Pacific Island Ministries, Inc.

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Pacific Island Ministries is a discipling and training mission with special interest in Papua New Guinea where the mission pioneers in remote areas to promote the knowledge of the Scriptures and obedience to its mandates. This is done through the sponsorship of schools, Bible training, adult education courses, the supply of Christian educational materials, community development, health services, the installation of village water systems, the support activities making these possible, the training of nationals for their continued expansion, and presenting North Americans with the mission's needs to further these purposes. Using its publications among the disadvantaged, PIM also fosters the development of indigenous Christian leadership elsewhere in the world when and where appropriate.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Pacific Island Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 1765
Grass Valley, CA 95945-1765


Phone: (530) 272-8170


Organization details

EIN: 942453418

CEO/President: Mr. Douglas Heidema

Chairman: Mr Robert Van Sprosen

Board size: 15

Founder: Mr. Orneal Kooyers

Ruling year: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Pacific Island Community Services:

Community health workers sponsored by PIM offer medical assistance in three regions. Many small villages have health volunteers trained in first aid by medical teams from the USA.

Airstrips constructed under PIM supervision enable transport to villages long isolated by the lack of roads or navigable rivers. Making it easier for the mission to impact lives by bringing the gospel and needed services.

Where cell phones have no signal the installation of HF two-radios link villages to the mission base station at Ambunti. Teachers and health personnel, especially those at villages with airstrips, often use radios to aid their work.

Pacific Island Ministries Outreach:

The PNG government has mandated Religious Educations for all students in the government (public) schools. PIM provides pastors with RE resources to facilitate Biblical instruction in 24 grade schools and 24 high schools.

National pastors and missionaries teach a variety of short term courses. These include seminars for village pastors, Sunday School teacher training, Christian marriage, leadership training for government officials, and leadership training for the in-service program for teachers.

10 Commandment Charts: For a number of years these charts have been distributed by PIM in Papua New Guinea. Our teachers use them and have students memorize God's law.

Mission statement

PIM's purpose can be stated in a sentence with key words emphasizing its seven aspects: PIM TEACHES and TRAINS for OBEDIENCE to GOD'S WORD that believers SERVE in a HOLISTIC manner to fulfil NEEDS in obedience to CHRIST. In each of these areas PIM tries to make a special contribution. Two texts providing guidance for this approach are Matthew 28:19-20 and Ephesians 4:12-13. They are the Great Commission and Apostle Paul's directive to "Equip God's people for the work of Christian service."

A. TEACHING AND TRAINING. Discipling is teaching. God created man with the drive to become more than he is. PIM tries to foster this motive to help the Christian become what God wants him to be. Numerous short courses, teacher training classes, leadership and management seminars, elementary schools, a Sunday school program involving production and distribution of materials, and on-the-job training attest to this pursuit.

B. OBEDIENCE is the call of Scripture. Jesus says, "He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves me..." (John 14:21). PIM aims to help the believer mature by learning to love Christ's commands. Though the mission is evangelistic and works to this end, its primary concern is that the Christian grow in conformity to Christ so he becomes a productive member of the Body and an asset to the community.

C. PIM's focus is on GOD'S WORD. To obey Scripture one needs to know it. PIM's courses, elementary schools, Sunday schools, church development program, and devotional activities teach the Bible as the foundation of all knowledge, authority, and conduct.

D. PIM's goal is to SERVE. It aims to aid individuals, churches, the government, and other missions. PIM is not a mission in the usual sense of the term. It is not a church or denomination. It does not baptize, perform ecclesiastical functions, or conduct communion. In all its activities, however, the mission's object is to train God's people to develop their gifts and talents for service to others. One of the objects of this service is to prepare disciples for local church development who look to the Word of God for direction.

E. The mission is HOLISTIC in method. It aims to respond to all human need, not just spiritual. Man being body, soul, and spirit, we believe sound development comes when his physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs are met.

F. PIM responds to NEED. PIM pioneers at the ends of the earth. It does not have any prescribed method. It aims to determine need and try to respond to that need in the particular locale. PIM's motto is: "Working WITH the needy in their development." With this hands on approach PIM entertains requests for assistance, analyzes the need, and then responds to it as it is able and appropriate in the specific milieu from a biblical perspective. We believe this is in line with Christ's statement, "The Son of Man can do nothing except what He sees the Father doing."

G. PIM works in obedience to CHRIST. He is head of a kingdom in which men recognize authority, responsibility, gifts, and rights of each other. The aim is to develop effective, innovating working teams with each member submitting to Christ's rule and all to each other.

Statement of faith

Pacific Island Ministries expresses its statement of faith as follows:

The Scriptures, the Bible, are the Word of God and divinely inspired, true and absolutely trustworthy; therefore they have authority over everyone's life in every respect.

God exists as the one eternal God, Creator and Lord of the universe, who, in the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, governs all things according to His will and accomplishes His purposes in the world and in the church.

Man has fallen from fellowship with God by the disobedience of man's first parents Adam and Eve, and, therefore, suffers in a depraved state in need of regeneration and sanctification by the Holy Spirit.

