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Our Mission

Empowering the poor and marginalized in order to restore their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual identity.

Our Difference

We Support Indigenous Work

We believe the poor and marginalized are trapped in their situations as a result of dysfunctional spiritual, social, and physical dynamics. Our process to cultivate sustainable change starts by:

  • Identifying

    We begin by identifying and forming relationships with people who have a vibrant, personal Christian faith. These local leaders are integrated in the local church and support locally based programs.

  • Equipping

    We equip Christian leaders who are already serving in their own countries to help provide powerful local solutions that bring creative and sustainable change to both individuals and communities.

  • Sustaining

    After the leader is identified and equipped, that person is resourced to implement sustainable solutions that provide a thriving environment for the community.

Our Story

In the early 1970s, International Needs founder Ray Harrison attended a worldwide evangelism conference and left inspired by church leaders to create strategic change for worldwide ministry.

Ray's vision was simple. Rather than sending missionaries to foreign countries, Ray pictured an organization that would walk alongside Christian leaders who are already effectively ministering in their own countries and equip them with the means and resources to support and empower them to carry out their work in their communities. Through this vision, International Needs was born.

While many mission centric organizations have followed IN’s example since its foundation in 1974, Ray Harrison's vision was radical and transformed mission work as it was previously known.

Today, International Needs' worldwide partners seek God's guidance to develop ministry plans that are specific to each country and the local communities within it.

Because each community is unique, solutions are tailored to needs indicated from local leaders within each community. Ministry programs vary and are built upon a communicated need from our partners. International Needs USA is proud to work with local ministries serving in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Our Core Values

  • Faith

    We embody our Christian faith as the cornerstone principle of all we do at International Needs because it is by God's grace that we're able to do the work we do.

  • Commitment

    We commit to long term support of our programming within our partner countries and their leaders. We value the security and sustainability of our ongoing partnership.

  • Collaboration

    We strive to work relationally and in partnership with our country leaders, donors, churches, and corporate partners. We value the piece each of us provides in the transformation process.

  • Transformation

    We cultivate programs that create opportunities to individuals, families, and communities to grow spiritually, physically, and socially.

  • Empowerment

    We support indigenous development of country specific programs. We recognize the uniqueness and power of local leaders serving within their own countries.

  • Stewardship

    We are committed to embodying sound Biblical principles in our programming, fundraising, and financial practices.

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Our Team


  • Jeff Johnson


    Jeff has a compassionate heart and a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He started his career in the healthcare administration field and then transitioned into full-time ministry in the year 2000. Jeff and his wife Danette spent eight years serving in various areas of compassion related ministry throughout Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Under Jeff’s leadership, the IN USA team works to provide resources for ministry partners in 17 countries.

  • Rick Kamminga

    Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration

    Rick keeps the many parts of International Needs moving smoothly. His background in retirement community management and time as an INUS board member give him a unique set of skills and a fresh ministry perspective.

  • Jodie Arroyo

    Director of Programs and Projects

    Jodie connects with our partners around the world to gather and track project and program details. If you have a question about a program or project, Jodie usually knows the answer!

  • Mark Ismond

    Director of Development

    Mark loves people and has a passion for the Lord. He delights in connecting people with the ministry causes they care about. As Director of Development, Mark leads fundraising efforts for International Needs, making sure the right resources are in place to reach people around the world for Jesus Christ.

  • Terry Heyward

    Director of Strategic Partnerships

    Terry uses her passion for telling others all that God is doing around the world by visiting churches across the United States with national Christians visiting the US. Under her guidance, churches are able to more effectively partner with IN field ministries.

  • Chris VanRegenmorter

    Finance and Administration Manager

    Chris oversees accounting and financial aspects of the ministry, closely monitoring project funds to ensure that the resources needed are available.

  • Heather Little

    Sponsorship Coordinator

    Heather plays a critical role in our sponsorship program, using her past experience and passion for children to ensure this program meets the needs of children in our partner ministry countries.

  • Jennifer Dougherty

    Sponsorship Coordinator

    Jenn has joined the team supporting our child sponsorship program. With a fresh perspective and years of experience, she assists in all aspects of child sponsorships in all our partner countries

  • Rody Rodeheaver

    President Emeritus

    Rody has dedicated his life to ministry, serving in youth ministry and the local church. As President Emeritus, Rody helps connect and engage people who are passionate about International Needs. He served as president and CEO for 17 years with energy, enthusiasm, and integrity. Rody, with the constant support of his wife Kathy, led INUS into an ever-growing ministry both in size and effectiveness. Rody has developed deep personal friendships with Christians around the world where God has used him to strongly impact the lives of many.

  • Beth Soper

    Global Mission Team Coordinator

    Beth coordinates and prepares all the fine details of sending mission teams to our partners overseas. With experiences both living and serving in the Middle East and Africa, Beth loves to see others take part in what God is doing around the world.

  • Linda Postma

    Financial Data Entry Coordinator

    Linda processes all donations, from data entry to preparing bank deposits, to receipting. Linda has a strong background working many different roles in a non-profit setting, and has a driving passion to help those in need.

  • Samantha Yarbrough

    Global Ministry Support Specialist

    Samantha provides administrative support to our fundraising, programs, and projects departments. In addition she supports all of our teams and mission trips.

Board Of Directors

  • Julie Williams


    Admissions/Retention and Marketing Director at Lafayette Christian School

  • Brian Hart

    Vice Chair

    Vice President of IT International Business Solutions at Amway

  • Clint Meyering



  • William Verwys


    Retired Owner of a Trucking Company

  • Jim Barton

    Board Member

    Attorney and Investment Firm

  • Phillip Black

    Board Member


  • Mark Bleyer

    Board Member and Immediate Past Chair

    Retired CEO of Cook Biotech

  • Rick Kamminga

    Board Member

    Managing Director/Investor Relations for Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc.

  • Jean Parrish

    Board Member


  • Dr. Robb Selfe

    Board Member

    Diabetes/Endocrinology at Spectrum Health

  • Randy Sparks

    Board Member

    Retired All State Insurance

  • Teri Van Hekken

    Board Member

    Retired - Senior Vice President, International Needs

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