Blessings International

Summary

Our mission is to heal the hurting globally and locally by providing life-saving pharmaceuticals, vitamins and medical supplies to medical mission teams, clinics and hospitals; to build healthy communities by treating the poor and victims of endemic medical problems, outbreaks of disease, or overwhelming disasters; and to transform lives by actively demonstrating the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. We accomplish this by facilitating medical missions primarily in developing nations by serving as a source of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and medical supplies. In addition, we have a number of our own benevolent projects such as Haiti Orphanage Medical Support (HOMS), Emergency Disaster Relief, Maternal Care, and Antimalarial & Deworming projects, serving a global population of indigent patients.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1650 N. Indianwood Ave
Broken Arrow, OK 74012-4012

Website: www.blessing.org

Phone: (918) 250-8101

Email: info@blessing.org


Organization details

EIN: 731130590

CEO/President: Barry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHA

Chairman: Donald Treadway, MD, PhD

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Harold Harder

Year founded: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1990


Purpose

Blessings International has provided pharmaceuticals to thousands of medical teams going to more than 140 different nations since the ministry was created in 1981. Last fiscal year alone, we shipped 316,990 lbs of medicines.

Blessings continues to equip an upward of 3,000 teams traveling around the world each year. Among those teams are those that are the first to arrive, assess, and bring care to victims of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famines and even wars. Through the donations that Blessings receives, we are also able to help subsidize the medical costs for these emergency teams working in disaster zones as well as for teams working in indigent medical clinics in the USA.

Countless numbers of lives have been saved because of medicines that Blessings has made available at low or subsidized costs. Additionally, the medical personnel including teams of doctors, nurses, dentists, as well as, clergy, volunteers, and professional aid workers have carried Blessings' medicines to remote locales, while also bringing the love and good news of Christ.


Mission statement

Blessings uses the following to express its mission:

Our mission is to heal the hurting, build healthy communities, and transform lives. We accomplish this by facilitating medical missions in primarily developing nations by supplying pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and medical supplies for medical mission teams, clinics, and hospitals.


Statement of faith

Blessings uses the following to express its statement of faith:

This Statement of Faith is not intended to cover all Biblical truth but only to establish a basis for fellowship and cooperation so that we may "all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions." (1 Cor 1:10)

The Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired word of God to men, the infallible, all-sufficient, final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

The One True God

The one true God has revealed Himself as eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Luke 3:22; John 14:12, 16, 28; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28)

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being. (Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3)

Jesus is the eternal Son of God who was with God and was God in the beginning. (John 1:1-3)

He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35)

He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil. (Acts 10:38)

He lived a sinless life - holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners. (Hebrews 7:26)

He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

He has now been exalted to the right hand of God. (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 1:3)

This same Jesus, who has been taken into heaven, will come back in the same way. (Acts 1:11)

The Fall of Man

There is no one righteous before God. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10, 23; Isaiah 64:6)

God's Plan of Redemption

Salvation is found in no one else but the Lord Jesus Christ, for there is no other name under heaven given by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Man is saved by grace, through faith, not by His own efforts but as a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8)

God saves us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7)

Water Baptism

All who repent and believe on Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord are commanded in Scripture to be baptized in water. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16)

Present Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is at work in the earth today:

  • to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8)
  • empowering men to witness and confirming the word with signs that accompany it. (Mark 16:17-20; Acts 1:8; 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3, 4)
  • producing the fruit of the Spirit in men's lives. (Galatians 5:22-26)
  • giving various gifts to men for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)


  • In response, believers are commanded to eagerly desire the greater gifts and to try to excel in gifts that build up the church. (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:12)

    Future Events

    There is a coming resurrection: those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:29; 2 Corinthians 5:10)

    There is a coming judgment where any whose name is not found written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire which is the second death. (Revelation 20:14, 15)

    The Unity of All Believers

    In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body. (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12)

    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating184 of 43036 of 60
    Fund acquisition rating233 of 43037 of 60
    Resource allocation rating57 of 43021 of 60
    Asset utilization rating317 of 43049 of 60

