To build and strengthen the kingdom of God by providing assistance to those in critical financial need.
To energize our community to join in our mission as we provide emergency assistance and spiritual truth in the name of Jesus Christ to financially challenged individuals and families.
Compassion - We will approach all of our opportunities with love, mercy and empathy
Honesty - We will conduct our relationships with complete honesty and fairness
Respect - We will treat each client with respect and courtesy
Impact Community - We will use our talents treasures and resources to make a difference in those who need it most.
Stewardship - We will prayerfully use the gifts of our donors and supporters and we will hold ourselves accountable for its distribution as we help those in need move toward self sufficiency.
Teamwork - We will strive to work with clients to gain their commitments for assuming their responsibility.
HISTORY AND FOUNDER
In 1994, at the age of seventy, Clarence Blasier was moved by the Holy Spirit to establish a ministry reaching out to financially challenged families in the Stark County area. With the cooperation of the pastoral staff, church leadership, and congregational volunteers, the Bethesda Commission was founded as a ministry of The Chapel in North Canton. The LORD immediately blessed the work of Bethesda and has done so at all times since. All clients are informed that their assistance comes from Jesus Christ, and many have been drawn closer to Him; some have chosen Him as their Savior.
In 2001, Bethesda was chartered as an Ohio independent not-for-profit corporation and received it’s (501)(c)(3) tax exempt status. The name was changed to Bethesda Outreach Ministries.
Under various titles, Blasier has served as the leader of the Bethesda Outreach Ministries since its founding until 2015 when he retired from Bethesda.
Clarence is a charter member of The Chapel and has been an active, involved associate. He is the author of nine successfully published Christian books. He has a varied business and community service background and in the 1950’s served as State President and National Vice President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Blasier is a veteran of World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a Sergeant in General Patton’s Third Army. He is a graduate of Louisville High School and the University of Akron.
In 2007, Nina, Clarence’s wife of 42 years, was called home by the LORD and waits for him at the feet of the Savior. Clarence has 4 sons, one daughter, 11 grand- children, and 12 great grandchildren.
Blasier resides in North Canton and continues to be active in his Christian writing and other pursuits.
P.O. Box 3004
North Canton, Ohio 44720
GUIDELINES FOR SERVICES
1. Bethesda will meet people at their point of need in the name of Christ.
2. Bethesda will respond to immediate, crisis needs as well as help to identify and access other appropriate resources.
3. If further assistance is necessary or requested, Bethesda will identify continuum services related to the need whenever possible.
4. Bethesda is intended as a short-term, supplemental income or service source for individuals or families in crisis.
5. The integrated ministry of Bethesda is to respond with a Christ-like ministry of caring, support and life-enriching opportunities. Individuals and families can choose to accept our direction and services or to discontinue our services at any time.
6. Bethesda Outreach Ministries is committed to providing holistic care which will include prayer, spiritual guidance and counseling while encouraging local church attendance. A list of local, Bible-based churches will be provided.
7. Follow-up is an important part of the Bethesda ministry. Checking in from time to time after an initial conversation is necessary to create relationships and provide opportunity for holistic ministry.
8. Creating dependency is not beneficial to the person seeking help nor to the on-going efforts of Bethesda Outreach Ministries.
9. The Board of Directors will prayerfully discern and verify any on-going needs of an individual or family including but not limited to health, safety, shelter, and transportation. Any long-term services must be approved by the entire Board of Directors.
10. The identity of an individual(s) requesting services shall remain confidential and shall not be given to anyone outside of the Executive Board of Directors without written permission from said individual(s).
11. A client may not receive more than 20% of the ministries monthly budget, unless directed by the Board of Directors.
12. We do not continue to help those who have rejected Christ in their words or in their deeds beyond the first meeting. They must show a gradual openness to spiritual issues and at least allow us the opportunity to minister to them in word as well as deed.
13. The needs of clients who have committed to regular church attendance will be considered ahead of the need of returned clients who are not committed to church attendance.
Please feel free to contact us with the form below. In case of emergency please call 330-305-6914.
We believe the power to transform lives lies in individual's willingness to follow the call of Christ to build the Kingdom of God on earth. Our mission is to provide hope and mercy to anyone who needs it. If you would like to get involved with some of our work, please contact us in any manner you see fit in the page above. We have opportunities to serve in many capacities. If you have an interest in helping Bethesda in any way, please use the Contact Form above. We believe mercy in our community will come most effectively from others in our community and we cannot thank you enough for your efforts at sharing the love and mercy of Christ with those who need help.
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