2016 Annual Report
The following report was recently published in our monthly newsletter. This gives a summary of how the Lord has blessed this ministry over the past year. We give Him all the glory. For He alone is worthy!
One of the great blessings of the year for us is to be able to report to you about the great things the Lord has done. We just conducted our Annual Board of Directors and Board of Trustees meeting and wanted to share with you about the information they received about the progress of this ministry.
As we enter the 60th year of ministry the mission statement has never changed. Evangelistic Outreach is an interdenominational organization dedicated to the cause of “reaching the unreached” for Christ through radio, television, literature, revivals, crusades, special missionary projects, feeding hungry children, etc. And further to advance the cause of evangelism and Christian education; to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to seek the salvation of souls and to promote, cooperate and fellowship with all such churches and religious bodies having the same general objectives. And to promote Biblical, fundamental Christianity and to exalt the standards of Christian living in the community and to the world. Our motto remains “Reaching the Unreached for Christ!”
God allowed the team to conduct 52 revivals and 334 additional special evangelistic services. We were in a total of 121 different churches holding these services. There is no way to thank all the pastors and churches for allowing us to preach for them. You are precious friends to us and we really appreciate the invitations you extend to us to share the Gospel. Our only regret is we are not able to go to more churches but our time and strength is limited.
The media ministry is rapidly growing. We produced 52 television programs and another 260 radio broadcasts last year. The Lord allowed us to increase our outreach by one media outlet. This means Evangelistic Outreach is currently on 32 stations and networks. Also, the internet ministry is showing extreme growth. The ministry now has over 1,250 audio/text sermons available free of charge as a help to preachers, missionaries and others who minister all around the world. A total of 834,006 sermons have been downloaded worldwide. We maintain an internet channel with a total of 601,440 views of our weekly television programs. If you currently watch, listen or download our programs and sermons please do your best to encourage others to do the same. “Word of mouth” is still the best advertisement of all. This is often a means to see your unsaved loved ones exposed to the preaching of the Gospel. So, share this ministry outreach with others you know and care about.
This ministry continues to support local church missions outreach projects to provide for physical and spiritual care of the needy in the USA. We provided food baskets for families and gifts for children here in the USA. A total of 8,061 families, elderly and children received varied assistance in December of last year. This represents an increase over the number helped last year and establishes a new record for this outreach.
The mission outreach impacted thousands of lives last year including widows and orphans. Housing was provided for those in need in poverty stricken countries like Haiti, India, Kenya and Uganda. The mission outreach helped build 5 new church buildings overseas. The outreach continued to train pastors and evangelists in other countries. The outreach gave partial support, materials and/or ministry assistance to native pastors and/or missionaries in 65 different countries. There was a distribution of Bibles, literature and sermons that were sent around the world with a total value of $283,265. All materials are sent without cost. It is a blessing to tell you 100% of all support for missionary projects is given to the designated cause without any administrative or handling costs. The ministry assumes all fund raising costs and does not deduct any amount from the missions giving received. Our goal for the coming year is to continue to expand, as finances permit, our many programs and projects of missionary evangelism.
We are a member of the National Religious Broadcasters Association. This ministry is governed by a Board of Trustees to maintain accountability and ensure the highest possible Christian ethics while pursuing the mission of ministry.
We have always tried to do our best to keep track of those who are saved and make public confession of their faith in ministry services. It is with great joy to report this ministry witnessed 626 public professions of faith making a total of 74,605 in the history of the ministry. Glory to God! We are always involved in the crucial follow up for those who are saved too. We offer free Bible correspondence courses to new converts. Currently we have 324 active students enrolled. This does not include the many churches who use the materials to teach new converts in their church. The need to disciple believers has never been any greater.
This would be a great time to thank all the churches, friends and those in business who support this ministry. Because of your compassion and giving we are able to see these things happen. If you or your church, Bible class, Vacation Bible School, missions or other groups are not supporting this outreach, please consider helping in this worthy cause. There are doors that this ministry could go through today if there were adequate funds to do so. Your prayers have never been needed any greater. Your support is appreciated more than ever too. Help us continue to take “All the Word to All the World.”