YUGO Ministries

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Youth Unlimited Gospel Outreach, Inc. ("YUGO") is an inter-denominational mission organization whose primary purpose is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by involving young people and adults in foreign missions through a ministry of evangelism and teaching in Mexico. YUGO is also the Spanish word for "yoke," a reminder of the One who said "Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me" (Matt 11:29). YUGO began in the late 1950's and was incorporated as a non-profit evangelistic organization in 1965. Today, YUGO's most visible ministry is the participation of over 2700 North Americans (primarily teenagers) each year on evangelistic outreaches in Mexico. Mexicans who receive Christ as a result of this ministry are then discipled through the ministry's church planting efforts. YUGO is also involved in the establishing of Bible Institutes that train Mexican pastors.

Contact information

Mailing address:
YUGO Ministries
PO Box 1355
Chula Vista, CA 91912

Website: www.yugo.org

Phone: (619) 336-9003

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 956150002

CEO/President: Scott C. Wester & Nathan Alpert

Chairman: Kirk Cuevas

Board size: 10


Ruling year: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 10/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


YUGO exists so that lives are transformed by Jesus Christ in Mexico and the world!

Mission statement

Our mission is to mobilize and equip God's people to reach the forgotten.

Statement of faith

God: We believe in one true and living God (Mark 12:29-30) who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

Jesus: We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18), His substitutionary death (Isaiah 53:5), His bodily resurrection (Ephesians 1:19-20), and His future return for the Church. (John 14:3)

God's Word: We believe in the Bible as the divinely inspired (2 Tim 3:16), authoritative Word of God (John 1:1) without error in the original manuscripts.

Salvation: We believe that the free gift of salvation comes by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Church: We believe in the Church as the body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 12-13), bound together by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41-47), and consisting of those who are born again.

Missions: We believe in Jesus Christ's "Great Commission" to the Church to go into all the world, be His witnesses (Matthew 28:18-19), and make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching those who believe (Acts 1:8).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating100 of 111016 of 146
Fund acquisition rating285 of 111143 of 146
Resource allocation rating410 of 111160 of 146
Asset utilization rating42 of 11104 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,949$6,550$7,988$7,600$5,246
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$276,580$256,969$203,758$197,050$225,660
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$28,611$6,600$11,240$24,164$40,678
Other long-term assets$0$0$1,344$2,401$13,320
Total long-term assets$28,611$6,600$12,584$26,565$53,998
Total assets$305,191$263,569$216,342$223,615$279,658
Payables and accrued expenses$12,958$3,943$4,682$4,551$4,974
Other current liabilities$62,515$18,415$46,404$29,175$18,615
Total current liabilities$75,473$22,358$51,086$33,726$23,589
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$167,655$0$0$0
Total liabilities$75,473$190,013$51,086$33,726$23,589
Net assets20222020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$56,700($33,116)$18,709$15,239$163,319
With donor restrictions$173,018$106,672$146,547$174,650$92,750
Net assets$229,718$73,556$165,256$189,889$256,069
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,850,165$1,317,661$1,950,316$2,392,222$2,298,566
Program service revenue$516,268$316,383$837,730$798,453$836,066
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$1($1,454)$101
Other revenue$554($3,019)$13,926$15,109($5,880)
Total other revenue$516,822$313,364$851,657$812,108$830,287
Total revenue$2,366,987$1,631,025$2,801,973$3,204,330$3,128,853
Program services$2,008,848$1,347,535$2,407,364$2,825,041$3,142,065
Management and general$259,190$309,759$308,751$318,275$312,474
Total expenses$2,317,459$1,722,725$2,826,606$3,270,510$3,584,007
Change in net assets20222020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$49,528($91,700)($24,633)($66,180)($455,154)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$49,528($91,700)($24,633)($66,180)($455,154)


Nathan AlpertPresident$74,381
Scott WesterCEO$60,076

Compensation data as of: 10/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/6/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


YUGO began in the late 1950's and was incorporated as a non-profit evangelistic organization in 1965. Today, YUGO's most visible ministry is the participation of over 2700 North Americans (primarily teenagers) each year on evangelistic outreaches in Mexico. Since 1964, thousands of young people and adults have experienced the challenge of cross-cultural ministry through YUGO's outreach opportunities.

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