Religion, Spiritual Development

VISION BEYOND BORDERS INC

The view from the cross is a vision beyond borders.

Casper, WY   |  www.visionbeyondborders.org

Mission

Delivering Bibles to believers and seekers in closed and impoverished countries around the world. We also sponsor women's safe houses and work to deliver women from sex trafficking, sponsor children's homes and orphanages across southeast Asia, provide financial and material support to pastors in closed countries, and provide relief shipments of clothing, food, medicine, blankets and other supplies to refugees in the Middle East.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Mr. Patrick Klein

Main address

PO Box 2635

Casper, WY 82602 USA

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EIN

83-0313191

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Protestant (X21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In oppressed and impoverished countries around the globe, Christians are unable to obtain their own copies of God's Word. Either the government or religious authorities bar the ownership or importation of Bibles or due to remoteness and/or poverty there are no distribution networks to provide Bibles. Vision Beyond Borders' core mission is to make God's Word available to these believers and to seekers led to God's Word. In addition to Bible distribution, Vision Beyond Borders operates four other programs to meet needs around the world: 1. Refugees in the Middle East and elsewhere need clothing, food, blankets, medicine and other supplies. 2. Millions of women and children are enslaved in brothels and sex trafficking networks worldwide. 3. Huge numbers of orphans, street children, and at-risk children need homes. 4. Hundreds of pastors in closed countries struggle to provide for their families while discipling and evangelizing among their impoverished neighbors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Bibles

VIsion Beyond Borders has delivered over a million Bibles to oppressed and/or impoverished believers and seekers around the world. Bibles are smuggled or shipped in by land, air and sea to local contacts for ministry and distribution.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Budget
$600,000

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of trips provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of volunteer teams sent overseas to smuggle Bibles, deliver financial & mat'l aid, evangelize, provide medical care & other services to the underground church, safe houses and children's homes.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of travelers on overseas ministry trips.

Number of bibles requested and distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Bibles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Bibles provided to ministry contacts in oppressed and impoverished countries, whether by smuggling or open shipment.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours worked by volunteers sorting clothes and other donations for refugee relief at our Casper, WY and Billings, MT facilities.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

# of new donors by year.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children in VBB-sponsored children's homes overseas.

Number of containers of aid shipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of 40' shipping containers sent to refugee relief. (Does not count pallets and other smaller aid shipments.)

Pounds of clothing donated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amount of aid (mostly clothing, but includes blankets, food, medical equipment and other items donated for use in refugee camps.)

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

1. Vision Beyond Borders works to buy Bibles in native languages in bulk with the goal of providing them to local contacts for distribution on as large a scale as possible. 2. VBB solicits for volunteers to bring in clothing and other donations. Teams of volunteers at our Casper and Billings warehouse facilities process and sort the donated goods. We work with ministry contacts in countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq (Kurdistan) to provide them with as much aid as possible, and obtain the sorts of aid they request as being in need in the refugee camps. 3. VBB works with ministry partners that are working in red-light districts and areas of intense sex trafficking to protect women and rescue those caught up in sex trafficking. We also endeavor to protect children being raised in the red light district and at grave risk of being trafficked as they grow older. 4. Our goal is to provide a safe, loving, well-supplied Christian home to as many children as possible in impoverished and conflict-torn nations like Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan and India. For example, in Pakistan alone there are estimated to be 1.5 million street children, who are heavily preyed upon by sex molesters on a large scale. (cf. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2739799/Why-millions-Pakistani-children-falling-prey-vicious-paedophiles.html) 5. VBB seeks to support as many pastors as possible in impoverished areas. These are typically subsistence agricultural areas where fellow Christians can provide little support to a pastor and his family, making it difficult to support a family while discipling their flocks and providing the Good News to those around them.

1. Vision Beyond Borders has shipped well over a million Bibles to closed and impoverished countries in the last 25 years. In 2019 over 189,000 Bibles were sent by land, air and sea, brought in to local contracts for distribution by smuggling teams or in bulk shipments as appropriate to each situation. 2. VBB gathers material donations of clothing, blankets, medicine, food and other items and ships containers to refugee locations in the Middle East where our ministry partners distribute the aid. Volunteers sort, process and pack the aid into 40' shipping containers. In 2019 approximately 60,000 lbs. of aid was provided. 3. VBB sponsors ministry teams and safe houses in sex trafficking hotspots including Nepal, India and Romania to protect women and help rescue them (and their children) out of trafficking. 4. VBB supports children's homes in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, and near tribal conflict zones along the Burmese border. These provide a safe, loving Christian environment for street children, orphans, and children at risk of sex trafficking or abduction as child soldiers, as well as providing them with educational opportunities, medical care and everything they need to thrive. 5. VBB supporters provide monthly/annual sponsorships to hundreds of pastors in countries like Vietnam, Cuba and Nepal. This enables them to provide for their families while focusing on evangelism and discipleship of their growing fellowships in their communities. Ministry teams also visit to provide material support, encouragement, training and other aid as opportunity allows.

Over the last 25 years, VBB and its director Patrick Klein have developed a global network of trusted contacts and ministry partners. Some are able to print hundreds of thousands of Bibles and other literature. Others distribute aid and Bibles in closed countries and under hostile or dangerous conditions. Others minister to women and children, or to refugees in war-torn regions of southeast Asia and the Middle East. Domestically VBB has several hundred volunteers who amplify the permanent staff by bringing in, processing and sorting donated goods and preparing them for shipment. Some cut flannel graphs for use in children's ministries around the world. Others travel on volunteer ministry teams that smuggle Bibles, bring aid and medical care to women's safe houses or children's homes, or provide training, aid and support to the underground Church in closed countries. They also conduct evangelism in unreached areas of closed countries. The teams are led by VBB staff or a cadre of experienced and qualified volunteer leaders.

A simple QOS (quality operating system) has been established at VBB to tracking key measurables for each of the five main ministry areas, such as: 1. Bibles shipped. 2. Amount of material aid provided. 3. Number of women and children cared for. 4. Number of pastors sponsored.

In 2019 Vision Beyond Borders: 1. Shipped 189,607 Bibles into closed and impoverished countries. 2. Provided 171 flannel graph sets to overseas ministries. 3. Supported over seven hundred children in sixteen children's homes. 4. Supported two hundred pastors. 5. Provided over 62,000 lbs. of material aid. 6. Supported three women's safe houses in India, Nepal and Romania. 7. Managed 32 ministry trips involving 152 travelers to provide medical care, material aid, Bibles, Gospel tracts, evangelism, financial support, and love and encouragement to children's homes, safe houses, and pastors and their fellowships in the underground Church.

Financials

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Keywords

BIble, evangelism, persecution, Gospel, church, Christian, pastor, martyr, sex trafficking, orphans, refugee