Entries by Kerry B.

November 2019 – A Long Journey Home

I live my life by the seasons that I spend in Africa and Iowa. Usually three months in Africa followed by a couple of months back in Iowa. I always say that home is where I sleep. I am taking the long way around back to Iowa this time by traveling first to Johannesburg; then […]

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 […]

April 2019 – A Great Season in South Africa

Happy Aprils Fools Day. We hear that it has been a long winter in Iowa. Beth and I are happy to be here to enjoy a beautiful spring with all of you. We just finished one of the best seasons that we have ever had in South Africa. Our Mountain View Farm is looking beautiful […]

March 2019 – Experience the Change

I celebrated my 74th birthday here in South Africa on February 4th. The older I get the faster Father Time seems to be running. He seems to run even faster when I am here on the African mission field, which is just the opposite of what you would normally expect, because Africans never seem to […]

February 2019 – Focus on Water and Sanitation

Our year in South Africa is off to a good start. Last year was a bit difficult with Beth falling down our basement stairs and breaking her neck about the same time that I had shoulder replacement surgery. Fortunately, we have both fully recovered. I will be 74 years old in just a few days […]

January 2019 – Peace on Earth

The Christmas season is so often filled with stress and is a difficult time for many of us. We tend to remember joyful Christmases of our childhood, when we were filled with the anticipation of receiving our favorite gifts from this mystical Santa Claus. Then as adults the real-world hits us and we learn that […]