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Causes: Christianity, Religion, Religious Media & Communications, Religious Television

Mission: To publish, produce, distribute and sell/donate religious books, tracts, pamphlets, video and audio tapes as well as provide radio, web and t. V. Programming to teach christians how to share their faith effectively.

Programs: Heart changer projects (program expenditures - $597,302. 74)in 2011, living waters produced a "world changing" pro-life documentary called "180 - changing the heart of a nation. " this important 33-minute film has been made available for free viewing at 180movie. Com, and at the end of 2014, the film had received approximately 4. 7 million online views. To date, over 230,000 copies of the dvd have been given out for free by staff and volunteers at high schools and universities domestically and internationally, and in total, 1,091,778 "180" dvds have been either given away or sold. The film continues to be broadcast internationally on several cable and satellite outlets like the daystar and enlace networks. In 2014, living waters continues to market this vital pro-life message that compares abortion in america to the jewish holocaust until every household in america has seen this documentary. The film is offered for free viewing on youtube. In 2012, living waters release a new documentary called "genius," which used discussion of the lives and statements of the beatles as a backdrop for exploration of people's attitudes toward commission of crimes all as commentary for the condition of man and his sinful nature, and the dire consequences of dying without christ's payment for your sin. As of december 2014, 121,109 copies of the dvd had been sold or given away. This film is also available for free viewing on youtube and has received 597 thousand views to date. And in 2013, living waters released its third documentary in the heart changer series, entitled evolution vs god. This riveting documentary simply asked questions of noted evolutionary scientists, biologist, and other scientists about their belief in darwinian evolution, and asks them to give one piece of observable proof. At the end of 2014, approximately 480,000 dvds have been distributed for free or sold, and the film has received approximately 2. 1 million views to date on our youtube channel. In 2014, our new film noah and the last days was released. This film examines the current sinful state of our society, and compares that to what the bible reveals about the last days. Over 87,000 dvds were sold or given away, with 1. 8 million views on youtube. In june of 2014, we began work on our 5th short film to be entitled audacity. This film will explore the hot-button issue of homosexuality in our society, and show christians how to share their faith and the truth of scripture in profound love. This will be our first scripted drama, and will entail much more use of outside production work for primary filming. Most filming was completed in 2014, leaving pick up filming and editing for 2015. Expected release date is june /july 2015.

web / radio outreach (program expenditures - $289,514. 20)production of the way of the master radio program was discontinued at the end of 2008. But in the latter part of 2010, living waters began webcasting the archived way of the master radio shows on oneplace. Com, as well as on our own webpage. Additionally, we began similar webcasts of our instructional videos called living waters university - short 5 minute witnessing tip videos - on oneplace. Com, lightsource. Com, and our own webpage. Monthly podcasts continue to trend anywhere between 40,000 and 50,000 downloads and mp3s. In 2014, living waters continued its sustained production of our new daily live web program, called the comfort zone with ray comfort. This program features a live, interactive talk-show format with live chat room, centering on the teaching of biblical evangelistic techniques and tips. Current news events are also discussed. The comfort zone is approximately 30 minutes in duration, and streams live over the internet, with archived shows available for later viewing on youtube, oneplace, and lightsource. Com. In 2014, we continued to see the popularity of the program grow in our archived youtube viewing (between 4 thousand and 10 thousand per program). We continue to look for more internet media outlets through which to help christians learn to share their faith, and continue looking to take the program to television. The program took a hiatus at the close of 2014, so that we could focus our efforts on our new film project audacity. The comfort zone should resume programming toward the end of 2015.

spanish language outreach (program expenditures - $195,650. 55)this program serves as a means for supporters of the organization to partner with us to have certain evangelistic teaching and resource materials translated in different languages. While we are actively translating some of our simple messages and resources to accessible digital resources, our primary focus remains on translating a wide variety of resources to the spanish language, as is befitting our current area demographic and the explosion of growth in the christian body in latin america. We continue to build our spanish web and television broadcast presence through continued engagement with various broadcast companies. In 2014, living waters continued to work with international broadcasters and supplied them with our current line of spanish language resources. Stations have been added domestically and in southern and central america. We continue to team up with organizations which are able to print and supply our resources locally to people in latin america, so the cost is feasible for the people in those locales. In 2014, the spanish dubbed version of season 3 of our way of the master television program was released, as well as evolution vs god, and two different gospel tracts. The dubbed versions of two more of our films are pending for 2015.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

