Entries by Kerry B.

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 […]

December 2018 – Holiday Activities and End of Year

I pray that all of you had a nice Thanksgiving. Since Beth and our son in law were both recovering from surgery, we had HyVee roast our turkey. It was not very traditional, but we had a nice day with friends and family. Beth is coming along well recovering from her foot surgery. We had […]

November 2018 – More Blessed to Give than Receive

  Beth and I are enjoying our time back in South Africa again. We are just finishing with a large team from Lutheran Church of Hope-Ankeny. We often say to each other that the current team is the best one that we have ever had but the last 2 weeks have been an incredible adventure […]

October 2018 – Blessman International by the Numbers

Friends of Blessman International often ask me how many lives are being touched by their support. Although only God knows the exact number, I will do my best to tell you about the lives that I see being impacted through the support that many of you are sending our way. Employment: You are helping us […]

September 2018 – New Literacy Program

Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny Branch collected over 2000 books during their Vacation Bible School program and has donated them to Blessman International. We are planning to use this incredible gift to start a new literacy program and set up libraries in 25 of our feeding centers in South Africa. Volunteers will be organized to […]

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August 2018 – Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder

  When God created Adam, he saw that he needed a helpmate so He created Eve. I have been thinking a lot about the value of a helpmate this last month while Beth has been in South Africa hosting a couple of our mission teams. She is still my helpmate and is working hard to […]

July 2018 – Feeding Programs

We have some exciting news regarding our nutritional program in South Africa. For the last seven years, in partnership with Meals from the Heartland and Convoy of Hope and many generous donors, we have been providing food security for 7,500 children in South Africa. Our vision in the early days was to provide food security, […]

JUNE 2018 – SUMMER 2018 UPDATE

Beth and I are having an extended stay in the USA to deal with some medical issues. Soon after we arrived from South Africa, Beth fell down our basement stairs sustaining a concussion and fracture of the 7th vertebrae in her neck. Just this week her neurosurgeon released her to drive and stop wearing the […]