PRESIDENT’S BLOG

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]