AMOR Ministries, Inc.

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We partner with local communities throughout Mexico and around the world to build houses alongside families in need. Together, we can make a difference.

Since 1980, Amor has been dedicated to keeping families together. Children whose families couldn't afford to provide for their basic needs would be sent away to live at orphanages, and we began building homes to keep more families together.

Contact information

Mailing address:
AMOR Ministries, Inc.
3911 Cleveland Ave.
PO Box 3279
San Diego, CA 92163


Phone: (619) 662-1200

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 953618530

CEO/President: Jon Wilson

Chairman: Erik Khoobyarian

Board size: 10

Founder: Scott & Gayla Congdon

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our very name means love. We choose to show God's love through simple, tangible acts of service. Amor demonstrates to the poor the same grace we have all received through Jesus.

Mission statement

Our mission statement is: Bring people together to manifest Jesus.

Amor's mission has remained the same since 1980. We believe that God has called us to keep families together. As we carry out this mission, we realize that building a house doesn't just provide shelter. It builds a foundation for the future.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating204 of 110420 of 88
Fund acquisition rating326 of 110528 of 88
Resource allocation rating680 of 110556 of 88
Asset utilization rating38 of 11046 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,500$35,425$42,684$39,000$78,458
Short-term investments$1,565$17,425$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$326,165$347,561$783,550$501,184$473,394
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$211,602$220,946$261,083$273,725$292,264
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$211,602$220,946$261,083$273,725$292,264
Total assets$537,767$568,507$1,044,633$774,909$765,658
Payables and accrued expenses$40,152$53,389$125,909$141,495$135,335
Other current liabilities$43,041$265,497$446,161$492,406$351,519
Total current liabilities$83,193$318,886$572,070$633,901$486,854
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$28,000$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$303,920$275,920$0$0
Total liabilities$83,193$622,806$847,990$633,901$486,854
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$454,574($54,299)$196,643$141,008$278,804
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$454,574($54,299)$196,643$141,008$278,804
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,963,605$1,611,984$1,780,648$1,002,802$1,088,748
Program service revenue$1,464,664$119,277$214,004$2,714,203$2,968,214
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,110($27,764)$0$0$5,137
Other revenue$33,659$115,975$124,265$171,947$52,169
Total other revenue$1,503,433$207,488$338,269$2,886,150$3,025,520
Total revenue$3,467,038$1,819,472$2,118,917$3,888,952$4,114,268
Program services$2,472,827$1,248,146$1,538,525$2,792,536$3,719,397
Management and general$428,277$646,055$523,856$830,418$529,884
Total expenses$2,958,165$2,098,529$2,308,940$3,947,425$4,585,139
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$508,873($279,057)($190,023)($58,473)($470,871)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$508,873($279,057)($190,023)($58,473)($470,871)


Jon WilsonChief Operating Officer$73,345
Scott CongdonCo-Founder/Director$65,874
Gayla CongdonCo-Founder/Director$57,770

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Over forty years ago, Gayla Cooper felt reluctant to spend even one day ministering to children in a Tijuana orphanage. However, after meeting a group of children from a Mexican orphanage, Gayla's heart was touched so deeply that she decided to pack her bags and move to Mexico to work in the orphanage full-time.

Meanwhile, Scott Congdon traveled to the very same orphanage with a community service group from his college. The children had such a profound impact on Scott, that when he returned home, he began collecting food and clothing for the children, returning to deliver the collected items.

Together, Scott and Gayla soon discovered that they shared the same dream of ministering alongside the poor in Mexico. In March of 1980, Scott and Gayla founded Amor Ministries. That fall, they recruited their first ministry group to participate in a building project at a Tecate orphanage.

Scott and Gayla were married a year later and four more missions teams traveled to Mexico with Amor. Today, the ministry continues to live out the Congdon's initial calling and builds homes alongside families each day.

Program accomplishments


Your gift helps support our mission to keep families together. It's more than a house - having a house provides opportunities for children to receive an education, creates safety and stability for families, and builds hope for the next generation. Thank you for partnering with Amor and with the local church through your gift!