History

From Suitcases to Seagoing Containers

Matthew 25: Ministries began as the result of a trip Founder and President Rev. Wendell Mettey made with a group of doctors and nurses to Nicaragua in 1990. After seeing the seemingly endless poverty and devastation, Rev. Mettey made a promise to himself that he would find a way to help the people of Nicaragua and others in similar need.

Upon returning, Rev. Mettey developed a system to recover excess products which were deemed no longer useful by U.S. corporations, and redistribute these items to people in desperate poverty.

In the early days, supplies were carried to Nicaragua in suitcases, then aboard United States Air Force cargo planes. Now aid is shipped via forty-foot seagoing containers and semi-trailers to the poorest of the poor and disaster victims.

Since 1991, Matthew 25: Ministries has grown from a small suitcase ministry to an international relief organization distributing more than 15 million pounds of products each year. In total, M25M has sent more than 160 million pounds of aid across the United States and into more than sixty countries worldwide.

Our History

1990 | Rev. Wendell Mettey makes first trip to Nicaragua. First donated warehouse of 2,000 SF.

1991 | M25M registered as an Ohio corporation. First ton (2000 lbs) of supplies sent to Nicaragua.

1992 | 501 (c)(3) non-profit status established. First M25M work group accompanies supplies on US Air Force cargo jet. M25M moves to 2nd warehouse in Milford, Ohio.

1993 | M25M moves to 3rd warehouse in Milford, Ohio.

1994 | M25M establishes Dairy Co-op in Nicaragua.
M25M restores Chamarro School in Nicaragua.

1995 | Total aid shipped reaches 1 million lbs. M25M moves to 4th warehouse in Milford, Ohio. M25M restores Little Stones School in Nicaragua. M25M moves to 5th warehouse on Red Bank Road in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1996 | Total aid shipped surpasses over 2 million lbs.

1997 | 3 semis of relief shipped to victims of the Great Ohio River Flood of 1997.
Total number of containers shipped surpasses 100.

1998 | 725 tons of aid shipped to victims of Hurricane Mitch.

1999 | M25M moves to 6th, 7th, and 8th warehouse spaces.
M25M constructs a distribution warehouse in Nicaragua supporting 25,000 people. Total aid shipped surpasses 5 million lbs. Fair market value of products shipped reaches $50 million. M25M dedicates Loveland, Ohio HQ.

2000 | Total number of containers shipped surpasses 500. Total aid shipped surpasses 10 million lbs.

2001 | Total fair market value of products shipped reaches $100 million.

2002 | M25M moves to 9th warehouse in Highland Park. Total aid shipped surpasses 20 million lbs. Total number of containers shipped surpasses 1,000.

2003 | Loveland warehouse converted to Notebook Manufacturing Center. Rev. Wendell Mettey receives Jefferson and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Service Awards. Feeding Community Center constructed in Nicaragua and dedicated to 9-11 victim Robert Peraza. Total aid shipped surpasses 25 million lbs.

2004 | Center for Humanitarian Relief purchased in Blue Ash, Ohio.
Ministry in Appalachia established. Disaster relief shipped to Florida in response to Hurricane Ivan. Relief sent to South Asia in response to Tsunami.

2005 | Total fair market value of products shipped reaches $250 million.

Disaster relief shipped to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Disaster relief shipped to victims of Hurricane Rita. Disaster relief shipped to victims of earthquake in Pakistan.

2006 | Hydro-electric project in Nicaragua completed.
Total aid shipped surpasses 50 million lbs.

2007 | Humanitarian Hall of Fame established. Over 10 million lbs. shipped in a SINGLE YEAR. Total number of containers shipped surpasses 2500. Center for Humanitarian Relief 100% paid off. $83 million fair market value of products shipped in SINGLE YEAR.

2008 | Disaster relief shipped to Iowa in response to severe flooding. Aid shipped to Haiti and Jamaica in response to Hurricane Gustav. Aid shipped to Texas in response to Hurricane Ike. Ice and Water distributed to Greater Cincinnati area in response to severe windstorm caused by Ike.

2009 | M25M responds to flooding in Eastern Kentucky. M25M responds to flash flooding in Louisville. Dedication of Global Village funded by The Farmer Family Foundation. Total aid shipped surpasses 75 million lbs.

2010 | M25M sends medical teams and disaster relief to Haiti in response to earthquake.
Grand opening of the Prasco Food Processing Center. Record-breaking year for M25M in each of the following: 14 million people helped, 570 containers shipped, 20,000 volunteers.

2011 | Celebrated 20 yrs. of service.
Shipped 100 millionth lb. of aid. Japan earthquake and tsunami: 1.25 million meals shipped. Alabama and Joplin tornadoes. Ranked #1 4-star charity on Charity Navigator. Ranked #1 on Forbes’ list of most efficient large U.S. charities. Over 15 million people helped worldwide.

2012 | M25M responds to tornado damage in OH, KY, and IN. Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 2012 Nonprofit of the Year.
5 millionth meal packaged in Food Processing Center. Disaster relief shipped to victims of Hurricane Sandy. $1 billion of aid shipped since 1991.

2013 | Expanded our Global Village Experience.
M25M responds to Colorado Flooding; Moore, OK and Illinois Tornadoes; and Philippines typhoon. Expanded disaster relief preparedness & relief program to include Cintas & P&G Co-Branded. Disaster Response Vehicles & Ice/Water Emergency Response Vehicle.

2014 | Opened our 46,000 square foot manufacturing center expansion at our Blue Ash facility. Shipped 805 containers of products worldwide, helping over 20 million people. M25M responds to Ebola epidemic in Liberia, draught in California, and chemical spill in West Virginia.

2015 | Opened Bel Fle Missions Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Welcomed over 100,000 visitors through the Global Village since 2009. Reached the milestone of 150,000,000 cumulative pounds shipped. Responded to earthquake in Nepal, California wildfires, East Coast flooding, Texas flooding, and tornadoes in Illinois, Texas, and Oklahoma.