Justin Sullivan A Life Worth Following
PO Box 720782
OKC OK 73172
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
A Life Worth Following
OKC Ambassadors
ALWF Inc.
Mission Statement A Life Worth Following exists to to reach the unreached in the baseball community with the life-giving message of Jesus, and to build and equip ballplayers through discipleship. Showing God's love, we strive to reach a hungry world with Jesus Christ through obedience to the Great Commission.
The Ambassadors have a tradition of trading jerseys with our opponents when we finish playing internationally. Here we traded with a team from the Dominican Republic.
Contact Information
Contact Name Adrian Savedra
Contact email info@alifeworthfollowing.org
Address PO Box 720782
OKC, OK 73172
Phone (405) 417-7735
Fax 405-216-8262
County Oklahoma County
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         Justin Sullivan, A Life Worth Following
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         OKC, OK 73172
 
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $160,000.00
Projected Expenses $157,000.00
Statements
Mission A Life Worth Following exists to to reach the unreached in the baseball community with the life-giving message of Jesus, and to build and equip ballplayers through discipleship. Showing God's love, we strive to reach a hungry world with Jesus Christ through obedience to the Great Commission.
Background

Justin Sullivan A Life Worth Following (ALWF) is an organization formed in memory of an extraordinary young Christian Baseball player who died tragically in a car accident. Justin had an incredibly close walk with God and his story has inspired thousands to follow Christ. Five years ago individuals involved with ALWF saw that baseball was an effective "hook" to captivate young men and teach them to value the gifts that God gave them, and could be used to inspire them to live out their faith. They wondered what impact might be made if young ballplayers were immersed in a Christian culture for eight weeks during the summer. What if they could be spiritually fed and challenged, in a setting where every ballplayer commits to serving God on and off the field–valuing service, accountability, courage, humility, and outreach?  At that time, the vision for the discipleship baseball team called the Ambassadors was born. Our sixth season is now behind us, thanks to contributions from hundreds of donors this past year. In six years we have played in over 300 games and shared the gospel to over 300 baseball teams.  We have conducted over 80 free baseball clinics for children in which the gospel was shared. We have had over 100 of our baseball players sign college baseball scholarships (three of whom were drafted by MLB). Most importantly we have seen thousands of men, women, and children surrender their lives to Christ all over the United States, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.  Today we are working diligently to sustain and grow our programs. 

Impact Since 2008, we at A Life Worth Following have remained passionate in our calling to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of those in the baseball community. In the last 6 years we have shared the gospel with thousands of baseball players from all across the nation and the world. We have seen over 100 of our players go on to play college baseball where they have been ambassadors for Christ on their college campuses. We are thankful to our staff, our players, and our hundreds of donors and volunteers.
Needs
Every year there are several expenses that have to be met in order for us to continue this ministry.  The following is a list of ongoing needs:
  • one dozen baseballs $65
  • baseballs for a whole season $1300
  • International baseball Mission trip for one player $1,500
  • International baseball mission trip for entire team $50,000
  • meals for a player for a week $75
  • Player uniform per player $300
  • Transportation for a tournament $850
  • Tournament fee for a tournament $850
  • Tournament fees for entire season $5,100
  • Transportation for entire season $8,000
  • Sponsoring one player $1,500
  • Sponsoring all players $33,000
  • All Personnel costs $60,000
  • Printed Evangelism $3,300
  • Evangelical baseball bracelets $5,000 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
At A Life Worth Following we often reflect back on the amazing journey that God has led us on.  We often do this with baseball as well. Nostalgia is one of baseball's defining attributes. The game's past shadows its present–always there to be conjured for instruction, prod memories, and to revive dormant emotions. Nostalgia is the tribute the present pays to the past. Baseball, almost alone among our sports, flows unashamedly and gloriously in nostalgia, for only baseball understands time and treats it with respect. The history of other sports seems to begin anew with each generation, but baseball, gets passed on like an inheritance.
 
