Vessels of Mercy International is a nonprofit relief and development organization committed to alleviating human suffering and poverty by carrying God's love and hope to a world in need. By extending the two hands of the gospel, we offer physical and spiritual wholeness to thousands of people as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Relief-Hope and compassion in action through: providing food and clothing; medical, dental and vision clinics; clean water projects; disaster relief services for victims of war, famine, disease and natural disasters; crisis counseling and prison ministry; rescuing children from human trafficking and/or slavery or in crisis or homeless; providing services to women and young girls who are oppressed, abused, have been victims of forced prostitution, slavery and/or sexual trafficking. Development- breaking the cycle of suffering through: self-sustaining agricultural programs; residential and rehabilitation centers; vocational equipment and skill training; re-construction of homes, schools, clinics and churches; at-risk youth advocacy services.
In 2015 our organization increased the number of people we served in, serving over 40000 people in our local area and 13 other countries. We sent out volunteers on teams in our state and in Honduras, Kenya, Romania, and Haiti. Providing much needed medical, dental care, teaching community health and basic life skills, spiritual education, youth advocacy, vocational training, self-sustaining agricultural projects, children and youth advocacy programs. We increased our agricultural projects in Romania. We also completed the installation of a roof for the advocacy center and church in the Inner City of Richmond. Our goals for 2016 is to expand strategic planning to meet the growing needs of our organization. We also would like to increase awareness and exposure to the public, using new forms of technology, both multi & social media in hopes of increasing contributions and volunteers. Increase the number of Full-time or part-time staff/volunteers in key positions. We will also be expanding our outreach services in several countries.
Our organization was started in 1995 by founder/CEO Bev Gibson, who has 30 years of experience in the areas of relief & development. She leads the charge of serving, and championing the rights of those suffering and living in extreme poverty. For over 17 years Vessels of Mercy International has been responding to the needs of the poor, the under-served and under resourced by sending out teams and also establishing long-term projects. Every year, we turn the noun “mercy” into an action verb by taking steps to break the cycle of poverty and alleviate the suffering of those in desperate need. The results are lives changed and transformed. Vessels of Mercy International has also responded to some of the worst disasters that our world has experienced such as 911, Hurricane Katrina, the Earthquake in Haiti and various other disasters. In addition to Disaster Relief, we believe we can help alleviate human suffering by providing the basics of life to those in need. Vessels of Mercy International currently has ongoing projects here in the Richmond-Metropolitan area as well as thirteen other countries.
This is an exciting organization to be a part of. We have a passion to help alleviate poverty and suffering both here at home and around the world. We use various strategic tools to accomplish this mission. We believe in not only extending a hand of mercy and hope but sharing who that mercy & hope really comes from…Jesus Christ. We believe in helping people reach their God-given potential. We are unique in the fact that we are a hands-on organization, insuring that the aid and assistance reaches the people it was intended for. We believe in the power of partnership and relationship, so that is a key factor in all of our outreaches. We are also unique in the fact that we are a faith-based organization that has no paid employees; all are volunteers and/or part-time or full-time missionaries who raise their own support and are considered independent contractors with the organization. The salary shown is the amount of support personally raised. This allows more funds to go directly to the field. We are also unique in the fact that we provide a place for people to live out their Christian faith in an authentic way regardless of their denominational background. We are stronger when we serve together than we are apart. We come together as the body of Christ to complete one another not compete with one another.
Vessels of Mercy International has an impact in our local area as well as in 13 other countries. We have relief and development projects that include educational and vocational training, helping others to become self-sustaining. We take teams of volunteers each year to different locations to teach, train, equip and serve the needs of those living in extreme poverty through agricultural projects and medical, dental, vision care teams. By extending the two hands of the gospel, we offer physical and spiritual wholeness to thousands of people as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We give them a living example of the love of Jesus Christ in action. We believe that Hope changes everything and that hope can only be found in Jesus Christ. We are His hands and feet to our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world.
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Bev Gibson has 30 years of missions experience, serving in over 150 different countries. She has been trained in both the medical and dental fields. She holds a International Healthcare Practitioner license, as well as an EMT-Paramedic, CDA and COMSA license. She completed her Biblical Studies at Liberty University. She is an ordained minister through American Theological Institute and International Ministers Fellowship. She serves as a chaplain on the Rapid Response Team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. She holds a Doctorate of Humanities degree from Liberty University. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management, Disaster Emergency Response Training and Basic Disaster LifeSupport. She is a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation. She also serves on the Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She serves on numerous non-profit charitable board of directors such as ProNino USA & Honduras, MLI-Deborah House Center in Romania, Nancy Cole Women's Home in Peru and Impact World. She also serves as a consultant with other non-profit charitable organizations both locally and internationally.
