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 of 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 fifteen 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.
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).
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).
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).