ABOUT HIM | OUR STORY
PICK-UP TRUCK BEGINNINGS
It all started in the back of a pickup truck on a rainy night in Nicaragua. Fred Kornis and Tony Reyes talked and dreamed about how they could help connect two world groups. One sphere was made up of poor, Third World countries where they had been planting churches, evangelizing, and ministering to people. The other was the United States–often rich and affluent needing to connect with real needs in suffering areas of the world. And so, Heartland International Ministries, or H.I.M., was born in 2001.
Now, celebrating our 20-year-anniversary, we have over 30 Partner and Leader Servants (PALS) throughout the world in India, Nicaragua, Zambia, Philippines, Croatia, Pakistan, and the USA. They each have many partners and workers that are part of their teams- which adds up to over 550 workers. Several people work at the headquarters which also serves as a beacon of hope in the heart of America. We send a quarterly newsletter to tell the stories to our friends, family, churches and donors what we have been doing to further the Kingdom.
In 2008, we became a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Through the years, we’ve continued to train leaders, evangelize, equip and help those in need in over 20 countries around the world.
AND SO HIM WAS BORN IN 2001.
FRED & BARBARA KORNIS – FOUNDER, MINISTER AT LARGE
Fred Kornis was raised in Kansas City, KS. He attended Trinity College in Florida and received a B.A. degree in Religious Education in 1976. In 1986 he received a M.A. degree in Ministry from Faith Evangelistic Schools. He has completed various specialized training programs and seminars. In 2001 he finished a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Baptist College and Seminary. He has authored books entitled Mighty Man & His Miniature God and Rogue Ministry, available upon request. Fred also
has music he writes and plays.
In 1969 he married Barbara Mendelsohn, who helps with administrative duties at the HIM headquarters; they have 4 children—Summer, Jeremy, Faith and Vanessa, and presently 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandkids!
Fred Kornis trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior on July 11, 1970. Kornis was in the U. S. Army, 173rd Airborne and served in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was involved with a LZ and the drug rehabilitation program for soldiers. Fred has served as a youth/music director and interim pastor. In 1973 He served with Operation Mobilization (OM) in Mexico and other OM countries since. Kornis was also a city chaplain in Baltimore, Maryland from 1976-1983, and the Area Director of the Baltimore/Washington branch of Open Air Campaigners and staff evangelist from 1975-1984. He was a missionary in the Philippines during 1984-1986. Upon his return to the USA in 1986-1988, he served as U.S. Field Representative of Open Air Campaigners. He has been a missionary-evangelist with Ambassadors for Christ International for 14 years, and pn 2001 established a new mission agency called Heartland International Ministries in the Kansas City area. He has served on the Boards of three different organizations.
Fred’s ministry includes all forms of public and church evangelism, special revival meetings, regular training projects and programs for foreign countries, seminars to every age group on spiritual life, and sponsorship and equipping of many national workers around the world. He constantly consults with pastors and leaders regarding ministry issues in various cultures. His “relational” style makes him a friend to all people.
During his ministry over the years, he has traveled and ministered in many countries— including Mexico, India, the Philippines, China, Kazahkstan, Europe, Asia, Nicaragua, Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Fiji, New Zealand, Haiti, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Poland and Nicaragua. A network of relationships in these countries continue and are the part of the ministry of H.I.M.
His ministry also includes a wide range and variety of ministries with local churches, youth groups, camps, schools, jails, hospitals, rescue missions, men’s retreats, conferences, training seminars and home visitations to the sick and shut-ins.
His beloved wife Barbara has been his partner and friend for almost 50 years now and they would appreciate your PRAYERS as they press on.
HIM is a non-profit mission organization that does humanitarian work, training, equipping believers, reaching into needs and places where the opportunities to know the Creator and Savior are very limited.