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Operation Blessing teams are your boots on the ground in the war on suffering

Fighting the war on suffering

Operation Blessing teams are your boots on the ground in the war on suffering

When watching the evening news we often hear the term “boots on the ground,” usually in reference to courageous American troops sent to fight the war on terrorism. Today, I would like to talk about a different kind of war … the war on suffering. Our teams are fighting this war on many fronts, both domestic and foreign. Operation Blessing teams are your boots on the ground in the war on suffering.

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Operation Blessing brings help and hope to a struggling Holocaust survivor in Israel

Sophia: A Holocaust survivor

Operation Blessing brings help and hope to a struggling Holocaust survivor in Israel

ISRAEL – Sophia was just a little girl of three in Ukraine when the war began—to this day remembers the fear her family endured when Ukrainian Jews were killed in what is called the largest massacre of the Holocaust.

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A little girl finds justice with the help of her grandfather and Operation Blessing partners

Kanya’s courage

A little girl finds justice with the help of her grandfather and Operation Blessing partners

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – An only child raised by her grandfather, 7-year-old Kanya* found a sister in neighborhood friend Chenda*. The girls, who were both from families too poor to send them to school, spent their days playing make-believe and roaming their rural village together.

When a middle-aged Australian man befriended them, they were excited to play in his big house and eagerly accepted his kind offers of candy and sometimes food or money they could bring home to their families.

One day, Kanya looked into the window of his house and saw him abusing Chenda. Scared for her friend, Kanya ran home to tell her grandfather and Chenda’s family.

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Thanks to Operation Blessing partners, Hukki’s village now has a clean water well.

Helping Hukki

Thanks to Operation Blessing partners, Hukki’s village now has a clean water well.

HAMEERPURA, India – In her remote village in India, Hukki begins her day while it is still dark.

She rises early to prepare a meal for her family—her husband Lal Singh, their three children and his parents. Her day consists of cooking, cleaning, washing and, perhaps most time consuming of all, collecting water.

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Operation Blessing's efforts in Haiti have helped the hurting nation rise from the rubble after a devastating earthquake struck five years ago

Rising from the rubble: Haiti 5 years after the earthquake

Operation Blessing's efforts in Haiti have helped the hurting nation rise from the rubble after a devastating earthquake struck five years ago

When a massive earthquake struck Haiti five years ago today, an already struggling nation was left devastated. Operation Blessing, with a field office in Haiti, was a first responder in the aftermath—strategically targeting both large and small needs.

In the wake of the disaster, the future of so many hung in the balance, including dozens of young children struggling with disability who had been abandoned and had been living in a small room at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince well before the earthquake. With the hospital overwhelmed with injured earthquake victims, the children were at risk of being forced out of the only shelter they had known.

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Operation Blessing teams up with the city of Norfolk to help the homeless

Helping the homeless in Hampton Roads

Operation Blessing teams up with the city of Norfolk to help the homeless

NORFOLK, Va. – As frigid weather took hold of Virginia, we had a unique opportunity to respond right here at home. Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Norfolk, asked if there was any way Operation Blessing could help with a local need near our headquarters in Hampton Roads.

With the region facing record low temperatures the city was very concerned about the local homeless population. While there are shelters, many of the homeless still remain on the street and during the daylight hours also need to stay warm.

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Linda and three of her grandchildren, Donovan, Kacha, and Aliyana.

Food for her grandchildren

Linda and three of her grandchildren, Donovan, Kacha, and Aliyana.

PENNSYLVANIA – When their son passed away three years ago, Linda and Nelson immediately took in their four grandchildren—providing them with a loving home and everything they needed to get by.

But a car accident had already forced Linda onto disability, so she spends her days taking care of the kids and volunteering to help those in need at a local food pantry. Then an accident left Nelson with a painful back injury—ending his career in demolition work.

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Operation Blessing partners with The Salvation Army to bring Christmas to thousands of struggling families this Christmas

The gift of Christmas for hurting families

Operation Blessing partners with The Salvation Army to bring Christmas to thousands of struggling families this Christmas

VIRGINIA – When Jaime, a single mother of three, started feeling pain behind her right eye, a friend insisted that she go to the ER, where she underwent emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm. The surgery was successful, but Jaime was unable to work for more than a month, putting her family in a difficult position.

Finances were so tight that Jaime didn’t even have enough money to buy Christmas presents for her seven-year-old and turned to Operation Blessing and The Salvation Army.

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President of Operation Blessing International Bill Horan reminds us of the Biblical principle of sharing your blessings with those who are in need

Sharing your blessings with those in need

President of Operation Blessing International Bill Horan reminds us of the Biblical principle of sharing your blessings with those who are in need

You have likely already finished your Christmas shopping and chosen a thoughtful gift for each of the people you love. I urge you to buy just one more gift; this one for people whom you do not know and, most likely, will never meet.

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Operation Blessing comes to the aid of three Pakistani orphans this Christmas after their parents were martyred

A Christmas blessing for orphaned children in Pakistan

Operation Blessing comes to the aid of three Pakistani orphaned children this Christmas after their parents were martyred

PAKISTAN – Six-year-old Salman and his younger siblings were orphaned overnight when his parents were martyred by an angry mob in Pakistan. 

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