rcmintv

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having had the ability to be a part of this group for many years I can personally attest to their offices and look over every aspect of their operations, as well as meet with each and every one of them one on one, go through their amazing street ministry program in which they are VERY forth coming as to what goes on in their ministry. For those that think, falsely claim, and try to make others think this group is anything but legit and uses absolutely every penny they can for reaching the lost I am sorry to tell them they are extremely mistaken. There are few in this world that care about those that do not have a relationship with the Lord more than Ray Comfort and his amazing staff and if I had my dream I would be one of them even for no pay. They are that amazing to just be around. I think those that talk bad about them are simply those that have a lot of problems with all things dealing with God, the Bible and Jesus Christ in general and they simply feel they must destroy all good things and those promoting such good things, sadly. Lastly for the Christians out there I will also add these men of God are also Biblically dead on so there is no fear of false teaching here either. God bless and keep up the Lord's Work guys and gals. Thank you for the awesome blessing I was allowed to get during my time with you there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a street Minister I have used Living Waters for ALL my purchases of tracts, books and so forth. I can assure you not only are they secure but extremely professional. FAST deliveries and the highest professional services you can get. They will bend over backwards to help you. I have also had the ability to go to their offices, seen where they ship everything from and been on the famous "Ray Comfort Grand Tour". Absolutely TOP NOTCH company. So fear not with them, they will never do you wrong. I send EVERYONE to them!!!Pastor Ron Godwin

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has been life changing for our family. They are speaking truth and equipping the next generation. We have visited the headquarters a couple of times and have met Ray Comfort. He really has a heart for people. Living waters is an organization we are committed to supporting.

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Brian123

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ray's organization does so much for promoting evangelism. I laugh when I see people talking about his $250,000 home in LOS ANGELES... trust me, he's not living large(based on the reports of some anti Ray blogs that publish his income). He is out in the streets taking abuse weekly for less money than I make. God Bless him and this organization. I use their materials and they are fantastic. They have very good customer service. I can think of no one who has done more for creating Christian "soldiers" to preach the gospel and save souls. I have no problem donating to this organization as well as using their products.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

When this organization spends 62% of its 2011 income (as reported on their Form 990) on salaries and other compensation... well... I for one would have to question the true intention of the enterprise.

Matt58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the most effective and efficient ministries I have ever seen. We use the resources they provide to share our faith with others with amazing results. I am so thankful to God for the training we have received and the videos and tracts Living Waters provides. If I were a major donor, I would most certainly have Living Waters at the top of my list because they do so much with so little, and their impact (particularly through their videos) is immeasurable. 180 the movie has had over 4 million views, with every viewer receiving the life-saving Gospel message. I believe that world view have changed as a result, as a survey of young people on the topic of abortion was taken in 2012 and there was a major shift from 2010. I believe this viral video had something to do with it.

Jackie Jones

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen Ray and his team out in the field. They work hard to stay true to the Word of God. I am very impressed with their dedication, effort and multitude of resources to help the rest of us do a better job at presenting the Gospel.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Living Waters is a despicable organization that is bent on turning the US in to a christian theocracy. They are anti-science, anti-mental health, anti-gay, and anti-education.

Their CEO is willing to say and do anything, no matter how abhorrent, to promote his agenda of lies and ignorance.

Ray Comfort has faced accusations of plagiarism and dishonest editing in his videos. He has been caught editing videos to make it appear that people gave non-flattering answers to questions they were not actually asked.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This group promotes lying to the public and undermining the science education of our youth.

8 Daniel46

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This ministry is focused first and foremost on selling poorly conceived, produced and executed videos and books to a misinformed and undereducated audience. The target market is primed by a blitzkrieg of fatuous claims, misconstrued "facts" and misrepresentations of the opposing viewpoints (such as linking atheism with homosexuality, or equating abortion to the holocaust), and then swooping in and selling over-priced merchandise. For example, $20 for a 40-minute DVD which ends with an infomercial for more of the same is inappropriate.



