Religion, Spiritual Development

FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC

Moving Earth to Share Heaven

Quick Facts

Elizabethtown, PA

Mission

Friends in Action International exists to facilitate and equip mission work around the world by partnering with national believers. We do this through projects which open doors for evangelism and discipleship, to build the church from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. We provide infrastructure building projects as a platform to demonstrate God's love to missionaries, nationals, and indigenous people.

Ruling Year

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Timothy James Johnston

Main Address

P.O. Box 323

Elizabethtown, PA 17022 USA

Keywords

missions, non-profit, giving, humanitarian aid, well drilling, infrastructure, Bible teaching, tribal people, work teams, missionaries, construction, evangelizing, indigenous, nationals, remote, life-skills training; spiritual; physical needss

EIN

77-0296087

 Number

8588452347

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

There are indigenous people groups in remote locations that have not heard the Gospel due to infrastructure difficulties. FIA uses these infrastructure challenges as a platform to partner with these people groups to meet both their physical and spiritual needs. In 1992, New Tribes Mission defined a need for the creation of FIA as their missionaries required infrastructure projects in remote locations.

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

New Rama Village

Well Drilling

Indigenous Training Center - Bolivia

El Inspiracion Radio Broadcasts

El Misionero Medical Mission Boat - Amazon

Weewak Life-Skills Training - Papua, New Guinea

The University of Divine Grace

Infrastructure Projects - Vanuatu

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

People who heard the Gospel: 16,000 in Africa, 115,000 Bolivia radio, 1100 Mission boat, 1,400 Nicaragua, 1750 Moldova, 200 Papua New Guinea, 150 Vanuatu

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

5 Hurricane-resistant homes housing ~30 people were built for the Rama people in Nicaragua. Community received 2 wells, expanded ball field, improved workshop equipment and sawmill.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

16000 people in West Africa received clean water from FIA's well drilling efforts. 1400 Rama of Nicaragua received clean water from 2 wells.

Number of indigenous people who have access to medical care

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

~1100-1200 people from remote villages along the Amazon were served through the medical mission boat service. Dental, vision, deworming, prenatal care, water filtration supplies, minor surgery

Number of people who received biblical training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

~550 students at University of Divine Grace; 1750 UDG summer camps; UDG boarding school 40; Vanuatu 75 summer conference; Nicaragua VBS 100; 200 Indigenous Training Center, Bolivia

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 and haven't they accomplished so far?

FIA goals are to meet the spiritual and physical needs of indigenous people groups who have not yet heard the Gospel.

Friends in Action (FIA) is currently at work on 10 infrastructure projects in 6 countries around the world! FIA partners with local missionaries already on project sites. Through building projects (building houses, churches, schools, radio stations, roads, airstrips, bridges, wells), a crowd of indigenous people is drawn to watch the construction. While there, the local missionary shares the Good News of Jesus with them and provides follow up discipleship to any who are interested. FIA sends skilled volunteers to complete these projects in weeks or months, which would otherwise be left undone or require a lifetime for a missionary to do. The projects allow workers to access areas that are otherwise inaccessible or closed to evangelism.

Partnering with missionaries and indigenous nationals, our construction teams and earth-moving machinery move literal mountains to clear a path for the Gospel! God takes our backhoes, sawmills, trucks, excavators, and all types of skilled and unskilled laborers to build infrastructure critical to advancing God's Word in some of the most remote locations around the globe. Our airstrips, well-drilling, block home construction, water filtration, and solar projects all demonstrate God's love in practical ways to those we serve and create a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ! We have full time staff in all the mission fields where we are working, with NGO status on two sites. We have wonderful supporters from individuals, businesses, and churches across the USA, Canada, and Northern Ireland that help fund our efforts.

FIA is successful when God is made known and glorified. Team leaders and missionaries at each location ensure that the board-approved project schedule is enacted in a timely fashion, and that the indigenous people have had an opportunity to hear and respond to God's Word in their own heart language.

Last year alone, 16,000 people received clean water in West Africa, ~400 people received Christ through the El Inspiracion radio ministry in Bolivia; ~45 students graduated from The University of Divine Grace, Moldova equipped to share the Gospel in their religiously hostile homelands; 10 Weewak workers were trained in woodworking skills to supplement their income and 20+ children received funds to help with schooling and transportation fees in Papua New Guinea; 100's of indigenous tribes located in the jungles off of the Amazon were served by the medical mission boat in Bolivia; 4 Rama Cay Indians from Nicaragua received higher-level biblical teaching from El Instituto Misionero Transcultural; 22 hurricane-resistant homes were built to relieve overcrowding and sanitation issues in Nicaragua; biblical training and educational opportunities were provided in Moldova, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Nicaragua. A water research project is underway to serve 20+ villages (1,400 people) in Vanuatu. Summer Bible Camps are being developed to reach the next generations in Moldova and Vanuatu.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member

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Financials

FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

Yes