A vital part of our work in South Africa is the involvement of mission/service teams that travel from across the world. For twelve days, team members are involved in a variety of outreach and service projects in the local schools and community.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”” Romans 10:14-15


Interested in joining us in South Africa? Email office@www.blessmaninternational.org.

Additional COVID-19 restrictions both in the United States and South Africa may develop or change as time goes on, and Blessman International will adjust to meet those requirements.

2023 Trip Dates Available (subject to change)

Cost: $2,550 + airfare

*Anyone is welcome to join an existing team if space is available

January 12 – 24, 2023        *St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines, Iowa

February 2 – 14, 2023        *First Family Church

February 23 – March 7, 2023        OPEN

March 9 – 21, 2023      Convoy Of Hope/Summit Park

May 11 – 23, 2023        *Trinity Bible Church

June 1 – 13, 2023        *Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Weddington, North Carolina

August 31 – September 12, 2023        *Days For Girls

October 12 – 24, 2023        OPEN

October 26 – November 7, 2023     OPEN

2024 Trip Dates (TBD)



Team members will be trained on how to fit individuals for distance and/or reading glasses once they get to the Blessman International campus in South Africa. We will make sure you feel comfortable, and we have measures in place for quality control.

It is a wonderful opportunity to sit down one-on-one with children and/or adults and get to know them, listen to them, and pray for any needs or concerns they may have before fitting them for eyeglasses. It is wonderful to see their eyes light up when you find the right strength of glasses to read or see distance


Shoes outreaches are often done in schools or rural villages. Team members sit down one-on-one with the children or adults and get to know them before washing their feet, fitting them with shoes, and praying with them. Team members are also needed during this outreach to run shoes to those washing feet.


Menstrual health kit distributions are done in partnership with an organization called Days for Girls International. This outreach is done by female team members only. It involves distributing re-useable feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in impoverished schools and villages who would not otherwise have access to the proper items that they would need for their period. It is also a wonderful time to sit down with these young women and talk to them on a deeper level about their lives and the incredible value they have. Many times team members can have meaningful conversations with these women that they would not otherwise get from their family or parents. Team members will be trained for this outreach in South Africa as well.


Other outreaches that team members may take part include visiting a children’s center or orphanage, serving Meals from the Heartland meals at the Del Cramer Child Development Center, helping run a VBS program, planting or harvesting on one of our farms, painting, construction projects (such as home remodeling in an African village), and a host of other service projects as Blessman International is continuously growing and changing. Pastors may have an opportunity to preach in our churches or school assemblies. Medical people may have an opportunity to work in a hospital or clinic setting. We always ask team members to come with a heart to serve and a readiness to be flexible with the schedule.


While in South Africa, team members stay at the beautiful Leroy Blessman Lodge of Dreams located on the Blessman International campus. The lodge consists of a central building that includes a kitchen and meeting areas for visiting teams and four smaller chalets. Each chalet has two rooms on each end with its own bathroom and a common room between the bedrooms. Some of the bedrooms accommodate couples, and others have twin size bunk beds.


In addition to the service work that our teams do in South Africa, they also have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the unique tourist opportunities that can be found in South Africa. Among the available opportunities are a photo safari where you will see giraffes, lions, elephants, cheetahs, and rhinoceros. You may also choose to participate in the Walk with Lions or ride an elephant.  Hunting enthusiasts can also hunt African animals through our Hunt for Hunger partnership with NB Safaris.


Is there an age limit to go on a trip?
Anyone 18 years old or above may apply for one of our trips. Anyone under the age of 18 may still apply and his/her application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Families wishing to bring their children along should contact one of our staff members to discuss their individual situation.

What will the weather be like?
South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere and so the seasons are opposite of those in the United States. It is a large country and the temperature varies much like in the US. You can visit weather.com and follow their links to find out what the weather is expected to be like during your trip.

What about malaria?
Most places we work are Malaria free. We will let you know before you come if Malaria is a risk and if you will need prophylactics/preventatives. If prophylactics/preventatives are needed, they can easily be acquired through your personal physician.

Do I have to have any immunizations before the trip?
No immunizations are required for travel to South Africa. We strongly encourage every team member to consult your physician about what immunizations he/she recommends for your individual situation. We do recommend that you are up-to-date on all US vaccinations including tetanus, Covid 19 and Hepatitis A and B.

Do I need a visa for entering South Africa?
You do not need a visa before your trip.  You will be given an automatic 90-day visa upon arrival in South Africa for no charge.  You will need a valid passport. Any fees for obtaining your passport or airline ticketing fees related to failure to receive your passport on time are your responsibility.  Passports must be valid and must have an expiration date of at least 6 months past the end of your trip.

If I raise donations for my trip, are they tax deductible?
Many team members choose to raise funds for their trip as opposed to paying for their trip on their own. Blessman International is a non-profit charitable organization as described in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to your trip cost may be deductible for income tax purposes if they are made directly to Blessman International. Funds may be raised by sending letters to friends, businesses, community organizations, or by the combined efforts of your team with group fundraisers. Any method for raising funds is the responsibility of the individual or team. Trip costs must be paid in full at least 60 days prior to your departure.