Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go!” and establish His Kingdom, a calling that continues to challenge every believer today. We are so thankful you’ve joined your heart with us to reach the world with God’s love. Our ability to touch a world in need of spiritual and physical life has been advanced by global media, a multitude of dedicated mission workers and concerned co-laborers in Christ like you.
LIFE TODAY presents a daily opportunity to share the Gospel and also share mission opportunities around the world – this year seeing the work of the Kingdom advanced in 44 nations!
It has also been a special year for Betty and me as we celebrated 50 years of love for each other and labor together in ministry. And in that time we have been blessed by so many friends and supporters of LIFE Outreach International who are the key to all that has been accomplished and will be done in the future.
It is our joy to present this 2012 Annual Report and show how the contributions of LIFE’s friends help put “love in action” and make a difference in the lives of so many.
One of the great joys of life is learning to give, to bless and to help others in need. Giving is our way of sharing the heart of a loving, giving Father who works through us as we yield our lives to Him. It’s truly a blessing to know in so many areas around the world we can say, “LIFE is there because of you.”
James and Betty Robison
Founders, LIFE Outreach International
James and Betty, along with their inspirational guests, reach a billion people around the world via broadcast television, cable and satellite transmission. The Gospel is shared every day as the cornerstone to a life of faith and the prayer ministry answers up to 50,000 calls a month from those seeking encouragement, spiritual guidance and prayer.
Sharing Christ in word and deed.
This is our 24th year of Mission Feeding, and we currently feed 420,000 children in five nations of Africa. This outreach has helped save the lives of 11 million children and continues to be a “promise of life” to children without a source of food. The nutritious soup provides fortified minerals and vitamins and is a first response effort to ward off malnutrition.
Feeding the hungry.
Another 500 wells will become life sources
by providing clean water for communities around the world. Clean water is the vital first step to a better, healthier future. Since 2000 the Water for LIFE outreach has helped drill and establish 3,754 wells, most capable of serving up to 1,000 villagers.
Giving clean water.
LIFE Centers are established to create life-long solutions for areas in need. While most are full-time orphanages, others are used as community churches and training centers, food factories or medical clinics. Twelve LIFE Centers are staffed by full-time mission workers and currently located in Albania, Angola, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, India, Mozambique, Romania, Rwanda, Thailand and two in Ukraine.
Helping the orphans.
The targeting of children and young women for forced labor and prostitution is a global problem. This ministry seeks to reach, rescue and restore girls in Thailand, Cambodia, India and 10 other nations. Many of our LIFE Centers can provide shelter for at-risk children, and educational awareness campaigns are a key part of this outreach in all areas where it serves.
Rescuing for life.
Again this year, support from friends of LIFE will make it possible to distribute 200,000 pairs of shoes to impoverished children. Now in its sixth year, the Christmas Shoe Project has given away 1.2 million pairs of shoes in dozens of nations around the world. New shoes for children who have never owned a pair become a prized possession and provide comfort and protection for their feet all year.
Blessing the children.
An Overview of Ministry Stewardship
LIFE Outreach International is a Christian organization dedicated to sharing the transforming truth of God’s love in word and deed. The ministry encourages the support of missions and relief programs in areas of need throughout the world. Utilizing the tremendous potential of broadcast media to fulfill the mission, LIFE Outreach inspires believers to share the promise of life and hope with others.
This part of LIFE Outreach’s expenses includes, but is not limited to, constituent letters and newsletters. Over 35% of this allocation is television airtime and production devoted to sharing areas of need and reports related to fundraising through media.
Expenses include, but are not limited to, staff salaries, employee health insurance, building needs and general office expenses.
LIFE Outreach International maintains a high standard of financial responsibility and accountability. The organization strives to keep all costs to a minimum, while maximizing the dollar in ministry and mission outreaches.
The ministry is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. In addition to James and Betty Robison, the remaining board members are non-family, independent businessmen who serve without compensation.
Board of Trustees:
James Robison, Chairman
Betty Robison, Secretary
Greg Almond, Businessman, Whitewright, TX
John Ring, Businessman, Franklin, TN
Tom Brandon, Attorney, Fort Worth, TX
J.L. Shaver, Businessman, Azle, TX
Terry Moore, Pastor of Sojourn Church, Carrollton, TX
Daily operations are overseen by the executive staff:
Executive Vice President
Vice President of Media
Vice President of Administration
2012 Year-End Income & Expense Report
The ministry undergoes an extensive annual audit performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) with financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). A copy of this audit is available upon request. James Robison and the employees of LIFE Outreach International receive compensation, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, based upon independent wage and salary surveys. All contributions to the ministry and mission outreaches are important. Donations of any size are vital and will be used to their maximum purchasing power in North America and abroad.
LIFE Outreach International is a 20-year member of the Evangelical Council for Accountability (ECFA) and complies with their established standards of fundraising and administration practices.