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2020

Annual Impact Report

Our vision is to see a flourishing church, led by well-equipped local leaders, serving every city and neighborhood of the world.

From the President


We’re glad it’s over!

That is the collective cry of people around the world about 2020. Our hearts have gone out to so many people globally who have experienced disruption, suffering, and loss, including many of you who are faithful supporters of our ministry.

In the midst of it all, two words come to my mind as I think of 2020: generosity and resilience.

In times like these, one might expect people to hold tight to what they have. That has not been the case. God’s people have stepped up with amazing generosity to keep their missionaries and national partners strong. We are so grateful to you for your generosity.

And in times like these, one might expect missionaries to give up and go home. That has not been the case, either. Despite lockdowns, evacuations and concern for their families, our missionaries have been resilient. When their ministries came to a standstill, they stepped up to bring hope to the hopeless. I am so blessed to be their friend and co-worker and I am so thankful and proud of each of them.

We celebrate our 75th anniversary this year as an organization. We stand on the shoulders of many who persevered through tough times. I have heard them say that when they looked back over their lives, they could see the grace of God. Now it is our turn. Looking back over the stories of the past year, we can see that grace has brought us safe thus far!

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Dr. John Bernard
President,
United World Mission

Equipping
Leaders


Our goal is bold: to make relevant theological education, practical training, and spiritual formation accessible to every ministry leader in every nation!


Establishing
Churches


We help local church planters start new churches that proclaim Christ as Lord and pour themselves out in loving service for their communities.


Engaging in
Holistic Ministry


We partner with the local church to share the love of Christ with refugees, children-at-risk, victims of human trafficking, and families stuck in cycles of poverty and injustice.


2020 Year-in-Review

WE PRAISE GOD FOR 2020’s MINISTRY RESULTS!

Without question, 2020 was a difficult year marked by confusion, struggle, apprehension, and fear. It was also a year marked by determination, resilience, creativity, and accessibility. As our missionaries persevered through the challenges brought on by a global pandemic, they also expressed gratitude to God for the innovation and technology that enabled them to serve Him in transforming ways: Webinars and virtual calls that helped train, equip, and keep people connected, as well as relief efforts that provided loaves of bread and bags of rice across the globe. Your faithful encouragement helped to sustain the work He is doing in and through us!

We’re excited to present the following 2020 ministry results:

3,996

PEOPLE DEVELOPED THROUGH INTENTIONAL SPIRITUAL FORMATION OR DISCIPLESHIP

5,686

LEADERS DIRECTLY EQUIPPED
BY UNITED WORLD MISSION

38,304

LEADERS EQUIPPED BY OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS WITH OUR HELP

196,294

PEOPLE SERVED THROUGH HOLISTIC MINISTRIES BY PARTNERS WITH OUR HELP

1,145

NEW CHURCHES PLANTED

660

GLOBAL PARTNERS

Stories

 
         

Engaging Holistic Ministry

Surprise by Love

At Christmas, God enabled us to express one of our core values, surprise by love, through a generous financial gift made in memory of our beloved board member, Tom Gabe, who passed away in August 2020.

Read The Story
    

Equipping Leaders

Youth Encouraging Youth to be Leaders

Statistics about the youth in Spain are not encouraging: 40% unemployment, an inability to get into a professional career until after 30 years of age, if ever, and high levels of recreational drug use, prostitution, and more.

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Establishing Churches

Empowering National Believers to be Church Planters

Growing up in a life of animism, Sonko (name changed for security) became a believer in his early 20s, and learned what it meant to pass from spiritual darkness into the light that Jesus brings.

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Engaging in holistic ministry

Nourishing Lives Physically and Spiritually

Due to the pandemic, India implemented the world’s largest lockdown from March to July, halting industries, schools and personal lives. It was historical and unprecedented. The impact on the urban poor was staggering.

Read The Story
    

Establishing Churches

Innovating to Reach the Unreached

Maria is a 38-year-old woman from a North African country with just 3,000 known Christians out of a population of 11 million. For years she had had doubts and questions about the Bible, and about the Quran.

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Engaging in Holistic Ministry

Reaching Refugees in North America

“Lord, let them ask.” That was my prayer for a Syrian family that my ministry partner and I were about to visit. Every time we get together, we sit, have tea, and learn from each other.

