Within 24 hours of the devastating Texas tornadoes, Operation Blessing teams were on the ground to set up relief operations as victims begin to rebuild their lives. Continue reading Responding to Texas Tornado Needs
In northern Texas, after severe storms injured more than 100 people and devastated homes, Operation Blessing has deployed to the affected area to bring much-needed relief in real time to families in need. Continue reading Storms strike Texas, Operation Blessing responds
In an effort to help the survivors and first responders of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, Operation Blessing partnered with the SoupMobile, a mobile soup kitchen based in Dallas, to bring aid to those affected. Continue reading Aid for families of West, Texas plant explosion
MALI – The photo of the mother and daughter on the cover of the April issue of Blessings was recently taken in a place called Timbuktu. Ever heard of it? I don’t like to admit it, but I had to consult a World Atlas map to find it. I used to think that Timbuktu was a mythical place that people referred to when they wanted to describe a spot as far from home as possible. Timbuktu is an-all-too-real place in the West African country of Mali. There is a crisis going on there now as Islamist guerrillas clash with NATO forces. Thousands of innocent families fled their homes to escape the fighting and are hunkering in makeshift camps. Continue reading Bringing light into dark places
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
FUKUSHIMA, Japan – When most parents are encouraging their children to go outside and play, families in Fukushima are suggesting the exact opposite.
Following the devastating tsunami in 2011, the community suffered another blow when the local nuclear power plant was crippled in the disaster. Among other things, concerns over radiation exposure kept children from being able to play outside for long periods of time. Continue reading Playtime in Fukushima
LAHORE, Pakistan – In the wake of riots that burned more than 100 homes in the Christian community of Lahore, Operation Blessing teams are working with local partners to distribute blankets, beds and bags of flour to families displaced by the riots. Continue reading Aid for Pakistan
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
BREEZY POINT, NY – Three months ago, Barbara had seemingly lost it all. In mid-November, her Breezy Point home was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, leaving the 78-year-old feeling overwhelmed as to how she would ever rebuild. Continue reading “Army of compassion” gives cancer survivor an Extreme Blessing Home Makeover
MALI – In Bamako, the capital city of Mali, life appears normal at first glance, but as you look below the surface you find that the city’s balance has been altered by crisis in northern Mali.
Civil war has displaced over a quarter million people, many of whom are now seeking refuge—shifting the balance in Bamako, surrounding cities and neighboring countries. This shift has put an extra burden on the people and also the government as they work to find areas where these families can take shelter, but the impact is felt the most by the families themselves. Continue reading Aiding victims of civil war in Mali
BREEZY POINT, New York – Although New York winters are always difficult, this one has been devastating for the residents of Breezy Point. Months after Hurricane Sandy struck, so many people are still without water, electricity and necessities. But people like you continue to reach out with hope to those still suffering in such deep need. Continue reading Winter in Breezy Point: Still reaching out with hope
HAITI – After Hurricane Sandy destroyed an estimated 70 percent of the crops in southern Haiti, Operation Blessing teams distributed sapling fruit trees to aid in the long-term restoration of agriculture in the region.
Ensuring the trees reached farmers in the most need, OBI teams designated 150 breadfruit saplings for those who were still unreachable due to severe flooding following Sandy. Continue reading A tree grows in Haiti