Blessings International

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Summary

Blessings International has provided pharmaceuticals to thousands of traveling medical teams going to more than 140 different nations since the ministry was created in 1981. In recent years, we've shipped an average of 250,000 lbs of medicines a year. Blessings continues to equip an upward of 3,000 teams traveling around the world each year. Among those teams equipped are those that are the first to arrive, assess and bring care to victims of such events as 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 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, and non-medically trained individuals, including clergy, volunteer, and professional aid workers-have carried to remote locales Blessings' medicines and the love and good news of Christ.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Blessings International
1650 N. Indianwood Ave
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Website: www.blessing.org

Phone: (918) 250-8101

Email: info@blessing.org


Organization details

EIN: 731130590

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

Chairman: Clay Powell, MD

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Harold Harder

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1990


Purpose

Blessings supplies medicines, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment to teams and clinics serving in some of the most remote, impoverished, and dangerous places on earth, including within the continental United States.


Mission statement

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)

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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating618 of 102253 of 85
    Fund acquisition rating628 of 102454 of 85
    Resource allocation rating209 of 102424 of 85
    Asset utilization rating893 of 102272 of 85

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    6%46%38%65%48%51%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%2%2%2%1%1%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    99%4%6%3%3%3%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%2%2%2%1%1%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    1%96%94%97%97%97%
     
    Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    85%89%89%91%91%91%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    95%118%117%101%98%100%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    79%105%105%92%90%91%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    5%-18%-17%-1%2%0%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    12%-7%-8%0%1%0%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    7%10%9%7%7%8%
     
    Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.620.450.510.600.600.57
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.251.571.551.621.581.61
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.360.700.790.970.950.91
     
    Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    8.9079.5730.1689.6771.9965.68
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.100.010.030.010.010.02
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    4.1516.8114.7312.2612.4913.00
     
    Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    12%4%4%1%1%1%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%3%1%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    51%214%190%166%165%175%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20212020201920182017
    Cash$850,362$542,666$1,316,247$1,683,092$2,018,668
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,878,204$2,471,306$2,049,210$1,787,778$1,615,972
    Short-term investments$2,095,488$2,188,186$1,848,244$1,912,728$1,607,902
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$4,824,054$5,202,158$5,213,701$5,383,598$5,242,542
    Long-term investments$179,007$176,372$429,854$171,264$168,667
    Fixed assets$2,580,641$2,694,953$2,812,276$2,943,187$3,016,428
    Other long-term assets$0$0$0$9,560$0
    Total long-term assets$2,759,648$2,871,325$3,242,130$3,124,011$3,185,095
    Total assets$7,583,702$8,073,483$8,455,831$8,507,609$8,427,637
     
    Liabilities20212020201920182017
    Payables and accrued expenses$26,906$13,516$46,193$60,533$72,306
    Other current liabilities$33,721$158,948$11,952$14,249$7,515
    Total current liabilities$60,627$172,464$58,145$74,782$79,821
    Debt$255,600$113,300$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$255,600$113,300$0$0$0
    Total liabilities$316,227$285,764$58,145$74,782$79,821
     
    Net assets20212020201920182017
    Without donor restrictions$7,150,613$7,518,319$8,174,746$8,225,542$8,112,823
    With donor restrictions$116,863$269,400$222,940$207,285$234,993
    Net assets$7,267,475$7,787,719$8,397,686$8,432,827$8,347,816
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20212020201920182017
    Total contributions$127,396$192,283$145,702$148,978$127,062
    Program service revenue$2,308,308$3,185,215$4,766,580$4,982,381$4,602,902
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$443,461$110,162$95,309$55,581$27,106
    Other revenue$455$492$1,505$640($6,300)
    Total other revenue$2,752,224$3,295,869$4,863,394$5,038,602$4,623,708
    Total revenue$2,879,620$3,488,152$5,009,096$5,187,580$4,750,770
     
    Expenses20212020201920182017
    Program services$3,018,486$3,666,754$4,585,621$4,661,477$4,315,843
    Management and general$323,223$358,020$364,528$369,762$384,565
    Fundraising$58,154$73,345$94,088$71,330$64,832
    Total expenses$3,399,863$4,098,119$5,044,237$5,102,569$4,765,240
     
    Change in net assets20212020201920182017
    Surplus (deficit)($520,243)($609,967)($35,141)$85,011($14,470)
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets($520,243)($609,967)($35,141)$85,011($14,470)

    Compensation

    NameTitleCompensation
    Barry R Ewy PharmdjdmhaPresident/Ce$200,100
    Laura BerryDevelopment$126,215
    Bernie MorrisChief Fin of$110,410

    Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020


    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.


    The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/19/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


    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

    Blessings International has provided pharmaceuticals to thousands of traveling medical teams going to more than 140 different nations since the ministry was created in 1981. In recent years, we've shipped an average of 250,000 lbs of medicines a year.

    In a typical year, Blessings equips upward of 3,000 teams traveling around the world. Among those teams equipped are those that are the first to arrive, assess, and bring care to victims of such events as 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 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, and non-medically trained individuals, including clergy, volunteer, and professional aid workers-have carried to remote locales Blessings' medicines and the love and good news of Christ.


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