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    7%48%51%44%33%27%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%1%1%1%1%1%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    95%3%3%3%3%4%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%1%1%1%1%1%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    5%97%97%97%97%96%
     
    Operating ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    83%91%91%91%92%91%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    99%98%100%95%88%90%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    81%90%91%86%81%81%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    1%2%0%5%12%10%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    3%1%0%3%7%6%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    10%7%8%8%7%8%
     
    Investing ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.320.600.570.530.510.54
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.531.581.611.621.802.19
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.530.950.910.850.911.18
     
    Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    9.0971.9965.6881.5244.8253.51
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.100.010.020.010.020.02
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    4.0712.4913.0013.8912.859.99
     
    Solvency ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20182017201620152014
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    10%1%1%1%1%1%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%0%0%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    63%165%175%188%194%184%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20182017201620152014
    Cash$1,683,092$2,018,668$2,041,823$1,718,738$1,338,775
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,787,778$1,615,972$1,801,911$1,867,499$1,625,318
    Short-term investments$1,912,728$1,607,902$1,360,285$991,738$523,737
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$5,383,598$5,242,542$5,204,019$4,577,975$3,487,830
    Long-term investments$171,264$168,667$166,184$499,077$882,248
    Fixed assets$2,943,187$3,016,428$3,055,920$3,144,715$3,254,538
    Other long-term assets$9,560$0$0$0$0
    Total long-term assets$3,124,011$3,185,095$3,222,104$3,643,792$4,136,786
    Total assets$8,507,609$8,427,637$8,426,123$8,221,767$7,624,616
     
    Liabilities20182017201620152014
    Payables and accrued expenses$60,533$72,306$41,549$67,986$15,330
    Other current liabilities$14,249$7,515$22,288$34,151$49,846
    Total current liabilities$74,782$79,821$63,837$102,137$65,176
    Debt$0$0$0$0$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total liabilities$74,782$79,821$63,837$102,137$65,176
     
    Net assets20182017201620152014
    Unrestricted$8,225,542$8,112,823$8,139,504$7,893,653$7,353,264
    Temporarily restricted$207,285$234,993$222,782$225,977$206,176
    Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
    Net assets$8,432,827$8,347,816$8,362,286$8,119,630$7,559,440
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20182017201620152014
    Total contributions$148,978$127,062$143,236$162,078$170,787
    Program service revenue$4,982,381$4,602,902$4,504,971$4,542,821$4,366,379
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$55,581$27,106$34,135$32,150$29,353
    Other revenue$640($6,300)$1,340$2,460$2,071
    Total other revenue$5,038,602$4,623,708$4,540,446$4,577,431$4,397,803
    Total revenue$5,187,580$4,750,770$4,683,682$4,739,509$4,568,590
     
    Expenses20182017201620152014
    Program services$4,661,477$4,315,843$4,037,525$3,824,851$3,722,314
    Management and general$369,762$384,565$340,374$301,331$342,206
    Fundraising$71,330$64,832$63,127$53,137$45,674
    Total expenses$5,102,569$4,765,240$4,441,026$4,179,319$4,110,194
     
    Change in net assets20182017201620152014
    Surplus (deficit)$85,011($14,470)$242,656$560,190$458,396
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$85,011($14,470)$242,656$560,190$458,396

    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.


    History

    In 1980, an early morning men's prayer group at a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma was planning a mission outreach to Guatemala. A member of that group, Harold Harder, a PhD pharmacologist and medical school professor, joined the team as its acting pharmacist after sensing a desire to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of Mayans. His role was to solicit donated medicines. At the time, Guatemala was in the midst of civil war. Despite the apparent danger, Harold and his wife, Linda, knew they had to be obedient to God.

    After returning from the trip to Guatemala and after much prayer, the Harders, were able to successfully obtain donated pharmaceuticals to help other teams going on similar short-term medical mission trips. In July 1981, Blessings International was incorporated as a non-profit and opened its doors to a world in need of its service.