It is our prayer that the life changes we have seen through Christ over six seasons on baseball diamonds all over the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic will be passed down and inherited with all those who we have come into contact with over the years. Recently, one of our Ambassador parents was dropping off their son at college and as they were purchasing his books at the bookstore they ran intro three of his hew teammates. Each one of them was wearing the evangelical baseball bracelet that had been given to them after a game against the Ambassadors. Just like with baseball nostalgia, we pray that when the thousands around who wear the same bracelet look down at it, they are prodded to remember the Gospel message of Christ that they heard on a baseball field, and that it revives dormant emotions that drives them to the foot of the cross.
 
Reflecting on the amazing things that we have seen God do on baseball fields all over the world brings me great excitement for the future. How can you help pay tribute to the past six years? You can help ensure that we are able to continue forward with this ministry by financially supporting A Life Worth Following.
 
Thanks for your consideration,
 
Adrian Savedra
Executive Director, A Life Worth Following 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Bethany
Central Oklahoma
Cleveland County
Edmond
International
Midwest City/Del City
Moore
National
Newcastle
Norman
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
Putnam City
Yukon
Oklahoma statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Recreation & Sports/Baseball & Softball
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/Youth Development-Religious Leadership
Programs
Description The Ambassador baseball team is a summer baseball team characterized by: college ability high school junior and senior players who want to learn how to share their faith, give back to the game by conducting free baseball clinics for kids, grow spiritually by studying the Bible, become accountable to other Christian believers, and experience the joy of service by going on an international baseball mission trip. The Ambassadors are 100% about baseball, and 100% about ministry.
Strategy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
  • Currently we have 18-20 baseball player for this upcoming season. By the end of the season 100% of our players will be equipped to live a missional life for Christ based on their experience with the Ambassadors. The majority of our players will go on to play college baseball (some professionally) where we hope that they can be Ambassadors for Christ in their college or pro programs. Some of our players will go on to do other things, but regardless will be equipped to be an Ambassador for Christ in whatever they do.
  • Conservatively we reach at least 5,000 people over the coarse of a summer. Those we encounter will directly benefit from this program. First and foremost because they will hear the good news of Christ on a baseball field. Whether they are a child who attends one of our clinics, or a baseball player on another team who has just played the Ambassadors, or a parent in the stands, all will hear the gospel of Christ.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
  • We want to expand by one Ambassador team every year until we have Ambassador baseball teams in all the different regions of the United States. God has used this ministry in an incredibly effective way to bring people to Him, but there is such a huge area of the U.S. that we are currently unable to reach.
  • We want to have a facility to be able to host tournaments and invite teams from all over the United States to participate, host clinics, and be a training ground for Ambassador baseball teams. Our vision is to have our own baseball complex complete with fields, dormitories, and an indoor hitting facility. We would use this as an outreach for Christ. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We monitor the success of this program by keeping track of the following:
  • Where our players end up playing college baseball
  • What our players end up doing after baseball (several are in the ministry, or coaching, or in business).
  • How many teams we are able to share with each summer.
  • How many evangelical bracelets we give out throughout the summer. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
  • In six years that our organization has done this we have only had two teams decline to listen to what we have to say. That's two out of over 300 teams that we have played. It is incredible how playing baseball has opened the door to share the gospel. You would be hard pressed to find those kind of results on the international mission field, or at a local church, or even the most well trained preachers.
  • Over the past six years we have built a model of how to accomplish our mission of sharing Christ to the baseball community, building and equipping baseball players through discipleship, and living out the Great Commission. We have great confidence that this model of success can be multiplied to meet the need of the entire baseball community across the country. We have seen the life impact in all our players, and have been privileged enough to witness the life changing gift of Christ in thousands of men, women, and children that we have encountered.
Description This program is an extension of the Ambassador baseball program and it is our free baseball clinics for children. This is an outreach to children ages 6-14 that we use as a platform to teach children the game of baseball, but more importantly to share the gospel. Everything from teaching the game of baseball to sharing the gospel with the children is completely led by our ambassador baseball players.
