Bernie Bland | Home with Jesus | May 12, 2016


There will be a celebration of Bernie’s life at Teen Missions International located at 885 E Hall Rd East Hall Road, Merritt Island, FL on June 3rd at 7 PM under Big Top #1. The service is open to the public.


Our beloved Bernice (Bernie) Bland, with Director Bob Bland by her side, went to be with her Lord at 3:00 AM on May 12, 2016.

Viewing services will be at the Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly, Ohio, from 5-8PM on Sunday, May 15 and the funeral will be at MT. Tabor Community Christian Church in Chillicothe, OH on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AIDS Orphans and Street Children

We appreciate your prayers for the immediate family and for the Teen Missions staff family during this time.   



  1. Harold Holmyard

    Hi, Bob, I am sorry for your loss. God be especially close to you during this time of grieving.
    Harold Holmyard

  2. Carol Roseberry

    Just saw that Bernie is home with the Lord. My heart aches for Bob and his family. She was one of the kindest ladies I’ve ever met. She welcomed eavh lady in the cooking vlass with unconditional love. I know that she is worshipping at the feet of our Savior. She will be missed. But no more pain and no more sorrow. Fly with eagles dear sweet friend.

  3. Jeremy derdall

    Mr. Robert bland. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts through this rough time.

  4. I am so sorry to hear Mrs. Bland has passed away. Her courage and kindness were remarkable to us. She will always be an inspiration to me and my family. Our prayers will be for comfort to Mr. Bland and those close to Bernie during this time of loss. She was a blessing to so many and will be missed.

  5. No Words. Just let The Family know that my prayers are with them and l send a deep hug to Bob. Lord bless you.

  6. Praying for you all.

  7. My deepest condolences to Mr. Bland. But remember there is pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.

  8. Sorry for your loss. I am praying to Bob Bland and his family. from Mongolia

  9. JodyJoseph-Louis

    My deepest sympathy for your loss, to the Bland family. Thank God for His assurance that one day we will see her in His Glory.

    To Mr Robert M.Bland TMI and friends we have lost our mother whom has trained many people around the world and many they are working with the deferent organizations and churches and we can tell everything which she has done in this world and death come as she was still continue with of saving God from children level, youth and adults all she managed and God pick her away from the works because her time has come to live with the LORD Jesus and this is my condolences massage to family of Mrs Bernie Bland we have lost her but one day we will meet her with God and we joint her forever and ever may God who give and take his name to be glorify in Jesus name stand with TMI in prayer and support as one body amen

  11. 34 years ago I joined my first mission trip with TMI and had the privilege to participate in the vision of Bob and Bernie Bland. That a student in my youth group is even now planning a mission trip this summer shows that God chose well who should have this vision.
    I pray that God gives comfort to Mr. Bob Bland, comfort and patience to continue the wonderful work God has given him for the sake of His call.

  12. I am so sad to hear that Bernice Bland passed away.My thoughts and prayers are with the Bland family and all the staff at Teen Missions Inter.I am sure that Heaven is rejoicing that another Angel has come home because she was an amazing lady and truly will be missed here on Earth.God Bless

  13. Russ and Margie Hamilton

    We knew and worked with Bob and Bernie in Ohio during the 1960s. Really appreciated their ministry and servants’ hearts. Our son went to Hyderabad,
    India. Bernie is still serving her Lord, only in Heaven now. Praying the Lord to comfort Bob and family in their loss.

  14. Heidi (Anderson) Crosby

    What a wonderful woman. It was a pleasure knowing her and working under her at the Teen Missions Headquarters there in Merritt Island, FL. Bob, Scott and I pray God’s great comfort for you as you mourn your temporary separation from your beloved, lifelong partner.

  15. Millan and Susam Mambwe.

    Our deepest sympathy to Mr.M.Bland and TMI family.what a blessing she was to the body of christ and His kingdom.”Precious in His sight is the death of the saint”Our prayers and thoughts are with you sir!!.
    Millanand Susan

  16. Jodi (Losch) Thar

    Bob, you and Bernie as very special to me. I appreciate all you have done and the impact you made on me and so many others. Praying for you and for God to comfort you with your loss. Thankful for the hope that we have of seeing Bernie again when we join her in Heaven.