    The ministry was originally created to serve as a source for donated and low-cost pharmaceuticals to mission trips. Today, Blessings International provides pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in developing countries and to some in the United States. Blessings International has expanded its territory to work with churches, non-governmental organizations, universities, and medical institutions.

    Today, Blessings International maintains a growing staff of over 20 full-time employees and operates a 14,000 square foot warehouse and repackaging facility, all for the sake of providing medicines and medical supplies to teams, clinics, and hospitals which are healing the hurting, building healthy communities, and transforming lives with the love of Christ.


    Program accomplishments

    In Fiscal Year 2018, the human treatment value (HTV) of the medicines we shipped was 116,319,508! That is over 116 million courses of medicine and vitamins Blessings International shipped to medical teams, clinics, and hospitals around the world. We shipped to 101 nations, six more than last year. The chart on the opposite page details exactly how many dosages went to each nation.

    HTV is our measurement for the number of lives affected by a product ordered through Blessings International. It is measured by totaling the number of medicines shipped that fall into one of two categories: curative treatments and treatment days.

    • Curative treatments are defined as one full dosage of a treatment, regardless of how many individual pills/tablets/injections are required. For example, one course of antibiotics to treat an infection may require multiple tablets given to a patient over multiple days, but for HTV accounting purposes, it will only be counted as one treatment. Curative treatments include items such as antibiotics and anti-malarials.
    • Treatment days are defined by the number of days a medicine is used. Total treatment days are the number of pharmaceutical dosages that are used to treat acute or chronic issues (including items such as analgesics, vitamins, antihypertensives, etc.) For example, if Blessings ships a bottle of 500 vitamins and someone takes one multi-vitamin per day, that bottle will equal 500 treatment days.
    Out of FY 2018's total human treatment value, 4,936,293 were curative treatments and 111,383,215 were treatment days. With the medicines Blessings International shipped in FY 2018, an estimated 8,649,067 people were treated!

    HTV 2014-2018
    2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
    Curative Treatments 6,200,000 4,941,078 4,207,150 4,207,150 4,936,293
    Treatment Days 81,000,000 96,692,600 97,915,831 100,030,615 111,383,215
    Total HTV 87,162,683 100,570,678 102,122,981 104,604,378 116,570,678
    Emergency Disaster Relief

    Blessings International is committed to supplying medical teams with the medicine and supplies needed to respond to the acute recovery phase following natural disasters in developing nations. Teams responding to disaster situations quickly need antibiotics, wound care products, rehydration salts, and other items to treat emergent maladies, as well as routine medicines for conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes to replace destroyed prescriptions.

    In Blessings' Fiscal Year 2018, many teams responded to the need for help in countries such as Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Haiti in the aftermath of destructive Hurricanes Maria and Irma in September/October 2017. There was also the devastation that occurred in Guatemala as a result of the eruption of Volcn de Fuego in June 2018 which required the attention of relief volunteers.

    Blessings International staff member Laura Berry was one of the volunteers who went to help in Guatemala during this time. She states, "When we arrived in Guatemala shortly after the eruption of Volcn de Fuego, our medical team was set to care for individuals displaced by the volcano. I am thankful for Blessings International and the quick response to deploy the medicines needed in country for that particular disaster. Medicines such as inhalers and burn cream that we easily take for granted in the United States were unavailable for first responders to the eruption. We were able to bring the critical medicines and distribute them to different teams that were serving in communities close to the volcano."


    Collaborative Relief Efforts

    Blessings International collaborated with several organizations during FY 2018. In the aftermath of the eruption of Volcn de Fuego in Guatemala, we were pleased to once again partner with Health Talents International, who stepped in to offer aid. Rick Harper, executive director of Health Talents International, tells us, "Health Talents International, with the aid of Blessings International, will fill more than 200,000 prescriptions in 2018. To say you are a valued ministry partner is an understatement. Following the eruption of Fuego, you not only honored a request to fill an emergency order, you generously gifted a sizable portion of the order. Within five business days, our order was filled and five days later, it was in Guatemala. Your compassion for those who are lost and hurting is only matched by your passion for service and love for our Lord."

