working among the Haitian people in the small desert village of Thomazeau, they transferred to Les Cayes, in the southern peninsula. There Herb served as the Director of Institute Biblique Lumiere, and Shirley served as Superintendent of Women. Among many other ministries, Herb established the TEE (Theological Education by Extension), a program which is still operating to this day. Another responsibility was to host various short term adult and youth teams that came from the US to visit and minister in Haiti. Although there was much accomplished during their visits, Herb and Shirley saw that there were significant issues and downsides to these kinds of teams. They had no prior training and were most often overwhelmed by what they saw and experienced. Even more troubling was the lack of a vehicle to provide follow-up and continued meaningful involvement and relationships - all a reminder to Shirley of her first summers in Haiti.

When they returned to the US in 1972 (for their oldest son - Dan - to attend high school) they continued to ponder this need. Eventually as they prayed and studied the Word, God spoke clearly to them that the answer was the establishment of church to church partnerships that would present the possibility of more personal relationships that were in-depth, ongoing, and reciprocal. They began putting their thoughts in writing and out of that eventually sprang Reciprocal Ministries International's Sister Church Program, at first called "Cross Cultural Reciprocal Caring" and now called "C3 Partnerships".

Their son, Dan, and Debbie Cosper graduated from Columbia Bible College (now known at Columbia International University), Columbia, SC, eventually married and were called to Haiti as career missionaries. Together with Herb and Shirley, they founded RMI in 1987, with Dan and Deb heading up the Haitian side of the ministry, including the receiving of Sister Church teams. Herb was appointed President of RMI and Shirley as Director of Communications. Together they operated the US side of RMI, procuring Sister Churches and sending US teams to Haiti. At that time the International Office was located in Miami, Florida. During this time they founded the RMI Retreat Center at Zanglais, Haiti to receive the visiting teams. In 2005, at the request of the Board, Dan was inaugurated as president of RMI and Debbie as Director of Communications. Herb retired as President in 2006 having served an added year as adjunct president to help in the transition. In May of 2006 Dan and Deb relocated to the US after 25 years in Haiti and moved the International Office to Lehigh Acres, FL.

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