Vessels of Mercy's Inter City Outreach program strives to reach at-risk youth in Gilpin Court, Creighton Court, Mosby Court, Whitcomb and Fairfield Court. Many of these children and youth have nowhere to go and no alternatives to the streets and gang activity. We provide activities such as mentoring , sports, crafts, and educational programs. During the holidays we provide food, clothes, shoes, coats, blankets, heaters and toys to individuals and families.
By the end of the first year, we have experienced an increased attendance in after school activities and an increase in parent involvement in the programs. We averaged 30 to 40 children each week participating in our programs. This program is only successful because it is relationship based.
Goal is to keep children and youth out of gang activities, prostitution and drugs by providing mentoring opportunities and using sports as an alternative to the streets. This also teaches them teamwork, good sportsmanship, provides structure and discipline to their basically unstructured home life. Our hope is that the children will graduate from high school and go on to college/technical school and ultimately become productive adults and citizens in our society. We are currently tracking the attendance of the children who attend and evaluate the needs on a regular basis.
Part of our Relief Outreach includes providing medical, dental and vision clinics to over 13 countries. In many nations people have limited to no access to medical care and must walk for hours to get to the nearest hospital or clinic and can't afford it once they arrive. That's why we're helping provide health care to poverty-stricken nations like Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, Cambodia, Nicaragua and Honduras.
The short-term success is that you are able to alleviate suffering and pain from those who come to our clinics many of them have walked for hours and then waited in long lines to be seen, treated and medications given. We also provide Community Health Education which will help to make short-term and long-term improvements if they implement what they have learned.
Our teams arrive in Kenya annually and work in tribal areas that have little to no access to medical care and are faced with extreme poverty and drougth situations. Therefore the things we see and treat in clinics range from acute to chronic conditions. It is hard to measure long term success because some of the people are nomadic. We see approx. 500 patients during one teams visit. Our partner on the ground revisits the areas to update us of progress or changes.
Natural and man-made disasters turn millions of lives upside down every year. Vessels of Mercy International is able to quickly bring emergency relief to survivors who are suffering the effects of disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, floods, disease, war and famine. Vessels of Mercy International is equipped to provide practical assistance as well as trauma counselors and chaplains.
We respond when needed. You can't plan ahead for disasters, but we have equipment and supplies ready to go at a moment's notice when needed stateside and internationally.
When a disaster strikes, Vessels of Mercy International responds. We assist countries around the world and the USA by partnering with other relief agencies to provide food, water, clothing, medical assistance, practical disaster aid,and relief service. We also provide trauma counseling and chaplains are on site to assist those traumatized by the disaster. We also assist people with returning to their homes and jobs, such as providing fishing boats, tools needed, rebuilding of homes so that they can be self-sustaining and not dependent on long-term aid.
Over 25% of humanity is subjected daily to drinking polluted or unsanitary water. Vessels of Mercy strives to bring clean, safe water to people in need. We work with international partners to provide life-giving water through new wells. We help dig and drill wells; provide pumps; repair broken hand pumps; construct latrines and water filtration systems; irrigate crops---whatever communities need most, allowing them to experience a new way of life.
We were recently in Kenya in the drought areas and found that numerous hand pumps were broken on existing wells. We were able to get the parts and repair these pumps on site. Now water is flowing back into these villages giving fresh water to the people, crops and livestock immediately. Which decreases sickness, disease and ultimately death.
We work with international partners to provide life-giving water through new wells. We dig and drill wells; provide pumps; construct latrines and water filtration systems; irrigate crops---whatever communities need most, allowing them to experience a new way of life. Success has been where there once was no water or water contaminated now the people experience fresh clean water for their families, their crops and livestock. Through our clean water projects water is now flowing and the overall health of the people has improved.
Vessels of Mercy works here in the United States and around the world to reach out and help children and youth in crisis by providing food, clothing, shoes, educational programs and housing sponsorship programs. We work with orphans in over 13 countries, and provide life's essentials to impoverished children in the Richmond Metro Area. In addition, we are working to stop human trafficking. We intervene and provide care packages for children and women rescued and help them transition into an aftercare program sponsored by Vessels of Mercy or one of our partner agencies.
Vessels of Mercy partners with the ProNino Organization ( a residential rehabilitation program) to work with boys who have been taken off the streets and help them come off of huffing glue and providing them with a safe home and life's essentials. We now have boys that have been in the program, that have been successful in school and are now learning a skill and trade through our Vocational Training programs that will be self-sustaining adults in the future. This is just one example.
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