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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

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.

Review from Guidestar

4

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.

Review from Guidestar

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6

Client Served

Rating: 1

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

1

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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3 Melissa82

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This ministry has changed my life completely. I am truly grateful to the staff of this ministry for their role in influencing my life. Their goal is to encourage and equip Christians in fulfilling the Great Commission, and that is exactly what they did for me. They took a Christian who had not once had the courage to step out in obedience and helped me learn to do things I had never imagined I could. In addition, through their personal training in evangelism, I met my future husband when we met at the Ambassadors' Academy. I cannot thank them enough for what they have meant in my life, but I know that they will receive their reward in heaven from God.

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3 Kris H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living Waters helps fulfill the Great Commission. They equip Christians to tell others about how to get to heaven after they die. I have been blessed by the teaching of this ministry and I know that God has worked through Living Waters to save people from Hell.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you have a concern for the lost, this is a great ministry. Taught me and my husband how to biblically share our faith. They equip believers to share the wonderful news of the gospel by using the law of God to bring knowledge of sin and then the gospel and what how a person should respond in repentance and faith. I highly recommend investing in this ministry as you are investing truly in eternal purposes. They are very honest and hold to a high standard in their business and are so generous in equipping believers and share the gospel with unbelievers by being generous through free resources when you order through their website (a free book with purchase). Please help support this great ministry!

2 Gary14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great ministry that equips Christians to lovingly share their faith in a way that makes sense to those who are ignorant of Christianity.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I caught "The Way of the Master" television program on TBN one night while channel-surfing - and froze in amazement, having never seen anything like it! Since that time, I've "followed" this organization for over 5 years now, have purchased a lot of Living Waters/Way of the Master materials, and have made two coast-to-coast trips to Bellflower, California just to validate the legitimacy of this organization and to observe these godly men in action. The Living Waters Team is made up of down-to-earth, godly individuals who "LIVE out" what they preach. Last October, I took my teen and pre-teen to visit Living Waters - and they, too, were blown away and impressed by the authenticity of their work. My teen had been exhibiting some serious behaviors that caused me great concern; but since that trip, she has turned her life around and remains very close to the Lord. The very night that my 8-year-old son heard Ray Comfort preach at the Huntington Beach pier, he insisted that we find a church so that he could be baptized. Living Waters has impacted my family in ways that no other organization ever could. In all seriousness....if I had a million dollars, I'd donate at least half of it to this organization!

2 Robert57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living Waters has been around for many years and has greatly influenced the majority of evangelists that I know. I have met its founder, Ray Comfort many times and I am always impressed with his humility and dedication to serving our Savior. Every other staff member has also been wonderful to meet and work with. God is using this ministry to reach the lost and teach the saved to do the same. In a world of charlatans who milk well-meaning people out of their (God's) money, I have no reservations whatsoever about supporting Living Waters.

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living Waters is an amazing organization. They offer many creative ways to help people learn to simply and effectively share their faith in Christ with others. They also have a lot of free resourses on their website that can be utilized. Their ministry has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people all around the world.

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4 dormat

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Way of the Master has been one of my greatest teachers on evangelism. I really enjoy their web site. It has great information, and many great resources. Living waters are a great ministry, and have reached many for the Lord Jesus Christ. They are worth helping and supporting as much as possible. My family and I enjoy watching On the Box, as well as their other episodes. My family and I are engaged in street ministry because of Living Waters. We owe a big debt of gratitude for all we have learned and are doing because of this ministry. Only eternity will tell of their rewards that await them. May God be praised for all they have done and will be doing untill the Lord Jesus comes in power and glory to claim all that belongs to him. Matt Yoder and family.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel so blessed to have Living Waters as my place to train, to order my needs, and to get phone help as needed. Everything ordered is quick and accurate, resources are easily attainable, and honesty is what I count on most. The products are amazing and user friendly as well. Could not ask for a better group to work with!

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first experience with Living Waters is when we watched their tv show where Ray Comfort took a man through the law, and the man made a sincere desire to put his faith in Christ. That show changed my life. I understood salvation like never before. Next thing I know my husband and I took an airplane flight out to California from Pennsylvania for one of their Embassador Academies. It was the most challenging/crazy/life changing things I ever did. We went out and spoke to people, giving them the gospel, even open aired with knocking knees! We saw everyone at Living Waters was authentic and in no way greedy for money as Ray himself even rode his own bike to work each day just to save on expenses. They gave us a tour in their humble office building and gave us a show of them playing ping pong in the back room. We went back to our church at home, taught Way of the Master classes. Now we have a group that goes out weekly to our own fishing holes. Living Waters always price their sales items in their store as such a low cost I can't see how they can afford it! They obviously care more about the great commission by empowering those who desire to give the gospel with affordable materials then to make a profit. Just a great and inspiring organization. I strongly encourage people to donate because they surely are not counting on sales to make it.

Review from Guidestar

5 KariAtalla

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living Waters is a reputable ministry with solid theology. Time and again, the organization proves its heart for the lost by reaching out to the unsaved and training the brethren to do so, too. It's this focus on bringing the world the Gospel to the glory of God-- not a focus on personalities within the ministry-- that makes Living Waters a refreshing ministry that my husband and I are happy to support. We have personally experienced the company of some of the staff on different occasions, and we are always blown away by their accessibility and humility. Selfless, compassionate, enthusiastic, and most importantly, Jesus-focused--- Living Waters is the real deal.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Ray is a liar and clearly not in this for Jesus, but to make money. His lies are well documented and he is a bigot for sure.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found this organization to be one of the most sincere and honest nonprofits that I've encountered. They work extremely hard to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an understanding and non-threatening way. Their materials are very educational and help you move to a deeper level of understanding and boldness to share the Gospel.

3 Jim W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is just there to line the pockets of the owners.