Read The Story
                

Accessible Training to Confront the Global Leadership Challenge

Josué Fernandez, Regional Director
to Latin America

“In heaven there is not panic, but perfect plans.” This is what I heard from a friend as the pandemic started. Like the rest of the world, all our plans – for us, educating students – were suddenly canceled. But the Lord showed us clearly that everything was under His control, and in His plans.

As Regional Director, I walk with our seminary leaders to guide the development of quality theological training. For more than 20 years, Overseas Council, a ministry of United World Mission, has been offering workshops to equip leaders and faculty at our partner schools. One frequent theme in recent years has been the role of internet technology in theological education. We had no idea of how strategic this training was until the pandemic closed schools throughout Latin America.

Our training in online education enabled many of our institutions to quickly adapt and effectively pivot – making theological training more accessible than ever. South American Theological Seminary in Brazil, for example, went 100 percent online, continuing to train and educate 2,000 students.

Another example was in Cuba, a country with poor internet infrastructure. In recent years, Overseas Council provided $30,000 to establish five “Internet Access Centers” across Cuba so professors, pastors, and students would have strong internet access for classes and research. And, as God would have it, in 2019 we provided training to Cuban seminaries on how to provide good online theological education — just in time for the pandemic!

Overseas Council exists to help more than 100 seminaries around the world make training accessible for the 9 out of 10 men and women who already are leading churches but lack ministry education. This global leadership challenge guides our efforts as we help our seminaries to innovate to reach those outside the reach of present programs. We rejoice in God’s perfect plans — and that He goes before us!

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Regional Director
Latin America

Financial Summary

Dollars in Millions

Assets

Dollars in Millions
Cash
$5.1
Reserves
$7.2
Prepaid Expenses
$0.6
Land, Building & Equipment
$0.5
$13.4

Liabilities & Net Assets

Dollars in Millions
Liabilities
$0.9
Net Assets - Unrestricted
$4.6
Net Assets - Restricted
$7.9
$13.4

Support/Revenue

Dollars in Millions
Individuals
$14.6
Churches
$5.2
Training
$0.4
Foundations
$0.7
Investment Income
$0.1
Other
$0.9
$21.9

Expenses

Dollars in Millions
Evangelism/Church Planting
$6.7
Education Ministry
$3.9
Leadership Development
$2.7
Home Ministry
$1.2
Church Mobilization
$1.1
Holistic Ministry
$1.5
Management & Development
$2.2
Fundraising
$0.7
Missionary Support Raising
$1.2
$21.2

Board of Directors

David Dwight,
Board Chair

Pastor, Hope Church, Richmond, VA

Dr. John Bernard

President & CEO,
United World Mission

Dr. William Blocker

President & CEO, College of Biblical Studies, Houston, TX

Steve Cahill

CEO, Cahill Construction Co.

Michele Dudley

Director, Donahue Foundation

Jill Esau

Owner, Grencer Properties

Dr. Robert Ferris

Retired

Norm Miller

Chairman, Interstate Batteries

Keyla Pavia

COO, Masterworks, Inc.

Todd Rankin

CEO & Managing Member, Provident Investment Company, LLC

David Rogers

Chief Development Officer at Advance Regenerative Manufacturing Institute

Daniel Solito

SVP Field Operations, TPx Communications

Lorna Stern

Retired

Tim Whitener

Retired

Thank you!

“…Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
— James 1:2-4

In the passage above, James tells us that the testing of our faith gives us an opportunity to increase in perseverance, which in turn matures us as believers. After reviewing this past year, we hope you see the perseverance and resilience of God’s people.

With COVID, we’ve seen shutdowns and restrictions of many kinds. With God we’ve seen the Gospel advance and open new Kingdom opportunities: from new churches planted in Muslim communities in West Africa to a resilient seminary in Cuba pivoting to train future leaders online. The plans of God will not be foiled (Psalm 33:11), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church (Matthew 16:18).

Our work around the world is made possible by your generosity and prayers. Thank you for continuing to walk with us to see flourishing churches changing the world for the Kingdom of God.

May the Lord bless you and keep you this year and beyond!

Going Deeper with United World Mission

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