Far Corners Missions

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Summary

WHAT WE DO:

FEED

When is the last time you had a meal, even if just a snack? You most likely can answer this question, many people cannot. Far Corners interacts and helps care for those who cannot answer that question. We believe that every person should be able to remember when their last meal was and they should be provided for.

One of the girls in our care, name not mentioned for her safety, was digging through trash cans for food and was at high risk of being sold into human trafficking when she was 5 years old. Now, almost 15 years later, she is helping to pass out food and help kids that were in a situation just like hers.

Far Corners is committed to helping provide for as many as we can. To feed a family of 4 in India, it costs $25.

Children are not the only ones who suffer and struggle to find food. Widows within India are completely disregarded and seen as the lowest class system. We have a team that is dedicated specifically to helping these women. To give them food and essential medication costs about $10 a month.

HEAL

Our goal is not only to heal the hurting soul but to also aid in healing the hurting body.

Far Corners is able to send medical riverboats and physicians to far off villages along the Godavari River in India to provide life-giving assistance to those who are in desperate need.

Not only does Far Corners reach indigenous people in need through the rivers of India but is invested and operates a Leprosy and AIDS Hospital Jungle Field Hospitals Mobile Medical Centers and Cataract Surgery Centers. The centers help provide to those who cannot afford it or get access to is.

RESCUE

In India daughters and sons are being sold into prostitution by their families every single day. They are sold for money to help feed the rest of the children, because the parent believes they will be able to be provided for better or simply because the family does not want another mouth to feed. In India, children are being taken off the streets and forced into sexual slavery everyday without a second thought.

The elderly are being forced from their homes because their families can no longer afford to care for them. Eventually they all feel hopeless and trapped by their circumstances giving up on anyone ever caring for them or about them. Widows are an example of this. When a woman is widowed, no matter the age, she is never allowed to remarry. Many times, when the woman's children grow up, they want nothing to do with her and oftentimes, will beat and abuse the women.

Far Corners has first hand witnessed the desperation that puts a mother in a position to sell her children. One of our widows, name not mentioned for her safety, was widowed with 3 young girls ages 10, 6, and 4. She struggled to feed them and thought maybe if she sold them, they would at least be fed by the traffickers. Fortunately, our team got word of this and offered to help her. She now has three beautiful, healthy, and FREE daughters. These three daughters now help to identify girls in their same situations and help to free them.

TEACH

Through our Far Corners Vocational & Rehabilitation Schools we aim to change the lives of those without hope through education.

In India, when you reach 10th grade, around age 14/15, you take a test that your entire future depends upon. They study for a year straight, no new material is introduced, they are solely focused upon getting into university to give themselves a better future.

For most of us the thought of losing a job is uncomfortable. For others it's life threatening. Not because of a lack of food but for something even more alarming.

What would would you do if your in-laws conspired to have you murdered simply because you'd lost your job, and could not provide the lifestyle they believed your spouse rightly desired and deserved? Sound absurd? Unfortunately, this happens more than you know in other parts of the world.

Far Corners is beginning to start agricultural jobs for those in our care. We currently have water buffalos that we are raising, chickens and are acquiring goats! These opportunities provide security and job opportunities for many in our surrounding areas.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Far Corners Missions
PO Box 136309
Lake Worth, TX 76135

Website: farcorners.org

Phone: 800-550-0035

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 272467011

CEO/President: Mr. Gary Bishop

Chairman: Judd Vier

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. J. Leonard Bell

Ruling year: 2010

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Our vision is to see people from all walks of life, from all the corners of the world know that there is someone who cares for them and is willing to help them. As a team, we have a vision to Engage, Equip, and Expand.

We want to engage the culture, when we go to India, we don't want to just show up. We want to dive deep into the culture and learn as much as we can about their way of life.

We want to equip those we come into contact with to live the best life they can. We want to equip them with the tools and skills to get a job, to finish school, and to live a healthy life. Things like basic medical care, or health practices that come second nature to some, never cross others minds. We aim to equip this next generation to set a new standard and far exceed what the world expects of them.

We want to expand the horizons of our children. Most, if not all, children raised within an Indian society are pressured for what they do in life. Within most households, the children have about 5-6 jobs they can choose from. They are pressured to finish school, get a good job and be married to the people their parents choose all before they hit the age of 20. This amount of pressure leads to many problems. Our goal as a team is to expand the horizons for these children. To present them different opportunities to be able to give them more options and encourage them to think out of the box.


