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Rescue International

 34270 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite C
 Dana Point, CA 92629
[P] (877) 369-4532
[F] --
[email protected]
Gabe Bahlhorn
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Organization DBA Missions.Me
Angel House Rescue Orphanages
Missions.Me College
Former Names Dominic Russo Family Ministries (2003)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 20-0808497 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Rescue International empowers people to change the world. Whether it is introducing a street orphan to their new home, leading a nation in a prayer of reconciliation, organizing medical relief initiatives for the impoverished, or gathering and sending historic-sized international missions teams, Rescue International strategically connects willing hearts to urgent needs across the globe. 

Mission Statement

Rescue International empowers people to change the world. Whether it is introducing a street orphan to their new home, leading a nation in a prayer of reconciliation, organizing medical relief initiatives for the impoverished, or gathering and sending historic-sized international missions teams, Rescue International strategically connects willing hearts to urgent needs across the globe. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $7,715,368.00
Projected Revenue $8,005,522.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Missions.Me
  • Missions.Me College
  • Angel House Rescue Orphanage

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Rescue International empowers people to change the world. Whether it is introducing a street orphan to their new home, leading a nation in a prayer of reconciliation, organizing medical relief initiatives for the impoverished, or gathering and sending historic-sized international missions teams, Rescue International strategically connects willing hearts to urgent needs across the globe. 

Background Statement


When Dominic Russo, Jr. was 12 years old God gave him a vision for his future. That year, 1997, he and his best friend, Gabe Bahlhorn, attended a youth conference where the speaker challenged listeners, to sacrifice a portion of their summer to go on an international mission trip. They both knew they wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves, and this was the catalyst. They spent their following summers serving on mission trips in Guatemala, India, Ghana, West Africa and South Africa. While Dominic pursed the vision that God placed on his heart at Oral Roberts University, he and Matt Sheehan became friends. In 2004, Dominic, at the young age of 20, founded Rescue International as a nonprofit corporation based in Michigan. As college graduates, Dominic, Gabe, and Matt organized strategic outreach campaigns in cities across Latin America through a program named Missions.Me. After personally witnessing people’s lives being transformed on a mission trip with Dominic to the Amazon in 2011, Jedidiah Thurner instantly fell in love with missions and joined the team. The four, who were uniquely brought together, knew they could do something special independently, but together they could change the world for a greater purpose.


At the age of 23, Lindsay Russo founded Angel House, a focused rescue initiative for abandoned orphans and trafficking victims throughout India and Southeast Asia. In December 2010, the dream became a reality. The very first Angel House Rescue Orphanaghad its grand opening for 50 beautiful children.


In 2011, Dominic authored the book Do Not Say I Am Too Young to motivate people to seize their destiny regardless of their age. In 2013, 1Nation1Day was launched. Since the birth of this movement, 1Nation1Day has swept across three nations mobilizing over 8,000 international missionaries, reaching more than 2.5 million people face to face and millions more through media. Together we stood in awe as nations encountered historic national reconciliation, measurable change and sustainable follow-up.

In partnership with Southeastern University, Missions.Me College was launched in 2012, to create a movement of young leaders to ‘Live the Impossible’ through world-class leadership training, innovative academic instruction, real-world experience, and global outreach opportunities.
Rescue International moved to Dana Point in 2017 to lead a new missions era. 


Impact Statement

Since 2004, Missions.Me has successfully organized more than 60 international missions to 14 countries. In three historic 1Nation1Day Campaigns (2013 Honduras, 2015 Dominican Republic, 2017 Nicaragua) we've seen 3,500,000 people reached via broadcast media, 2,503,389 total people ministered to face-to-face through mobilizing 8,370 traveling missionaries from 33 countries who return to their home cities with the conviction, inspiration, and equipping to lead a missional lifestyle. As of 2016, 42% of the people returned for a second trip or more.

What's New - 1Nation1Day Peru June 2019

1Nation1Day 2019 will take place for the first time ever in the South American continent. Peru, a nation of 30 million people, will required 10,000 missionaries (5,000 global and 5,000 national) and over 10 simultaneous stadium outreaches to reach the nation. 1Nation1Day Peru will represent an unprecedented missions surge, its impact will reverberate and inspire the church across the globe for the salvation and transformation of their nations. 1Nation1Day will be held in late June, 2019.

  • Reach a Generation – Every School. Every Community. Every State.
  • Bring 5,000 Missionaries – The Larger the Team, the Larger the Impact.
  • Partner with Government – Honoring Local and National Leadership
  • Open Free Medical Clinics and Practical Aid – Healing the Spirit, Soul, and Body
  • Mobilize Local Influencers The Hope of 1Nation1Day


Needs Statement

It Starts With You!