God intervened in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who being born of a virgin, made atonement for man's sins by his death and the shedding of blood on the cross, rose bodily again on the third day, to ascend and to rule at the right hand of the Father.

Only by repentance and believing that his personal sins are forgiven in Christ's sacrifice is man restored by grace to communion with God and has the power in the person of the Holy Spirit to be transformed into God's likeness.

Christ will return when God's purposes are completed to raise both the righteous and the unrighteous for judgment to reward and to punish man according to his works.

God grants everlasting life and glorious, eternal fellowship for those who are saved, and assigns eternal punishment to those who are not.

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Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating37 of 10222 of 51
Fund acquisition rating156 of 10248 of 51
Resource allocation rating205 of 10247 of 51
Asset utilization rating19 of 10222 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$1,800$1,800
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$44,443$92,169$33,902$27,351$19,855
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$692$692$692$692$692
Total long-term assets$692$692$692$692$692
Total assets$45,135$92,861$34,594$28,043$20,547
Payables and accrued expenses$9,491$4,861$6,425$7,556$8,425
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$9,491$4,861$6,425$7,556$8,425
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$0
Total liabilities$9,491$4,861$6,425$7,556$8,425
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$35,644$88,000$28,169$20,487$12,122
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$35,644$88,000$28,169$20,487$12,122
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$380,794$501,904$464,961$398,899$383,655
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$4$74$76$0
Total other revenue$0$4$74$76$0
Total revenue$380,794$501,908$465,035$398,975$383,655
Program services$389,630$403,567$413,416$349,280$373,200
Management and general$37,749$35,004$40,038$35,310$33,706
Total expenses$433,150$442,077$457,353$390,610$413,620
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($52,356)$59,831$7,682$8,365($29,965)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($52,356)$59,831$7,682$8,365($29,965)


Douglas HeidemaPresident Field$71,173
Nicholas ScheringPresident USA$56,701

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

Letter from Orneal Kooyers - February 25th, 2005

Enclosed is the information you request. Also enclosed is our bill for provided the material. In addition, I request you attach the following information with any information you send out to donors regarding this mission.

We do not believe that Wall Watchers accomplishes any worthwhile purpose in assessing and making known information about Pacific Island Ministries for the following reasons.

  1. Donors and any one else can contact PIM for any information whatsoever and it will be supplied.
  2. Wall Watchers does not have the foggiest notion of what PIM accomplishes in its God given assignment.
  3. From a few figures submitted to the proper authorities Wall Watchers draws its own biased conclusions that suit their particular ideology.
  4. The Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability, of which PIM is a charter member, is wholly sufficient to assess the doings and accomplishments of PIM.
Sincerely, Orneal Kooyers, Founder

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/30/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Pacific Island Ministries (PIM) was incorporated in 1977 as a nonprofit organization in the State of California, to promote education and development in Papua New Guinea. It was established through the leadership of Orneal Kooyers by a group of USA West Coast Christian business people.

Orneal's educational background is in science, mathematics, teaching, and school administration which led to a position of a school district superintendent in Northern California before going to New Guinea in 1961. His wife Martha was a teacher for six years in California elementary schools.

Kooyers worked for 16 years translating the New Testament into the language of the Waskuk people in the Sepik basin before forming PIM in 1977. Literacy courses led to the formation of a school called the Ambunti Akademi which taught Melanesian, English, mathematics and morals. Many Akademi students later became staff members of PIM while others realized employment in other areas of PNG, some as teachers, foremen, managers, clerks, bookkeepers, and workers in construction.

PIM (USA) is governed by a sixteen member Board of Directors that meets semiannually. Its Executive Committee meets regularly to conduct business in conformance to the laws of the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service of the USA. It's books are audited by certified auditors by standard accounting practices. It is a charter member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. PIM (PNG), formed in 1978 with headquarters at Ambunti, East Sepik Province, is governed by a Board of Managers of whom six are nationals and two are expatriate.

PIM operates largely in rural northwest PNG, specifically, in the upper Sepik River basin and the Central Range, though it has limited activity in the Waria Valley in the Morobe Province. The mission's headquarters is located on the Sepik River at Ambunti about 45 river miles above Pagwi village on the river and 60 air miles southwest of Wewak.

The Sepik swamps are very much like the Everglades, however water levels fluctuate 25 to 30 feet. Most communities are accessible by water transport. With the isolation, the nature of the environment, and the large expense involved, other groups and the government have not undertaken to be involved in uplifting the livelihood of the people.

Since PIM's policy is to respond to need, it has become involved in many activities with an emphasis in education. PIM pioneered in setting up Christian primary K-3 schools in the rural regions of the Sepik. Currently it sponsors up to 40 schools along with its short courses in leadership, management, ethics, specialized education, and training on the job.

Program accomplishments


We thank you for considering to donate to our organization! Your support helps continue PIM's mission statement. We have various expenses including Air Fare, Medication, Building, Permits and Education just to name a few.