From Suitcases to Seagoing Containers
Matthew 25: Ministries began as the result of a trip Founder 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 into an international relief organization distributing more than 15 million pounds of products each year. In total, Matthew 25 has sent more than 265 million pounds of aid across the United States and into approximately 70 countries worldwide.