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. A Life Worth Following conducts free baseball clinics locally, all over the United States, and internationally for eight weeks during the summer. These free baseball clinics are for boys and girls ages 6-14. Every week during June and July we will conduct a free clinic in the Oklahoma City metro area as well as one in a different region of the United States. We have conducted these clinics all over Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Missouri, Nebraska, Arizona, and Arkansas. The last week of July we will travel internationally and conduct several free clinics in a foreign country. We have conducted several clinics in Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Our vision to to have free baseball clinics all over the United States and internationally being conducted by our Ambassador baseball teams throughout the summer.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Six years ago A Life Worth Following started performing free summer baseball clinics with our team the OKC Ambassadors for children as an way to help children learn the value of baseball/softball and to inspire them to continue playing. The results are phenomenal. We have seen so many kids come to our clinics year in and year out, many of whom are returners from previous years. There are several costs associated with putting on these free clinics and we have been busy raising the funds to keep them free for the children and their families. Most importantly, every child who comes to our clinic will hear the Gospel and be encouraged that a life with Christ is far more important that playing baseball or softball.
Description This program is an extension of the Ambassador baseball team and it is our international baseball mission trip. We are one of the few organizations that offers this life changing experience for our baseball players. This experience is designed to broaden the life experience and expand the worldview of our baseball players so that they will in turn be overwhelmingly compelled to follow God for the rest of their lives.
Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. In six years we have been to Nicaragua twice, Mexico twice, and the Dominican Republic twice.  We have seen God move in incredible ways on these trips.  We typically have 200-300 children attend our free baseball clinics internationally and we use it as a platform to share Christ with the kids.  First we share baseball and then we share Christ.  Through this thousands have come to know Christ.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. We would love to expand our reach internationally.  Currently we have opportunities in Saltillo Mexico, Leon Nicaragua, and Santiago Dominican Republic.  In the future we would love to explore the possibilities of going to Puerto Rico, Japan, Curacao, and Panama.  We will only begin to explore these opportunities as the the Lord leads and provides.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. We visited Leon, Nicaragua for the first time in 2008. We knew of a new ministry call On Eagles Wings Ministry that wanted to bring in mission teams from the United States to do mission work in Leon. At the end of the summer the OKC Ambassadors were the first missions team to be hosted by this ministry. We never could of imagined how God would use the Ambassadors to set in motion an incredible transformational work in the city of Leon. We hosted 6-7 clinics that have around 200-300 kids every time, and we played 7 games that had 1,500-2,000 people every evening. We witnessed hundreds if not thousands of people come to know Christ that week, and God used that trip to elevate On Eagles Wings ministry in ways we never could have imagined. We returned to Nicaragua two years later in 2011 and it was incredible what God had done since we first visited. Now On Eagles Wings has feeding programs that feed over 10,000 kids daily and sports programs for kids, all as a way to share the Gospel.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Adrian Savedra
Start Date June 2012
Email adriansavedra@hotmail.com
Experience Adrian has been with A Life Worth Following since 2008, serving as an Ambassador baseball coach. He has worked with the board and the other coaches to develop the Ambassador baseball program over the course of six seasons. He has eight years of experience as a high school head baseball coach, 2 years as a college baseball coach, and 6 years as an Ambassador baseball coach. Adrian also has a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. 
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? No
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr Jim Schroeder
Company Affiliation Prosperity Bank
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Email jim.schroeder@prosperitybankusa.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2014
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Vince Montgomery Oral and Maxilofacial AssociatesVoting
Mr. Adrian Savedra Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. David Sullivan BECSUL ENERGY, INCVoting
Mrs. Juliann Sullivan Healthcare Partners Investments, LLCVoting
Dr. Chris Wall First Baptist Church- OwassoVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Standing Committees
Finance
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jim Schroeder OKC Downtown Lions Club
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014-Dec 31, 2014
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $160,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $157,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Contributions------
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$183,321$98,618$117,380
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$32,353$31,700$50,700
Investment Income, Net of Losses$31$31$35
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
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Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$129,115$142,854$147,527
Administration Expense$802$685$1,240
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.660.911.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%100%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$136,385$50,597$63,890
Current Assets$134,245$47,689$60,690
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$103
Total Net Assets$136,385$50,597$63,787
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----589.22
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $183,321Individuals $98,618Individuals $117,380
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $32,353Earned Revenue $31,700Earned Revenue $50,700
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $31Investment Income $31Investment Income $35
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
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Address PO Box 720782
OKC, OK 73172
Primary Phone 405 417-7735
Give with Credit Card http://www.alifeworthfollowing.org
CEO/Executive Director Adrian Savedra
Board Chair Mr Jim Schroeder
Board Chair Company Affiliation Prosperity Bank