Rescue International is passionate about helping you change the world.

Creation is waiting. Nations are waiting. Our creator is waiting for us to become who we are meant to be: a united church that disciples nations. In 2019, we’re venturing into a nation that’s more than 10x larger in land mass, 5x larger in population and 2.5x further away from the continental United States than our last 1Nation1Day campaign in Nicaragua 2017.

Pray – Changing the world starts with prayer.

Go – Use your unique gifts and talents. Custom trips are built for you.

Share – Text it. Post it. Talk about it. Missions.Me

Partner – Together we go farther, scale larger, and impact more. How do you want to change the world?

  • Financial resources are needed to scale business operations.
  • Orphans and victims of trafficking need housing, water, and restoration services.
  • Student housing is a critically needed to house incoming Missions.Me students.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We invite you into a deeper relationship of changing the world - with us. Your financial support will be leveraged with prayers, donations, and thousands of volunteers hours served to impact people, nations, and generations. Keep in touch through social media. Travel with us! Donate supplies to our sports outreach and medical clinics. Donations are welcome by check, online, or calling us. We are only able to accept limited in-kind donations of new products. Please ask first. Volunteers in all capacities are welcome.

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
South Orange County
Central Orange County
North Orange County
We serve locally and internationally. 

Organization Categories

  1. Religion- Related - Christianity
  2. Human Services - Human Services
  3. Education - Higher Education




Missions.Me is the critical conduit to change a nation by bridging local churches throughout the world with an audience looking for hope. Missions.Me work is done in partnership with the local church, nonprofit organizations, business, political, and religious leaders. We mobilize and equip thousands of volunteers to provide large-scale relief projects, leadership conferences, medical clinics, home builds, clean water, and more. 

Missions.Me operates in nations where the country’s leadership has opened the door to ensure: 1) the safe passage of our missionaries in and around the country; 2) open ports and borders to receive container loads of humanitarian aid supplies; 3) open stadium venues; 4) open schools for a week of teaching and assembly; 5) publicity through all media outlets; and 6) public support by government officials.

Missions.Me trips are distinguished by: safety first, detailed trip facilitation, effective use of time, and excellence.

Budget  $8,000,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served US& International Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Advance 2018 is a movement of young people following their dreams; teachers mentoring their students; the Body of Christ united across borders and denominations; pastors equipped; the church mobilized to lead; women empowered to stand for justice; millions encountering God!

  • 500 global missionaries deployed to 3 nations: Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua in July 2018
  • 15 community outreach events
  • 60 school outreach events
  • Culminating at 3 stadium events with 30,000 total attendees: 10,000 each
  • National media coverage including social media


1Nation1Day Peru in June 2019 will be the largest global missions outreach in history.
  • 5,000,000 Peruvians hear the gospel of Jesus Christ via broadcast media
  • 2,000,000 Peruvians reached face to face by global missionary team
  • 5,000 global missionaries united, trained and spread across every major city
  • 1,000 global missionary leaders trained to lead
  • 10 free medical clinics across the nation serving 100,000 people in need
  • Historic national leadership conferences for Spiritual, Business, and Political Leaders
  • $5 Million in humanitarian aid distributed to regions in need serving 1,000,000 people
  • 1,000,000 people’s commitment to discipleship captured at events through social media
Program Long-Term Success 
Twenty Year Vision
100 Million New Disciples!  
We see 100 million people calling on the name of Jesus for salvation and starting a discipleship journey through biblical resources and planting into local churches.
5 Million Leaders Trained! 
We see 5 million leaders being actively discipled through conferences, online platforms, and local empowerment centers in nations following 1Nation1Day campaigns.
50,000 Missionaries Mobilized!
We see 50,000 people mobilized on international mission outreaches, returning to their communities with the conviction, inspiration, and equipped to lead a missional lifestyle.
5 National Transformations!
We see 5 nations with measurable transformation so significant the world cannot ignore it. 
Program Success Monitored By 

The Chief Operations Officer maintains a detailed log of accomplishments based on the projected results. Qualitative and quantitative details are manually gathered by the outreach team leader. A survey tool is distributed to all missionaries after they have returned from a mission trip. Their input is gathered, evaluated, and program changes are made where needed. 

Examples of Program Success 

In July 2017, 2,858 Missions.Me team members and translators from 33 nations gathered in Nicaragua to provide a message of love, hope, and transformation to see the nation of Nicaragua changed for generations. The team interacted with 826,209 people face to face during the week.