    Likewise, the team affiliated with Messengers of Mercy responded to the crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Irma, at which time Dr. Choi, president of Messengers of Mercy, said, "The ministry we do around the world is greatly expanded and fulfilled through the medicines and medical supplies we receive from Blessings International each year, and we are eternally grateful to God for our partnership."

    As a result of partnering with organizations so willing to serve, Blessings International helps thousands of people receive a caring hand while restoring health in countries like Guatemala, Haiti, and more.


    Haiti Orphanage Medical Support (HOMS)

    The HOMS project provides consistent medical care and supplies to orphans in seventeen different Haitian orphanages. The program's primary purpose is to provide basic medical care and to monitor the orphanage to ensure it is providing a sufficient level of care for each child.

    From April through August 2018, the HOMS project hosted multiple Mobile Kids Health Day events at orphanages to test for tuberculosis and malnourishment. Because of the work done through the Mobile Kids Health Day, Blessings International was able to help provide significant care to 640 orphans and minister to their spiritual needs.

    Deborah Lammert, APRN-CNS, director of the HOMS project, states, "The longer we implement the HOMS project, helping care for vulnerable children in Haiti, the greater the impact we have seen. Through HOMS, the Mobile Kids Health Day provided additional screening and critical nutritional support. We are having a positive impact on the health of these children, as the simple but crucial interventions are performed. It's great to see kids tell us how much better they feel, how they've grown, and see how they are developing physically, socially, spiritually, and relationally."


    Malaria

    Globally, malaria is one of the top five causes of fatality for children under five. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria that occurred worldwide, with 435,000 deaths. Unfortunately, 61% of these deaths (266,000) were children under the age of five. There are currently almost 3.2 billion people at risk of contracting malaria, which is almost half of the world's population.

    Blessings is committed to fighting malaria, and in FY 2018, we gave away anti-malarial medicine to teams serving in fifty-one different countries. As a result of these gifts, approximately 17,400 people received malarial treatment. One very special case was a little boy in Togo, Africa. When his mother brought him to a Medical Missions International clinic, he was unresponsive, running a high fever, and dehydrated. She held his hand as if to say goodbye. That is, until Madeleine Allard, RN, BN, CWS, director of Medical Mission International, came into the clinic with antimalarial medicine she had received from Blessings International. Goodbye was no longer necessary after he received the treatment which led to his full recovery.

    "Thank you for donating Arthemeter tablets to our ministry for Togo, Africa," Allard says. "It is indeed a gift of life. We serve people living in the bush, and malaria is quite rampant in this area. People are extremely poor and it is not uncommon for them to 'pay' for such medicine with a few yams. Thank you for loving our patients and for this gift!"


    USA Clinic Support

    While "International" is a part of our name, we recognize there are a lot of people hurting and in need here in the United States. This year, Blessings contributed toward Hurricane Harvey relief with our USA fund, and we came alongside new clinics.

    Blessings works with charitable clinics located throughout the USA that provide care and treatment to those who are underserved or cannot afford healthcare. Through donations, Blessings is able to provide free or heavily subsidized medicines to these clinics.

    The young lady pictured was one patron of Care Net Pregnancy Center, a clinic Blessings International partners with. Sandy Christiansen, MD, FACOG, medical director of Care Net, says, "This young woman, like many of our clients, is pregnant and without health insurance and very much in need of support. She was grateful to be able to come to our center where she received an ultrasound to confirm her pregnancy and prenatal vitamins, all free of charge. Thank you, Blessings International, for helping us serve our clients well!"


    Clinic Expansion and Ministry Support

    Blessings International believes in the power of medicine to save and improve lives. An adequate facility and properly trained staff are critical components to saving and improving those lives, and are part of our vision to "build healthy communities." For these reasons, Blessings International is proud to collaborate with medical organizations worldwide to provide exactly these things. For example, this fiscal year, Blessings partnered with Heal Our World to provide ultrasound equipment for a clinic in India.

    Blessings International also links arms with local Oklahoman ministries that we feel complement our vision or are likewise working to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ. Whether monetarily or otherwise, Blessings International proudly supports these ministries to further their work for the Lord.

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