"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty."  (Zechariah 4:6)

Our Mission

Eleos (Greek for mercy) International Ministries is committed to showing the love of Jesus by caring for the most vulnerable in our society (the orphan, the elderly, the homeless, and others).

We work in partnership with local churches around the world to help them become 'missions of rescue' for destitute and vulnerable people. We believe local churches are in the best position to provide the nurture, support, family, and teaching that hurting people need so desperately. Our aim is to see local churches regain their reputation as 'Defenders of the Poor' in their communities.

We have offices in the United States and in London, England. Our ministries extend into other countries through partnerships with "national" churches and organizations.

Our History

1983

Kurt Erickson, an actor in New York City, is saved, freeing him from 12 years of alcohol and drug use. (Kurt is Pastor/Director of Eleos in London.)

1985

Ed Rosella becomes a Christian and begins to work with the homeless in Atlantic City, NJ. (Ed is Director of Eleos in the U.S.)

1986

Kurt gives up his career as an actor to start a homeless ministry in New York City, feeding the poor on a weekly basis.

1988

Kurt attends Moody Bible Institute.

1990

Kurt marries Asha, who was converted to Christianity at the age of 19 from Hinduism.

Kurt and Ed begin what would be a life-long partnership by working together with inner city youth at Times Square Church in New York City.

1991

Kurt and Asha move to London, England as missionaries.

1992

Ed begins to take numerous trips to Romania, developing relationships with "National" Pastors and Christian Ministries.

Kurt and Asha begin ministering to London's homeless community as well as to the children in London's East End.

1994

Ed leaves his job as a computer programmer for AT&T and moves to Romania to do full-time missionary work with street children and churches.

Kurt and Asha establish Eleos Ministries in London, England.

Eleos Ministries U.K. takes responsibility for the "Bosnian Relief Fund" to bring relief aid to the war-torn countries of Croatia and Bosnia. This ministry would continue throughout the duration of the war.

1995

Ed establishes World Christian Outreach to serve and support "National" ministries and missionaries serving Jesus in their own country.

1996

Eleos Christian Church is planted in the East End of London.

1997

Ed & Karen are married and begin to serve the Lord together in World Missions.

1998

World Christian Outreach begins to develop a closer working partnership with the Sanctuary Orphanage in Romania.

2001

Eleos Ministries U.K. initiates partnerships with South African Pastors.

Eleos Ministries U.K. establishes "The Church Without Walls" in London (a church of homeless men and women which meets on the streets).

2002

Eleos School of Ministry and Practical Theology is founded in London.

Eleos Ministries U.K. and World Christian Outreach merge to create Eleos International Ministries, a larger, more efficient, international organization with expanded ministry opportunities.

2004

We began our 'Hands of Mercy' initiative in the U.S., U.K., South Africa, and Romania aimed at restoring mercy ministries within local churches.

2005

We opened a new children's home in Transylvania, Romania for ten orphan children in a joint partnership with the Sanctuary Orphanage.

2006

In a joint partnership with YWAM we began feeding and providing for the school costs of three destitute siblings in Guatemala.

2007

We began our 'College for Orphans and Disadvantaged Children' fund to send needy children to college in Romania.

2008

On Sept. 22, 2008, Asha Erickson went home to be with Jesus, whom she loved and served for many years. We were privileged to know her and work together with her. She taught us, by her example, how to love God and love others.

2008

We began a partnership with churches in Denmark to hold 'Hands of Mercy' conferences to help inspire the Danish churches to be active in mercy ministries. Pastors from Denmark have also begun to visit our ministries in the London to exchange ministry ideas.

2009

The first student in our 'College for Orphans and Disadvantaged Children' fund in Romania graduated. We expect many more in the future.

2009

Ed Rosella starts to write monthly columns for Carolina Christian News.

2011

Ed Rosella and John Wessells take their first trip to Italy to preach at a church and a Bible school; we now preach and teach annually in Italy.

Future

Continuing to work for God's glory!

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