Mission statement

To bring life, light and hope to the far corners of the world.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating599 of 102459 of 126
Fund acquisition rating813 of 102788 of 126
Resource allocation rating387 of 102741 of 126
Asset utilization rating496 of 102464 of 126

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%8%8%8%7%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%8%7%8%6%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%100%93%100%82%124%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%6%5%7%7%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%0%7%0%18%-24%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%85%86%83%82%86%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%138%138%118%87%148%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%118%119%97%71%127%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%-38%-38%-18%13%-48%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
11%-31%-24%-10%8%-24%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%9%8%11%11%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.151.120.870.650.540.73
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.001.001.007.6410.48
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.611.120.870.654.097.67
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
20.982216.38303.90471.3911.105.55
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.000.000.000.090.18
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.9110.6913.8218.382.671.28
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%3%0%0%1%2%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%3%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
78%87%115%153%184%134%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$39,253$36,865$21,752$66,827$38,765
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$4,027$4,027
Short-term investments$470,515$599,809$692,404$36,577$29,712
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$509,768$636,674$714,156$107,431$72,504
Long-term investments$0$0$0$713,605$687,539
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$713,605$687,539
Total assets$509,768$636,674$714,156$821,036$760,043
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$230$2,095$1,515$9,678$13,071
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$230$2,095$1,515$9,678$13,071
Debt$13,900$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$1$1$1$0
Total long-term liabilities$13,900$1$1$1$0
Total liabilities$14,130$2,096$1,516$9,679$13,071
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$79,276$71,110($126,421)($75,308)($186,842)
With donor restrictions$416,362$563,468$839,061$886,665$933,814
Net assets$495,638$634,578$712,640$811,357$746,972
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$415,258$370,686$395,157$412,678$464,488
Program service revenue$5,049$6,714$9,357$12,328$14,112
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($4,479)$22,806($9,357)$79,290($103,278)
Other revenue$0$0$0$7$0
Total other revenue$570$29,520$0$91,625($89,166)
Total revenue$415,828$400,206$395,157$504,303$375,322
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$489,009$475,687$384,829$359,876$478,395
Management and general$49,804$45,978$49,324$50,056$46,461
Fundraising$33,140$29,320$31,177$29,986$31,445
Total expenses$571,953$550,985$465,330$439,918$556,301
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($156,125)($150,779)($70,173)$64,385($180,979)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($156,125)($150,779)($70,173)$64,385($180,979)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Judd VierChairman$78,666
Mike RobertsDirector$45,400
Kevin ChessherTreasurer$38,701
Lauren RoarkDirector$500

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020


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History

Far Corners was founded in 1958 by J. Leonard Bell and the late Charles W. Turner. The work initially began in Old Mexico making audio visual aides for primitive people. These visual aids were used in 45 countries. Then the ministry crop dusted the Gospel by dropping Gospels of John from low-flying airplanes. Native Evangelism began March of 1964.

In 1974 NAME was set in motion by Far Corners when it placed gospel messages in newspapers and magazines in Malaysia (with the help of AMG International). In 1976 it was developed in India, and in 1979 and 1980 over 500,000 letters came to WFCM's headquarters in India.

Far Corners set up a chain of mobile RICE KITCHENS in India in 1971. These Kitchens aspire to serve areas of disaster, crop failings, and starvation, while presenting the Gospel. OPERATION RESCUE began in 1973; its aim is to -- rescue fallen women and their children. FC has developed programs of rehabilitation and training in their New Life Centers to help these people break out of their bondage and come to know Christ. In 1974 a LEPER MINISTRY hospital was erected in Chengizkhanpet, South India, The Gladys Schumacher Memorial Leprosy Hospital.

The FILM MINISTRY in India began with a training program in July 1991. Now FC shows a series of films in a systematic effort to reach the 29,000 villages. They hope to reach all of the 600,000 villages in India. The invitation follow-ups are made through Seeker's Conferences, prayer meetings, training programs, and Services (by national pastors and Bible women).

The LAUNCHES MINISTRY is now operating in India and Peru. Each floating launch has a clinic, a doctor, and nurses. A Film Team preaches the Gospel as the medical staff attends to the physical problems of the people. FC reaches out to the SCAVENGERS and SLUM DWELLERS by providing food for the soul, schooling for the children, rice kitchens for children and adults, medical assistance, when possible, and the Gospel.

NATIONAL-NATIVE EVANGELISTS working with WFCM in many third-world countries, each week, evangelize hundreds of villagers. The national evangelists use different methods: in India use a bicycle, a lantern and a drum, in the Philippines a bicycle or a horse; in Peru a boat; in Ecuador four-wheel drive vehicles for the mountains. There are two BIBLE TRAINING centers in Mexico -- one in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and one in Merida, Yucatan; one in the Baguio, Philippines. One is in South India, one in Iquitos, Peru.


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