Family Legacy Missions International

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Family Legacy is a faith-based, Christian, God-led organization that exists to glorify God by empowering vulnerable children in Zambia to live out their God-given potential. We do this by engaging more than 10,000 individuals and families from around the world with God's heart for these children, face-to-face and heart-to-heart, through the power of God's word, quality education and residential care. With almost 14,000 Zambian children attending one of our private Christian Legacy Academy schools, Family Legacy is not an orphanage or a missionary organization or an economic development organization. We are a unique NGO focused on caring for orphaned and vulnerable/at-risk Zambian children on a variety of levels.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Family Legacy Missions International
3030 LBJ Freeway
Suite 1140
Dallas, TX 75234


Phone: 972-620-2020

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 752897392

CEO/President: Mario Zandstra

Chairman: Tim Phillips

Board size: 9


Ruling year: 2001

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2021


During a visit to South Africa in 1960 and having traveled through the British colonized nations in Africa, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan gave a speech that set forth a ripple effect of independence throughout much of Africa. He prophetically said: "The wind of change is blowing through this continent" because he saw that all people succeed when the nation itself rises from within. At Family Legacy, we believe the winds of change are still blowing, evoked by the Holy Spirit and made possible through education for all. We believe that when you educate a child you change the world. Whether that education lasts for years or days, it stays. No one can take it away. Empowering these children is God's work; we are simply striving to be His hands and feet to encourage the wind to blow.

Mission statement

Family Legacy is a faith-based, Christian, God-led organization that exists to glorify God by empowering vulnerable children in Zambia to live out their God-given potential.

Statement of faith

Who we are and what we believe is the catalyst for our ministry. The way we operate is grounded completely in our love for Jesus Christ and serving His children in Zambia.

We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons -the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption and propitiation of sin, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells Believers, enabling them to live Godly lives.

We believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures. The whole Bible, in the original manuscripts, is inerrant. As the revelation of God, we believe the Bible to be the sole authority and sufficiency with regard to Christian faith and practice.

We believe that man was perfectly and originally created in the image of God. Adam and Eve fell through sin, and as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life and was separated from God. This spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire human race of man since birth. Thus, every person is born into the world with a sinful nature apart from saving grace.

We believe that, due to universal death through sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born again. Our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. We believe that the new birth of the Believer comes only through faith in Christ. No other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, faithful service, or manifestation of certain spiritual gifts, are to be added to believing as a condition of salvation.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating526 of 109770 of 142
Fund acquisition rating365 of 109955 of 143
Resource allocation rating723 of 1099100 of 143
Asset utilization rating515 of 109761 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,341,600$498,290$471,339$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,863,995$8,031,614$5,358,071$3,814,589$2,935,480
Long-term investments$521,080$293,313$466,795$466,795$0
Fixed assets$298,290$294,283$306,891$200,861$167,838
Other long-term assets$5,647,434$6,272,585$7,672,585$10,872,679$10,872,679
Total long-term assets$6,466,804$6,860,181$8,446,271$11,540,335$11,040,517
Total assets$14,330,799$14,891,795$13,804,342$15,354,924$13,975,997
Payables and accrued expenses$689,214$2,048,936$1,498,758$971,578$295,143
Other current liabilities$0$2,707,250$3,290,250$4,421,624$10,872,685
Total current liabilities$689,214$4,756,186$4,789,008$5,393,202$11,167,828
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$7,147,434$3,949,805$4,382,335$6,201,062$0
Total liabilities$7,836,648$8,705,991$9,171,343$11,594,264$11,167,828
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$3,406,668$4,503,831$2,602,849$1,603,148$31,994
With donor restrictions$3,087,483$1,681,973$2,030,150$2,157,512$2,776,175
Net assets$6,494,151$6,185,804$4,632,999$3,760,660$2,808,169
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$19,126,425$19,111,296$24,469,091$22,142,572$24,043,121
Program service revenue$372,099$45,050$1,221,124$1,090,482$1,642,461
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,357($2,235)$5,681$1,135($15,395)
Other revenue$29,622$99,135$160,759($13,391)$38,270
Total other revenue$403,078$141,950$1,387,564$1,078,226$1,665,336
Total revenue$19,529,503$19,253,246$25,856,655$23,220,798$25,708,457
Program services$15,628,983$14,597,983$22,091,337$19,393,180$23,080,401
Management and general$3,003,983$2,135,392$2,309,771$2,808,526$1,382,760
Total expenses$19,448,923$17,526,959$24,984,316$22,562,700$25,371,789
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$80,580$1,726,287$872,339$658,098$336,668
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$80,580$1,726,287$872,339$658,098$336,668


Mario ZandstraPresident and CEO$340,170
Michael Brad Guffey MDChief Medical Director$220,005
Warren CarrTree of Life Program Manag$157,573
David NewmanChief Operating Officer$140,426
Danny LightnerProgram Director$140,330
John FosdickVP of Development$137,362
Classie PierreCorporate Secretary/VP HR$113,057
Veronica KendallVP Finance$109,096

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2021

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Program accomplishments

64 homes
667 children at the tree of life
23 schools
20,000 children educated


When you choose to sponsor a child, you are making a direct and immediate impact on his or her life. Plus, the long term impact is immeasurable. Not only did you feed and clothe His children in need, but you told a child - I see you and you matter. Their gratitude is immense, their potential is unlimited and the impact on your heart will be profound.

Sponsorship alone does not cover the cost to support the nearly 15,000 children we serve. Medical services, emergency care, expanded curriculum and more is needed to give our children the care they deserve. Giving through the Nehemiah Partnership accelerates our ability to operate exactly when and where we need it.

As a Christ-centered Ministry, we hold ourselves to the highest standard of financial transparency by being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. Whether through sponsorship, Nehemiah Partnership, or through another avenue of giving, you can be confident that we are properly stewarding your donation.