Who We Are

The Purpose

Together, we can make a difference in our neighborhood, in our nation, and around the world.  For Vessels of Mercy International, Hope starts right here at home and, then, stretches across the globe.  We partner with organizations, churches, ministries, and individuals making resources and strategic tools available to restore broken lives.  We give them a living example of the love of Jesus Christ, the epitome of mercy for you, me, and the world.  The word “mercy” is defined as the compassionate treatment of those in distress.  Every year, we turn the noun “mercy” into an action verb by taking steps to break the cycle of poverty and alleviate suffering to those in desperate need.  By offering hope and assisting people to become self-sustaining, they can reach their full God-given potential.  The result will be lives changed and transformed.

We believe that we are all containers, all vessels, many shapes, and many sizes.  We show Jesus through our lives when we take an opportunity to go and serve others while serving God.  Together, we can offer hope and be a part of the change we want to see in our neighborhoods, our nation, and around the world!  Join us in extending Hope to a world in need.  Hope changes everything!

Vessels of Mercy International follows the 2,000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor.

The History

Bev Gibson started in 1982 by helping to establish the dental arm of Crossover Ministry. In 1983, Bev joined Youth with a Mission/Mercy Ships to serve on board the Anastasis in the South Pacific Islands. Since then, Bev has served in over 150 different countries and has given more than 35 years of service to the nations. In 1992, Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. was founded by Bev Gibson and officially recognized by the IRS in 1995 as a  non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Bev continues to work on behalf of the poor and the underserved both around the world and at home.

VOMI was founded in 1992 by Bev Gibson and now serves the underserved and under-resourced in some of the world’s poorest countries and least known people groups. Since its founding VOMI has partnered with numerous individuals and organizations “on the ground” in the countries it serves in order to best reach people at their point of need. VOMI focuses on investing in relationships and sustainable development to maximize outcomes and empower those it helps to reach their full potential.
VOMI is just as passionate about reaching those in need right in its own backyard as it is about reaching those in need around the world. While it provides agricultural development in Kenya, Honduras, and numerous other countries, its volunteers offer hope to inner-city children living in poverty in Richmond and send disaster relief teams to assist victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods in the United States.
For over 25 years, VOMI has championed the causes of the poor and oppressed by putting hands and feet to the beliefs that “Hope Changes Everything” and that hope can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Vessels of Mercy International is governed by a board of directors that maintains legal control of the organization’s assets, making certain that contribution designations are honored and that the work of the organization remains consistent with its stated philosophy, purpose, and mission. Vessels of Mercy International, Inc. is registered with the Department of Consumer Affairs, is an accredited member of the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau for Charitable Giving, has earned the Gold Seal of Transparency with GuideStar, and has an independent audit annually.

Vessels of Mercy International does not differentiate or withhold program services based on race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or age.