Religion, Spiritual Development

Vapor Ministries

Meet needs. Feed souls. Elevate God.

Sylacauga, AL

Mission

Vapor Ministries establishes sustainable centers for alleviating poverty and multiplying disciples in third-world environments.

Ruling Year

2009

CEO

Micah McElveen

Main Address

338 Talladega Springs Rd

Sylacauga, AL 35151 USA

Formerly Known As

Vapor Sports Ministries

Vapor International

Keywords

poverty alleviation; discipleship; gospel

EIN

26-4463549

 Number

6726508505

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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What we aim to solve

Vapor exists to serve the work and purpose of Jesus Christ, serving the poorest of the poor and advancing the gospel in third world environments. At Vapor Ministries, we understand that life is incredibly short, a mist that appears for only a moment on the great scale of eternity. We believe the way it can have an enduring effect is if we purposefully spend it bringing glory to the Creator of Life. At Vapor, our very name reminds us to be urgent in our pursuit of the good of man and the glory of Christ. We truly have a short time to advance the Gospel and serve the poor.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clean Water

Indigenous Jobs

Hasmin's Friends Child Sponsorship

Critical Care Provision

Discipleship Sports Leagues

Local Church Partnerships

Gospel Outreach Events

Where we work

Our Results

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children who have access to education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Hasmin's Friends Child Sponsorship

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Every child in our Hasmin's Friends Child Sponsorship Program, as part of their sponsorship, is enrolled in a local school and their school fees are paid as part of their sponsorship.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Indigenous people

Related program

Discipleship Sports Leagues

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Children, youth and adults enrolled in Vapor's sports leagues and discipleship programs.

Total dollars received in contributions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total contributions by year from all donor bases.

Number of jobs created and maintained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Indigenous Jobs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Indigenous staff employed in Kenya, Togo, and Haiti

Number of people coming to faith in Jesus Christ

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Gospel Outreach Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The number of people, that we are aware of, who have crossed the line of decision to follow Christ through the ministry of our indigenous staff at Vapor Ministries centers.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES: At Vapor, we seek to intentionally form disciples with multiplication as our goal. Through a variety of relevant means, we introduce people to the hope of Christ, teach the truths of God's Word, and equip participants to multiply disciples in their own community. ALLEVIATING POVERTY: We show the love of Christ by serving the poor without forming dependency. We aim to break cycles of poverty, bringing hope and lasting transformation. SUSTAINABLE CENTERS: Vapor Ministries seeks to develop effective and durable ministry centers in the areas we serve. We develop local people's skills and abilities and engage in a variety of revenue-generating opportunities, all while utilizing culturally relevant means to carry out our mission.

Vapor Ministries deploys a holistic model of ministry in the communities we serve. Local believers are empowered to meet needs and feed souls in their communities. Thousands of all ages are reached through our discipleship programs, including discipleship sports leagues that operate multiple times per week. The community is impacted both through the meeting of immediate physical needs, like clean water, food, and medicine, and through long term investment, like jobs and education. We see the power of this holistic model in new believers, full churches, and economic development that spans into homes and businesses outside the center walls.

Vapor Ministries employs approximately 450 full and part-time employees and volunteers across our 5 centers, 2 regional offices, 3 thrift stores, and headquarters in pursuit of the strategies detailed above. Our US-based HQ staff serve as full-time executives, managers, and functional experts overseeing operations, training and equipping all staff on the ground, and working daily to raise awareness and support (both knowledge and financial) across a diversified giving base. Local leaders at each center undergo intense on-the-job training and each Vapor Ministries employee is part of our overall leadership pipeline, developing new leaders to grow disciples, become community leaders, help break the cycle of devastating poverty, and bring the light of Christ to their communities.

Vapor utilizes a number of KPIs (key performance indicators) to evaluate our work in every area of the ministry. These KPIs are measured, at a minimum, quarterly, and site visits, trainings, development meetings, and evaluations happen throughout the year, both from mid-management and executive level team members.

We have seen communities and lives holistically transformed before our eyes. Since inception, thousands of jobs have been created, hundreds have received access to eduction (many of whom have graduated), thousands have come to faith in Christ, millions of liters of clean water have been provided, and much more. Next for Vapor is continuing the work we have been doing at each of our 5 existing centers, along with breaking ground on a new center in Northeast Haiti sometime in 2019. This will allow us to continue the work of community change, discipleship multiplication, and poverty alleviation we work toward daily already.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity manager in place
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