Advancing Native Missions / ANM

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Since 1992 ANM has helped individual Christians and local churches get involved in global missions in ways that make sense for them. Because we believe there's a place for everyone in God's global mission, even if you can't travel to distant countries and remote tribes.

Instead of sending American missionaries to other countries, we send and equip native missionaries to serve in their own countries. They already know the local languages and cultures, and they live on local budgets. That means your donation goes farther than with traditional "foreign missions." This way of doing missions also contributes to local leadership, long-term outcomes, sustainable growth, and positive economic impact for communities.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Advancing Native Missions
PO Box 29
Afton, VA 22920


Phone: (540) 456-7111

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 752402759

CEO/President: Oliver L. Asher

Chairman: Ellen J. Lemke

Board size: 10

Founder: Benjamin "Bo" Barredo, Jr., & Carl Gordon

Ruling year: 1992

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


In Matthew 24:14, Jesus promises His people that "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations." That is our vision, and we believe that every Christian has a part to play in making that a reality.

Mission statement

ANM encourages, equips, and advocates for strategic and fruitful local ministries around the world who are introducing the gospel of Jesus to unevangelized and unreached people where they live.

Statement of faith

We believe ...

...that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God, inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice;

...that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the full deity and perfect humanity of our Lord, His representative and substitutionary sacrifice, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father's right hand, His present high priestly ministry, and His personal return in power and glory; the regeneration by the Holy Spirit, which is absolutely necessary for the salvation of fallen, sinful, and lost mankind and which is a free gift of God's grace received by personal faith through Christ Jesus; the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust: those who are saved to everlasting blessedness, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;

...and that the universal church is composed of all true believers in Christ Jesus who are united in Him and to one another by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The chief functions of the church are to worship God and witness for the Lord Jesus Christ until He returns. The local church is composed of a group of believers in a specific locality who gather in Christ's name for the breaking of bread, prayers, fellowship and teaching.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating572 of 110474 of 143
Fund acquisition rating864 of 1105113 of 143
Resource allocation rating750 of 110598 of 143
Asset utilization rating79 of 110410 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$14,896$20,625$30,427$118,658$79,901
Short-term investments$0$0$9,610$7,208$5,665
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,743,685$3,238,679$2,468,876$1,677,402$2,037,304
Long-term investments$77,798$77,480$0$0$0
Fixed assets$923,095$960,405$1,000,753$1,044,440$1,042,122
Other long-term assets$145,338$57,358$92,032$63,906$72,610
Total long-term assets$1,146,231$1,095,243$1,092,785$1,108,346$1,114,732
Total assets$2,889,916$4,333,922$3,561,661$2,785,748$3,152,036
Payables and accrued expenses$22,635$18,319$65,453$180,378$44,326
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$22,635$18,319$65,453$180,378$44,326
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$80,131$79,309$457,257$946$2,054
Total long-term liabilities$88,419$91,567$473,374$23,537$8,923
Total liabilities$111,054$109,886$538,827$203,915$53,249
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$102,655$1,992,416$657,823$650,691$1,196,952
With donor restrictions$2,676,207$2,231,620$2,365,011$1,931,142$1,901,835
Net assets$2,778,862$4,224,036$3,022,834$2,581,833$3,098,787
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,327,088$11,113,633$9,364,529$9,499,498$10,336,326
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$10,456$4,778$16,568$26,800$15,476
Other revenue($2,096)$6,211$6,178$12,857$8,801
Total other revenue$8,360$10,989$22,746$39,657$24,277
Total revenue$9,335,448$11,124,622$9,387,275$9,539,155$10,360,603
Program services$8,741,156$7,994,630$7,134,951$8,124,615$8,436,386
Management and general$1,167,914$1,359,787$1,295,303$1,357,930$1,145,878
Total expenses$10,780,622$9,923,420$8,946,274$10,056,109$9,940,809
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,445,174)$1,201,202$441,001($516,954)$419,794
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,445,174)$1,201,202$441,001($516,954)$419,794


Oliver AsherPresident$84,564
Amber ParkerCOO$64,683
Pr MisraPresident International$62,224
David ThackerFinance Manager$59,301
Lynn ParkerVP Relationship Developmen$57,611
Krista DarcusVP International$52,608
William HasleyCFO$42,362
Victor MorrisSr Vice President$41,905

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 3/16/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Everyone needs the hope of the gospel, but not everyone has even had a chance to hear about Jesus. That's why Christians have been on mission since Jesus gave the Great Commission, recorded in Matthew 28.

For many years, missions was most often done by sending Western missionaries to share the gospel with unreached people groups (distinct ethnic groups with little or no church movement) in other parts of the world. In the late 20th century, as native (local) Christian movements grew and more countries became closed to American missionaries, it became clear that American Christians could make a greater impact by partnering with these native Christians. After all, they already knew local languages and ways of living! But many American Christians had no idea this was possible.

In the early 1990s, Carl Gordon and Benjamin (Bo) Barredo were working in missions in the U.S. when they recognized the need for a new organization to increase awareness of native missions and raise more financial support for growing Christian movements in other countries. As they expressed it, they wanted "to dig another well for the Lord's use." In 1992, supported by a small group of committed believers, they launched Advancing Native Missions (ANM).

As a step of faith, Carl and Bo visited various churches and pastors to share their vision. Their first long-distance trip was to Abundant Life Church in San Antonio in October 1992. The pastor of Abundant Life Church, Gerald Ripley, caught their vision, and the church gave ANM its first offering ($880.87) on Oct. 9, 1992. During the trip, the Lord also revealed to Carl and Bo what would become ANM's guiding scripture passage: Matthew 24:14.

Bo and Carl rented a one-room office in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and ANM opened for business on October 20, 1992. Carl was its first President, with Bo and fellow missions advocate Graham Stewart serving as Vice Presidents.

Their first volunteer, Cris Paurillo, arrived on that first day, and other volunteers and staff soon joined the young organization. ANM's first native partner was Yogyakarta Missionary Training Center in Indonesia, led by Paulus Wibowo.

The one-room office didn't last long. Over the next few years, continued international expansion and a growing staff led to several relocations, and ANM finally landed in scenic Afton, Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Carl served as President of the ministry for thirteen years. Bo followed him as President for thirteen more years. In 2018 Bo moved into a new role as Global Ambassador, turning over the leadership of ANM to Oliver L. Asher, who had previously served as COO and CEO.

From the start, relationships have been a priority for ANM. The early growth of the organization was largely a result of the networks of friends Bo and Carl had developed through the years. The Lord has blessed these relationships, and by the late-2000s, ANM donors were giving more than $10 million annually to bless people in more than 50 countries. By 2021, ANM donors were reaching 115 countries and more than 860 of the world's 7,000+ unreached people groups through more than 10,000 native workers.

Since the beginning, ANM's goal has been to reach the unreached peoples of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through evangelism, church planting, education, child rescue, disaster relief, medical care, practical aid, and ministry training, ANM donors are helping thousands of people every year encounter the hope of the gospel - and working toward the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14.

Program accomplishments

112 countries
13,510 workers
41,607 churches planted so far


Donations to ANM support native Christian workers who are already accustomed to the languages, cultures, and living standards where they live, so donors can accomplish more with less while participating in the global body of Christ.