It was in 1959 when the founder of Bethesda, Rev. Charles Turner, implemented his vision to establish a nursing home business with a two-fold purpose: to provide quality Christian care for the elderly in his community and to generate revenues to bring hope to those living in poverty around the world. These homes would generate operating revenue which could be used to support Christian missionary endeavors. This was the premise upon which Bethesda was founded.
From these early beginnings the business expanded and Bethesda eventually opened 34 care centers in six states. When an opportunity to sell the facilities presented itself in 1988, Bethesda was free to investigate new and creative ways to generate revenue. Five new corporate divisions were established after the sale: Bethesda Ministries, Bethesda Associates, Bethesda Foundation, Bethesda Christian Broadcasting and Bethesda Real Estate Company. Soon after, One Child Matters became a part of Bethesda Ministries, becoming the primary benevolence arm through which Bethesda was able to reach out to children in need around the world.
What We Do
Bethesda simply pursues profitable business ventures so that cash can be generated to fund One Child Matters and other ministries, providing hope and care to thousands of children living in poverty around the world to be given a chance at life.
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