  • 270,000 meals distributed to 53,900 people
  • 10,000 pairs of shoes distributed to children 
  • 19,832 people reached at 8 medical brigades 
  • 538 homes built for homeless
  • 6,000 provided with clean water through 6 water filtration projects
  • 202,824 people reached in over 1,000 school and community outreaches
  • 3,640 people reached through 15 baseball outreaches
  • 3,600 senior pastors empowered in the National Spiritual Leaders Conference
  • 1,220 trained in the National Business Leaders Conference
  • 832 reached in the National Political Leaders Forum
  • 6,111 ministered to in 15 women’s conferences
  • 468,000 people reached in 12 simultaneous stadium outreaches 

Missions.Me College

Missions.Me College is launching students into a life of significance. The main components of Missions.Me College are to grow, serve, lead, and go.

MMC attracts students who want to expand their vision, and want to live the impossible. We teach students to be innovators and leaders, and also the skills needed to achieve success personally and professionally. Students receive a world-class formal academic education through our partnership with Southeastern University. Missions.Me College is an official extension campus of Southeastern University, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Skills learned in the classroom and through the Missions.Me College Live the Impossible curriculum are applied and activated as students serve approximately 800 hours (20 hours per week) as interns with Missions.Me. A year with Missions.Me College culminates with the students going on the Missions.Me trip they have worked throughout the school year to develop in both supportive and leadership roles. 


Budget  $450,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
The demographic profile of student's entering Missions.Me College does not determine their future.
  • 100% of students enrolled in Missions.Me College are low income individuals (below 50% of county median income). According to 2017 FFIEC Estimated MSA/MD/non-MSA/MD Median Family Income is $88,000 in Dana Point, Orange County, California
  • 80% of students are on financial aid
  • 33% of students are first generation in their family of college attendees

Program Long-Term Success 

Twenty Year Vision


5,000 College Graduates Released!


We see a progressive leadership and ministry college where thousands of students are being trained and released annually into positions of influence. We believe success is what you produce, but greatness is what you reproduce; which is why success lives in a lifetime but greatness lives in a legacy. 


The students’ experience at Missions.Me College (MMC) involves more than earning a degree. Students make new friends which develop into authentic relationships, learn new skills that form leadership qualities and transfer to many other career and life opportunities, and experience life transforming work that connects them to a larger purpose.


Missions.Me College students experience the deep joy and satisfaction that comes from growing, serving, leading, and going. They are equipped to continue living a life of significance.

Program Success Monitored By 

Student academic performance metrics include grades, attendance, attrition, and degree completion. Personal development is measured using the MMC Leadership Accountability Tool which students complete weekly. It reflects movement toward personal goals and growth in developing leadership character qualities. The student's mentor provides their student with a written evaluation. Students submit a Missions.Me College program evaluation each semester.   

Examples of Program Success 

Missions.Me College success is measured by the students' success:
  • 73% of students have a part time job while attending Missions.Me College
  • 100% of students are enrolled full-time (15 units per semester)
  • 100% of students serve low income populations locally and abroad
  • 100% of students receive more than 800 hours of hands-on work experience per year
  • 100% of students receive life skill training and are being mentored
  • 99% of Missions.Me College students have completed a one year commitment
  • 90% of Missions.Me College students have completed a two year commitment

Angel House Rescue Orphanage

At Angel House Rescue Orphanages, we know children need and deserve as much help as we can give them. It is our desire that each and every child that we rescue become part of a loving family that will care for and look after them for the rest of their lives. Orphans who would otherwise be reduced to a life of begging and slavery are enrolled in school and flourishing in safe and loving homes. All Angel Houses built are the result of generous donors individually, or collectively, underwriting the cost to purchase land, construction materials and labor, fixtures and furnishings, and supplies needed to operate a safe home. Children are dropped on our Angel House door steps as young as two days old with no birth records. Some are kids living on the street who are invited to join the family. Some homes are built to adequately replace a hut or area where someone has already been trying to provide some help for orphaned children, yet lack the proper facilities. 

Angel Houses are built throughout the entire nation of India. They each permanently house 12 to 100 orphans and full-time live-in house parents.

Budget  $1,400,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Dependent Children
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Asia Homeless
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2017, 35 new Angel House Rescue Orphanages were opened!

In 2018, Angel House opened its first Freedom Campus in Nepal which rescues, rehabilitates and empowers young girls from the atrocity of human trafficking.

Angel House ensures there is a financially sustainable system in place prior to entering an agreement to build a new home. Because of this, we ensure that 100% of the money raised for projects is used for projects. In most cases, long-term financial support comes from nonprofits in the homes immediate community. This enables the community to involve themselves in giving back to the most vulnerable in their region.

