Blessman International

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Transforming a nation one child at a time.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Blessman International
2557 106th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322


Phone: (515)343-5920

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 421523757

CEO/President: Dr. James Blessman


Board size: 9

Founder: Jim & Beth Blessman

Ruling year: 2002

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2015


By 2030, tens of thousands of South African children will know eternal hope through Jesus Christ, have access to basic human services, and receive the nurturing support necessary to reach their potential.

Mission statement

Blessman International, our donors, and volunteers bring God's love and eternal hope to South African families. We do this through faith formation and locally sustainable programs that:

Feed hungry people

Foster food-secure communities

Offer dignity through the provision of basic water and sanitation

Provide opportunities for child development and learning

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, the creator of all things revealed in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe Jesus is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man, completely holy.

We believe the Bible is the Word of God, it is the final authority, and it is divinely inspired and inerrant.

We believe Jesus Christ died on the cross, shedding His blood, and rose again in atonement for our sins giving us eternal life in Him.

We believe that to be forgiven, we must repent of our sins and believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe that Jesus Christ will return as promised and will rule and reign on the earth.

We believe in the Lord Jesus' power and the resurrection of the dead. The wicked will be judged, and the saved will enter a new Heaven and new earth.

We believe those who have accepted Jesus Christ's gift of redemption are part of the body of Christ, regardless of religious denomination.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating660 of 111381 of 146
Fund acquisition rating735 of 111497 of 146
Resource allocation rating510 of 111466 of 146
Asset utilization rating599 of 111370 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$129,149$38,443$14,730$234,901$166,982
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$542,370$497,926$384,290$598,786$623,048
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$23,913$29,211$34,123$39,766$45,234
Other long-term assets$1,001,243$1,182,940$275,250$236,785$268,968
Total long-term assets$1,025,156$1,212,151$309,373$276,551$314,202
Total assets$1,567,526$1,710,077$693,663$875,337$937,250
Payables and accrued expenses$41,339$45,369$42,041$66,216$98,496
Other current liabilities$63,735$14,137$4,750$76,864$0
Total current liabilities$105,074$59,506$46,791$143,080$98,496
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$11,312$0$0$0$112,797
Total long-term liabilities$11,312$0$56,800$0$112,797
Total liabilities$116,386$59,506$103,591$143,080$211,293
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$1,068,659$1,384,042$427,891$414,629$328,756
With donor restrictions$382,481$266,529$162,181$317,628$397,201
Net assets$1,451,140$1,650,571$590,072$732,257$725,957
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,306,929$2,690,696$1,550,330$1,655,797$1,474,486
Program service revenue$68,068$4,715$432$14,168$184,954
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue($22,517)($20,665)($8,361)($2,825)$120
Total other revenue$45,551($15,950)($7,929)$11,343$185,074
Total revenue$2,352,480$2,674,746$1,542,401$1,667,140$1,659,560
Program services$2,013,783$1,925,193$1,351,208$1,339,813$1,244,520
Management and general$170,670$134,774$184,016$143,162$124,055
Total expenses$2,358,902$2,242,452$1,718,051$1,698,446$1,624,952
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($6,422)$432,294($175,650)($31,306)$34,608
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($6,422)$432,294($175,650)($31,306)$34,608


Larry VanderpoolTop Financial Officer$23,157
C Beth BlessmanDirector$12,652

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/2/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


After visiting over 70 countries on short-term mission trips, Dr. Jim and Beth Blessman began working with Jacques van Bommel, the founder and director of Reaching a Generation (RaG). Eventually, the ministry grew and developed into its own entity to offer South African children and young adults God's love and eternal hope through faith formation and programs to feed hungry children, foster food-secure communities, and offer dignity through basic water and sanitation.

Blessman International now has three campuses in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The Thompson Campus is home to our offices, Lethabo Sewing and Training Center, staff housing, and the Leroy Blessman Lodge of Dreams which houses guests and service teams. The Del Cramer Campus is home to Lighthouse Christian Church. It is also where the Del Cramer Child Development Center operates, which includes an after-school program for impoverished children, a computer lab, a bakery, a soccer and netball sports complex, a sewing center, and a small agricultural area. The Mountain View Farm campus is where Blessman International has a more extensive farming operation that supplements the feeding centers, additional staff housing, and the Ridgway Youth Hostel, where agricultural students are housed. Mountain View Hope Christian Church is located nearby.

Blessman International, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established as a charitable organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3) in the United States. In South Africa, Blessman International, Inc. is a registered NGO. All gifts are tax-deductible and are used to purchase ministry supplies and to pay for direct expenses of the ministry. The ministry employs US office staff to handle day-to-day administrative responsibilities; however, Dr. Blessman does not take a salary from the ministry.

Program accomplishments

We've planted two churches and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with over 3,000 students each week.

We distribute over 6,000,000 meals each year to hungry children through our network of feeding hubs.