Entries by Kerry B.

May 2020 – A New Normal

We all hear so often these days that we are living in interesting times.  Like many of you, I am still having difficulty adapting to physical distancing.  I maintain my sanity by spending 2 or 3 hours most days out on our beautiful bike trails.  I spend about 4 hours each day working on my […]

April 2020 – Finding Hope

We are all experiencing life in “interesting times”; it reminds me of stories I heard from my parents about living through the great depression and WWII.  I am sure that what we are currently experiencing is a walk in the park compared to what they went through.  Fortunately, when God called me into full time […]

February 2020 – 75 Years Young

On February 4 I will be three quarters of a century old. I am actually a bit amazed that I have lived so long. There certainly have been a few bumps along the way, but at the end of the day my life has been full of joy. I am feeling good and full of […]

January 2020 – Hitting a Brick Wall

Usually this time of year, I focus a lot of attention on accomplishments and failures of the past 12 months and look forward to what I hope to accomplish in the coming year. This year, I am focusing on my own health and frailty. I will be seventy-five years old in just one month and […]

December 2019 – Gratitude and Reflection

This is the time of year that I like to reflect on all of the things that I am most thankful for. I am most thankful for my friendship with Christ. He gives me a sense of joy and purpose for my life. I am also thankful that I have been able to live 74 […]

October 2019 – Palliative Care in South Africa

I spent the last 25 years of my career in Iowa working as a pain specialist. In doing this work, I became interested in palliative care and received some extra training in this specialty as well. These particular patients often required in-home visits. The last few years of my practice in Iowa I did many […]

September 2019 – Summer Recap

As the lazy, hazy days of summer come to a close and our grandchildren are heading back to school, I am preparing to head back to South Africa. When I am in the States, I usually enjoy spending lots of time in my office and meeting with donors, churches, and businesses that support our ministry […]

August 2019 – Skills Training

I vowed a couple of years ago with my wife Beth that we should start spending our summers in America, because during June, July, and August it is winter here in South Africa. Our winters here are mild by Iowa winter standards, but it is still cold and the sun sets at 5:30 PM. Somehow […]

June 2019 – Mid-Year Update

This year is nearly half over and so far at Blessman International we are off to a good start. We surpassed our aggressive fund-raising goal for our gala, so we are well funded for this part of the year. So far, we have hosted 90 short-term missionaries, so we are well on our way to […]

May 2019 – Spotlight on Intern Erica Henderson

This month we just had a successful gala.  Thank you to all who were able to attend and support our ministry.  For the rest of my blog this month I would like to focus on a story about our intern Erica Henderson who is busy doing a great job helping us with all of our agricultural […]