  17. Very sad to hear the sudden dismissed of our Mother Bernie. She is a godly women through her many lives of teenagers are transformed.
    Mother We will miss you

    Elwin, Ellani & Vantharii
    TMI Myanmar

  18. Misheck and Bethany Kathumba

    We extend our sympathy and condolences to Mr Bland and TMI family. Bernie was a lady who inspired my life. We thank God for the great job she did in the service of the Lord. We will miss you Bernie

  19. Bob and Family, Widder and TMI Staff: What a loss you have suffered. But what a glory Bernie has gained–rejoicing in person with her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. I have the fondest memories of my first venture w/TMI in 1973 to Bolivia and Peru. She has such a heart for the Lord and lived it each day. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  20. Roslyn (Fulford) Albright

    I am so sorry to hear that Bernie passed away. Bob, you and Bernie made an impact on my life way back on the Manicore, Brazil team in 1976. I have never forgotten you and Teen Missions. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in your loss as only He can.

  21. Praying for Bob and the TM family. A beautiful couple who have impacted so many.

    Sweden – 1980

  22. Ryle and Kellie VanderVate

    Dearest Brother Bob,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . . . and the TMI staff. We have sweet memories of Bernie, a precious life lived in service for our Lord Jesus. She was a treasure!
    Love, Ryle and Kellie VanderVate

  23. Comment I knew miss Bernie when she came to Zambia she was so humble down to earth! Years will pass but your impact shall always be remembered by many! MHSRIP Victor

  24. Our prayers are with Bob and his family at this time. What a heritage she is leaving. Blessings!

  25. Christine Nickolson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob Bland. You have impacted my life. Thank you

    Holland and Switzerland ’88
    Australia Boot camp 2 ’89
    Around the World ’92

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob and all of the Bland and TMI families. She was a wonderful partner with Bob and her wisdom, I know, will be missed by all. May God bless and comfort all who mourn her passing.

  27. Darlingtone Shawa

    Dear Mr. Bland, Family and TMI Staff.

    On behalf my family and Cross Impact Outreach Zambia. We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to you. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.

    Darlingtone and Shekina Shawa

  28. Half and Cathy Hansen

    Our hearts are sad to hear of Bernie passing. She was a very special lady and will be missed. Our prayers are with the family. Hal and Cathy Hansen

  29. Sorry for your loss I will keep the Bland family in prayer

  30. Ted and Linda Empson

    Thoughts and prayers are with you, Bob. Bernie was a very special woman of God.

  31. Linda (Banish) Pratt

    She was a remarkable woman. All our prayers to Bob and the family.

  32. Elizabeth Laymon

    I absolutely am who I am today because of TMI. And TMI has been what it’s always been because of Bob & Bernie Bland. How thankful I am to have touched a corner of your lives. Bernie will be deeply missed.

  33. Sam and Debbie Platt

    Our condolences to Mr Bland and family. A great lady in the Lord has gone home.

  34. Daniela Brydges

    Dear Bob, I knew you, like many others, many, many years ago. And Bernie, when I was having a rough time, my first missions trip, came along side me and comforted me, something I’ll never forget. If I recall correctly she had heart issues? But not her heavenly heart, no, that one beat so strong and powerful!
    Now our dear Bernie has gone to be with God and the Angels are rejoicing and helping her hold her crowns she has earned down here up there because she’s done so much for the kingdom of God that she can’t hold them all herself!!!! Enjoy your mansion Bernie and keep a light on for Bob.
    Bob, please remember there is no right or wrong way to grieve your loss, but hold dear the verse from Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
    Praying for you.
    Daniela (FTM from Africa Choir ’96, and Down Under Choir ’01)

  35. You will be greatly missed, Miss Bernie. Thanks for touching so many lives & serving you Lord. Thanks for making an impact in my life.

  36. Julie Kater (Salisbury)

    Much love and prayers sent from us here is Australia. Such a wonderful lady who has been so faithful to her husband, the ministry, and her Lord for so many years.

  37. William Trexler

    Carol & Bill Trexler welcome Home Bernie. John 3:14-16

  38. Becky Stonerock

    Love these 2. My grandparents Joe and Elsie Grubb thought the world of them. Sorry for your loss you are in our hearts and prayers.

