COLUMBIA, South Carolina – High tides, strong winds and torrential rainfall has left its mark on several cities with Columbia, South Carolina, receiving 25 inches of rain in certain areas and experiencing unprecedented flooding.
As the waters begin to recede, Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief teams are on the ground in Columbia, meeting with local officials, assessing the damage and determining the greatest areas of need. The team also connected with regional church partners and local residents.
EUROPE – For Syrian and Iraqi refugees, a better life–one that is safe from life-threatening violence and persecution–lies ahead in nearby countries. It is a long and perilous journey, but for families under the constant threat of violence amid civil war and persecution at the hands of ISIS, it is a risk they are willing to take.
NEPAL – When the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal earlier this year, people across the nation lost loved ones, homes, businesses and nearly everything they owned—leaving them destitute and struggling to survive.
TENNESSEE – Since her husband left, Janette has struggled to provide for her four growing children. She lives with a friend to help make ends meet, but she’s been unable to find a job that also allows her to take care of her two-year-old son Ceberino.
Friends and family have chipped in to help Janette get through, but her finances have dwindled and it became harder and harder to put food on the table. It wasn’t long before her boys, Ernesto, 10, Isaac, 6, Marcus, 5, and little Ceberino, were going to bed hungry.
MIDDLE EAST – As conflict in the region continues, Syrian families are desperately searching for safety and shelter. Many are fleeing their homes in hopes of finding a new place to settle—a place where they can rebuild their lives and raise their children without fear of life-threatening violence or persecution.
JOSO, Japan – Over the past few days, Operation Blessing teams in Japan have delivered water, food, hygiene supplies, diapers, and more to survivors in emergency shelters in Joso, where floodwaters from a destroyed river levee covered over 20% of the city.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed with even more families displaced and local officials are still searching for missing persons.
CUBA – Pastoring a congregation is a difficult job that requires a lot of time and effort—two things that pastors in central Cuba are very familiar with. In Cuba, the position is traditionally not a paid one, so many pastors work one or even two other jobs so that they can provide for their families as they take on the responsibility of leading a church.
Pastors like Kendry, who leads a small congregation in the Matanzas region, struggle to generate enough income to properly care for their families and shepherd their communities.
IQUITOS, Peru – Leri has been struggling for a long time. As a child, she contracted polio, a disease that left her with lifelong health problems. Now an adult, Leri works hard to provide for her three children as a single mother, but she was rarely able to make ends meet.
“I work doing whatever I can to provide for my children,” Leri said. “I have sold candy, swept the streets, washed other people’s clothes and cleaned houses, but all of these jobs are temporary and are barely enough to buy food.”