Inspire International is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring others through speaking, hospitality and short term mission trips both locally and around the world. Our desire is to educate, encourage and equip others to fulfill their God given purpose.
- Inspire others through speaking, mentoring, and communicating across the generations sharing truth through life experiences.
- Provide hospitality for missionaries on furlough while they are raising support.
- Encourage others to step out of their comfort zone by participating in short term mission trips
- Equip others to demonstrate love in action assisting people afflicted by disaster as well as those who need assistance with projects around their homes
In 1996 while on a mission trip in Brazil, Dan and Karen Blankenship had a dream to provide hospitality for missionaries who were home on furlough and raising support. That summer they purchased the 100 year old James West Harrelson home in Belton, Missouri, and began the process of restoration. For the past 20 years, they have provided hospitality to over 200 missionary families from around the world. With a heart for missions, Dan has lead over 20 mission trips which have included the Philippines, Russia, Peru, Bahamas and Mexico as well as trips in the US which have included Chicago’s Pacific Garden Mission, South Asian Friendship Center in Chicago and disaster relief to New Orleans, Missouri and Oklahoma. In 2013 Dan partnered with LifeQuest Church and started a ministry called SERVE OUR CITY which provides help for those needing ‘handy man’ assistance. Karen’s teaching experience lead her to begin a speaking ministry in 2007. As her ministry has grown, she continues to educate and encourage others to live an inspired life.