FAMILY MISSIONS COMPANY

Abbeville, LA   |  http://www.familymissionscompany.com

Mission

The primary objective of Family Missions Company is evangelization. Inspired by the Great Commission of Jesus to proclaim His Name to all the nations, we work to raise up and send out Catholic lay missionaries to the ends of the earth to bring the love and salvation of Jesus Christ to the poorest of the poor. Working in concert with the pastors of the Church, we strive to meet both the spiritual and material needs of the people we serve. Our 2020 mission posts include Mexico, Haiti, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Taiwan, and additional countries in Asia.

Ruling year info

1997

President, Executive Director

Kevin Granger

Main address

12611 Everglade Rd

Abbeville, LA 70510 USA

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EIN

72-1366886

NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Two-thirds of the world’s more than 7 billion people have never encountered the hope, love, and power of Jesus Christ, and so many of our brothers and sisters around the globe live in otherwise hopeless conditions. They live in material and spiritual poverty, existing day to day without hope or knowledge of their own value as a child of God.

Our programs

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

Training Foreign Missionaries

Our primary focus is to train, send out, and help to support lay missionaries, both families and singles, as they preach the Gospel and serve the poor around the world. We provide 3 months of intensive training at our home base in Abbeville, Louisiana, followed by continuing support of our missionaries as they serve in foreign countries: oversight and supervision in situating missionaries in their mission posts, counsel in scheduling their work, ministries, and projects, facilitating communication with local church bishops and pastors, support in raising funds, continuing formation, handling personal stateside business, and maintaining contact with families, benefactors, and home parishes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Family Missions Company does not only support those individuals and families who feel called to move to a foreign country to serve as missionaries. We also conduct short-term trips, lasting between one to four weeks for families, professionals, university students, church groups, and more from throughout the United States, allowing them to spend time in foreign countries proclaiming the Gospel and serving the poor.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Faith Camp, a week-long camp serving over 200 Junior High and High School Students, is hosted by Family Missions Company every summer. Emphasizing Leadership, Faith, and Service, Faith Camp is a blessing for youth who attend from Acadiana and around the country.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We send out teams of doctors, nurses and lay people to provide free medical care to the poor in Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, and other developing nations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We operate housing for individuals and families serving at our administrative base near Abbeville, Louisiana, (Big Woods Mission) as well as housing, transportation, and food for missionaries who are temporarily stateside. While at Big Woods, our office staff supports the missionaries as they explore new potential mission locations, engage in stateside ministries, and visit with benefactors. Housing is also provided for future missionaries during their 3 months of training before being sent into a foreign mission.

Family Missions Company also owns and operates a fully functional retreat center in Abbeville. Our Lady of the Bayous has been the venue for events like confirmation retreats, quilting retreats, and wedding receptions.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Family Missions Company is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor and unevangelized around the world, while lighting a fire for evangelization and service in the hearts of the catechized and privileged. We aim to educate them about their inherent dignity as children of God and the hope they're entitled to in the Resurrection, while also honoring that dignity through material assistance.

Our missionaries live in solidarity with the poor they serve, and each team respects the unique needs and culture of the people at their post. Our missionaries form real friendships with the poor and marginalized, instructing them by both word and example what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Programs include bible studies, home visits, housing projects, medical assistance, educational services, chapel building projects, prison ministry, retreat ministry, catechesis and sacrament preparation, and evangelization training.

FMC also sends short-term missionaries on week- and month-long trips to our mission posts. Those who go out in service to the poor in other countries return with eyes and hearts open to the needs of the less fortunate and often spearhead charitable projects in their home communities.

Our stateside programs include retreat ministry, youth summer camps, evangelism conferences, as well as home visits, bible studies, domestic mission trips, and speaking engagements.

We have over 200 missionaries serving in the foreign mission field and more than 20 staff members serving at our mission base in the United States, who, with the guidance and aid of the Holy Spirit, are all actively pursuing our organizational goals.

We work in concert with local bishops and priests; the network of the Catholic Church opens doors for our missionaries to serve around the world, building and expanding upon ministries which are struggling or simply don't exist due to lack of personnel or lack of training.

With 20 years of experience as a missionary organization, which was itself built on 20+ years of prior missionary experience of our founders, Frank and Genie Summers, Family Missions Company is uniquely qualified to train and support Catholic foreign missionaries in their service to the poor, ever aiming to increase the longevity of their work. Every year sees more and more missionaries answering the call to full-time ministry.

We are growing at an astounding pace. In 2012, we had 30 missionaries in the field. Now, we have over 200. Because of this growth, we are ministering to more people than ever: our work directly impacts over 6,000 people each month.

In response to this growth, Family Missions Company has expanded its staff and has recently built a new office space to accommodate for this need. We are acquiring additional missionary housing for those in training, on furlough, and visiting. Over the past few years, we have held our Intake missionary training program overseas in Peru, the Philippines, and mainland Asia. We have plans to expand our stateside Intake program to two sessions per year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FAMILY MISSIONS COMPANY

Board of directors
as of 3/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John-Paul Papuzynski

Family Missions Company

Term: 2020 -

Genie Summers

Andrew Bollich

Catherine Desormeaux

W.P. "Judge" Edwards

Christopher Hindelang

Mike Melancon

Chelette Pharr

James Franke

John-Paul Papuzynski

Kevin Granger

Stephen Green

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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