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: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 731130590

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

Chairman: Clay Powell, MD

Board size: 8

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

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 rating677 of 110452 of 88
    Fund acquisition rating615 of 110551 of 88
    Resource allocation rating248 of 110522 of 88
    Asset utilization rating999 of 110479 of 88

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    6%29%12%15%38%65%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%1%2%2%2%2%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    99%5%14%13%6%3%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%1%1%2%2%2%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    1%95%86%87%94%97%
     
    Operating ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    86%91%91%89%90%91%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    97%97%112%116%116%100%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    82%88%102%103%104%91%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    3%3%-12%-16%-16%0%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    6%3%-7%-6%-7%0%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    6%7%7%10%9%7%
     
    Investing ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.510.770.620.420.490.58
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.232.462.822.542.332.21
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    1.891.901.761.071.131.27
     
    Liquidity ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    17.0134.9610.5951.95186.3583.00
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.060.030.090.020.010.01
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    5.826.156.1910.9710.549.30
     
    Solvency ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    8%1%3%4%3%1%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%0%0%3%3%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    60%128%155%227%199%172%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20232022202120202019
    Cash$695,064$844,838$1,174,965$1,087,353$1,853,641
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,018,545$1,643,891$1,926,020$2,471,306$2,049,210
    Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$2,713,609$2,488,729$3,100,985$3,558,659$3,902,851
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$45,784$65,613$109,695$148,922$204,441
    Other long-term assets$3,912,821$4,466,639$4,653,083$4,586,492$4,511,751
    Total long-term assets$3,958,605$4,532,252$4,762,778$4,735,414$4,716,192
    Total assets$6,672,214$7,020,981$7,863,763$8,294,073$8,619,043
     
    Liabilities20232022202120202019
    Payables and accrued expenses$38,833$105,385$25,969$2,449$35,073
    Other current liabilities$38,778$129,529$33,721$16,648$11,952
    Total current liabilities$77,611$234,914$59,690$19,097$47,025
    Debt$0$0$255,600$255,600$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$1,187$1,814($1,029)$11,067$11,120
    Total long-term liabilities$1,187$1,814$254,571$266,667$11,120
    Total liabilities$78,798$236,728$314,261$285,764$58,145
     
    Net assets20232022202120202019
    Without donor restrictions$6,477,413$6,686,610$7,432,639$7,738,909$8,337,958
    With donor restrictions$116,003$97,643$116,863$269,400$222,940
    Net assets$6,593,416$6,784,253$7,549,502$8,008,309$8,560,898
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20232022202120202019
    Total contributions$241,312$528,789$382,996$192,283$145,702
    Program service revenue$5,034,239$3,321,484$2,308,309$3,185,215$4,766,580
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$53,418$49,535$177,420$97,635$84,649
    Other revenue$683($60)$455$700$1,505
    Total other revenue$5,088,340$3,370,959$2,486,184$3,283,550$4,852,734
    Total revenue$5,329,652$3,899,748$2,869,180$3,475,833$4,998,436
     
    Expenses20232022202120202019
    Program services$4,692,118$3,990,428$2,946,609$3,610,996$4,530,839
    Management and general$381,968$316,479$323,223$344,081$350,832
    Fundraising$69,292$61,987$58,155$73,345$94,088
    Total expenses$5,143,378$4,368,894$3,327,987$4,028,422$4,975,759
     
    Change in net assets20232022202120202019
    Surplus (deficit)$186,274($469,146)($458,807)($552,589)$22,677
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$186,274($469,146)($458,807)($552,589)$22,677

    Compensation

    NameTitleCompensation
    Barry R Ewy PHARMD JD MHACEO$222,294
    Laura BerryDev Director$151,531
    Bernie MorrisCFO$122,851

    Compensation data as of: 8/31/2023


    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 2/6/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


    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 15 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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