GRANBURY, Texas – Jody Gettys, Director of Operation Blessing International’s US Disaster Relief, shows how volunteers are helping residents recover memories previously thought to be stolen by the tornado that ripped through Granbury. Continue reading Texas tornado victims recover memories
Most poor people share at least one thing in common: chronically empty stomachs. Can you imagine walking around every day with a stomach ache? If a person is chronically hungry they lack the energy required to break the gravitational pull of poverty. As Christians, we know that we should feed the hungry…but how can we do that effectively?
Since hunger is as close as the next missed meal, it seems that the fight against it might never end—but if a poor person learns to feed himself, a whole new world of independence and opportunity opens up. Continue reading We can win the war against hunger
BRAZIL – Every 30 seconds, another person is trafficked. This week, thousands of young people are taking to the streets in Brazil to march against abuse. Will you stand with us in the fight against trafficking and help those who need it most? Continue reading March against abuse
LIBERIA – When Edith Zaizay fled her home in Liberia amid war more than 20 years ago she saw a scene that broke her heart—a baby along the side of the road nursing beside her lifeless mother. See how she turned this roadside tragedy into hope for hundreds of orphans along with some support from Operation Blessing.
Continue reading Birthed out of war: Hope for orphans in Liberia
Throughout our field travels, Operation Blessing staff have had the opportunity to visit some of the most impoverished regions of the world. Yet hidden in those places of extreme poverty and disaster are also glimpses of God’s beauty and wonder. Take a look at some of these “heaven on earth” moments captured by our field staff. Continue reading Heaven on earth
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
MEXICO – Looking to spice up your Cinco de Mayo? Try this Spicy Mexican Guacamole recipe from our field staff in Mexico and share with your friends! Continue reading Spicy guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo
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
LIBERIA – When little Lucy arrived at the weeklong medical clinic in her community, she was suffering from a severe case of malaria and without treatment may not have survived. But when physicians realized she would need a blood transfusion, she was raced to the nearest hospital and admitted for urgent treatment.
Today, little Lucy is thriving once more—full of energy and playing with her little sister. Please take a moment today, on World Malaria Day, to pray for children like Lucy all around the world. Pray for medical care for the sick, and also for preventative measures such as access to mosquito nets for children at risk of contracting malaria. Continue reading World Malaria Day
JAKARTA, Indonesia – It may only be a small 9×9 room, but it holds some pretty big dreams.
Though this one-room classroom is surrounded by trash piles and poverty, the children don’t seem to mind. For them, it is a place of hope and learning—and a refuge from their life on the streets.
Many of the students, ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, have never attended school before and cannot read or write. Their days have been spent on the streets scavenging for food, performing as street minstrels, and begging for money to help their families survive hunger and poverty. Continue reading House of study in Indonesia
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