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Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited Living Waters for a training event and found all the staff so helpful, personable, and willing to go out of their way to help me (like taking me to the airport when I had no ride, and making sure I had a place to go to church on Sunday and a way to get there). I am also impressed with the caliber of their service in offering their products at such an affordable rate. Every weekend there are 3 sale items and they are truly a deal!! You know you are not getting ripped off and know that Living Waters Publications believes in what they are selling because they want to make sure that anyone can afford to buy them. They are really great at getting your order sent to you in record time as well, which is greatly appreciated!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since learning about Living Waters in 2006 at a Transformed Conference, my wife and I have been huge fans. Their passion, zeal and clarity in sharing the Gospel compelled us to get our Church involved and it has been a strong relationship ever since. Our Pastor had Ray Comfort come and speak at our church and we have been providing WOTM training for the past five years. In addition, we purchase thousands of dollars worth of tracts and books every year. It is the most effective way of sharing the Gospel that I have ever experienced and has encouraged our Pastor and Church to go to local schools and Universities to share the Good News in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Living Waters presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a clear, simple, Biblical and effective way. I have seen and been involved in many ministries that desire to preach the Gospel, and go to great lengths and expense to reach people with God's message of salvation. But coercion and pressure do not make for true repentance. We have been made with intelligent minds and a conscience. I have and will continue to support Living Waters with my prayers as well as with my giving. I have personally met with many of the people involved with Living Waters and can say that they are not just sincere and dedicated. Because there are many who are so without being Biblical. But what is being accomplished through this ministry is changing many lives by accurately presenting the Gospel according to God's Word.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The way Living Waters presents the gospel was an important part of leading me to Christ. They do not use gimmicks or modern slang language, but they present the gospel the way the Bible does. Witnessing the way Jesus did can be easy and non-confrontational. Everyone should learn The Way of the Master.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started as a witness for Christ, I felt inadequit to handle the job. So I studied and read about God's Word. It wasn't until I experienced Kirk Cameron's ministry did I feel confident enough to talk to people about the Gospel. I was introduced to tools I could use to ease into a conversation about God, Jesus, and the Gospel. It is a wonderful resource. I highly recommend it. The ministry teaches you how to simplify the message as well as have fun with it, without the people running away. All I know is it works. People listen and many go away with a desire to learn more.

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1 Kathy72

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have learned so much from this ministry. It has helped me to grow as Christian. Taught me how to share the Gospel with others. The materials offered print the TRUTH. So grateful to this God honoring ministry.

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1 Nate S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry is A+++++. I have been using their materials for over 5 years now and been very uplifted and encouraged by them. They are sound and Biblical. The impact this ministry has had is tremendous. There are those who would leave negative comments because they are God haters and slanderous towards this ministry and those comments are false and should be weeded out. Ray Comfort and his team are Godly men who seek to uplift the Word of God and share the precious life saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who need it. I HIGHLY recommend this ministry! www.180movie.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't know any other ministry like Living Waters! I'm extremely grateful to the Lord for this ministry! Living Waters truly seeks to serve the Him. My family has benefited immensely by this ministry and I would encourage every single Christian who seeks to be obedient to the Lord in making Him known to the world, to get involved with Living Waters. Thank you!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have found the many, varied resources available at Living Waters a tremendous help to me. I have been associated with this organization for the last 3 years or so and have been impressed with them at every level. They have a strong committment to thinking and acting biblically, evangelism, the local church and encouraging Christians to use their gifts. I have gotten to know several of the staff and have found them to be the genuine article. We need more organizations like Living Waters! Jack

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2 Linda115

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ray Comfort and the Living Waters team are committed to equip and encourage Christians to be effective Biblical witnesses to their faith. They are tireless in their efforts and very effective. My Christian walk has been forever changed thanks to Ray. In addition, they are very fiscally conservative--there is just no fluff at Living Waters headquarters. They make an effort to use all funds efficiently and do not take exorbitant salaries.

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Donor

Rating: 5

By the provision and resources given us graciously by our Heavenly Father, it has been a true blessing to find a ministry like "Living Waters Publications", to donate to. Their commitment to the furthering of the gospel, combined with their stewardship, integrity and tireless efforts in reaching the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ, are the reasons for choosing this ministry above most others to partner with whenever the Lord allows. The relationship longevity of the staff, volunteers and partners connected with this ministry, are yet another example of it's trustworthy reputation. We count it a privilege to be a very small part of this outreach and pray that others will come along side in support of L.W. ongoing projects, so that an increase of the great harvest is realized before that beautiful trumpet sounds!!!!

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4 Rhonda M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing not only as a volunteer but also as a "client-served" by Living Waters Publications. The Vision of Living Waters has been to inspire and equip Christians in fulfilling the Great Commission. From my first introduction to Living Waters Publications in 2006, I have witnessed first-hand the staff's and volunteers' passion to glorify God, magnify His grace and exalt His son, Jesus Christ. I have been served by this ministry personally and our local church was been assisted by their biblical education to teach the principles of biblical evangelism, always exhorting faithful believers and gently correcting those who do not believe in Christ for eternal salvation. How has this been done? Through passionate teaching and preaching of God's Word and truth! I have learned biblical principles and doctrine from strategic conferences conferences, academic and practical training opportunities, networking platforms such as the Ambassadors' Academies and forums, and the production and dissemination of various printed and audio/visual media. Words cannot express my appreciation for what Living Waters Publications has done for my faith and with encouraging me to fulfill the Great Commission. I would recommend anyone to seek the assistance of Living Waters Publications.

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