To ensure the 100% sustainable model, we enlist the help of generous individuals and businesses we call “Guardian Angels” to provide recurring monthly donations, of any amount. These donations help to cover things like salaries, insurance, and other general overhead. Our Guardian Angels fuel our continued vision of Angel House! If you would like to become a Guardian Angel, please visit our “Donate” page and follow the prompts to give!

Program Long-Term Success 

The vision of Angel House is to rescue, rehabilitate, and empower 100,000 children and trafficking victims.


Program Success Monitored By 
Our success is tracked by the Angel House Director and measured according to each step:
Was the home built and delivered according to our agreement with the donor?
Are the children provided with a home and qualified quality caretakers to be their house parents?
Are the children enrolled and attending school, being provided medical care, and having their social and emotional needs met?
Are the children being provided tools and resources to become future leaders?  
Examples of Program Success 

Together we've built 151 Angel Houses and rescued 3,669 children in 8 years to bring abandoned children from the slum to safety and into the loving arms of caretakers that will educate, love and raise them to become future leaders in their generation.

Fresh water wells have been built to provide clean water and sanitation to each Angel House. A backpack full of school supplies and a pair of new shoes have been provided to every child. For most children this is their first pair of shoes they’ve owned and worn. Having a pair of shoes provides them with the opportunity to attend school.

"If you have thought about building an orphanage, know this, I am middle class. My husband and I work 9-5 jobs to pay the bills. We are not considered financially wealthy. There is no reason why anyone cannot build one of these lifesaving homes. All you have to do is DECIDE to build it, START the process, and COMMIT to the goal. If you have an overwhelming passion to see the world changed- I want to encourage you. You CAN do it. I am living proof. Remember this statement- Passion, Commitment, Endurance, Patience, Reward! I challenge you to become more to these children. I challenge you to become HOPE to a dying nation. With FAITH and PERSERVERANCE all things are possible!” J. James


CEO/Executive Director Dominic Russo
CEO Term Start Jan 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Dominic Russo is a speaker, a humanitarian, author, and an innovator in international missions. At the young age of 20, Dominic founded Missions.Me and began organizing strategic outreach campaigns in cities across Latin America. He has successfully led more than 60 international missions to 14 countries, reaching 4 million people face-to-face through mobilizing 8,000 missionaries. Dominic is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Gabe Bahlhorn Chief Communications Officer
Gabe Bahlhorn is marked by passion, authenticity and a contagious personality. Since 1999, Gabe has been ministering in local churches while hosting thousands of missionaries in foreign nations across the globe. Gabe currently serves as a speaker and outreach director with Missions.Me and was instrumental in launching the historic 1Nation1Day initiative for Honduras in July of 2013.
Matt Sheehan Chief Operations Officer From print marketing to video production, Matt has had his hand in every creative project Missions.Me has produced since its foundation. Along with a passion for media, Matt strangely has a large space in his heart for missions logistics. Getting teams from the comfort of their home to the hurting peoples of the world, then handing them compelling content to impact hearts and minds is what gets him hyped.
Jedidiah Thurner Chief Strategy Officer Jedidiah is an emerging voice with a desire to ignite passionate cultural catalysts and activate the destinies of this generation’s world changers. Jedidiah travels both nationally and internationally ministering at churches, schools, conferences, and city-wide crusades. With a heart and call to disciple nations, Jedidiah joined Missions.Me in 2012.


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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Missions.Me College is an official extension campus of Southeastern University. Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.


Missions.Me collaborates with over 250 churches and nonprofit partners world-wide.


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 17
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 999
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): Staff demographics are not collected.
Gender Female: 7
Male: 10
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Dominic Russo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rescue International
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Daniel Cobb Daniel Brian and Associates Voting
Mariana Geha Specialized Care Services Voting
Jerry Horst Vanguard Development Group Voting
Dominic Russo Rescue International Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): We do not collect board member demographics on ethnicity.
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $8,005,522.00
Projected Expenses $7,715,368.00
Form 990s

2016 IRS 990

2015 IRS 990

2014 IRS 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $4,832,585 $6,021,073 $2,290,669
Total Expenses $3,096,661 $5,541,379 $2,806,181

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,521,606 $241,811 $236,114
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $3,309,977 $5,782,587 $2,054,541
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,002 $14 $14
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $2,933,737 $5,410,549 $2,701,327
Administration Expense $162,639 $130,830 $104,854
Fundraising Expense $285 $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.56 1.09 0.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 98% 96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $7,335,392 $1,567,374 $367,779
Current Assets $1,747,285 $1,478,255 $309,149
Long-Term Liabilities $4,020,000 $0 $108
Current Liabilities $45,852 $44,818 $0
Total Net Assets $3,269,540 $1,522,556 $367,671

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 38.11 32.98 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 55% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
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Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.