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: Wende Holtzen

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 rating857 of 103168 of 83
Fund acquisition rating902 of 103272 of 83
Resource allocation rating1010 of 103282 of 83
Asset utilization rating261 of 103127 of 83

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$42,684$39,000$78,458$40,370$45,602
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$783,550$501,184$473,394$917,334$1,143,451
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$261,083$273,725$292,264$301,240$225,541
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$43,096
Total long-term assets$261,083$273,725$292,264$301,240$268,637
Total assets$1,044,633$774,909$765,658$1,218,574$1,412,088
Payables and accrued expenses$125,909$141,495$135,335$96,281$95,775
Other current liabilities$446,161$492,406$351,519$391,212$265,707
Total current liabilities$572,070$633,901$486,854$487,493$361,482
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$123,000
Total long-term liabilities$275,920$0$0$3,556$129,726
Total liabilities$847,990$633,901$486,854$491,049$491,208
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$196,643$141,008$278,804$721,453$897,607
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$6,072$23,273
Net assets$196,643$141,008$278,804$727,525$920,880
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,780,648$1,002,802$1,088,748$940,920$798,468
Program service revenue$214,004$2,714,203$2,968,214$3,039,399$3,151,982
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$5,137$1,242$1,442,012
Other revenue$124,265$171,947$52,169$132,994$197,266
Total other revenue$338,269$2,886,150$3,025,520$3,173,635$4,791,260
Total revenue$2,118,917$3,888,952$4,114,268$4,114,555$5,589,728
Program services$1,538,525$2,792,536$3,719,397$3,898,956$3,715,059
Management and general$523,856$830,418$529,884$231,013$464,276
Total expenses$2,308,940$3,947,425$4,585,139$4,310,228$4,281,851
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($190,023)($58,473)($470,871)($195,673)$1,307,877
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($190,023)($58,473)($470,871)($195,673)$1,307,877


Gayla CongdonChief Spiritual$87,242
Steve HorrexVP Global Devel$70,278
Jon WilsonCOO$62,729
Dan QuezadaChief of Staff$56,610
Forrest FowlerRelat. Manager$53,500
Nick RawsonData Analyst$50,611
Scott CongdonCEO/Founder$32,327

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/18/2023. 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!