Eternal Weapons Ministries spent thousands of pounds on luxury trips, report says
According to a recent report by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, former directors of a UK-based charity called The Everlasting Arms Ministries (TEAM) have been guilty of “serious…misconduct”. Among the commission’s findings, the ministry spent money on luxury travel and five-star hotels as it conducted “international outreach”.
“It is clear that the charity was spending large sums without proper oversight and controls and without a clear long-term strategy which put the charity’s funds at risk,” the Charity Commission said in its statement. report published on June 14, 2022. “The investigation also revealed that the former board had failed in its duties as directors and lacked the skills necessary to manage the charity in accordance with the guidelines and best Commission practices and/or was unaware of Commission guidance and best practices, particularly in relation to governance and financial matters.
Eternal Arms Ministries and Charitable Commission
The Everlasting Arms Ministries website is currently under construction, but a archived webpage nearly four years ago shows that the ministry has six locations: three in the UK and three in India, China and Nigeria, respectively. According to another archived capture from the TEAM website taken on June 3, 2019:
The Everlasting Arms Ministries (TEAM) was established to free captives, preach the Gospel of the Lord jesus christ and restore hope. Our main focus is on Redemption, Recovery and Restoration by breaking satanic yokes, restoring destinies and raising leaders. Our leadership development programs [sic] is to equip people of all ages [sic] with the knowledge and training necessary to assume positions of responsibility. This is evident in our involvement in various community and awareness projects.
A die sensitization projects listed on the TEAM website was fighting hunger.
In its report, the Charity Commission said: “The aims of the charity are the advancement of the Christian religion and the relief of poverty in the world.
The commission’s report assessed a number of areas of concern, including the 2016 sale of one of TEAM’s properties, conflicts of interest between government departments leadershipoverspending on travel, significant salary increases for the senior pastor and his wife, and poor or no financial documentation.
A notable finding is that from FYE (year end) 31st March 2016 to FYE 31st March 2018, TEAM conducted an ‘international outreach’ which included spending £457,665.94 on five star hotels and travel in business class. The department justified the expense to the commission, saying its former board wanted trustees and trustees to be comfortable while traveling.
However, during the period in question, the deputy senior pastor, who is also the wife of the senior pastor, took a business class flight which cost £2,580, even though she was not a trustee of the charity. charity. A charity worker on the same trip flew economy class for £548.
The commission also noted that funds designated as “international outreach” were to go to partner ministries in China and India. Yet while TEAM spent £457,665.94 on international outreach, only “£43,707.14 was the money the charity gave to partners in China and India.”
“Insufficient documentation was provided to the investigation to fully justify the funds being sent to association partners overseas,” the commission said.