Entries by Jim Blessman

Stories from the Field: John

Sometimes God has other plans. As a Pastor, I was exploring the potential for a ministry partnership in West Africa or maybe Eastern Europe when God directed us to… South Africa and Blessman International! I was drawn by Dr. Jim Blessman’s vision and passion for the people of South Africa. So, in May of 2021, […]

January 2022- New Year’s 2022

New Year’s  2022 2021. It was the worst of times; it was the best of times. All around the world many of us suffered losses. So many people have dealt with severe illness and even the death of loved ones. The economic impact of covid and fear of covid has been devastating in the US […]

Employee Spotlight

Kabelo Bopape Director of Development in South Africa. When did you join Blessman International? September 2014 What inspired you to work at Blessman International? I joined the Blessman International team after having gone on a few community outreaches. I felt very called to work with the organization after witnessing a shoe outreach that was done […]

December 2021- Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday where most Americans focus on family, food, and football.  I am thankful for many blessings this year.  First of all, for good health and for our ministry that gives me great joy and a purpose to wake up each day and serve God and the beautiful children in Africa.  […]

Opening Night For November

Blog November 1, 2021 Beth and I have had an amazing month here in October. The peak of our experience has been the culmination of two year’s worth of work on our Sports 4 Christ program. Eight local churches have formed a league of soccer and netball teams. We are now looking at adding basketball […]

Fall in America

Fall has always been my favorite time of year in Iowa.  I especially enjoy biking our beautiful bike trails and savoring my last few days before heading back to South Arica.  This last month, I befriended a homeless man who I see sitting along the bike trail and visit with almost daily.  His name is […]

Steadfast Hope

September 2021 It is with a happy heart that I can share with you that things are looking and feeling much better every day in South Africa.  The riots, looting and burning that took place in the Durban and Johannesburg a month ago were terrible, but South Africa came together like never before and cleaned […]