LOGANVILLE, Ga. – When Terry was diagnosed with kidney failure he expected to face some pretty big challenges—but hunger was not one of them.
After being told he would have to go on dialysis until a transplant could be found, Terry could no longer keep up his schedule as a full-time truck driver.
But without a steady income, Terry and his wife, Gail, struggled to make ends meet for their family. So Terry turned to an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry for help. Continue reading Food for a hurting family
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Manuel was only 12 years old when he escaped his abusive father only to end up on the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in Honduras—San Pedro Sula.
There, he searched dumpsters for food, cleaned windshields for money, slept on sidewalks and eventually turned to drugs to escape the pain and constant hunger. Continue reading Saved from the streets
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – At two years old, most children are sleeping through the night, talking, and playing happily with others. But not little Waylee.
The two-year-old has suffered from an umbilical hernia since birth—a condition that has kept her from sleeping well at night and prevented her from playing actively with her siblings. Continue reading Healing Waylee
NEWPORT, Pa. – Alivia knows about good investments, spending and saving, and balancing checkbooks. For years the single mom of three had made a good living working at a local bank, while also volunteering her extra time at a local food pantry to help those less fortunate.
But she was not prepared for the deficit of health and hunger that would soon strike her and her family. Continue reading The hunger balance
NAIMEY, Niger – A young widow, Houera was struggling just to keep her seven children fed and sheltered.
“We really suffered when my husband died,” she said. “I had no work; we had a problem with food.”
Thankfully, a “big” business plan was about to change her family’s life. Continue reading Growing a small business
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala – Glendy’s husband made her a promise—one that unfortunately he was not able to keep.
He promised to buy her a corn mill so she would be able to earn an income preparing tortillas at home while taking care of their three little girls.
But a few days later an earthquake struck their region of Guatemala—Glendy’s husband was killed and their home reduced to rubble. Continue reading Tortillas for Glendy
MOLI, Niger – It’s hard to imagine suddenly losing everything you own—especially when your livelihood and survival depends on it.
When floodwaters hit the village of Moli in Niger, families lost everything: their home, cattle, and crops.
To reach the village of Moli with aid, relief workers boarded wooden boats and crossed what appeared to be a muddy river—a valley flooded by the recent heavy rains. Continue reading Sowing seeds and reaping hope
ALTA VERAPAZ, Guatemala – For the last five years, Aura has endured teasing, bullying and hurtful words from her classmates—all because she was born with a lip malformation.
“I ran into my house; I jumped on the bed and cried until my mother came to me,” Aura said. “I told her I never wanted to go outside. She hugged me and said, ‘I am here to defend [you], God will help us’.” Continue reading Bullied and abused: Aura’s story
EL SALVADOR – To provide for his family, Alcides, a father of 2 young boys, was working odd jobs at a farm near his home in El Salvador.
One day while he was trimming branches high up in a tree, a limb crashed down on him—knocking him more than 20 feet to the ground and severely injuring him. Continue reading Medical clinic aids young father after 20-foot fall
PENNSYLVANIA – When George suddenly lost his sales job due to the economy, it was a shock to his family. And with three young children to feed, it wasn’t long before he and his wife Becca found themselves unable to pay their bills and put food on the table.
Thankfully, George and Becca turned to an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry near their home for help with groceries and other household items. The food supplies were enough to ensure that their children wouldn’t go hungry. Continue reading Feeding a small army
MALI – Twelve-year-old Koumba was asleep in her bed when her home came under attack. Ammunition tore through the walls of their home and shrapnel pierced her skin.
The attack devastated their home, and took the life of her young brother. Continue reading Under attack: 12-year-old Koumba survives rebel fight
HONDURAS – Linda dreamed of going to school, learning to write her name, even doing homework—but more than that, she just wanted to be loved.
As a young girl Linda worked on a farm in the mountains of Honduras, enduring years of physical abuse until finally rescued by her grandfather. But he died shortly after, and Linda was left to fend for herself.
She wandered the streets, living alone—vulnerable and hungry. Continue reading Called to Love: A home for Linda