  39. Thinking of Bob, the Bland family and the Teen Mission’s family all around the world. I am thankful to God for His faithfulness and grace, and that we can rejoice in Jesus for Bernie’s life and ministry. Praying peace and joy and this time.

  40. We pray for you during this tremendous loss, we are so thankful for her investment in so many lives.

  41. Bonnie Colbert

    Being separated from those we love is difficult even when we know it’s only temporary. May The Prince of Peace bring comfort to everyone.

    I’ll never forget her kindness in giving her pants to me to wear home that summer I lost so much weight in Papa New Guinea. A servant of God whatever it took. PNG 1981

  42. Susan Hutchison

    Bob & the Teen Mission family, I am so sorry to hear about Bernie. She was a beautiful & gracious lady. She served God well & now she has her reward in Heaven.

    Susan M Hutchison, Waverly, Ohio.

  43. Vitalis and Elizabeth

    Dear mama Benie, we are so surprised that you left us so soon. We would had love you to continue your good services at Teen Missions. But our Lord wants you to be with him.
    Farewell . We missed you and your loyalty to all.
    May the Lord of all comfort guide and keep papa Bland healthy and strong.
    Vitalis and Elizabeth .
    Teen Missions Camerooon.

  44. we mourn you dear mother of many,your love and kindness we will miss,you have left a big gap in teen mission ministry worldwide.may the God of all peace and comfort be with mr Bland and the family.

  45. David and Cathy Knechtli

    Our thought are with bob and the family. We were leaders on Fuji island hop 1995. We know she is with her Lord now. No more suffering and celebrating with many others before her Saviour.

  46. Dear Bob, the Bland family, and the staff and friends at Teen Missions. I’m so sorry to hear about Bernie’s passing. I will be keeping everyone in prayer as the Lord comforts you in the coming days. Praise the Lord for the life she lived in the service of so many in the Name of Jesus and for His kingdom! And we can be so thankful that she is now with our Lord in His Paradise Garden for eternity, where we all will join her one day. With much love, Jamie Bagge

  47. Dear Mr Bland
    We here in Zambia are praying for you and your family during this time of grief. We may morn but Heaven is rejoicing as a Champion has come home. We will miss all the moments we shared with her each time we came to the States she was indeed a mother of many.Praying for You.
    Robert Dorah Esther and Ethan.
    Is 41:10

  48. Leschenne Rebuli

    Deepest sympathy to all at at TMI and especially Bob and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grieving. May you know the unfailing love and faithfulness only Jesus gives, rejoicing in the remarkable presence of His Holy Spirit that lived in Bernie and shines through you all surrounding you with His peace. Much love.

  49. Susan Westfall

    Bernie Bland was an amazing woman. So glad to have served Jesus alongside her. She will be greatly missed.

  50. Heaven received another Angel Today, She will be missed but her sprit lives on within the heart of everyone who has ever met her.
    You are in my prayers Bob

  51. So sad for the family but hooray to Mrs Bland she is in the presence of her King Jesus! Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His saints!

    Farewell to Miss Bernie till we meet in heaven!

  52. Praying for peace for Bob and the whole TMI family. She will be missed.

  53. Our family sends prayers and love to Bob and the family. We loved Bernie and share the sentiment of all at this moment. May the Lord bring comfort and peace to your hearts. The Pool family ( Frank, Lorena, Hanna and Sergio)

  54. Jim & Judy Person

    Our hearts are broken that our sweet Bernie had to leave us but, we know she is in the loving arms of our dear Savior. Memories to numerous to count. Special beyond words. Life well lived and a life not many will ever live up to. Such a quiet gentle giant for the Lord. Our prayers are for Bob, Kathy and Robin, and family. She will be so missed. She will always always have a special place in our hearts.

  55. So sorry to hear about Bernie’s passing. So happy to know she is now in the arms of our Savior Jesus…

  56. Through tears we say “welcome home”! You will be missed by many here, but know a glorious time awaits you. See you again Mrs. Bernie. Much Love Jason

  57. Samuel Lufiyele

    She will be missed enjoy His presence Bernie

  58. Thank you for your commitment to the gospel, and to sharing it in a way that forms others to share it.

  59. My deepest sympathies to Mr Bob Bland and the TMI family.

  60. Robb and Joyce (Nichols) Bruns

    Praying for the family and the teen mission family. She was a great lady and will be greatly missed.

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